Aha! So the pace car wasn't the first issue, but I was pretty sure there was a Monogram-boxed one. Probably one of those stinkin' donut boxes, too, I bet...
Nah the '55 Chevy was one of the first post-merger "Real Car" on the HUGE rectangular boxes. Oddly enough the Pace Car Edition which came next had a model on the box which was dropped after the '59 Caddy, '59 Impala Convertible, & Ford F-250/350 kits (along with the Bugatti E-110 & "BMW" Nazca M12 RoG reboxes) and they went with straight pictures on the box for several new tools/reboxes in those goofy sized boxes which included (and I'm sure I'm missing a couple) the '50 Ford F-1, '56 Chevy Nomad, ('55 Chevy Conv as previously mentioned), Ferrari F-50 Barchetta RoG rebox, '65 Impala & '65 Impala Convertible, '59 Cadillac Eldorado Seville, & '60 Impala. While I'm rambling here, I might add I never even knew there was a Eldorado Seville version of the '59 Caddy until Revell re-popped it in 2004, and I found one at a model show in a larger than normal, but not quite as big box that's similar to the larger than usual clam-shell boxes that the '59 Impala H/T and Pro-Modeler kits were put into, but has a top and bottom like a proper box.
Then they went dumpster diving at Dunkin Donuts scratch 'n dent sale and came up with those God awful cam-shell boxes for several years. They had to have been made out of the diseased offspring of the trees they make single-ply industrial toilet paper out of, because they wouldn't stand up to a strong cat fart let along maintain their shape once you opened them to grok the contents.
Edited by niteowl7710, 08 March 2013 - 02:28 AM.