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Green Hornet Black Beauty
Posted by Mach Man on Monday, November 05, 2007 12:26 PM
I went in search of a kit of this car and found only the Polar Lights 1/35 scale kit. Has anybody tried doing a 1/25 scale from scratch here? Also, if you've ever watched the show and seen the cars turn over in the garage, anybody know what kind of car the white convertible is?
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Posted by elwoodz on Monday, November 05, 2007 12:35 PM
I may be wrong but I think it's a 66 Chrysler 300. I don't know of any 1/24 or 1/25 scale but that kit is on my shelf anxiously waiting it's turn at the bench.

EDIT: spelling

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Posted by Mach Man on Monday, November 05, 2007 12:38 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by elwoodz

I may be wrong but I think it's a 66 Chrysler 300. I don't know of any 1/24 or 1/25 scale but that kit is on my shelf anxiously waiting it's turn at the bench.

EDIT: spelling


So the white convertible is the 300? I have read that the Black Beauty was a Crown Imperial with the customizing work done by Dean Jeffries.
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Posted by harry on Monday, November 05, 2007 12:43 PM
You're right, the Black Beauty was a 1966 Imperial.

Don't know about the white car, though...Sad
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Posted by Mach Man on Monday, November 05, 2007 12:45 PM
And yes, the other was a 300.

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Posted by elwoodz on Monday, November 05, 2007 12:46 PM
Check here.
http://www.leekirkham.com/GH/GH_blackbeauty.html

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Posted by Mach Man on Monday, November 05, 2007 1:08 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by elwoodz

Check here.
http://www.leekirkham.com/GH/GH_blackbeauty.html


Thanks! Great site.
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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, November 05, 2007 1:41 PM
Know Jeffries pretty well, he restored one of the original cars about ten years ago, made everything 'work', for huge $, for a guy in Canyon Country, Ca. for a 'Bruce Lee museum in his basement'... See? model car building ISN'T as bad as it gets!

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Posted by Mach Man on Monday, November 05, 2007 2:14 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by rickr442

Know Jeffries pretty well, he restored one of the original cars about ten years ago, made everything 'work', for huge $, for a guy in Canyon Country, Ca. for a 'Bruce Lee museum in his basement'... See? model car building isn't as bad as it gets!


I read a story about a guy who owned one of the Beauties. Says he had Jeffries restore it then the story gets ugly about money and deals gone bad. It's a long read, but is this the guy Jeffries restored it for?

http://katoman.com/green%20hornet%20folder/black_beauty1.htm
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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, November 05, 2007 2:37 PM
I think so. DJ does get ugly about $$, he expects to get PAID...the guy had business problems mid-project, was a problem for a while, but the car was perfect, all the swtches and toys worked.
He eventually sold it, perhaps to the Petersen Museum, for immense $, so he made out well.

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Posted by Mach Man on Monday, November 05, 2007 3:33 PM
I am considering undertaking the Black Beauty using a 66 AMT Imperial convertible as a starting point. A subject for the TVand movie cars CBP.
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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, November 05, 2007 10:32 PM
That'd be a good project, though I'd try to find the hardtop kit... There seem to be a good number of photos of the car available on the net, considering the show was a flop...

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 05, 2007 10:51 PM
The Black Beauty Jeffries restored is now in the collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. (The plaque said it belongs to their collection.) Here's a shot of it from about a month ago and, yes, it's a '66 Imperial.

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Monday, November 05, 2007 11:47 PM
Hey Mach Man i built one from scratch. There is a site but its down right now its called Lunar models. Get ready the resin kit sells for the last time i looked was $112.00 ouch. Heres mine if you don't mind.



Its not the best but it sure beats 112 bucks.

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Posted by rickr442 on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 12:29 AM
Hugh,
That's the car DJ restored . The other original car was sold to Barris after the show was cancelled, he toured it for awhile to car shows. I saw that one in the mid-70s at the old Petersen Motorama on Hollywood Blvd., and it was really sad. GB had stuck 2 of the old storm-door style sunroofs on it, perhaps to go with the awful FORMULA 1 SUPER STOCK blocky junky tires and I think Cragar wheels.

The windows were pinstriped! Everything was clearcoated, including the bugs that landed on it!

The Mannix Toronado, the Batmobile, and several other TV hero cars were done up in the same 'style'. It was really sad.

The second GH car was found in an outside storage facility in 'the Valley' a few years before DJ restored it... even trashed and weathered it was better off than the other one...
In recent years Barris built at least one copy by way of Dick Dean, and if you do a search for Jay Ohrberg's Show Cars you can see the one he did. All are inaccurate and kinda pathetic, but the show car 'industry' is a bit short of ethics and 'class'.

Looking forward to your model... I still see DJ once in a while...when you get it done I'll show him the post!

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 8:22 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by rickr442

Hugh,
That's the car DJ restored .


Yep, that's what I said. It looks good but it's got a little damage on it. I was going to do a Black Beauty model about seven years ago and actually was in contact with the guy who owned it and had DJ restore it. He was really cool about providing a lot of details to me but I never got into the project.

Barris did some AWFUL things to a lot of historic customs. He just had Monkeemobile II "restored" and it looks pretty good actually, though it's not the same as it was in '66.
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Posted by Mach Man on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:29 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by rickr442

That'd be a good project, though I'd try to find the hardtop kit... There seem to be a good number of photos of the car available on the net, considering the show was a flop...


I was thinking convertible because the roof of Black Beauty is so different from the stock roof. I think the optional hardtop roof from AMT's 66 Thunderbird might be a pretty good match. Nice pic by the way. I don't know why the show flopped. It wasn't bad for its day.
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Posted by Mach Man on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:30 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Space Cowboy

Hey Mach Man i built one from scratch. There is a site but its down right now its called Lunar models. Get ready the resin kit sells for the last time i looked was $112.00 ouch. Heres mine if you don't mind.



Its not the best but it sure beats 112 bucks.


Nice. Better than what I have.
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Posted by Mach Man on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 9:34 PM
I've read some not so nice things about Barris lately. Seems Dean Jeffries kept his wits about him amidst the fame a little better than Barris did.

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