Had these delivered to me at Super September Showdown on the 11th. Nice Johan '59 Caddy from Frank Tiewski. Brought it home and stripped it down. Not sure what I'm going to do with this one. What's nice about the original kits like this one is the much better chassis than was used on the Xel promo reissues. Thanks, Frank!
And from Rod Rakos, two funky 59s. Rod got these along with a bunch similarly crazy period builds of similar quality. There are some good parts here as I needed the rear splash pan from the Buick in particular. Interestingly both models have intact '58 Pontiac steering wheels. Thanks, Rod!
The hot engine in the '58 Plymouth would've been the dual-quad "B" series 350 engine. It was available in all models including the Belvedere hardtop, though most often seen in the Fury. One source for this engine in 1/25th would be the 1970s Johan "USA Oldies" re-release of the '60 Desoto (and possibly the '62 Chrysler 300.) Though pretty simplified, it does have the proper oval air cleaners and the front-mounted distributor. In the Desoto it represents a 383, but externally (I think) the two engines are more or less identical. Just toss the alternator for a generator.
Being young and dumb at the time (1976) I was persuaded to build the '56 as a six cylinder BelAir in trade for a group of vintage builtups that included a '58 Ford. It wasn't fun, but I've still got the Ford!
However, if like the original poster, I wanted to build a '55 hardtop I'd seek out the more recent Revell kit based on the Monogram 1/25 convertible kit and which (to add to the confusion) is also available under the Monogram label! While this kit has its own problems it's currently the easiest route to a nice '55 hardtop...
Beautiful build! And those wheels are very, very cool! I used to collect and build Frog model airplanes, and have several of their kits in AMT packaging. Love their stuff, all the way back to the "Penguins" and the original "Flies Right Off the Ground" (FROG) fighter!