Let me preface this by saying I live in the relative middle of nowhere. There's a pretty big town (Bridgewater) about 15 mins away, but Halifax (the provincial capital) is an hour away and very little of interest ever happens around here.
That being said, as I was out and about doing my computer work the other day, I noticed a sign saying a local car club was going to have a little show at local antiques shop....which happens to be like....3 minutes from my house!
I've not really treated myself to any 'me' time in awhile, so I took it upon myself to go if I had time today and, as my morning appointments finished in enough time, I was able to stop in and....boy howdy, am I glad I did!!!
The first thing I saw was a very modified Foxbody Mustang...very cool but no pics as this caught my eye. This was a 100% original Dodge...the paint was faded, it had a few little rust spots in places, the vinyl top was worn....but you could tell it was well-loved and everything on it came on it from the factory. Cool old thing!
I loved the two-tone blue/white color combo on this old Meteor - Meteor was a Canadian-only brand of Ford, basically selling in the lower price segments of the market
Next to the Meteor was this INSANELY mint Lincoln Town Car - it had a digital dash, or so it looked, so I have no idea how many kms were on it, but it could not have been many at all!
Here's something you definitely don't see anymore....ever........at all. It's an accessorized Mercury Zephyr coupe in a surprisingly good-looking two-tone beige/brown! These were basically just a rebadged Ford Fairmont of the time.
Next was this very cool hot rod - Ford I think...?....not really my thing, but it was a drag car and sure is menacing...
Next up was this sporty Dodge Aspen....love the logo script on the front fenders!
Then we had this hot rod. I know it's a Ford because it said so.....it was VERYYYYY modified. I really liked the handpainted pinstriping details though....a lost art that...
Next to it was this '57 Chevrolet. These were my favorite car growing up as a kid (how my tastes have changed! ), but I still think they are gorgeous now, especially with the gold badging in a bright color with the chrome!
Such cool details all over these 50s machines...
These are pretty rare up here...and I think pretty rare in general, if I'm not mistaken? It's an AMC AMX in a lovely shade of orange!
And next to that AMC was this modified Foxbody Mustang convertible.....loving the customized side skirts...5.0 'Stang!
And, in complete defiance of everything 'Stang stands for....was one of my favorites of the show, this absolutely lovely Ford Model A roadster in a very pretty green and light yellow paint scheme. I am doubting this was a factory combo, but is looks very nice on this old girl.
That motor looked so original it almost made me wonder if it's never been opened in it's life....knowing how durable those old Model Ts and As are, I wouldn't be surprised if it never has!
Next to the 'A' was a very cool Datsun 280Z! Digging the engine bay on this one....Straight-6 goodness!
I loved seeing that it still had it's original little engine bay work light!
Oh, now here's a pretty rare one! A North American spec Ford Capri! Amusingly enough, as far as I know, they were never sold as the 'Ford Capri' here, but only as the 'Capri' under Ford's Lincoln-Mercury dealership network. I didn't see one Ford badge on this one! Even the steering wheel simply said 'Capri' in the center!
Next we had another Meteor in a lovely light blue....this one would be around a 1959 model or so.
Next to that Meteor was this gorgeous old 1947 Mercury Eight!
Just past this was a late 70s Corvette and 2 modern Mustangs....but oh boy, next to those, well....I'm saving that for last because it was my second favorite car of the show and, to me, the star of the show...so, we move onward!
This lovely Thunderbird was gorgeous and had all sorts of wonderful little details....I liked the badge 'gems' in the hubcaps!
Then, we had yet another AMX! I've seen very few in my lifetime, but here are two at one show! This one had some cool red pinstriping:
Next to that we had a 100% stock Chevy Vega....yup...definitely not modified at all...
Next to that was my third-favorite car of the show, which we will come back to as you guys have seen me mention it before!
But nearby was this early 50s Ford Crestline in a lovely light mint green. Love the Crestline logo embedded in the front tip of the side chrome strip - classy!
Last, but not least before we get to the best stuff....was Mercury Marquis, which I haven't seen one of since I was a kid! This one had been quietly breathed upon and blacked out a bit!
BUT, now it's time for my third-favorite car of the show, the piece de resistance! It's the Citroen SM I've mentioned here before! :
I just love these things! So French and sleek with so many cool details! This one is an NA-spec car, I believe, but has Euro headlights on it
Sadly, the gentleman that owns it (who I vaguely know through one of my computer jobs) has it up for sale now....I hope it goes to a good home!
Much pretty Maserati V6....
SPHERES! Citroen's famed hydro-pneumatic suspension on view for all to see. He actually had it parked with the suspension set to the highest setting as well, so it had some good off-road cred going on!
I love how the hood Citroen logo vent acts as the air intake for the cabin!
The engine design is just bonkers....it's TECHNICALLY a mid-engined car because the transmission is in FRONT of the engine....heck out the crazy jackshaft and belts that come forward from the engine to run the power steering and the A/C compressor!
And now we get to my (well, it just has to be, doesn't it?) favorite car of the show! It actually wasn't there and I was literally just walking out to leave when it puttered in and, of COURSE, how could I leave then??? FIAT 500!!! I've been up close with two in Lunenburg before when workers had them outside at a local collector's garage, but the owner wasn't there at that time, so I spent very little time there.....so this was the first time I've been able to spend time near one and appreciate everything! It's funny because I heard it before I saw it and despite never hearing one in person before, knew exactly what it was! (don't worry, that blue smoke was from a nearby BBQ, not the 500! )
Epic!!! I got to chat with the owner, a really nice guy named Ron who imported it from Napoli in Italy. It's a 1971 FIAT 500F, the 'F' being the 'base model' 500 at the time. You could've splurged on the fancier 500L if you had the cash, and that would've got you a padded dash, different gauge cluster, chrome bumper guards and a few other cool details, but no...this one was gloriously simple like all 500s are!
It had a lovely tan interior with white wheel and trim...
...and the wonderful fabric sunroof almost all classic 500s came with as standard, which means lovely interior pictures!
The car is factory-original, so the 499cc, 17hp Inline-2 and 4-speed non-synchro gearbox were resting in their house at the back and made a pleasant, cheerful and eager-sounding noise.
I so desperately want one EVEN MORE THAN USUAL now! It was like a cute little puppy in car form!
But, as amazing as that little 500 was, even if it was my favorite at the show....I had to save this ride for last.
OH yes....it's an Alfa, but this is not just any Alfa.
Recognize it yet? It's an Alfa Romeo Giulia...but a very special Giulia (literally and figuratively!), it's a Sprint Speciale! 1 of 1400 ever built....here in semi-rural, middle of nowhere Nova Scotia!!!
It was heart-achingly beautiful in a deep wine-ish red...so many wonderful details, like these authentic glass-lensed original Carello lights!
Or the original Italian plate hiding under the Nova Scotian plate on the rear!
You can tell every curve on the car was drawn by eye and by hand and that it is something very unique...
And the Giulia script on the front fender badges is amazingly Italian and 50s/60s at the same time!
Not sure what year this beauty was, but I was graced by it's prescence
Sadly, then it was time to head home for lunch...but don't worry, Humdrum was in good company in the car park!