Miles Cook
October 12, 2016

With at least a half-dozen Mustang clubs within a 100-mile radius of the Los Angeles area, we like to make the rounds here and there covering the numerous Mustang shows that take place this time of year. We began with the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club (LASAAC) show on Santa Monica pier last month and the next day, we were down in Long Beach for the Beach Cities Mustang Club’s Ponies at the Pike event where more than 300 Mustangs and other Ford cars were on hand.

Heading north this time, we drove up the cost to the beautiful Ventura Marina where the Tri-County Mustang Club held its 29th Annual Ponies by the Sea show this past October 9, 2016. As with the other shows, an extensive selection of vintage Mustangs as well as other Ford classics was on display to check out at an ideally temperate and breezy coastal location.

This included everything from a 100-plus-year-old 1914 Model T, to several new 2015-17 S550 Mustangs with both 5.0 Coyote V-8 and 2.3 EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder power. In between, of course, were our favorite 1965-1970 Mustangs, a few clean Mustang IIs with both 2.3-liter four and 2.8-liter V-6 power, as well as a few Fox-body 5.0s that included at least one super-nice 1993 Cobra.

Brought by TCMC members residing in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, one car that we really got a kick out of was Ken and Jill Kraut’s 1965 convertible with its three-speed manual trans and super retro Tropical Turquoise finish. A copy of its window sticker showed its options such as nylon tires, an AM radio, wire wheel covers, a power top, and padded sun visors for $5.70. The big ticket option on the car was its base 289 two-barrel for—wait for it—a whopping $108. Clearly this convertible cruiser was a score when new for $3,093.10. Even better, Ken’s dad bought the car from his neighbor in 1969 for $700.

All in all, a great day was enjoyed by everyone. Check out tricountymustangclub.com for club info as well as next year’s show date, which is usually the second Sunday in October.

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