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Four door sedans - are there many?

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I recently bought the Dodge Monaco Goon car and have become slightly addicted to the idea of building more four door sedans

I'm really liking the 70s coke bottle style spread over a four door body

I've seen the AMT 1970 Galaxie police car but haven't found one for sale yet

Is this niche as non-existent as it seems?

I've noticed some people have used special resin bodies but i'm not looking to go that route as i assume it's relatively pricey

thanks, James

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At the top of my head

AMT 90s Ford Taurus (several versions but I belive they are mostly the same)
Revell 05 Chevy Impala
Revell 91-96 Impala (at lest 3 different versions)
Johan 68 Plymouth Fury
AMT 05 Chrysler 300
Revell Dodge Charger

There are more but as you say, not that many 4 door sedans. The Japanese makers have made quite a few more of them. Several versions of Nissan Skyline as I can recall and many other Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda among others. Fujimi released a 70s Toyota Mark II Grande a few years ago. It is only in lowrider style but with different wheels it can be made in to a stock version. Then there is also some European cars, Ebbro released the Citroen DS and they have the Renault 4 as do Heller and they also have a Citroen Traction Avant and Tamiya and Revell AG made BMW E36 sedans (not sure if they are the same kits or not). Esci made Mercedes 190E (W201 body 1983-1992) and Revell AG did a Mercedes W124 in both sedan and wagon versions.
I'm sure there are more out there, these are the ones I remember at the moment.

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There just aren't many US makes. I think the new 69' Chevy is gonna be a sedan, but most started as police cars and went from there. Shame really, as alot of 2 doors can be made into 4, but the sedans were all a few inches longer so just scribing and filling a coupe and turning it into a sedan looks a bit off...

Jeff

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There was a AMT Ford LTD off of the galaxy,

Revell 1963 Dodge

MPC Dodge various releases. Goon Car

The Yodel cop cars,

greg

 

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AMT did a 1960 Corvair 4 door

 AMT/SMP did a 1960 Valiant 4 door

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I'm also a fan of 4 door sedans (and wagons), often preferring them to the 2 door HT. I've always wished their were more in plastic but have learned not to hold my breath.

I have this promo-based Johan 1962 Oldsmobile Super 88 4 door. I bought it as seen in the photo, built but without paint or even glue. (It came in its box too but I don't have a photo.)

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9 hours ago, jefropas said:

There just aren't many US makes. I think the new 69' Chevy is gonna be a sedan, but most started as police cars and went from there. Shame really, as alot of 2 doors can be made into 4, but the sedans were all a few inches longer so just scribing and filling a coupe and turning it into a sedan looks a bit off...

Jeff

I'm sure you meant 67. A 69 would be a huge attention getter.

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Most model company's chose to produce kits of the high end/luxury versions. The "more door" models doing yeoman duty as cabs and cop cars were obviously not on their radar. Every car I ever owned except one has had at least three doors.

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The 1970 Ford Galaxie Police Car isn't terribly difficult to find  ; I see them on eBay quite often .  I cannot , however , attest to their availability in Merry Olde ( et al. ) . 

The 1977-1978 Dodge Monaco kit from MPC is one of my favourites . Until recently , all iterations of that kit had ridiculously-sized tyres and wheels ( e.g. , wheels too-deep in offset ) . Now with the CHP version of the kit , those cartoonish tyres and wheels have been replaced with accurate replacements (and new hubcaps , too !) . When I get a copy of it , the only mods I'm going to make are the addition of a correct brake master cylinder , and the engine / transmission from the AMT 1971 Charger R/T .

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some 4-door sedan plastic kits:

'61 Tempest

'61 Corvair

'62-'69 Lincoln

some 4-door sedan plastic promos:

'51-'55 Chevy

'51-'52 Pontiac Chieftain

'54-'55 Roadmaster

'49-'54 Ford

'60 Comet

'53-'56 Plymouth

'55-'56 DeSoto

Taurus SHO

'95-'97 Aurora

'98 Intrigue

 

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Back in the '60s the car companies paid the model companies to make promos for them. After the promos were done, the model companies were free to make kits from the molds. The car manufacturers wanted promos of their sportier cars, not their bread and butter ones. Chevy used to have Corvettes and convertibles on the showroom with the expectation of you driving out in a Bel Air wagon- the ones they REALLY made their money off of.

Things have changed- now the model companies pay the car manufacturers to make models, and try to find a new 2 door non pickup or non sports car.   

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4 hours ago, 1972coronet said:

The 1970 Ford Galaxie Police Car isn't terribly difficult to find  ; I see them on eBay quite often .  I cannot , however , attest to their availability in Merry Olde ( et al. ) . 

The 1977-1978 Dodge Monaco kit from MPC is one of my favourites . Until recently , all iterations of that kit had ridiculously-sized tyres and wheels ( e.g. , wheels too-deep in offset ) . Now with the CHP version of the kit , those cartoonish tyres and wheels have been replaced with accurate replacements (and new hubcaps , too !) . When I get a copy of it , the only mods I'm going to make are the addition of a correct brake master cylinder , and the engine / transmission from the AMT 1971 Charger R/T .

Just getting ready to build a Monaco , not totally accurate but the chassis from the 71 Charger kit fits pretty good and the Monaco's interior tub will still fit .

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2 minutes ago, Pat Minarick said:

Just getting ready to build a Monaco , not totally accurate but the chassis from the 71 Charger kit fits pretty good and the Monaco's interior tub will still fit .

I have the kits to eventually do a kitbash of the Monaco and Charger to do a phantom '71 Charger 4dr R/T...since Chargers are 4drs today, I think it would be fun to do a what if '71 4dr... 

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1 minute ago, Rob Hall said:

I have the kits to eventually do a kitbash of the Monaco and Charger to do a phantom '71 Charger 4dr R/T...since Chargers are 4drs today, I think it would be fun to do a what if '71 4dr... 

That's funny I was looking at the other day. I used a Monaco roof on my Cuda 4 door body.

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also working on this Diplomat.

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After watching the Monaco review above, (thanks), I'm disappointed they didn't throw the correct hubcaps in with the new wheels...seriously, how hard would it have been....

Jeff

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Posted (edited)

Do wagons count?

64-65 Chevelle. 

66 Malibu.

64 Nova.

Johan Ambulance and Hearse.

61 Buick Special

Ecto 1 and 1A, 59 Cadillacs

And also,

Johan Cadillac 4 dr hardtops (very rare)

Edited by Oldcarfan27

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19 minutes ago, Oldcarfan27 said:

Do wagons count?

64-65 Chevelle. 

66 Malibu.

64 Nova.

Johan Ambulance and Hearse.

61 Buick Special

Ecto 1 and 1A, 59 Cadillacs

And also,

Johan Cadillac 4 dr hardtops (very rare)

Sorry, Patric, no wagons or 4-door hardtops allowed!

 

I forgot to include the Cruver '49 Olds 98 and JoHan '55 Star Chief. 

 

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On 1/3/2020 at 4:48 PM, jefropas said:

After watching the Monaco review above, (thanks), I'm disappointed they didn't throw the correct hubcaps in with the new wheels...seriously, how hard would it have been....

Jeff

I wonder if Chris' example is an early-production example ? I , too , seem to recall that the newly-tooled hubcaps from the 1978 Dodge D-100 were supposed to be included... 

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