Not exactly a household name. Italas were built in... you guessed it... Italy... between around 1905-1935. They built passenger cars and race cars, which this kit is. Like most brass-era model kits, and for some reason I don't understand, this kit was released under various brand names over the years, including Bandai and Imai. I happen to have the Bandai kit:
And here's the real deal. Pretty sure the hot babes are aftermarket items:
Maybe our resident Model T expert Art Anderson will see this. Or if anyone else knows the answer, please chime in.
I just bought this kit. As you can see, it's labeled as a 1912 Model T:
Now for the questions. According to my research, Model T's through the 1914 model year had a flat firewall with no cowl. The flat firewall butted right up against the rear edges of the hood, with the windshield on top of the firewall.
For model year 1915-16 only, the firewall and windshield were moved back, and the car now had a cowl with a small flat area at the rear of the hood (as seen in the model on the box top). After 1916, the cowl was redesigned to flow smoothly from the rear of the hood, and that small flat area disappeared. That would make this model not a 1912 T, but a 1915 or 16, correct?
Question Two: I found only ONE photo of a 1915-16 T with the straight rear fenders. All other photos I found had the normal curved rear fenders that wrapped around the rear wheels. Are these fenders accurate? Were they an option? Or are they just wrong?
Question Three: Is this a Model T "Commercial Coupe?" Is that rear seat known as a "mother-in-law seat?" Was that a specific Model T model, or an option, or what?
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