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  • Proctor and Gamble Funmate Go Cars Ford Torino

    Be careful what you ask for....you might get it! Thanks Dan!

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    In a recent thread discussing "key" cars and launchers, I mentioned these old Go Cars, and how I (with a lot of help from my Mom) sent off for a number of these models. At 5 inches, these are a lot larger than 1/64, but being lightweight plastic with no interior I have small scale diecast that weighs more. These are actually pretty fragile, on par with a typical model kit apart from the lack of small parts. These were made in Japan, predating the American fascination with and cuddling up to China.

    I've seen a number of open wheel racers listed on the 'bay, I never held any of those, so I can't say if these were available in any other manner than cereal box mailaways. I can say they had a short list of mostly FoMoCo products, many of which were not covered in small scale until many years later.
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    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Never ever heard of these Proctor and Gamble Funmate Go Cars, but here may be a photo of interest:


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    • #4
      Looks great!

      I can't recall what one it was, but I recall seeing a deep red one like this at an antiques store for a pretty low price (minus the actual zip part) and it wasn't much, but I passed on it at the time because I didn't do plastic. These were really well done, and to tell the truth, I regret not getting it now. Looking at the OFAS link Bob showed, these aren't as expensive as I feared, and $8 was right inline.

      I love the blurb about being careful with the starter rod--as in it may spring back and hit a kid in the eye. This was a LONG time before kids toys had to be completely idiot-proof.

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      • #5
        I've got a '72-'73 Mercury Montego GT somewhere along with a same year Mustang.

        I'd love to see GL, AW or the revitalized JL or even M2 take on the Montego GT. I could take or leave the Stang because it's a fastback base model like Motormax still has dies to and HW, JL and AW make fancier versons of. And a '70-'71 Torino that's a plain jane would be great in our scale and even Mattel or Jada quality.

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        • #6
          They also covered an early '70s Tbird, the only that comes to mind is the diminutive Playart, and an early '70s Mercury Cougar which I believe JL covered, though not one of their better castings. Apart from the Hot Wheels redline and Topper Johnny Lightning Mavericks (both of which were highly stylized and only remotely resembled the real car), it was some time before any diecast maker created a near stock Maverick, and I believe that honor goes to Tiger Wheels.

          I vaguely recall one GM product, but it is escaping my mind exactly what. I want to say it was BOP (Olds Omega, maybe?), and some cousin to the Chevy Nova if memory serves but if I'm mistaken don't be surprised.
          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
            Wes,i am glad that i was able to add a few to your collection.

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            • #8
              I remember these know I had at least three of them at one time in my collection. Had the Torino, Cougar and Mustang. I vaguely recall the promo from Procter and Gamble and my mom and probably one of my uncles sending off for these for me. The "shooting mechanism was fairly powerful as I recall being able to shoot them across our living room floor which was a fairly large room.
              Updating my post as I found a picture of the Mustang I had that I sold sometime in the past year or so
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