How Many American Classics Are There In The UK?

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This isn't getting the thread going anywhere is it? A couple of old f*rts reminiscing about sick Thunderbirds long gone; anyway, thanks for the input, so do we think the aforementioned PC would have been the one who advertised the car as a resto project for sale in the nineties? If so and ayone knows how to contact him maybe he can confirm if it went to Belgium. That '64 looks nice, a hardtop in red always looks right. And yes, the '64 was the last year of all-drum brakes and if I was the type to drive a car hard, I would definitely recommend a 65 or 66. By the way, for anyone not a T-Bird fan reading this the classics were made from 1955 to '66, anything later doesn't count.

Only one of the three photo links above worked for me, but that is a nice ragtop. One thing does it for me more than Thunderbirds though and I couldn't help noticing that Cord Beverly casually parked on the grass behind - THAT'S a cool car!

Back with more old yank-tank photos as soon as I can find ;em.

Chris M.

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GreaseMonkey wrote:

This isn't getting the thread going anywhere is it? A couple of old f*rts reminiscing about sick Thunderbirds long gone;

Err, I think you may just be right there GM, this thread has really bogged down somewhat, more worrying though, is that to the casual observer they may be mistaken into thinking that they've just stumbled into a private meeting of the 'Ramblers' Association UK!!

The idea behind this thread was to try and gauge as near as damn it how many American classics were currently being driven and used on a fairly regular basis in the UK, admittedly, this was probably going to be a ridiculous question to answer, let alone trying to collate the actual numbers. However, it would still be interesting to hear from other owners of classic American cars who I'm sure there are hundreds if not thousands out there in Classic Land - just to reassure the three geezers on this thread that others do really exist. Post some pics and let's hear from you!!

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Oh dear, after all this meandering, cast adrift without a paddle

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Oh dear, after all this meandering, cast adrift without a paddle

GBt, Don't misunderstand me, I'm as dedicated as you are when it comes to American cars but unfortunately this thread has not attracted any response other than from our 'regular' contributors, who I'm grateful to. Perhaps the content has diverted somewhat from the original topic, but what the hell, let's keep going until we reel some new comers in!

Have you seen this 1965 Thunderbird, to be auctioned by Barons next week, one family owned from new, UK supplied by Simpsons of Wembley!

Check it out on Barons website.

 

 

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GBt wrote:

Oh dear, after all this meandering, cast adrift without a paddle

GBt, Don't misunderstand me, I'm as dedicated as you are when it comes to American cars but unfortunately this thread has not attracted any response other than from our 'regular' contributors, who I'm grateful to. Perhaps the content has diverted somewhat from the original topic, but what the hell, let's keep going until we reel some new comers in!

Have you seen this 1965 Thunderbird, to be auctioned by Barons next week, one family owned from new, UK supplied by Simpsons of Wembley!

Check it out on Barons website.

 

 

Does it come with the other big boat behind?

Chris M.

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Ok, I found a few more of the old photos. These were all scanned from some very amateurish Instamatic snaps so apologies for the quality, and this lot are all Fords, but as these were all in decent condition in the late seventies I wondered if anyone knows of their whereabouts. And yes, I am willing to be told that Galaxies may not qualify as classics, but they were fun.

The '64 Galaxie convertible was clean solid RHD and registered CLT558B.

The '64 Country Squire 'Woodie' had a bit of filler in the bottoms of the doors, and I blew the (non-original ex T-Bird 390) motor, but the chap who bought it replaced it with a correct 352 and it was going well then, the reg' was something like FYW313C.

The '64 Thunderbird is in a horrible non-original yellow and white paint job, but was otherwise good, it belonged to a school caretaker in Edmonton and was registered MMX6C.

The '66 Thunderbird Landau was very clean inside and out, nice red interior and belonged to old mate Larry (more of him later) and had the rare optional 428 motor. He bought it from an airline pilot in Brentford and it was registered DDP3G or similar.

