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I know it's a 1959 Ford Ranchero but I don't know which company manufactured it.
It's 1/25 very slightly smaller than the Revell Skyliner in length but width-wise identical. The green and white paint looks original.
Is it an AMT promo? Revell? It's too nice (read accurate) to be a Korris Kars. SMP?
Or that rare PMC kit on page 43 of Tim Boyd's 'Collecting Model Car & Truck kits' ?
and it's got that old promo bend to it so it's probably pre 1960.
I'll likely kit bash it with a Revell '59 to straighten it out unless someone knows for sure that it's super rare...?
Looks like a 1959 Ford Ranchero. Probably AMT or JoHan. I'd look on ebay for one to ID it. It's not a promo, but a toy store friction.
Thanks Mark, I know it''s a 1959 Ranchero. It actually came from eBay I just wondered if I could get some positive ID on a maufacturer. I'm almost certain it's not Jo-Han as I don't believe they made any Fords and they usually marked their models in some way. This one has no markings leading me to believe it's an AMT.
Curiously although it has a driven front axle it doesn't ever appear to have had a friction motor installed
Thanks anyway, Mike
It's the Product Miniatures Corporation '59 Ford Ranchero promo. '59 was, I believe, the last year that PMC did any promo's, but for a couple of years afterward, they offered the Ranchero, and its companion, the '59 Ranch Wagon in styrene, as unassembled promo's, in simple kits, both boxed and polybagged, for the supermarket/drugstore/variety store trade, for the "toy aisle" in such stores.
The promo is fairly common, the styrene repops much less so.
See I just KNEW you'd know all about it Biscuitbuilder!
So it's not too rare to cut up in the act of restoration, good! Would it ever have had a friction motor installed?
Again, thanks for your help guys.
...as a kid in the 50's, I had about 10 of those "Promos". Some even were produced with tinted glass and no interiors. Yes, they were sold in the toy aisles of most stores. By the time I was 13, I tore them all apart and turned them into "Glue Bombs".