Moebius and many others go to China now for molding, printing and packaging. China charges much less. Galaxie LTD started in Korea during 1998 because that is where Tamiya and Fujimi were going for the best and cheapest molding processes.
That was then, this is 16 years later and moving the molds to China would be more expensive than simply going with Korea and the same manufacturers (quality) as in 1998. Management felt it was the best alternative.
Just as an aside. Gary sent some test shots of the coupe to Jimmy Flintstone months ago. So hopefully a nice chopped version will appear on Jimmy's site now that Galaxie LTD kits have arrived on our shores after a VERY LONG wait.
Looks great overall. Nice choice of rolling stock and the weathering... while a little harsh is still believable.
My only suggestion (not a criticism exactly) but the windshield glass is too thick to be convincing. One suggestion is to vacuum form that piece with thinner material. But the easier option is to mask off the wiper tracks and hit it with a bit of dull coat or light tan. (In the past we used Floquil "dust" but that doesn't exist any longer.)
The real name for this body is "Berry Mini T". Google that if you want pics of the real thing. "Hot Rod Cartoons" Magazine editor in 1970 built one in his garage and featured the progress in various articles in the mag for many issues after.
The cockpit is tight to be sure, but I think you might be onto something regarding AMT. They tend to make old molds work rather than make new molds. Seems the original Berry Mini T used a slightly longer wheelbase (80") than did the Myers Manx. Remember that all those fiberglass 1 to 1 kits required YOU the builder to provide a complete Volkswagon chassis pan and shorten it to fit the body as per instructions. Ha!