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How many MPC gangbuster kits were there?

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With the reissue of the MPC Imperial roadster I was wondering how many cars were in the series. 

Tried a search but couldn't find this info.

I can think of

1928 Lincoln

1932 Imperial roadster

1932 Chevy sedan delievery

1932 Chevy Roadster

1932 Roadster

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You can add:

1927 Lincoln roadster - with a female "gun moll" figure, the only woman in any GB kit, as far as I know.

1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Sedan - the bigger 4-door version of the roadster you listed. 

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The individual '32 Chevy kits had the accessories but were not in Gangbusters series packaging.  The boxes for the individual kits resembled MPC '66 annual kits.  The Gangbusters Chevy kit was an expensive 7-in-1 deal with both bodies included.  That kit built one car, not two.

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MPC 205-249 was a 9 in 1 kit, 7 stock and 2 rods.

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And it's a cabriolet (most issues refer to it as a roadster).

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One of the Chrysler kits came with a safe or two...

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The 1932 Imperial Roadster has that safe.

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So the list

1927 Lincoln

1928 Linoln

1932 Imperia

1932 4 doorImperial

1932 chevy panel/roadster

Are there any others to add to list?

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The 2 Lincolns probably closest to '28's. Roadster and Phaeton

The '32 Imperial convertible sedan, and the '32 Chrysler roadster (For some reason I think it's a CG Roadster not an Imperial.)

The combo kit 32 Chevy Cabriolet and Panel. 

MPC issued a couple other classics in Not Gangbusters.  1914 Stutz Bearcat issued x3 IIRC, one was TV show, one a Connoisseur Classic, and one a regular issue in red.

The 33 Panel came out as a 66 style box, no real GB stuff.

All the GB cars have been reissued a few times. Decent to build. 

Pretty much what people said, had to add the Stutz, neat kit people forget about.   

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On 2/7/2020 at 6:21 PM, SfanGoch said:

MPC 205-249 was a 9 in 1 kit, 7 stock and 2 rods.

Your parts layout photo confused me for a minute.  It shows 2 sets of full fenders.  

I have a GB '32 Chevy found at a flea market.  Checking my kit instructions, it only came with one set of fenders, the ones with spare-tire wells. Which is also visible on the instructions in your photo.  All four kit builds have the spare tire wells.  The 2 hot rod versions just don't have the tires in them.

So I guess the owner of that kit got a bonus set of fenders. Wonder if MPC goofed (not unheard of), or he just threw them in the box from another kit. 

EDIT: the '27 Lincoln roadster Gangbuster kit has a neat feature and a neat accessory to go with it.  The kit has a golf-bag door on the passenger side, and includes a golf club bag and a few clubs to put inside it.  I think no other GB kit had the golf stuff.  I don't know if it was in the 1970's "Connoisseur Classics" re-issue.  That was the last re-issue of the '27 Lincoln, as far as I know.

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The '32 Chrysler Imperial "roadster" is definitely a convertible coupe.  Here's a "31 Imperial roadster for comparison:

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Also, according if these production figures from HowStuffWorks are right,  Chrysler didn't build any Imperial roadsters in 1932, though a few do seem to have been custom built:

https://auto.howstuffworks.com/1931-1933-chrysler-imperial-eight5.htm

 

Edited by Richard Bartrop

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This gorgeous thing is evidently around, but only from cowl back. Front end is now stock CL Imperial. :(

Woodlites, grille, hood sides, and louvers transform the car. Just killer. Project for the new re-issue, or 1:1 project for Sam Mann. 

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Real Chicago Gangbusters 31 Sedan with bulletproof glass and gun ports. Serious iron for 31.

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32-33 CL, convertible roadster as Richard said. 

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/337758-classic-era-chrysler/  Fun thread, stays on topic for 3 pages. Astounding. Works just like all the other forums I'm on. And, you're smarter when you finish reading a thread. AACA is fast pitch. LOL. 

Link to different car but ibid 

https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/MB08/Vintage-Motor-Cars-of-Meadow-Brook/lots/r200-1932-chrysler-cl-imperial-convertible-roadster-by-lebaron/487526

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4 hours ago, keyser said:

This gorgeous thing is evidently around, but only from cowl back. Front end is now stock CL Imperial. :(

Woodlites, grille, hood sides, and louvers transform the car. Just killer. Project for the new re-issue, or 1:1 project for Sam Mann. 

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I believe this is the car today, and it is a beauty. The top and windshield from a Jo-Han MB 500K look like they might be close.

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I think the '31-'32 Imperials are some of the best looking of an era of already stunningly beautiful cars.  Sure, it's a copy of a Cord L-29, but there are far worse things to copy.

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