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2014 Annual Gilmore Heritage/Farmers Market Auto Show

1960 Lincoln Continental was the largest car in the world.
1960 Lincoln Continental was the largest car in the world.
Jim Cherry

The annual Gilmore Heritage/Farmers Market Auto Show featured Ford Mustangs for its 20th year. As the Mustang was introduced in the spring of 1964, its fiftieth anniversary lined up nicely with this popular show's second decade. Southern California sunshine adds sparkle to beloved cruisers of all kinds. This is a great show for families as the Farmers Market has cafes and snacks to keep everyone energized and refreshed.

This show is wide open to a variety of entries. Classic vintage cars, hot rods, custom jobs, muscle cars, Italian coachbuilt specials, and even vintage trucks make up this display of over 100 vehicles. Many of the same cars appear each year, dampening the excitement for loyal attendees, but as it's all for free, few complain.

An area dedicated to Ford's famous pony car presnted a variety of Mustangs. Shelby cars seemed to dominate, but there were many other models as well. Mustang alley showed off a Hertz clone, several GT 350s by Carol Shelby, and an original owner '65 convertible with her restored car.

A 1957 Lincoln Capri dazzled onlookers with its soaring fins and factory pastel pink paint, but in this observer’s humble opinion, the knockout star of this year’s collection was a convertible 1960 Lincoln Continental MkV (see photo). 1958-60 Lincolns were the largest cars built in their day and their imposing bulk is just as impressive today, if not more so. The 1960 Lincoln Continental was also the only convertible ever offered with a motorized, retractable glass back window. This example was in a rare color called Terra Verde Green. It is a two-owner, unrestored original with just 53,000 miles on its clock. You could hear audible gasps as people rounded the corner and viewed its magnificent lines and glittering chrome trim.

A rare Chrysler/Ghia Thomas Special Coupe made the scene along with a 1957 Thunderbird, a Loewy-designed Studebaker, and a four-finned 1962 Cadillac hardtop.

The annual Gilmore Heritage/Farmers Market Auto Show is held on the first Saturday in June every year. It's free and open to all.

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