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Show Rod Model Kits: A Showcase of America's Wildest Model Kits
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       Growing up in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s saw the development of extensive prosperity, of previously unknown luxury, and a level of frivolity that the previous generation never knew. Television, expansion into the suburbs, and the rapid growth of automobiles all led to a development boom that people had never experienced. Combine this with automotive growth, hot rodding, car shows, kids playing with toy cars and building models, and you have the elements necessary to create the show rod craze that proliferated in America during the 1960s and 1970s.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword by John Greczula

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Scaled-Down Show Rods for a Scaled-Down Economy

Chapter One:

An Illustrated History of Show Rod Modeling
From Drafting Table to Mom’s Kitchen Table

Club de Mer
Lincoln Futura
Leva Car
Outlaw
Ala Kart
Tweedy Pie
Beatnik Bandit
XR-6
Undertaker
Munster Koach
Li’l Coffin
Dream Rod
Road Agent
Mysterion
Silhouette
Predicta
Drag-U-La
Wild Dream and King T
Cosma Ray
Surf Woody

Futurista
Surfite
Turbo Shark
Batmobile

Uncertain-T
Orange Hauler
Deora
ZZR
Boot Hill Express
Beer Wagon
Monkeemobile
Garbage Truck
Fire Truck
The Paddy Wagon
Pie Wagon
Red Baron  
T’rantula
Paddy Wagon
Hippie Hemi
Phone Booth
Ghost of the Red Baron
The AMTronic
The Outhouse
The Bathtub

The Pink Panther
The Invader
Raiders Coach

The Sand Draggin
Tijuana Taxi
Rommel’s Rod
Popcorn Wagon
Cherry Bomb
Dragon Wagon
Fonz Dream Rod
Sand Shark
Other Notable Collectibles and Collectors
Weird-Ohs
Lindy Loonys
Rat Fink and his Hyper-Extended Family
Phil Davis’ Finks
Zingers
Deal’s Wheels

Chapter Two:

The Corporate Sprue
The Big Four
The Rest of the Field

Late-Model Reality

Chapter Three:

The Human Element
Initiating the Creative Process

A Word from the Peanut Gallery
The Global View

Chapter Four:

The Manufacturer’s Point of View
Transforming Arbitrary Concepts into Three-Dimensional Reality

Making Decisions on Viability
Pitching Right-Brain Concepts to Left-Brain Management

Chapter Five:

Collectibility in Today’s Marketplace
2014 Pricing Factors

Large-Scale Competition—You’re Not Alone

Chapter Six:

The Model Hunter
What’s Out There and Where to Find It

James Bond Aston-Martin DB-5
1958 Thunderbird
1965 Pontiac Bonneville
Cougar II
Fireball 500
Black Beauty
Magnum GT II
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Bed Buggy
Beverly Hillbillies Television Truck
Super Teen Firebird
Boob Tube
Bathtub Buggy
Badman 1955 Chevy
Bed Bug
Milk Truck
Barnabas Vampire Van
Vending Machine
Moon Mixer
Jolly Rodger
Baja Beast
Darracq

Bad Medicine
Laramie Stage Ghost
Trick T

Li’l Gasser
Station Wagon Buggy
S’cool Bus
Gridiron Grabber
Der Beetle Bus
Groovy Grader
Horn Toad
Lug Bug!
Dog Catcher
Der Volks Van
Flying Dutchman
Creepy T/Mummy Machine/ Night Crawler
Firecracker
Bugaboo!
Cosmic Charger
Flameout
Li’l Gypsy Wagon
Depth Charger
Scorpion
’27 Street Rod T
Canned Heat
Rattler
Space: 1999 The Alien
SuperVan
Beatnik Bandit II
RC Cola Wagon
Collecting Connections
Does Competition Improve the Breed?
Conclusion

Chapter Seven:

Scratch-Built Renegades
Street-Level Suppliers to the Glue Huffers

Greg Wann
Don Holthaus
Other Enablers

Epilogue:

Speeding Forward with One Eye on the Mirror

Specifications
Publisher: Cartech Books
Softcover: 144 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.5 inches
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