In 2010, Kermit Perkins had to part unwillingly with his 1966 Plymouth Sport Fury.
The next year, he had the opportunity to buy another one just like it. And he’s found that he’s much happier with this second incarnation.
“I ended up with a lot better car,” Perkins says. This one has fewer miles, is in better shape and has more equipment, including air conditioning, power brakes and a bigger engine.
It was the Sport Fury’s looks that first caught Perkins’ eye when he saw it in the Hemmings Motor News, a magazine he describes as, “the classic car bible.”
“I like the appearance of it — a lot of chrome on the inside, nice bucket seats, a floor console,” he explains.
He later saw one as he was driving by a classic car business in Des Moines. Perkins ended up trading his 1950 Chevy Fleetline for it.
But he had to sell it in 2010 after owning it for nine years. Perkins was off work because of shoulder surgery, and his doctor told him he wouldn’t be able to go back for a year. He sold the car in preparation for the wages he would lose.
In 2011, he saw an ad for another one in Hemmings. He decided to call the owner in New Jersey, who sent him photos of the car.
“I was impressed with it,” he says. “Just the interior, the vinyl top and everything. My other one was the same color, but nowhere near as in good condition as this one.”
The owner told him someone else was also interested in the car, and Perkins decided not to pursue it. But a few months later, the listing was up again. Perkins ended up purchasing it for $10,000.
He did a few things to it, including cleaning out the gas tank and putting radial tires and a new exhaust system on.
“But it was almost perfect,” he says.
Perkins has worked on cars and sold them in the past. He admits he had mixed feelings doing so.
“But then I think, ‘What am I going to do with it?’ ” he asks, without adequate room to store them.
“Let someone else enjoy it,” he says.
But he’s keeping the Sport Fury for himself.
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