Nope, nope. Marty provides some excellent followup information but is off by one year. If his paragraph beginning “For the 1958 model year” instead read “1959 model year”, that paragraph would be exactly right.
The fury was only available as a separate model in 1958 in Buckskin Beige only, only as a 2dr hardtop with dual fours and only with gold anodized side trim, hubcap centers, steering wheel center cap trim, grill etc. The Vee color on the grill emblem was reversed, meaning that it was silver on Fury’s but gold on Belvederes so as to contrast with the grills color. It also had notches in the front and rear seat backs and a Forwardlook emblem in the rear set back notch (those seats were used on Christine and the Belvedere emblems were removed from the rear quarters of the movie car). Also the interior upholstery and door panels were unique to the Fury that year.
My information comes from original literature in my possession and articles in Cars and Parts, as well as discussions with other collectors, parts dealers and elsewhere. Its too bad parents don’t listen to kids when purchasing cars, Marty’s advice to his dad was spot on!
Had the movie car begun as a repainted Fury it would be expected to have had all the gold anodizing unique to that model. An interesting thing the author of the Hagerty article also missed is that the locks as portrayed in the movie were fictitious. No '58 Plymouth ever locked any one in with standard locks like that, To lock the doors you pushed the interior door handle downward on 2 door hardtops, only sedans had separate interior door locks and they were not at all like the GM type seen in the movie, they were located on the side panels as a kind of a rotateable pointer dial looking thingy. In the movie they are shown as protruding through the side glass garnish moldings like most other cars.
It should also be noted that these cars really do restore themselves, when I bought mine the radio did not work, later on to my amazement, it stated working all on its own, but “all it ever gets are those old songs!” LOL!