When America took over a very British classic car show

The annual Classics on the Common car show is just about as British as can be. It’s held on public land (the ‘Common’) in Harpenden, England, the entry fee is a small donation to charity (for which you get a sticker) and although it’s been running for 25 years, it’s only this year that the […]

American Classics on the Common 2018The annual Classics on the Common car show is just about as British as can be. It’s held on public land (the ‘Common’) in Harpenden, England, the entry fee is a small donation to charity (for which you get a sticker) and although it’s been running for 25 years, it’s only this year that the first ‘rule’ was introduced: all cars must be aged 25 years or older. If you awfully don’t mind. Thank you. Sorry.

Naturally, as it’s held in the English countryside, there are dozens of MGBs, Minis, Ford Capris and Morris Marinas, plus other oh-so-British retromobilia. But this year, there were over 1,000 cars on show – and a growing proportion of them are as all-American as can be.

Join us as we look at the U.S. muscle muscling out the Brits on home turf – showing classic American cars are thriving on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

1932 Ford Model B Hot Rod

Classics on the Common this year was held in a British heatwave. Temperatures swelled to over 93 degrees… perfect reason to leave your engine exposed, no?

1964 Chevy Impala

Recruiting the next generation of American car enthusiasts?

Ford Model AA Pickup

This poor guy faced a 19-point turn in the 93-degree heat. It was worth it just to cruise back down the line, though.

1960 Plymouth

A very British picnic. With a very American Plymouth. Elvis and Betty Boo called in for tea.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Three more picnic-ers sitting behind their 1969 Mustang Mach 1… wait, what? A 69 Mach 1? With a picnic umbrella propped up in its trunk?

1968 Ford Mustang

We think this guy might be the owner of that ’68 Mustang.

1955-56 Chevy 3100 ‘Task Force’ Custom

Don’t let the Austin Princess wearing the Union Flag in the background distract you from this lovely slammed Chevy 3100. Oh, it didn’t.

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

Some Brits are seriously in love with their American cars. This ’54 Bel Air was just gorgeous.

1983 Chevrolet Silverado

Whereas this Silverado is well-used and all the better for it. A working American classic in England!

1951-54 Chevrolet 3100 Advance Design

Another Chevy 3100, again in low-ride guise. Hot rod trucks don’t come much cooler.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T

This Charger R/T oozes potency wherever it sits. It’s simply reinforced when it’s sitting in a field in Hertfordshire, England.

Checker Cab, Series A 1959-82

The good old Checker Cab, an American every English person recognizes. Like all U.S. cars over there, this one wears British licence numbers but in an authentic American format.

1967 Ford Mustang

Pretty Mustang, pretty color. Pretty much perfect.

1951-53 GMC

Here’s something a bit different – this GMC truck towered over pretty much everything in the field.

1959 Ford F-100

A well-kept F-100 wearing a Harley-Davidson look. Note the H-D nameplates on the front quarter, and the lettering on the rear deck.

1947-50 Chevrolet 3600 Advance Design

Those perfect earlier Chevy trucks? Here’s an alternative take… complete with Edelbrock crate engine!

1965-67 Ford Econoline Supervan

Brits had the Ford Transit, Americans had the Econoline Supervan. Even this perfect promo vehicle drew many admirers.

1963 Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe

In immaculate condition, perfectly presented in red, this Fairlane 500 coop proved to be a real draw at Classics on the Common.

1940 Ford Deluxe

We had to stand 10 minutes to get the shot of this 1940 Deluxe. That’s how dedicated the owner was to polishing it to perfection. His efforts in the sweltering heat were worth it.

A Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa NART tribute

More American cars at Britain’s Classics on the Common

Keep clicking to see more American cars on show in England

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Richard Aucockhttps://www.motoringresearch.com/
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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