Given the implausibility of the first two scenarios, the third one is the most likely.
Someone with nothing else to do, but fantasize about having a car whose "threatening burble" makes children "run and hide" (yeah, right).
The 1958 Plymouth Belvedere is one of the most pure, beautiful, automotive designs, ever created. A much overlooked car, principally because it was considered to be a 'cheap' car by 1958 standards. The Plymouth line had been purchased primarily by 'older' persons, and never did catch on as a 'happening' auto. Poor plymouth, they had a diamond and sold it like a lump of coal.
David of Las Vegas, NV.
The Christine movie used '58 Belvederes made up to look like Furies for the car wreck scenes (Belvederes being much cheaper and easier to find). The actual '58 Fury was only available in a cream beige color, not in the red color like the one in the movie. That was explained by saying the owner
"special ordered" it in that color.
Remember, people, that before the 80's, American cars had 5 DIGIT Odometers. So if it says 00013, then it could be 100,013 miles.
If the '58 Fury and Belvedere had an engine sound anything like in the movie Christine, it probably is enough to scare children, thank you very much. And besides, no one, but an owner or at least someone who has spent a great deal of time around one of those cars can say for certain how the engine's exhaust note sounds.
The '58 Fury and Belvedere are shining example of how unappreciated Plymouth always was, a lot of the time by consumers and always, always by Chrysler. Plymouth pulled them through the Great Depression, but that clearly meant nothing to Chrysler's executives over the years, who repeatedly shoved Plymouth out of the way to put the spotlight on Dodge instead. Plymouth is also the same type of brand that Scion is today, and no one can say that low-priced, reliable and easily customized vehicles have no place in today's car market. And it's not like Chrysler's having the time of their lives nearly seven years later; out of the Big Three, Chrysler is doing the worst in their attempts to return to profitability. Maybe they'd be doing better if the low-priced, easily-obtainable Plymouth was there to help them along.
Plymouth is the only division of the Chrysler Corporation that I would ever consider buying a car from. As for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep I would definitely stay away from them brands. I think the Chrysler Corporation should be ashamed of themselves for dropping the Plymouth Division.
That's the saddest thing I've ever heard, but it could be true. Plymouth and Dodge built some of the greatest cars ever, but brands don't disappear because they are necessarily bad, just not profitable. DeSoto, Plymouth, Nash, Cord, Hudson, Packard, and Studebaker all built good cars, but that isn't always enough if the profit margin isn't there. The American love affair with the automobile will be over when there is nothing left on the road but little japanese-crappers putting around. But then Toyota and Honda are becoming bloated and oversized like GM and Ford, and will be undercut by cheap competition from China and India and disappear as well. The days of cars with real personality from the 1950's through 1970's are over, so who cares anyway?