1968 Ford Mustang Fastback

MOTORING: It's just great to see the return of these classic car shows

Paul Jolly

Another splendid classic car show, this time at Powderham Castle on the banks of the River Exe with an estimated 2000 exhibits. We are blessed to see these events once more after three years of absence.

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

Many a car caught my eye, usually followed by me muttering to myself, ‘I wish I hadn’t sold that one of mine’ when I spotted a particular gem.

One such car, a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, stopped me in my tracks, such was the magnificence of it. Not because I used to own an identical car in a previous life, but because of something else.

I walked around and stared long and hard trying to understand what it was that transfixed me. Remember, this was a production model which just ran for two years before it was upgraded and superseded by another Mustang. They were built to a price, not especially well, but were incredibly popular. Our Capri’s were introduced to capture the same marketing success in the UK.

It was also not the fact that this model year Mustang featured in Bullet, the greatest all time movie car chase sequence, with Steve McQueen in his Highland Green Fastback version racing in the streets of San Francisco.

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

I acquired mine from a dealer in Madrid who sold returning US servicemen’s tax-free cars once their European tour of duty was over. Importing it to the UK was straightforward at Dover and once the duty was paid, UK registration was simple.

Would I have another or would that be like trying to re-dial one’s personal history?

No contest. Like a shot, I would have another, but the smallest of problems might be that I paid £775 for mine then and this stunner would be easily worth £40,000 today.

Paul Jolly, classic car specialist and valuer
Paul Jolly, classic car specialist and valuer