A few weeks ago I attended the 27th Annual Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show, in the northwest Connecticut town of the same name (except without the “27th annual” or the “fly-in” part, the town is just called Simsbury). Plane & car shows are nothing new, as there are some famous events around the country that combine both modes of transportation, like the Owls Head Spring Antique Auto & Aeroplane Show in Maine.
This year’s Simsbury show once again featured an eclectic mix of foreign and domestic automobiles, with attendance leaning towards 1960s American cars. There were some repeat customers that have made an appearance on the pages of this blog before, such as the 1989 Ford Sierra Cosworth Sapphire that was last seen at Lime Rock Sunday Concours this very year, as well as some surprises like a timewarp delivery mileage Yugo. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s highlights.
This here fine autoMObile is none other than a 1977 Dodge Monaco with 64K very original and very seventies miles on the clock. This example was for sale for just $6900 at this show, which, I have to admit, is probably a bargain to someone somewhere. That someone probably doesn’t go to Arizona in January every year, though they probably do go to Trader Joes. If there’s a place on this coast where this car has a chance of being sold for the asking price, its probably on eBay. Even though this isn’t a woodie, I think this wagon definitely has potential to inspire some spirited bidding in front of the right crowd.
A nicely patinated Land Rover Series II, which was the last iteration of this iconic truck whose grille could be used to cook meat over a fire, which is something I wouldn’t mind trying sometime, I have to admit. This 1963 example is a Series IIA 109SW, and is owned by Nels Anderson.
Oh man. This brown over brown over brown garage find Yugo GV from 1986 has only 127 miles on the clock (the trip to this show needlessly picking away at its value, no doubt) and was discovered just in the last year or so by Bob Oseychik, who spotted it on Craigslist. This GV model appeared essentially as new, and according to the owner started right up when it was found. The only thing Bob had to do was put air in the tires. The original dealer sheet from Thomas Cadillac in Hartford lists a $3990.00 selling price, along with an optional sunroof for $295, an AM/FM Multimedia Center for the same $295, and $195 worth of rustproofing. An additional $90 was tacked on for dealer prep, as was a $25 document fee, bringing the total to $5188. I always disliked the question “but what do you do with it?” that some classic car magazines direct at common classics…. but in this case, I really do not know what one does with this, aside from picking up a case of PBR at Whole Foods. Let’s face it, all Yugos on the road in the US today are driven for their ironic value, in addition to the fact that most are now driven by people who were probably too young to remember them when they were new.
A returning champion from last year was this sharp 1975 240D owned by Mark Mele. This was the first time I’ve noticed that the fuel door on these is right next to the rear license plate. I don’t see nearly enough W115s, so whadda I know? W123s, that’s a different story.
A somewhat tired-looking Triumph TR8. I don’t think there’s a danger of these ever displacing the rubber bumper MGB as the quintessential British starter classic (aka the first-gen Ford Mustang of New England), but I am beginning to see more of these in nicer condition. Sure, there are plenty of abused examples out there, but there are also plenty of driver examples that are very affordable given that I’ve yet to see one whose cosmetic condition has held up well.
A sharp Austin-Healey Sprite, this one appeared to be in great condition inside and out.
One of several vintage police cars that attended Simsbury this year.
I’ve forgotten just how gigantic these Continentals really were till i saw this example, which appears to be in very good condition. Bonus points to the owner for keeping the stock wheel covers. This example hails from 1971 and is owned by Brian Wright.
A rare Jaguar Mark IX, which were made for only three years between 1959 and 1961. Just over ten thousand examples of this car were built.
One of them newfangled Superlite Coupes. Please send manufacturer demo : )
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