The Old Car Detective - Bill Sherk

1967 Plymouth Fury back in the family!

Sean O‘Meara of Smiths Falls, Ontario, has an amazing story for us:
    The story of my car begins with my father as a child.  His father bought a new 1967 Plymouth Fury III in turquoise when my dad was two years old.  He remembers riding around in that car as a child and he loved it.  When my father joined the Ottawa Police as a dispatcher in 1991, he thought it would be cool to make a replica Ottawa Police car using a ’67 Fury.
    “He found one in Franktown, just south of Carleton Place.  An elderly man bought it new in 1967 and only drove it to church and odd errands for 24 years, accumulating 46,000 miles.  It had the 225 slant six ‘leaning tower of power’ that Chrysler put in the   Ottawa city vehicles.  Highway vehicles used the 318 and 440 for highway power.
    “After painting the car black and white, Dad found an accurate roof light made by Dominion Auto, an accurate ‘Police Stop’ fender light, and an accurate mechanical siren mounted behind the grille.  I came along in 1992 and rode in the car in St. Patrick’s Day parades and Santa Claus parades.  The car even appeared in a movie with the National Film Board.
    “In 2003, when I was 11, my father sold the Fury to a collector in Connecticut and we towed it there behind our 1987 Cadillac Brougham D’Elegance.  After delivery, I knew I wanted to own it again someday but never thought it possible.  In 2008 I turned 16 and began searching on ebay for a ’67 Fury to replicate my father’s replica.  I saw an ad for a ‘Canadian Police Car.’  It was my father’s car!  I knew it was the same car because the day my father loaded it onto a flatbed, my mother sat in it one last time and tore the bench front seat with her necklace.  The tear was still there!
    “The seller was in New Jersey and we drove there in my dad’s new 2008 Dodge Mega Cab, rented a U-Haul, and towed it home after five years of thinking I’d never see it again.  I was so ecstatic, and couldn’t quite believe that the first vehicle I picked up at 16 was not only a ’67 Fury but OUR ’67 Fury!
    “She now sits in my garage beside my 2013 Dart awaiting re-restoration.  During the five years it was gone, it was left outside in tall grass and rust began on the unibody.  I plan to restore this vehicle so it will last another 47 years.”         
    I’m always looking for more stories.  Email or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H 3W2.  Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my latest book:  “OLD CAR DETECTIVE FAVOURITE STORIES, 1925 to 1965.”

PHOTO:  Sean O’Meara’s 1967 Fury when his dad owned it as a replica Ottawa Police car.

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