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    I just realized how unlike many other brands, Auto World has never made 4 door sedans in this scale. A good majority of cars sold have more than 2 doors you know. Think of the potential they have by tapping into this area.
    - Burton W. Pine

  • #2
    Originally posted by MeltedPintoMan View Post
    I just realized how unlike many other brands, Auto World has never made 4 door sedans in this scale. A good majority of cars sold have more than 2 doors you know. Think of the potential they have by tapping into this area.
    Something like a Ford Granada that could be done as police, FBI/Secret Service, base model civilian, or ESS & Ghia forms, with possible Mercury Monarch &/or Lincoln Versailles front/rear cores,would be a great one

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GCU 2.0 View Post

      Something like a Ford Granada that could be done as police, FBI/Secret Service, base model civilian, or ESS & Ghia forms, with possible Mercury Monarch &/or Lincoln Versailles front/rear cores,would be a great one
      Yes! The 1975 Ford Granada, 1975 Chevy Nova, and 1975 Plymouth Valiant are wonderful choices that Auto World or Johnny Lightning could take up as new castings.
      - Burton W. Pine

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      • #4
        That has seemed like a common problem with a lot of brands - I think of most of the cars that Racing Champions offered - even their police cars were mostly two door models. I have really appreciated the many four door models that GreenLight has offered collectors.

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        • #5
          Are there any AW representatives that come here and look at these discussions? And then there’s the question of what this series would be called (muscle wagons, muscle trucks, vintage muscle, modern muscle, vintage racing, etc).
          - Burton W. Pine

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GCU 2.0 View Post

            Something like a Ford Granada that could be done as police, FBI/Secret Service, base model civilian, or ESS & Ghia forms, with possible Mercury Monarch &/or Lincoln Versailles front/rear cores,would be a great one
            I don't think the Granada was used for First Responder duty, but I do like the idea of Mercury / Lincoln variants.

            Fairmont and Mercury equivalent (I forget right now without looking it up) might be another from that era with multiple possibilities, incl. station wagon. The only I can think of is the old HW "Front Runnin' Fairmont" which was the sport two door model.
            The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

            Thank you for your understanding.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MeltedPintoMan View Post
              Are there any AW representatives that come here and look at these discussions? And then there’s the question of what this series would be called (muscle wagons, muscle trucks, vintage muscle, modern muscle, vintage racing, etc).
              I wouldn't know them if they were in front of me, but I was told often that they would lurk at the old Swifty's Garage, so my guess is that those behind the scenes probably do peruse the various sites to get ideas from time to time, but in a discreet way.

              I still really, really, really (really really) wish someone would do a proper Rambler Marlin, and a Bricklin.
              The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

              Thank you for your understanding.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MeltedPintoMan View Post
                I just realized how unlike many other brands, Auto World has never made 4 door sedans in this scale. A good majority of cars sold have more than 2 doors you know. Think of the potential they have by tapping into this area.
                Considering AW seems to this point to focus primarily on Malaise era cars, 2 doors were dominant, especially for styling. 4 doors is a more recent trend. Not saying they didn't exist, but 2 door cars were preferable unless you had kid(s) to tote around on a regular basis, and if you did then station wagons (not SUVs, not Crossovers) were the preferred style. Long roofs are still my go to preference before I would even look at a more door.
                The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

                Thank you for your understanding.

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                • #9
                  I noticed this too, but as for GL, most of their four door cars seem to be made for police livery first and foremost. Civilian versions are like bonus addition that come later on. AW rarely produces police car castings so I guess they do not see a reason to produce 4 door cars?

                  Just in case if there's AW representative lurking here, 4 door 1996 IMPALA SS/CAPRICE CLASSIC is a hot topic right now, Hot wheels have made it, Matchbox also made the Caprice police car too. Go and make one before GL does!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KingswoodBaby View Post
                    I noticed this too, but as for GL, most of their four door cars seem to be made for police livery first and foremost. Civilian versions are like bonus addition that come later on. AW rarely produces police car castings so I guess they do not see a reason to produce 4 door cars?

                    Just in case if there's AW representative lurking here, 4 door 1996 IMPALA SS/CAPRICE CLASSIC is a hot topic right now, Hot wheels have made it, Matchbox also made the Caprice police car too. Go and make one before GL does!!!
                    For GL, their quality control isn’t exceptional. I also agree that the Caprice/Impala needs more representation in this scale, but it’s rather the 1977-1979 car. It sold 600,000 in its first year and was significant for GM. No recent 1/64 versions of this car have been produced. Also, the 1981-1984 Lincoln Town Car could see use now that Auto World is doing a Mark V
                    - Burton W. Pine

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                    • #11
                      I don't recall any AW 4-doors either now that you mention it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MeltedPintoMan View Post
                        Are there any AW representatives that come here and look at these discussions? And then there’s the question of what this series would be called (muscle wagons, muscle trucks, vintage muscle, modern muscle, vintage racing, etc).
                        Mike Groothius from AW was a member on Swiftys Garage. Sean Taylor from M2 Machines was also an active member when the original garage started as well. As most diecast companies went to FB, instagram and twitter or flickr to interact with collectors and post info their participation on the diecast forums decreased. Mac Ragan was also a member who at the time I think was working for Greenlight. He's also designed for Johnny Lightning and AW. Right off hand I'm not currently aware of anyone from those companies here as members though they could still lurk.

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                        • #13
                          I took my driver's test in my Pop's 77 Merc Monarch.
                          Scotty "Mustang (+Matchbox) Mad Man!"

                          RIP.....Pop.....David Blase Garascia 9-17-35 12-3-20.

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                          • #14
                            Granadas were too luxurious to be used as police units. No dirt must get on these rolling couches!

                            Although, I am in support of this idea in general because the Ackmanns owned a 1976 Granada.
                            Signed,
                            John Ackmann
                            Adult from 1979 A.D. to present

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                            • #15
                              The Granada wasn't available as a Police Package Unit maybe because Ford already had full and Mid-sized police cars. It was available with all vinyl trim and some commercial fleets used them. Somewhere, some small town had a used Granada. The town where I worked had a Plymouth Acclaim police car. Acclaim never had a police pkg either.

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