Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Fourteen: Plymouth



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1955 Plymouth promotional model from my collection.  This was a 1980s X-El reissue using original Jo-Han molds.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Twelve: Dodge

Including the world premiere showing of the 'gloriously beautiful' La Femme, first and only car designed especially for her majesty -- the American Woman.  It was a Custom Royal Lancer coupe painted sapphire white and heather rose.  It included an umbrella and handbag. Apparently her majesties weren't impressed -- the La Femme returned in 1956 but it wasn't a success.  Read more about it here.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Eleven: DeSoto

 








1955 DeSoto promotional model from my collection, a 1980s X-El reissue using original Jo-Han molds.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Ten: Chrysler Corporation's Forward Look


Actor and host William Lundigan was still selling Chryslers two years later.  Love the chorus introducing the Chrysler line.