Uckfield classic car enthusiast in competition final

A 1960 Chrysler owned by Uckfield classic car enthusiast Mark Sumpter is through to the final of a nationwide competition to find the Classic American Car of the Year.

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Mark Sympter’s 1960 Chrysler 300F which is in the final of a competition to find Classic American Car of the Year.

Mark’s car will be one of seven lining up at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday, November 13, to Sunday, November 15. The competition winner will be announced on the Sunday afternoon.

Among the other cars competing are a Plymouth Barracuda, a Ford Mustang, and a Plymouth GTX.

Mark said he started collecting classic cars with a 1957 Chevy but his heart was always with Plymouths, Chryslers and DeSotos.

He bought his Chrysler 300F in 2012 and imported it from America. It’s a rare triple-black car, with black bodywork, black roof and black trim.

He sold a pair of Cadillacs and a Plymouth Superbird to justify the purchase of this car, which was restored in America between 2003 and 2009.

Mark said: “It had been parked in a garage since 1970. It’s done just 2,000 miles since it was restored – 2016 will be a year of shows, I’ve promised myself.”

How will he feel if he wins the competition? “I feel a bit of a fraud even getting this far because I bought mine in this condition. But it’s an honour to be chosen, I’m very proud, and I’m looking forward to showing my car at the Classic Motor Show whether I win or not.”

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Another view of Mark Sumpter’s Chrysler which was imported from America in 2012.

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