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    These "early" Ford Falcons are scarce in small scale. I've always had a soft spot for them because Mom had a '63 station wagon to carry around me and my 4 brothers. And truth be told, there were LOTS of these cars roaming the highways and byways of sunny Southern California back in the day.

    So I'm not sure why this car is so overlooked. Hot Wheels finally got around to making the next generation '64-66 Falcon, and its Mercury Comet cousin, but still not this one. The only other that comes to mind is the Hubley.

    That said, I hesitate to put a year on this because it seems the tools for building these early unibody cars ended up in Argentina, where this generation Falcon was made for many, many years, almost like an Argentine VW Beetle. And since Buby is an Argentine diecast maker, I have no way to know if this represents a 1960 or a 1980 model...

    I just know I am really stoked to have it in my tiny Buby collection that only has two other models.
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    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Nice piece!

    You've got me beat--I only have the Chevy 714 fire engine, and it took me years to find one from an American seller. At least it was decent and not priced that bad (still fell within my $20 budget for a single three-inch model). Given how much of my British diecast came from the UK, and most of my Tomica are from Japanese sellers, international shipping isn't a problem. However, I think Argentina tops the Netherlands as one of the priciest countries for shipping to the US--like $25 for one car, and that was pre-pandemic prices.

    It looks like the Buby represents a '66-69 Falcon in Argentine production.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_(Argentina)

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    • #3
      Yeah, it's a honey! Three thumbs up.

      Just verified: no Falcons in The Closeum, but the closest thing is the Hot Wheels Ford Thunderbolt. FWIW, dad was a Ford man, so we had a number of various models, but never a Falcon.

      Hope you don't mind the Thunderbolt thread contamination. The Falcon DNA is evident, right? Purchase and photos: June 4, 2020.







      - Jeff
      Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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      • #4
        Very nice old Buby model, I do remember some of these still on the road when I was young, at least I remember a high school friend came by shortly before I moved to Florida, he was driving a very well used Falcon panel wagon of this generation, he was very mechanical, so I'm sure he kept the old thing going, and he had it kind of looking sporty on the outside, with mag type wheels, and I think he hand painted it gray with black accents as I recall.

        As far as diecast, this is the first I'd seen of this Buby, I know Matchbox has the 61 Falcon Ranchero, and it seemed like a diecast company in Australia called Trax or something made Falcons, and I thought someone on MCCH showed one of the Trax of this generation one time, but I think they were more like 1/43 scale, and probably right hand drive.
        Doug

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        • #5
          Originally posted by atombaum View Post
          Hope you don't mind the Thunderbolt thread contamination. The Falcon DNA is evident, right?

          Well, actually the closest relation to the old Falcon is....<drum roll please>


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          The Ford Mustang. Many, many components were shared between the two.
          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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          • #6
            the falcon is a real looker.

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            • #7
              Here is the police version of the Buby Ford Falcon
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              • #8
                Some additional Ford Falcons

                Anguplas Mini Cars from Spain - 1/86th plastic - 1960 Ford Falcon
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                Eko of Spain - 1/86th plastic - 1960 Ford Falcon
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                Tootsietoy 3-inch slush mold - made in USA - 1960 Ford Falcon (custom repaint)
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                • #9
                  I have a few of these in the collection; it’s an awesome vintage casting, and very hard to come by today in any condition. Variations seem to be endless to as it was offered in a plethora of colors with numerous wheel types.

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                  • #10
                    I love Falcons. Let's not forget the Yatming 63 Falcon that came in light blue and maroon. Part of the same set as the 56 Lincoln. Road Signature? I don't have a pic handy.

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                    • #11
                      There's also another Packard convertible that I think is the same casting used as Racing Champions and JL.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MrFutura View Post
                        There's also another Packard convertible that I think is the same casting used as Racing Champions and JL.
                        Same model year but I don't believe it is the same tooling. The RC came a good bit before the Yatming, the Yatming coming as the company was closing its doors (on diecast models anyway, seems I heard somewhere they are still in business casting other things).

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                        Here's the RC/JL Packard

                        Yatming covered two different years of the Packard Caribbean (I want to say '54 and '56), and RC only covered the '56.

                        Just took a look in my image files and I don't have any of the Yats. I have them, just no pics. I passed on the old Chrysler, probably shouldn't have. I grabbed what I found of the old trucks at retail when they came around, my favorites are the Mack and the Studebaker.
                        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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                        • #13
                          You’re right. Now I remember the RC version was skinnier, not as good. I must have sold my Yat version - I make dumb mistakes like that.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MrFutura View Post
                            I love Falcons. Let's not forget the Yatming 63 Falcon that came in light blue and maroon. Part of the same set as the 56 Lincoln. Road Signature? I don't have a pic handy.
                            Thanks - I had forgotten about the Yat version of the Falcon.

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                            • #15
                              My 1/64 Falcons from around the same period.
                              The oversized Falcon is from Jada.
                              There has been several later models produced in 1/64.
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