There have been so many American independents over the years, and a surprising number of their cars appeared in scale. I’ll keep the Brass & Classic Era for another day, as they’re a theme on their own. Hmm – maybe with one exception.
I’m including this here because it’s something of an outlier. This was the Thomas that won the 1908 New York to Paris race. An unusual choice of subject, it’s an old AMT kit I can only trace back to 1976 (I thought it was older), no doubt chosen because of its place in American history for the Bicentennial year. There are plenty of ‘Brass & Classic Era’ American cars, but few Veterans.
Moving forward to the postwar era, we find the inimitable Stepdown Hudson. Moebius has a range of 1952-4 Hornets in several body styles. I’ve shown some of my Hudsons before; these are modern kits with excellent detail. Naturally, they come with Twin-H-Power.
And here’s a look at that unusual Hudson body-chassis construction, from underneath. Truly a fascinating intermediate step between separate chassis and full unitary – but it can’t have been cheap.
One last look at Hudson before moving on. Nope, there are no Nashes.
The next brand that comes to mind, if you have a mind like mine, is Studebaker. We have an interesting, though patchy, seam to mine here. There is still no bullet-nose, but AMT released a 1953 President Starliner, which has been in and out of the catalog since 1965 (currently in). As usual for those days it has stock, custom or drag versions, and is extremely well-detailed even by modern standards.
It was one of my first kits. I was in my mid-teens, and Dad had business in the ‘red-light’ district. No, not that sort of business; actual sell-someone-shop fittings type business. Or it might have been refrigeration; he handled both. Meanwhile, I only had eyes for models, and I bought the Stude. On the way home, Dad asked if had I noticed those girls giving me the eye? Girls, nope. But look at this cool Studebaker….
No Hawks, but moving on to 1962 there’s this Studebaker Lark convertible from JoHan. Long defunct, it’s a kit that dates back to 1962 but was periodically reissued. I got mine in the mid-seventies.
It’s a small step from there to the Avanti. Both Aurora (long gone) and AMT did well-detailed kits. The AMT one reappears from time to time; this is the rarer Aurora one.
Let’s take another sideways step to AMC. Going back to 1962, I have this Johan kit of a Classic, a simple kit that was last available in the seventies (I think) as a taxi.
Various American kits have been available, primarily as annual kits updated each year and reissued sporadically, but I don’t have any assembled. However, I can find an AMX or three.
Of course, there’s a Gremlin; I kind of like these. This one’s a 1976.
And then there are those monuments to AMC’s failure. Here’s a 1976 Matador, relieved of its bumpers and painted a very non-stock dark pink pearl. You wouldn’t think I’d lowered it, must be the wheels…
And naturally, there has to be a Pacer. Make that two. Might find a third – wait, did I hear somebody scream “Enough!”
That’s it for today. We might go and visit Europe next time.