Fender skirts were optional on the full-size Pontiacs that didn't have them standard. Why anyone would put them on a 2+2 is beyond me. I've seen a '66 2+2 at Greenfield Village in Dearborn with skirts. Regarding the '65 Bonneville kit being converted into a 2+2, I thought they would have been better off to correct the driver's side roofline than spent all that tooling expense trying to convert it to the shorter wheelbase 2+2. I don't know why they don't re-issue the '65 Bonneville convertible kit.
A good test of market demand for the pace cars would be AMT's '64 Mustang. I think the '69 Camaro SS kit did well. I know the '68 Torino GT kit goes for a high price when listed on Ebay. The Camaro pace car promos of '67 and '69 go for high prices in excellent condition. Regarding the Skylark, AMT could re-issue the '54. I have a nice die cast '53 Skylark in probably 1/28th scale. I think it's the same scale as the '53 Eldorado I have. A '53 Skylark would be a great Moebius kit in 1/25th, along with the Olds Fiesta and '53-'56 Packard Caribbeans, '57 Bonneville, and '56-'57 Fury and Desoto Adventurer. Going back further, why isn't any '41 Buick or Cadillac, '40 LaSalle, or Chrysler Town & Country being done?
If the rumor regarding the '59 Dodge is true, then Moebius could work with Okey Spalding to bring back some of the other Jo-Han models. From reading the Forum, it appears that many like modified vehicles, trucks, drag cars, cartoonish vehicles, as well as the 3-in-1 kits. Moebius would do well to continue producing cars and trucks that were never done before. Niche vehicles such as a '67 Marlin or '64 Starfire would be great, but the market demand is probably small. The '66-'79 Ranchero is something that wasn't done: the '66-'71 could yield a few variations, the '72-'76 look pretty much the same except for the grille and bumpers, and the '77-'79 look alike. Car and truck enthusiasts would buy these. It's the same for the '70-'72 El Camino, '71-'72 GMC Sprint, and '73-'77 El Camino. A series of Indy 500 Pace Car models representing the '50s through '70s would do well. A lot of these models could be made into low riders, lead sleds, Donks, and also be built stock.
Scott is correct. The Gran Torino Sport had the scooped hood and was available as a notchback (like the later Starsky & Hutch) or sportsroof. The sportsroof was dropped after '73. The Montego GT of '72-'73 came only with the sportsroof. It would also make a nice model.
it's still on the chrome tree; one of the four blades is missing; I found a photo of a real '69 Lincoln for sale; the fan looked like it had 5 or more blades; the picture was dark; I guess any 5 or 6-blade fan should do?
I bought a '69 kit recently. It's all there except one of the fan's blades is missing. Should I just make a new piece out of styrene or does anyone sell these? In the kit it's supposed to be a 4-blade fan. Or, was the same fan used in multiple AMT kits? I'm not sure if that is correct for a 1:1 scale. Any suggestions? Thanks.
The real '66 Wildcat had a different dash, side panels and seats. The seats were the strato-bench or buckets with slim seat backs. The model has the '65 interior, but it's still a good model. There was supposed to be a promo. I don't know what happened between Buick and AMT on this, but I saw a form that could be mailed in to AMT to purchase one. It ended up that only the Skylark GS and Riviera were available as promos that year.
As far as GM intermediates go, the '64-'72 are considered the most desirable because of their styling and performance. The '73-'77 models have better handling, and the '78-'87 (and '88 Monte Carlo) handle even better. I agree that cars from the '70s and '80s would appeal to younger modelers as this is the era they grew up in. I would start with a '73 442, '74 GS, '76 Regal or Century coupe, '77 Can Am, '78 Magnum, '77-'79 Ranchero GT, and a Ranchero GT from '70 or '72. I would also think a Mark III, IV or V would do well. For the '80s, a Monte Carlo SS in 1/25th would sell. Most of the '80s cars were forgettable, though I own two from that decade (El Camino and Riviera).
I went to a lecture sponsored by the Dearborn Historical Museum a number of years ago (ten or so). The guest speaker was the designer of the Levacar. It was interesting, but I would never want the model.
Regarding the earlier comments about the Rouge plant, it's located in Dearborn. The Rouge River runs alongside of it. River Rouge is also a community near the plant. The plant was originally in Springwells, which then changed its name in the '20s to Fordson in honor of Henry and Edsel. Fordson and Dearborn consolidated as one city in 1929. The 1928 Model A was the first car produced there.