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    Ben Field
    No. 1... with a #1968-Bullitt ! / #1968-Ford-Mustang-390GT-Fastback / #1968 / #Ford-Mustang-390GT-Fastback / #Ford-Mustang / #Ford / #Steve-McQueen

    Classic American was approached with an offer we just couldn’t turn down: to be the sole UK publication to feature one of the original (probably the most wellknown one in terms of time on screen) Mustangs used in Bullitt on its return visit to San Francisco. Over the years we’ve featured various Bullitt tributes and replicas, but never one of the original cars and certainly not shot on location in San Francisco.

    I hope you enjoy the feature. The film is always voted one of the best car chase sequences of all time and it’s amazing to hear how the car led such a pedestrian and ordinary life in New Jersey after its brief blaze of glory on the silver screen.

    Another favourite article of mine this month is Jim Maxwell’s feature on retro automotive accessory advertising, which starts on page. Even after all these years being around American cars and Classic American magazine, it’s still a real buzz to find out/discover things I never knew, such as the snippets in Jim’s feature. For instance I was aware Trico manufactured wiper blades, but I never knew Trico stood for Tri-Continental, or that the firm was based in Buffalo, New York. Likewise, while I was aware of 3M as a company, I didn’t know that the ‘3M’ stood for ‘Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing’ or that Delco was actually an abbreviation of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company…

    As you read this, the finals of this year’s Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition will have taken place, but this magazine will have already gone to print; however, if you take a look at the Classic American website and/or Facebook page, you’ll be able to find out who won after the competition has finished!

    The original Bullitt Mustang at the launch of the #2019-Ford-Mustang-Bullitt-Special-Edition .
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    The Alfa 166 Desirable at last

    As our Nathan recently discovered, prices of surviving Alfa 166s have taken a leap. To the extent that dealers have seen an opportunity and have started importing good non-rusty right-hookers from Japan.

    A year or so back you could barely give one away to a passing Alfisti, but that’s part of the fun of the classic car market – you never know what the next twist in the plot will be. Now all of a sudden even a doggy one with no MoT can be offered with a straight face for £1250. Anything vaguely nice is heading north of £3000, and we’re even seeing close on six grand being asked for low-milers.

    None of it makes any real sense. Obviously we’re fans of the 166 at MC, but with the realistic outlook that one will never be the most faithful and trouble-free thing to own. But what was once a distinctive ‘old smoker’ has now achieved suburban cool status.

    Oh well, 156s are still cheap as chips as long as you don’t want a V6. And arguably better looking and nicer to drive. You’d better act fast though – decent ones are getting hard to find – a shortage of replacement floors is seeing a lot of cars scrapped. You’ve been warned...

    Our Nathan – predicts some trends, maims others.
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    Ben Field created a new group Citroën XM

    Citroën XM Open Group

    Citroën XM 1989-2000

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