A preview of the Essex Classic Vehicle Show

A preview of the Essex Classic Vehicle Show

As a preview of the Essex Classic Vehicle Show on Sunday 16 September, we thought we would share a few stories from those who have submitted their vehicle history to us ahead of showcasing their car in a few weeks times!

In no particular order, here’s a sneak preview of the type of vehicles and discussions you’re likely to have with the owners of the many classic vehicles at this year’s show:

S.S.Jaguar Drop Head Coupe in Black, 1939, 1775 CC 4 cylinder (pictured)
This is a very rare vehicle. Its owner only recalls having seen one other model in his 55 year ownership. It was bought for just £15 and was the owner’s first car. It has attended many shows including Motor 100, Jaguar 75, The Queen’s Jubilee at Ascot and the Grand Parade through Windsor Castle last year. In 1972, “Felix” was loaned to Jaguar for an exhibition in Coventry where the owner met Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Vauxhall 23/60 Red/Black, 1924
One of the oldest classics to attend this year, this Vauxhall has a rich history and graced the roads of Australia for many years before being brought back to the UK in 2000. The current owner, keen to learn more about his car’s travels and history, met up with a previous owner in Australia who had owned the classic for 40 years. Visit the Essex Classic Vehicle Show to find out more…

Ford cortina mk3 2 door gt 2 litre Ambassador blue, 1972, 2000 cc
With a claim to fame, this Ford Cortina, featured on the famous music video” Gloria Cycles -Chancer” on youtube. The current owner is the vehicle’s third owner and 95% of the car’s parts are the original parts, beautifully maintained.

MGB GT Blue, 1972, 1800cc 4 cyl
Known affectionately as Trigger’s Broom, the history of this stunning classic dates back to 1976. The first owner remains a mystery, but the second owner (of 20 years) was a doctor. It was then bought by a classic car enthusiast after 25 years ungaraged in daily use and restored for his daughter’s birthday. Up until this point it was a London car. The works totalled some 9k and included sills floors half wings, valances, all paint and re-trimmed front seats, electronic ignition and an ivor searle head. It then moved from Luton to St Neots which is where I the current owner purchased it. It is called Trigger’s Broom because it’s on its 3rd engine, third gearbox (it was once automatic) third set of half wings, second set of sills and a great many more.

Black 1952 Golden Anniversary Cadillac Sedan
An American classic, manufactured in Texas in 1952, this special Golden Anniversary Cadillac Sedan has 14 carat gold plated Vs. The current owner restored it during 2008 to 2017. This included a great deal of skill involving a total engine rewire and rebuild, new rims, some re-chroming, carpets and upholstery. It is stunning to look at.

Ford mk2 Lotus Cortina, white with green strip, 1967, 1558cc
The engine of this beautiful Ford was restored in 2006 by its current owners. Previous to this, it had’nt graced the road for 16 years. The engine was completely seized-up. Every nut and bolt has been replaced (using all original parts where possible).

Mercedes-Benz SL190 [W121],Light Ivory/Russet Brown, Jan 1960, 1897cc. 4cyl.
This well-loved classic was saved from going to the breaker’s yard by the current owner, who spent two years restoring it between May 1993 and April 1995. It has been restored exactly to factory spec. This model was produced mainly for the USA market as a more affordable Mercedes as a smaller version of the Gullwing 300sl.

Ford MK2 Granada 2.8i Ghia estate silver, 1983, 2.8
This classic has been used extensively during its lifetime. The current owner acquired it in 2008 and previous to that it had five owners. For most of its life it was used as an everyday car and kept outside and was even used for towing a horse trailer up until 2014. It is now primarily used for classic vehicle shows.

If you are showing your classic vehicle at the event and have not yet shared your vehicle’s history with Headway Essex and CCVC, you can do so by submitting your information through this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DDWPDJ8

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