Classic American

Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year Heat 2


Does this car look familiar to you? Because it should, we featured it in our December 2019 issue (CA344). Mike Nash is the proud owner of this stunning 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 that he acquired a few years ago and has found it to be every bit the gorgeous survivor car that it appears to be, with low mileage and ownership. Although it was originally fitted with a 318 motor, it now boasts a 1973 360cu in V8, hooked up to a 727 Torqueflit­e. The car hailed from Missouri originally and had been in the possession of an ex-Chrysler employee.

With those stunning cantilever C-pillars, there’s no missing this mid-century modern Mopar and it will make quite the splash at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November, so make sure you pop along to see it and all the other heat winners. Although Mike was contemplat­ing selling the car, wife Diane and kids Benjamin and Summer have persuaded him that’s a terrible idea and for the time being the Dodge remains part of the Nash family!

There did seem to be fewer cars for sale than in previous years, again perhaps something to do with Covid or fewer cars being shipped over from the States. One car that caught our attention was a very nice Forties Studebaker, or there was a Day Van for a bargain price under £5k. Of course there were plenty of other weird and wonderful cars to look at, from a pre-war Humber that seemed to have front ends at both the front and back, to a Batmobile type custom and a beautiful hot pink 1957 Lincoln with factory air conditioni­ng, including those unusual see-through pipes in the rear that funnelled air-conditione­d air from the trunk.

Unusual looking was a 1963 (?) Ford Fairlane 500 four-door in black with right-hand drive. This diminutive little (relatively speaking!) car wore blinds in its rear window, suggesting it hailed from South Africa and was probably built from a knock-down kit over there. A road tax disc from Cape Town confirmed this. Maybe South Africa could be the next big thing for sourcing American cars, assuming one doesn’t mind right-hookers?! All in all it was a great show, if a little quieter than expected due to the poor weather forecast. ★

 ?? ?? Buick Skylark GS.
Buick Skylark GS.
 ?? ?? Make it bounce!
Make it bounce!
 ?? ?? Mike Nash accepts Kingstown Car of the Year heat award.
Mike Nash accepts Kingstown Car of the Year heat award.
 ?? ?? 360cu in V8 motor.
360cu in V8 motor.
 ?? ?? ’66 Buick Electra 225.
’66 Buick Electra 225.
 ?? ?? Darren Simmons’ 1977 Country Squire.
Darren Simmons’ 1977 Country Squire.
 ?? ?? Remember these?
Remember these?
 ?? ?? Spick and span interior.
Spick and span interior.
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 ?? ?? Steven Hayward’s 1970 Mach 1 Mustang.
Steven Hayward’s 1970 Mach 1 Mustang.
 ?? ?? … with modern Buick V8.
… with modern Buick V8.
 ?? ?? ...boasted Firedome V8 power.
...boasted Firedome V8 power.
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 ?? ?? Cool Mopar.
Cool Mopar.
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 ?? ?? Flat top rod...
Flat top rod...
 ?? ?? Bucket Ts never go out of style.
Bucket Ts never go out of style.
 ?? ?? South African RHD Fairlane.
South African RHD Fairlane.
 ?? ?? ...’57 Mercury wagon…
...’57 Mercury wagon…
 ?? ?? Alan Mortlock and...
Alan Mortlock and...
 ?? ?? Albertan Ford.
Albertan Ford.
 ?? ?? Allard Chrysler dragster.
Allard Chrysler dragster.

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