Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Fabulous Fords Forever

Every car show has its amazing autos, plebeian autos and just outright  stop you in your tracks gorgeous.  Its not always a stunning restoration or custom that gets your attention.  Sometimes its the absurd taken to the nth degree.

I call it the Mad Max Mustang at this past weekends Fabulous Fords Forever show in Buena Park CA.  Its a 1968 Mustang mated to a stretched original bronco frame.  Its gun metal grey primer.  With a Gatling gun.  Can it get any more unique and original?  Beats the Disco Pinto by a long shot.
Of course there was a lot of everything among the 1900+ Ford cars and trucks at this show for everyone.  The history of Ford from the beginning to customized 2015 Mustangs were on hand.  Henry would have been proud of his history put together in one stunning show
This handsomely restored 1973 Pinto Wagon was among many that were not at previous shows.  I chose this as my favorite of the lot as the modifications were nominal inside and out.  Interesting to see the modifications on this one time economy car.  Lots of V8's and 80s era 2.3l turbos under the hood, far more oomph that the little darling was graced with in the beginning.  Remember the 1.6l that was standard making all of 70bhp?
Wildly popular and amply represented was the original Bronco.  This was a serious off road machine that could climb rocks and mud hollers with the best Jeep could put out back in the day.  This example is such a pristine example, I'd be afraid of taking it to a mall out of fear it would get dinged and dented.  Nice truck.
There were several Edsels at the show this weekend. This by far was the most beautifully restored example.  A Pacer Convertible.  If they had left the factory in this condition back in the day...they'd still be in production today.  Not a flaw to be found in this car.
1969 Mercury Marauder X100.  This was the "it" car for me in high school.  It was Mercury Marquis in the front, shortened wheel base to the rear with a fast back roof.  Bucket seats, hidden headlamps and real factory "mag" wheels.  The crowning glory to this beast was the 429 4 barrel putting out 360hp and a boat load of torque for dramatic tire squeal launches that settled down into a dreamy, if not frightening ride when you left the straight aways and into a sharp corner.  I guess that era wasn't all that afterwards.
Lincoln was well represented as you saw in the video.  This 1940 Continental with the V12 was one of the prettiest cars at the show.  The black paint if you look closely perfectly flawless reflected everything on the horizon.  Beautiful restoration, this owner must be proud.

More pics of the 2015 Fabulous Fords Forever on flickr