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AMT's '66 Cyclone kit, like their Park Lane, had an option of the Wrist Twist steering. I don't if there was a real Cyclone with the feature or not. But I wouldn't be surprised. The Wrist Twist was a feature Ford Motor Company was seriously contemplating of offering was a factory option in the mid-60's. Why it never made to market, I don't know? It may have had something to do with new steering wheel safety standards coming in about that time? Ford did build a few test cars with the Wrist Twist in the mid-60's. Watching Ford's video from the time, I'm not sure if I would have wanted feature. It didn't look all that convenient to use to me.

This might be the car I was thinking of. If so, it was a Barris joint, not Alexander Brothers. But somewhere I have an original 1966 car rag with BW pics of this car (or the one I'm thinking of), showing the wrist twist steering. It was the first time I'd ever seen or heard of that.

https://www.favcars.com/mercury-comet-cyclone-x-roadster-barris-kustom-1966-images-353786.htm

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That '40 Ford Sedan is great news! I'll need at least one of them as the older versions of this kit aren't so easily available anymore. It's great that AMT has lately included all of those old optional Custom parts in their new kits, so I'm really looking forward to this one...

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That is actually a Ford commissioned show car. FoMoCo did tons of evolutionary show cars. Most famous is the 66-67 Mach I showcar, the Mustang II of 63-64. 

They did wild stuff. 3 64-66 Merc showcars had wrist twist in them at various times IIRC. 

Here's a great reference page. Russian but safe, used it for decades. 

http://www.carstyling.ru/en/manufacturer/Mercury/

http://www.carstyling.ru/ru/manufacturer/Ford/

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If you're worries about safety, It would seem that bar between the sterring knobs would be an ieal place to put some padding, or in later years, and air bag, though those thumb holes are just asking for trouble. 

I suspect the biggest problem is what happens if for some reason you lose power steering, and you suddenly have to aim two tons of Mercury Park Lane with a couple of slightly oversized bathroom faucets..

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.....and you suddenly have to aim two tons of Mercury Park Lane with a couple of slightly oversized bathroom faucets..

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!:lol:

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A few more coming in 2018:

AMT-1088 '40 Ford Sedan

AMT -1097 1/25 1970 Chevy Corvette Coupe

AMT-1098 1/25 1966 Mercury Hardtop

AMT-1105 1/25 1969 Olds W30 442

AMT PP119 Firestone Double Pinstripe Tire Pack 

PLL-MKA30  1/25 Coca-Cola Graphics Decals

I also agree it's about time we saw the '40 sedan again.  Also agree that I hope it's not an overpriced "Original Art" version.

Wonder what they'll do for the '66 Mercury reissue.  Could do new art work, but I suspect it will be a retro version of one of these:

 

amt-1966-mercury-hardtop-stock-or-alexander-bros-custom-original-issue-1.jpg

AMT-T-226-2.jpg

They each have their charms.  I have a half-built version of the "no name" box art issue that I purchased before the RC2 reissue.  Both of the above versions had a very nice set of Hurst mags that would be great to have again (I believe the last RC2 reissue had American Racing Vectors?)

I suspect that even if they do one of these two versions, they may just swap in some of their recently tooled Torq-Thrust or Cragar-style wheel sets instead, and slightly alter the box art.  I believe they did something like that with the recent "Retro Deluxe" ''69 Barracuda.

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I might be interested in the '66 Mercury if it's sold in one of the original box art versions shown above. I already have one, but one of the things that's stopped me from building it is the chassis. I don't care for the molded in stuff at all, and I'm not sure of a reasonable replacement to give it more detail.

'66 Mercurys have a very clean and straightforward design. After that, they started to get rather bloated and clumsy looking, but that's my own perspective.

I'd get another '69 Olds kit for the simple reason that they make for EXCELLENT chassis donors for those obscure GM Colonnade coupes I'd like to build someday! :P

The double stripe whitewall tires?? Hmmm...............very interesting!

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This might be the car I was thinking of. If so, it was a Barris joint, not Alexander Brothers. But somewhere I have an original 1966 car rag with BW pics of this car (or the one I'm thinking of), showing the wrist twist steering. It was the first time I'd ever seen or heard of that.

https://www.favcars.com/mercury-comet-cyclone-x-roadster-barris-kustom-1966-images-353786.htm

That has to be one of the ugliest customs I have ever seen.  The cut-down windshield treatment is pretty cool, but that Beluga whale tooth grille is more than I can handle.

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I might be interested in the '66 Mercury if it's sold in one of the original box art versions shown above. I already have one, but one of the things that's stopped me from building it is the chassis. I don't care for the molded in stuff at all, and I'm not sure of a reasonable replacement to give it more detail.

'66 Mercurys have a very clean and straightforward design. After that, they started to get rather bloated and clumsy looking, but that's my own perspective.

I'd get another '69 Olds kit for the simple reason that they make for EXCELLENT chassis donors for those obscure GM Colonnade coupes I'd like to build someday! :P

The double stripe whitewall tires?? Hmmm...............very interesting!

Check the '65 Galaxie.  I'm not sure if there is a wheelbase difference, but the frame and suspension are very similar, probably the same on both 1:1 cars.  The '65 has a steering front end, nice separate rear suspension, and gas tank (and trunk floor) but has molded-in exhaust detail.  The '66 Galaxie has separate exhaust but the suspension detail isn't as good as the '65.  So, if you combine the two...

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 a very nice set of Hurst mags that would be great to have again (I believe the last RC2 reissue had American Racing Vectors?)

Looks like it had the Kelsey-Hayes "Stripper" wheels leftover(?) from the Countdown series issue, the same optional wheels as found in the reissued '53 Corvette.

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Check the '65 Galaxie.  I'm not sure if there is a wheelbase difference, but the frame and suspension are very similar, probably the same on both 1:1 cars.  The '65 has a steering front end, nice separate rear suspension, and gas tank (and trunk floor) but has molded-in exhaust detail.  The '66 Galaxie has separate exhaust but the suspension detail isn't as good as the '65.  So, if you combine the two...

Mark, thanks for the info! I never had either the '65 Ford or the '66 kit, but in 1:1 they would be similar if not identical as far as running gear. I do believe the Merc would be a tad longer in 1:1 but for me in our modeling world, that's no big deal. ;)

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