Mustangs at Galpin Ford’s 4th Annual Car Show
Worldwide Ford-dealer sales leader jumps into the So-Cal show car scene with its own show for all to enjoy
For the past 20-plus years, North Hills, California-based Galpin Ford has been the largest by-volume Ford dealer in the world. We’ve heard the store often sells more than 1,000 vehicles a month—more than 30 per day. With that in mind, it seems fitting that Galpin should have an annual show where enthusiasts can bring their own cars to display as well as check out the new ones in the showroom. There’s also Galpin Auto Sports, which is a customizing and installation shop across the street from the main dealership as well as a museum-like car collection that’s next door to GAS.
While all that is fine and dandy, it was naturally the vintage Mustangs (and few other early Ford cars) that drew us to the 4th annual gathering at the dealership among hundreds of other cars in attendance of which all makes and models are allowed to partake. And while the September 20th, 2015 triple-digit temperatures meant we had to load up on the sun block, all the early Mustangs were great and a few stood out as we strolled the show with camera in hand.
First up was a really cool plain-Jane ’69 fastback owned by Arnold Marks, who has been running Mustangs Etc. in nearby Van Nuys for 40 years. The Candy Apple Red Sports Roof is actually a fairly high-option car in contrast to the fact that it’s not a Shelby, Boss, Mach 1, or Cobra Jet. According to the shown window sticker, it’s equipped with the S-code 390 (a rare engine for ’69) and A/C. There’s also the C6 automatic, power steering, power brakes, and our two favorites, which are also quite rare, a fold-down rear seat and a tachometer gauge cluster. All in further contrast to the 14-inch steel wheels and dog-dish hubcaps. We dig it.
Another S-code 390 Mustang caught our eye, a 24,000-original-mile ’67 GT coupe with a four-speed. There was also a ’71 Mach 1 daily-driver that additionally serves as a tow rig for a flat-bottom drag boat. In addition to the Mustangs, other Ford classics like Falcons and Fairlanes were represented, including a super-rare R-code ’67 Fairlane owned by Rob Ball. One of 72 R-code 427 Fairlane 500XLs built in 1967; it’s also one of only three produced in Vintage Burgundy.
This new-tradition show has definitely turned into a must see for enthusiasts around California. For more on the Galpin dealerships, future show dates and GAS, head over to galpinautosports.com.