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The "Used Cars" Movie Promotional Model Kit

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The "Used Cars" Movie Promotional Model Kit
Posted by CanesBart on Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:14 PM

Yes, they made one!  Remember that great Kurt Russell Movie?

It was a AMT kit that was designed as a promo, sent out in limited numbers to film critics before the movie release.

Unfortunately, its not a car from the movie (the Buick centurion convertible being maybe the key car) nor is it the one on the box.  (Cant remember what car is actually modelled)

I've never seen it, and just recently heard of it.  Probably fetches a price just for the box art alone.

 

http://www.speedcityresin.com/UsedCaMovierModelBox.jpg

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Posted by markdoo on Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:24 PM

I seem to remember that movie kit box had a 1/25, mid-to-late 1970's MPC Camaro kit inside of it.

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 09, 2017 10:59 PM

 

Steve

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Posted by andrewwjohnson on Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:20 PM

It looks like a sixty seven Ford on the box art.

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Posted by gloozalot on Friday, March 10, 2017 8:12 AM

You are joking right?  If not, I have a 1987 AMT Yugo kit I will sell you.  You should have waited until April 1st to post this.  

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by henri1 on Friday, March 10, 2017 12:56 PM

Winkaprils fool maybe?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, March 10, 2017 5:33 PM

It's real, and it's just As markdoo said.

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by gloozalot on Friday, March 10, 2017 6:31 PM

Here is where it started.  

If you ever get the chance, you might ask Ken Hamilton who drew the instructions.  I understand flying pigs are real too.  

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by CanesBart on Friday, March 10, 2017 9:34 PM

Yep! That was it! A Camaro not seen in the movie

 

 

You CAN build the '57 Chevy 210, or the 4dr Edsel (I saw a resin body for it) both of which had major roles in the film.  But I wanted to build that Buick  :(

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:58 AM

gloozalot

Here is where it started.  

If you ever get the chance, you might ask Ken Hamilton who drew the instructions.  I understand flying pigs are real too.  

 

Yes, that was the article on it, it does NOT disprove that the kit was real. In fact, in the next issue, someone wrote in asking if the article was SAE's long running gag, and the answer was no, the kit was a real kit, done to promote the movie.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by gloozalot on Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:55 AM

Atta Boy Midnight, you keep thinking like that.  That is one of the reasons this 23 year long gag is still going strong.  Is it real... or is it Fake?  Hmmmm.........   Oh well, I have commented enough.  Kirk, Gary, Mike and the rest, I will keep my silence.  My hat is off to you!  So far this one has not been topped.  

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:30 AM

I've seen no proof of any kind & nothing to convince me that this was ever a real kit.

The first give away to me, that this is not an actual kit box, is the lack of a kit manufacturer's logo.

No AMT or Monogram anywhere on the box that I can find.

I find it very difficult to believe that if this were ever an actual kit, that it wouldn't be marked by the manufacturer.

I'll wait until I see an actual kit before I ever believe this.

Anybody have one? Big Smile

 

Steve

 

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Posted by 93slammer on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:42 AM

I saw this on the shelf, at a TG&Y, when the movie came out. 

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:57 AM

Well, this is all quite interesting. I always thought this kit was BS, just an SAE spoof, but there is a curious number of people who claim to have seen one in period. Is there definitive proof? I would love to see it.

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Posted by trainwreck on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:58 AM

If this is a hoax (and I don't think it is) it's a very elaborate one, as I've seen more than 1 box on the net. Some are crushed, some are still in plastic wrap etc. etc.... So for the doubters....LOOK IT UP. Trainwreck.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, March 11, 2017 2:10 PM

Until I see someone produce an actual verifiable example if this thing, I won't believe it.

It's very easy to make "phantom" model boxes.

I see them on the net all of the time.

And it would be just as easy to drop a bagged Camaro kit into it & pass it off as legitimate.

Surely, with all of the die hard builders & collectors on this & other forums, somebody has to have a "real" one, if they exist.

Seeing is believing.

Let's see it.

 

Steve

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Posted by gloozalot on Saturday, March 11, 2017 4:27 PM

It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is.  If "is" means is and never has been, that is one thing.  If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement.  Now, if somone asked me on or before April 1, 1994, if there was a real used cars promotional kit, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no.  And it would have been completely true.  

There is a group of guys laughing their backsides off at this thread right now and I admit, I am one of them.  "Trust Me".

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:52 PM

gloozalot

Atta Boy Midnight, you keep thinking like that.  That is one of the reasons this 23 year long gag is still going strong.  Is it real... or is it Fake?  Hmmmm.........   Oh well, I have commented enough.  Kirk, Gary, Mike and the rest, I will keep my silence.  My hat is off to you!  So far this one has not been topped.  

 

Read it and weep glooze my boy.

From the June 1994 issue, letters to the editir, editor's response:

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by gloozalot on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:05 PM

Midnight, I never disputed the STORY, nor did the Magazine staff.  You gotta stop watching so much CNN.

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:07 PM

Good lord, you claim the kit is fake, I just proved my point that SAE said it was real. Whatever.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by gloozalot on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:12 PM

Easy Midnight, dont take it so serious.  Besides, It was stated the story was real, nothing at all was mentioned about the kit.  This is what makes the whole thing so great.  Laugh about it and enjoy.  Its all part of the modeling fun.

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:21 PM

Yep.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by CanesBart on Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:02 PM

I read that the Camaro Kit was really scaled down, had parts absent from the sprues that were 2n1 extras, etc.  

The story sounded too plausible.  Sent well before filiming was complete, to film critics and distributors.  Remember, it may have been a farce and lightweight comedy, but it was a John Landis/Spielberg film, and both are experts at marketing and product tie ins.

If it is a hoax, it is top notch.  Why would a hoaxter put a Camaro kit in the box, and go to the trouble of injection molding sprues with a limited set of parts?  Why would they make up a story about how it was NEVER intended for sale (hence no AMT or other logos, and the box was completely designed like.....a promo...for marketing)

If you or I did this prank, wouldn't we make it appear as legit as possible?  We would use a picture of a car that was in the box, and we would add details to the box, like scale, AMT, and other stuff.  

 

   The Devil is in the details.  Only sent to film critics and such, makes it that much more plausible that car modelers and collectors rarely got hold of one.  (I assume critics and distributers have a plethora of promotional junk sent to them, and they end up given to their kids or thrown out)

 

I didnt mean to start a "tastes great vs less filling" war here.  I just thought it was cool, and its one of my favorite movies!

"Now WAIT just a ---damn minute!  Is that a 1972 Mercedez Benz 500?  Thirty eight thousand dollars?  TOO ----IN HIGH!"  (BOOM!)

"When you consider depreciation, taxes, maintenance, adjusted interest, gas mileage, inflation, not to mention the prestige of owning a Buick Centurion, how can you afford NOT to buy this car?"   Big Smile

 

 

 

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