Prized Mustang was a popular event showpiece

January 17, 2018

Shepparton car enthusiast Bill King with his prized Ford Mustang.

Among the 300 cars at the Berrigan Show ‘n’ Shine was a collection of Fords presented by Shepparton car enthusiast Bill King.

Mr King brought three cars —a 1965 Mustang, 1994 ED Sprint and 1963 XL Falcon — to the Show ‘n’ Shine, but said the Mustang was his prized possession.

‘‘I bought the Mustang in 1999 as a ‘rolling shell’; it didn’t run and was just rust.

‘‘It took me two years and $25,000 to completely restore the car with a few modifications.

‘‘It was originally a left hand drive so I converted it to a right hand drive.

‘‘Then it was a matter of finding a new engine, upholstery and other parts from around Australia and America.

‘‘I’m proud of what I’ve done and I enjoy the fact people can admire these cars. It’s pretty special to me.’’

In displaying his Mustang at the event, Mr King also showcased its original log books, mechanic reports, old car parts and vintage Ford advertising from the 1960s.

Mr King said it was important to recognise the history of the car industry in Australia.

‘‘It’s so sad to see Ford and Holden manufacturing ceasing to exist in Australia.

‘‘It will now become a lot harder to get parts for old cars and new models, as most will have to be ordered from overseas.

‘‘These types of car shows can serve as a reminder of our great automotive history.

‘‘We’ve come to all four Berrigan Show ‘n’ Shine events and it just keeps getting better and better.

‘‘When it first started I remember there were only 50 cars, and now there’s nearly 300. I’m definitely coming back next year.’’

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