If there was one car that was guaranteed to catch a young boy's eye in the sixties it was the Ford Classic.
The Classic seemed to me to exude the glamour of the US from it's attractive streamlined front graced with five stars and twin headlamps through to the graceful fins at the rear. The Classic was a real head turner. If anything, it represented the emergence of Britain from the austerity of the fifties into the bright new world of the nineteen sixties.
But it was largely unloved by the British people. Even though it was, in essence, nothing more than a stretched out Anglia - which had proven very popular with the British public - the Classic failed to capture the imagination of British car buyers and was only in production for three short years.
Consequently you saw very few on British roads even when they were relatively new and the sight of a Classic today is as rare as hen's teeth. That's a shame, as I think they were one of the most visually appealing mainstream cars from that time. Mind you, it's Ford's fault - when you go around naming something you make as "Classic" you better make damn sure it really is.