It is a "Dog's Breakfast" of a kit. A Mish-Mash of leftover parts, odd bits and the residue of three or four different versions over the years. Many Great parts, esp on the chrome tree, but not a great kit overall, IMHO. I've read some strong critiques of the accuracy of the body shapes, and the grille and bumpers. Supposedly the bumpers are an odd mixture of '71,&'73 features, meaning they are not correct for either year. There are enough parts in the box to assemble a complete model car, but it is in no way, shape or form, an accurate replica of any real car. Racer or otherwise.
Casey, I like your list. I'm in for a couple of Autocar trucks, if they were to happen. Maybe Round2 will even spring for some new or re-tooled parts for some of these kits. Oh well, it will be nice to have any of them on the list back. They'll at least get fresh decals and pad printed tires.
And, Just No! A pretty poor kit even by 1960's standards, and recently available too. Yellow Glass, Decal Options & Pad Printed Tires...... Not enough incentive there, Kats. The Trailer? A flimsy, lightweight thing, and not very realistic. In May or June of 2018, when Hobby Lobby puts them on clearance, I'll get one. Maybe..... YMMV.
Bob F. Chuck beat me to it, but "Customer Demand" is the correct answer. Over in military modeling, Sherman Tanks, P-51 Mustangs, and Me (Bf)-109s its all the time. Each time they are advertised as "Newer", "Better", or "Improved" in some subtle way. And they sell. In great numbers. And so it continues. Auto Modeling is pretty much unique in that instead of getting new tools of old favorites, we just get re-issues of the same old tools. If we are lucky, we get a few new parts added, or "lost" parts re-tooled. I suspect that much of this is driven by cost. Multi part slide molds for one piece bodies are far more expensive than the 'flat' tools needed for most planes.
I notice too, that there are only three of the hard plastic tires in this kit. (6 halves) At least that is all I saw. But this just moved ahead of the Revell '76 Torino on the Must Buy list, after seeing this review. Thanks, Chris.
My local Hooby Looby just put these on the shelf. Looks like I'm getting one, now. Thanks, Chris. I'd really like see a side by side of the chrome trees and rear suspension parts, but I'll have the kit in my hands within a month anyways. Other might like to see how the parts differ though. Notice that both the Police Radio and the Police Flasher have stayed in the kit. Would make a nice 'undercover' stake out car, if you wanted to build it that way.