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I realize that the Golden Wheel copy of the mid-1990's 1/24 RC Monte Carlo casting isn't most collector's cup-of-tea. They copied the body contours so well, then blew the appearance with laughably large bumps for the hood and trunk latches. However, I have an eye for the odd-balls and off-beat models of which these are well qualified. I now have 5 of these models.

From what I have been able to piece together, these models were originally created for the toy isles of places like Wal-Mart and Target. The graphics are almost always laughable in some way or other, since the designer's were trying to skirt trademark issues. Later they were offered as corporate trade show and convention premiums marketed to companies and organizations. Some were issued as banks with a coin slot under the spoiler and a locking door on the baseplate. Others don't have that feature. I have shown the blank white model I purchased previously in an earlier thread. Below are the new additions. (Note that the Pepsi models were a 2-for-1.)

Vehicle Car Hood Tire Wheel


Tire Wheel Vehicle Car Automotive tire


Wheel Tire Vehicle Car Hood


Vehicle Wheel Car Tire Kit car


The Pepsi models are both banks with the coin slot. "EDDIE WINNER" was intended to be a made-up driver's name. However, it turns out that there is a real Eddie Winner who is a collegiate track-and-field athlite.

Wheel Tire Car Vehicle Automotive tire


Car Vehicle Wheel Tire Automotive tire


The Automotive Recyclers Association model was a trade show model, and is covered with the names of all of the yards in Arizona. Personally I find the concept hilarious, but then a lot of race cars end up there...

Wheel Vehicle Car Hood Toy


Wheel Vehicle Car Tire Automotive design


The Lennox Live model is another trade show model for Lennox affiliates in 2005. This casting carried on long after the model became outdated. Again I find it hilarious that the number on the roof is upside-down.

Car Automotive design Vehicle Tin can Beverage can


The Golden Wheel models beside the RC casting of the same vintage.

So, if anyone has any other Golden Wheel promo or trade show models they want to tempt me with... I'm listening.

Bill
 

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I realize that the Golden Wheel copy of the mid-1990's 1/24 RC Monte Carlo casting isn't most collector's cup-of-tea. They copied the body contours so well, then blew the appearance with laughably large bumps for the hood and trunk latches. However, I have an eye for the odd-balls and off-beat models of which these are well qualified. I now have 5 of these models.

From what I have been able to piece together, these models were originally created for the toy isles of places like Wal-Mart and Target. The graphics are almost always laughable in some way or other, since the designer's were trying to skirt trademark issues. Later they were offered as corporate trade show and convention premiums marketed to companies and organizations. Some were issued as banks with a coin slot under the spoiler and a locking door on the baseplate. Others don't have that feature. I have shown the blank white model I purchased previously in an earlier thread. Below are the new additions. (Note that the Pepsi models were a 2-for-1.)

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The Pepsi models are both banks with the coin slot. "EDDIE WINNER" was intended to be a made-up driver's name. However, it turns out that there is a real Eddie Winner who is a collegiate track-and-field athlite.

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The Automotive Recyclers Association model was a trade show model, and is covered with the names of all of the yards in Arizona. Personally I find the concept hilarious, but then a lot of race cars end up there...

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The Lennox Live model is another trade show model for Lennox affiliates in 2005. This casting carried on long after the model became outdated. Again I find it hilarious that the number on the roof is upside-down.

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The Golden Wheel models beside the RC casting of the same vintage.

So, if anyone has any other Golden Wheel promo or trade show models they want to tempt me with... I'm listening.

Bill
Never knew they existed but I think they don't look too bad. Will be on the lookout in my travels.
 

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One more Golden Wheel Monte Carlo promo arrived today. This one is for Trimble and only has company logos on it without any racing markings. Trimble makes GPS guidance systems for agricultural, construction and military vehicles. I don't have information as to when it was made nor how it was distributed. Makes me wonder what else is out there though.

Again there is something laughable on this one, that is if you don't choke on your coffee first. This Monte Carlo is doing its best to masquerade as a Ford!

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Wheel Vehicle Tire Car Hood


Vehicle Car Plant Grille Automotive lighting
 
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