Galpin show expects 1,000 vehicles

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This Galpin drag racer appears to run backward down the strip | Galpin photos by Stephen Russo

It is not unusual for new-car dealerships to host classic and collector car shows. But what is unusual is that more than 1,000 cars are expected to be on display at the 7th annual Galpin Car Show, scheduled for October 7 at the Southern California dealership which is the world’s largest Ford store in terms of sales volume.

Galpin also sells several other brands, including Honda, Volvo and Aston Martin, and is the home of Galpin Auto Sports, a vehicle specialty shop which traces its roots to 1952, when Frank Galpin created the Galpin Custom, a brand-new Ford convertible believed to be the first new car customized by a dealership. 

The car, painted enamel cream-yellow over green two-tone (and with matching interior) was modified with frenched and peaked headlamps, Mercury bumpers with a Capri bumperette, Mercury front valance, fenders, hood and grill surround, as well as a ’52 Mercury Continental kit, raised fins, side scoops, half skirts and modified tail lamps.

A portion of the Galpin collection

Galpin Auto Sports specializes in such “Galpinized” vehicles.

The Galpin show is open to everything from hot rods to muscle cars, race cars to antiques, off-roaders and lowriders.

Among those already scheduled to be on display are the famous “Gypsy Rose” Impala lowrider, Metallica front-man James Hetfield’s “Black Pearl,” the Speed Racer Mach 4, a Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am, Herbie the Love Bug and the “Round-Door” Rolls from the Petersen Automotive Museum.

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For the first time, the show will include a lowrider “hop off” that will benefit the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.

For more information, visit the Galpin website.

More of the Galpin showroom

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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