Finally there is Larry's old '65 or '66 Galaxie that he bought cheap in metallic green, and we, along with Clive, resprayed it black and white with a cartoon of a pig in a policeman's hat on the door, and not daring to call it a police car it had the legend Highway Patrol on the side. Complete with siren and detachable flashing red light it got some laughs, but when Larry let Tony take it for a spin round the block one night in Hampstead while we were in Tricky Dick's coffee and cheesecake shop, Tony could not resist giving the siren a blast, and a few minutes after he returned the restaurant door opened to admit an unamused cop with alsatian who demanded to know who owned the car and made an embarrassed Larry disconnect the siren. This car can also be seen in the photos in front of my 'Woodie' and beside the '66 'Bird. I think the reg' number was LYV66K and it had a 289 and auto'box.

I have omitted surnames of all concerned, if they read this they will know who they are and can join in!

Happy Days, more to come.

Chris M.

64 Galaxie

64 Country Squire

64 Thunderbird

66 Thunderbird

66 Galaxie

 

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There were many others we loved and lost. A clean '58 BelAir with a straight six and three-on-the-tree was bog standard black, but that was later seen down the Kings Road with another black-and-white police paint job, I think that was registered XLP85, but I have no photos.

The black '56 BelAir hardtop was owned by an insurance broker from Friern Barnet and registerd COY99D - another regular at Chelsea, and I found a snap of Al's Superbird when it was still yellow, befoe the pruple paint job, but I can't read the reg on that.

More to follow,

Chris M.

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Anyway, apologies to V-8 Woodie for my 'rambling' I will try to keep the rest short and sweet. I have just found some more photos from an old Rally Of The Giants and will try to scan some of the more interesting ones, but at least these should jog a few memories, and if we can get a few more punters online to read through this maybe some old gems will resuface.

Chris M.

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Here are some more of my early attempts at amateur photography, hopefully I can find the rest of my old photo albums which are stashed somewhere around the Martin estate. The later ones will be of better quality when I do find them. Anyway, as a break from the previous Fords, here are few more UK based American cars, GM this time, but where are they now? I mentioned Larry before, and here is his '69 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 convertible registered TGN41M. The first shot is as he bought it with front wing damage, but we tarted it up ok. Then there was his '66 Pontiac GTO registerd COY130D. The other Pontiac is a genuine and very rare 1969 Trans-Am, yep, a real rarity, (actually only made late in the model year) and I snapped this on a street in Golders Green in the late seventies, and then got talking to the owner who also had a genuine Shelby Mustang GT500 in the garage behind. Meanwhile over in Edmonton Paul was putting the rebuilt 302 back in his '69 Z28 Camaro, which was originally blue and white and registered UUD994H but was re-registered as 573D when it was repainted silver with black stripes. More to follow.

Chris M.

 

 

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GM, These are great snaps. Apart from showing some interesting American cars which - at that time would have cost their owners probably little more than £1500 to buy, they also seem to capture a lovely old image of London that has disappeared forever. Stumbling upon old 'classics' parked in London's back streets was always very exciting, especially if they were of the American variety, great stuff!

I recognise a few of your earlier pics, the black '56 Chevy 4 door hard top belonged to a chap called Colin, he ran an insurance brokers in the Harrow road that  'specialised' in cover for American cars. I used his services for many years, not mainly because he was cheap - as all insurance was at that time- before it became the money making racket that it is today, but he was an extremely nice guy and was very knowledgeable about American cars which certainly was a bonus in the 1970s, as most insurance companies shied away when the word LHD was mentioned!!

I love the red '64 Ford Country Squire, not many of those survived in London with their plastic mock wood panelling unscathed, it was relatively easy to bash out or respray a wing, but to replace the wood effect panelling was beyond the skills of most body shops, cars were often seen with the 'wood'  trim either damaged or completely missing. A great wagon for towing an historic race car or better still, a 'period' dragster!

I have a photo of the Silver Z-28 Camaro cruising in the Kings road, I'll add it to the 'Chelsea cruise' thread later.

Thanks again for posting the pics, and I do appreciate as I'm sure others do, that these snaps were of a pre digital age!!