More finalists added to Classic American Car of the Year

More finalists added to Classic American Car of the Year

Two more cars have been added to the grand final of this year’s Classic American Car of the Year competition. A 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, belonging to Mike Churchill from Suffolk, and David Christmas’s 1970 Plymouth Road Runner are the winners of Heat 5 and 6 respectively.

Mike’s Lincoln is in time-warp condition with a one-of-one paint and trim spec according to the Marti report it came with and boasts a 460cu. in. V8 motor and C6 automatic transmission. It has a great pedigree too, having won many senior class awards in the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club shows in the US.

David bought his Plymouth Road Runner in 2012 as a rolling shell and restored it over a two-year period. It had its first outing to the Mopar EuroNats in 2015 and is pretty much complete now, apart from a few very small details.

The 440 four-barrel motor was rebuilt by Dave Biladeau and reportedly produces 400bhp/515lb ft of torque on the dyno! It’s a highly optioned car, with hood turn signal repeaters, air conditioning, console, bucket seats and those cool-looking ‘dust trail’ stripes from the Road Runner. Finished in Tor Red, David has added the Air Grabber scoop, which really looks the business.

See both of these cars along with the five other finalists on the Classic American Car of the Year stand in Hall 5 of the NEC.