57 T-bird question
Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:29 AM
In Issue 109, yur bud Dennis Doty did an article on AMT's 1957 T-bird J-257. I meant to send this e-mail to yall back then, but like yu I have lived more than 50 yrs on this rock and sometimes me body don't co-operate with me mind as I would like it to. Which brings me to my question, but first a little background.
I have in my collection an AMT 1957 T-bird that is somewhat unusual, for me at least because I have never seen a model with this accessory. Tha model is a convertible, red plastic w/ an integral red plastic windshield frame, clear plastic windshield. Interior is White w/ Gold trim, Deluxe steering wheel w/ 3/4 horn ring. It has clear plastic headlights and red translucent plastic taillights. Both bumpers are chrome with 1957 in tha license tag space, rear bumper. Tires are black plastic w/ white plastic Deluxe hubcaps/wheels which are on splined axles. Here's tha unusual part, tha chassis/frame is metal/painted black and it has a pot-metal geared momentum motor right over tha rear axle. Tha only markings on tha model are on tha chassis plate between tha front wheels , yu hold tha model with tha front pointing down to read it:
Your Mission, if yu choose to accept it, is to tell me what, when and how this particular model came into existence and whether this is a promo or a toy. This e-mail will self destruct ifn yall can't complete yall's Mission.
Yall have a quality mag, a bit thin, but considering yall's competition over at Kalmbach and what they did to Scale Auto Enthusiast ( I have mags going back to 1988 some even farther back Model Car Science, Auto World), Yurs is more fun. I even have a '64 Ford Fairlane unbuilt with a stock hood, it has been sitting for a long time unbuilt and yu were talking about leaving kits half done or undone. Think I have yu beat. Oh yeah, I have a few of those Imperials too.
Yur in freindship,
Henry E. (Zeb) Matson, Jr.
Posted 30 July 2006 - 10:59 AM
AMT handled the Ford promos in '57 and the T-bird was among them.
Friction motors were also very common for promos made back in the '50's.
Posted 30 July 2006 - 12:01 PM
The metal chassis and friction motor was also a dead giveaway eventhough Hubbley used to use them in their toys....
Anybody else? This question will be going into the current issue I am working on so....the question won't be available for comment much past Friday the 4th.
Posted 03 August 2006 - 06:49 AM
Definitely a promo. They had the metal chassis and friction motor. I can't remember if they made the '57 T-Bird as a Craftsman kit, but if they did, it would have had a plastic chassis with the big splined axles.
Posted 04 August 2006 - 06:02 AM
It probably is a promo , found this promo page on '57 birds that had friction motors and looks like maybe clear headlights,,,,,,,,,
Posted 13 August 2006 - 06:01 AM