It’s just great to see the return of these classic car shows

Another splendid display of classic cars, this time at Powderham Castle on the banks of the River Exe with around 2000 exhibits. We are blessed to see these events again after three years of absence.

There was something for everyone, young and old, with probably the best display of steam tractors in the UK.

Many cars caught my eye, usually followed by myself muttering, “I wish I hadn’t sold that one” when I spotted a particular gem.

One of these cars, a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, stopped me cold, such was the magnificence of this one. Not because I owned an identical car in a past life, but because of something else.

I walked around and looked long and hard trying to figure out what had stuck with me. Remember, this was a production model that only lasted two years before it was upgraded and replaced with another Mustang. They were built at a price, not particularly well, but were incredibly popular. Our Capris were introduced to capture the same marketing success in the UK.

Nor was it the fact that this model year Mustang featured in Bullet, the greatest car chase sequence of all time, with Steve McQueen in his Highland Green Fastback version racing through the streets of San Francisco.

No, it was just the absolute pinnacle of design from every angle that they had at the time. Like Type E, it is a thing of beauty and a work of art.

I acquired mine from a dealership in Madrid that sold zero-rated cars of American servicemen returning after their tour of European duty. Importing it into the UK was simple in Dover and once the duty was paid, registration in the UK was simple.

Would I have another one or would it be like trying to reconstruct his personal history?

No competition. As a stunt I’d have another one, but the smaller of the issues might be that I paid £775 for mine back then and this stunner would easily be worth £40,000 today.

Paul Jolly, classic car specialist and appraiser

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