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The 60's Bodyshells

 

IMPORTANT ANOUNCEMENT

Due to wear on most of the tooling, difficulty in obtaining some component parts/materials and ever increasing commitments in the real world I have decided to stop production of the Onethirtysecond range of kits. If the situation changes I may well start production again but I can't see that happening any time soon. This page has been retained for reference purposes.

 

The 60s Collection were a series of one piece resin bodyshells of often overlooked classic saloon cars. They were made to 1/32nd scale and have not had their proportions distorted or wheel arches enlarged unlike many slot car bodies and so are equally suited for true scale slot racing or as the basis of a static model.

Kit Details

All kits contain at least;

One piece resin bodyshell

Vac formed window unit (required trimming)

Vac formed drivers platform/driver and resin drivers head

Instruction/painting guide sheet

Please note that chassis were NOT included!

Resin kits require more advanced modelling skills and are intended for adult modellers. In common with most resin kits some trimming/fettling and minor remedial work may be required.

 

 

For a model of the Austin 1300GT see 70s Collection

60/001 1963 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe bodyshell kit




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Overshadowed at the time by the Lotus Cortina the predecessor to the Ford Escort has been strangely overlooked by slot car and model kit manufacturers, despite an impressive string of successes in rallying and saloon car racing. Modelled here in 1963 Deluxe form and based on my real car of twenty years. This was the first kit I introduced and was the last kit to be made too.


60/002 1965 Vauxhall HA Viva SL90 bodyshell kit

 



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In 1965 Vauxhall launched the “90” in response to outside firms such as Lawrence Tuning and Brabham offering their own GT versions of the HA Viva. It offered 53 BHP, 9 more than the standard version, had a top speed of over 80mph and sported a bright red engine! Never as successful in competition as the Ford Anglia or Mini Cooper Vivas were never the less widely campaigned. Modelled here was the SL, or Super Luxury version, which also features different grille and trim etc to the ordinary Viva.


60/003 1968 Triumph Herald 13/60 bodyshell kit

 



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1968 - 1971 style Triumph Herald 13/60, the final development of the Herald range first launched in 1959. Features a different front end to the 950 and 1200 Heralds more in the style of the Triumph Vitesse and a 1300cc 60BHP engine. A full static kit of both saloon (SAL/01) and estate car versions of the 13/60 were made in very small numbers (estate car/vans). A 1600 Triumph Vitesse was also made - see below.


60/004 1962 Triumph Vitesse 1600 bodyshell kit

 



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1962 saw the launch of the first version of the Triumph Vitesse, an exciting development of the Triumph Herald. Basicaly consisting of a 1600cc 6 cylinder engine shoehorned into a Herald body and given 4 headlights, optional overdrive and other refinements it offered performance well above the standard 1200 Herald. Replaced by the externaly similar 2 litre version in 1966 after selling over 22,000 cars in saloon form alone as well as many thousands more convertables. This model was also made in full static kit form (SAL/002).

 

 


60/005 Hillman Hunter and Arrow variants bodyshell kit

 


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At one time the Hillman Hunter (and its badge engineered variants) was one of the most common cars on the road and yet most people tend to forget it existed, prefering instead to recall Cortinas and Cambridges. It was a solidly engineered car and was Rootes attempt to modernise the range, aiming to compete with those other similarly styled 3 box saloons of the time the MKII Cortina, Vauxhall HB Viva etc. Its one moment of glory came when it won the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon, its ruggedness and reliability leaving most others behind (apart from bizarrely a BMC LandCrab). I modelled it in its late 60s Hunter form (the blue car) but also included alternative grills for badge engineered variants the Singer Vogue/Gazelle (red car) and the Hillman Minx/early Hunter (green car). These alternative grills required very slight modifications to the grill opening. If you are interested to see how it was made click here.


 



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