CARLISLE, Pa. – Looking for that of OEM trim piece, bumper, engine component, body parts or just about anything else for your collectible Ford? Most likely you’ll be able to hunt it down in the Swap Meet area of the Carlisle Ford Nationals, which takes place every year the first full weekend in June. With hundreds of vendors who set out thousands of parts for you to see, you can easily spend half a day walking up and down the rows of vendor display tents, searching for the exact part you need.
Walking the Carlisle show’s swap meet area and not purchasing something might be more difficult than you think. That’s because included among all the old parts vendors are folks dealing in Ford collectibles, selling everything from trinkets, signs, die-cast and plastic models and tools. We’ll have to admit the bucket of 10mm sockets was hard for us to pass up, since they always seem to disappear at home.We also found several vehicles in the Swap Meet vendor field – some of them still on or in the car trailer that got them to the show. They were often surrounded by other sale items from the same sellers. One car in particular we couldn’t help but see was this black-and-gold Shelby GT350 labeled “Barn Find.” We had walked the show on Day 1 of the Ford Nationals (Friday Morning), at which time the car was already labeled “SOLD.” If you didn’t get to check out the swap meet area of this year’s Carlisle Ford Nationals, catch up with what you missed via our photos below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY MARCUS CERVANTES