Under the Bonnet

1939 Plymouth Limousine

A rare right hand drive RoadKing model, the big Plymouth was assembled at a Chrysler Corporation plant in South Africa from components shipped from Detroit, Michigan

Imported into the UK in 2001 the car is one of only a handful left in this country

Originally painted green, the Plymouth’s coachwork was refinished in black to give it the sleek appearance seen today

For the technical, the engine is a 3,496 cc straight six cylinder side valve unit developing some 80 bhp through a 3 speed manual gearbox

New for 1939 were modern style square headlamps faired neatly into the front wings rather than in separate housings on top – a major advance in automotive design copied by car maufacturers the world over ever since

With all-round hydraulic brakes and two speed windscreen wipers the car was remarkably advanced for 1939!

 

1968 Ford Mustang V8 Coupe

Manufactured at Ford’s San Jose plant in southern California in late December 1967, the Mustang’s first owner was a lady from Santa Ana near Los Angeles

Her choice of Seafoam Green bodywork and Ivy Gold interior was unusual and shared by fewer than 6,000 other Mustangs among the hundreds of thousands produced

She took delivery of the car in January 1968 – and loved the Mustang so much she kept it almost 40 years until her death in 2006

Imported into the UK soon afterwards, the car was lightly restored to its immaculate condition of today

It’s believed the speedometer reading of 60,000 miles is the car’s genuine mileage from new

For the technical: Powered by Ford’s famous 289 cubic inch (4,772 cc) V8, this car left the factory with the very rare optional extras of power steering and front disc brakes

The engine develops 260 BHP through a 3 speed automatic gearbox and in standard form can power the car to a 17 second standing quarter mile on the drag strip