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#21 Maindrian Pace

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:10 PM

I live less than four miles from the Main street lots where it was filmed, that area is almost totally unrecognizable from the late '70s.

 

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:49 AM

"B" movie? Nah, that's classic stuff!

 

Notice on the box top it says :

"Impossible to Assemble"

 

Promo gag that garnered a cult following.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

The car pictured on the box is a '67 Galaxie, but that's not what is inside the box. The USED CARS kit was a giveaway item made to promote the movie. Inside the box was a bag of plastic parts from a late-Seventies MPC kit. Some of these contained Dodge pickup kit parts, most contained a Camaro kit. One I saw had the bag of parts from the Camaro but the plated tree from the Dodge pickup. The instruction sheet was a joke item with "tips" on prepping a used car. The kit wasn't meant to be assembled, and probably couldn't be assembled with what was in the box. I don't think all of these kits had plated trees, clear parts, or tires.
As an aside, in the mid-Eighties a pilot episode was filmed for a potential USED CARS series. Nobody picked it up, and I'm not sure it aired on network TV. The pilot is available if you know where to look for it (I've seen it; it's not worth bothering with). At the time, I had heard that if the series had aired, AMT had (or was going to get) licensing to produce a series of three or four USED CARS kits. Supposedly, one would have been the '66 Buick Wildcat (this was before that kit appeared in the AMT/Ertl Customizing series). No idea if any of this is true, but the series was never picked up anyway...



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

Either the original this post is about didn't sell or there's another on up on the bay right now.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:57 AM

Before this thread I had just seen bits and pieces, since then I have seen the entire movie. Does anyone know if they make a 1977 Mercedes like the one that they blew up in the movie? I would love to make a diorama of that commercial. 



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:04 PM

I was on evilbay today and found a Columbia Pictures movie promo of Kurt Russel's "USED CARS" movie.  It actually has a model kit in the box but is not even close to what is on the out side.  It is just a movie promo not intended for actual construction.  Here's a link if you want to bid, He's asking $200 OBO.  I think it's great.  I think it's probably the same model kit that they used for the Kenny Rodgers' "SIX PACK" promotion, an early 80's Camaro Stock Car.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item1e9196feab

 

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 07:38 PM

That is neat, haven't seen one for many years! The way I heard the story was it was a promotional thing and the box art was the best part. The "kit" inside was anything, possibly not even parts from the same kit or the correct/enough parts to build it into anything. I'd still like to get one though.

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 11:23 PM

And the instructions were just as funny part, if you can find a copy - I'd like to see them posted on that Fotki page.

(I wonder if the person who thought up this promotional item saw that "$257 Ford" model kit piece from National Lampoon? <_< )


Edited by ChrisBcritter, 11 October 2014 - 11:25 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 02:41 AM

Id love to have that box but its WAY out of my grasp....I love the old boxes arts....



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 04:00 AM

The '80 Camaro contents is an MPC kit. It's actually a pretty decent kit. I still have what's left of the one I built 34 years ago.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 04:44 AM

This promotional item contained one of several different MPC kits from the era, anything from street cars, NASCAR, or dragsters were put in. The "kits" were often just a bunch of parts from the regular version of whatever made it in the box, almost never complete and buildable as supplied, and sometimes even included a tree or other parts from other, unrelated kits. Back in the late '80s, I turned one down for $10. As it turned out, not one of my better decisions.

 

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 05:25 AM

He is asking for "BEST OFFER"  so the worst he can do is say no to your offer.  I would love to see one of you guys collect this.  I am going to see if I can find it on Netflix.  If I do, I may end up bidding on the model.  lol, unless it's like ANY of Kurt Russel's early stuff and I can't sit through the intro.  hahaha



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 08:52 AM

He isn't exactly Snake Plissken in this movie, but if you like cars, it's a fun flick. Plus, it was filmed about four miles from my house.

 

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:21 AM

Grandpa Munster was the Judge!"Why dont you see for yourself,Judge?)



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 07:55 AM

I like the severely tacky nature of him in this movie.  :lol:



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Posted 15 October 2014 - 02:29 PM

Good lord, somebody bought it! The seller should change their handle to "rudyrusso". :lol:

 

Saw one of these a couple times at the kit collector show in Orange County, CA many years ago - the seller wanted around fifty bucks for it then ("Fifty bucks never killed anybody", but it would have injured my budget too much...).



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 03:38 PM

I was on evilbay today and found a Columbia Pictures movie promo of Kurt Russel's "USED CARS" movie.  It actually has a model kit in the box but is not even close to what is on the out side.  It is just a movie promo not intended for actual construction.  Here's a link if you want to bid, He's asking $200 OBO.  I think it's great.  I think it's probably the same model kit that they used for the Kenny Rodgers' "SIX PACK" promotion, an early 80's Camaro Stock Car.


And the "lucky" winner of that auction is a good friend of mine...

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:43 PM

Great movie. Even funnier if you worked for car dealerships back in the day. Some of the stuff portrayed in that movie was not far from the truth on things that use to happen in car dealerships. Especially in the used car departments. It was exaggerated, but close to true stories I had heard, or in some cases even seen. There use to be some very interesting characters in the car business back in the day. Not so much today.

Scott

Edited by unclescott58, 16 October 2014 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 05:43 PM

And the "lucky" winner of that auction is a good friend of mine...

Can you get him to scan and post the instructions pleeeeez?



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 05:48 PM

Can you get him to scan and post the instructions pleeeeez?


That I would like to see too.

Scott