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1977: NYPD Plymouth Fury achieves fame on Blondie album cover

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New York City in the mid-to-late 1970s could be a chaotic, frightening, crumbling place, and from this seeming dystopia came tremendous quantities of influential art and music. Blondie achieved huge popular success while retaining punk credibility during this era, and the band’s second album, released in 1977, featured the members on and around a 1976 Plymouth Fury owned by the New York Police Department.

As Deborah Harry poses for the photographer on that big 5-mph crash bumper, we can assume that several runny-nosed hypes were using a bumper jack to pry up a security door on the warehouse around the corner, seeking goods to trade for heroin.

The civilian version was more luxurious, but few civilians bought these cars in 1976. Photo by Chrysler Corporation via Old Car Brochures

The 1975-1978 Plymouth Fury was smaller than the earlier C-Body-based Furies, having switched to the same B-Body platform as the Charger and Cordoba. As you would expect, this generation of Fury was used in countless cop TV shows and movies. Not many civilians bought these cars, with most examples ending up in the hands of taxi companies and police departments. Just the sort of car you’d have seen parked outside a Blondie gig in 1977!


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