1950s1950s
1955 Pontiac Safari
The 1950s saw an amazing growth in the Station Wagon. As the American family grew, so did their cars. As if overnight the wood began to give way to all-steel bodies. The 2-door Nomads came from this era showing a sporty style to the wagon.
1957 Chevrolet Nomad
WAGON 1950 DeSoto Custom 4-door Woody Wagon
MODEL TKM Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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The models are handcast in resin plastic. Use Chrome paint or bare metal foil to detail bumpers, grilles etc. Body may be painted with Auto or Hobby paints. Some sanding and preparation is required for best results. Kits are sold complete with resin wheels and tires, metal axles and a metal chassis.
 
 
WAGON 1950 Willys Jeep   Station Wagon
MODEL All American Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part -  2001 Dave Lindsay
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In 1946 Willys introduced their first all steel station wagon based on the heavily successful WWII Jeep. This was the beginning of the end of the woodies. This 1950 version is little changed from the 1946 version. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
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Unfortunately I believe this company is out of business.
 
 
WAGON 1951 Mercury Mod Squad Customized 2-Door Station Wagon
MODEL Aurora
#583-250
(1969) 1/25
Box Art
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Mercury (like Ford) only offered 2-door station wagons from 49 to 51. This is a fine example of the transitional phase between the 'Woody' 40s to the all-steel 50s.
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Some question over the exact date of this wagon. The box list it as a 1951, but the instructions calls it a 1949. The interior looks to be from 1950. Well, it does say Customized. A nice collectable kit with both the TV show and rare car tie-ins. Linc, Julie and Pete figures and gear included.
 
 
WAGON 1953 Buick Roadmaster 4-door Wagon
MODEL TKM Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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MODEL
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The models are handcast in resin plastic. Use Chrome paint or bare metal foil to detail bumpers, grilles etc. Body may be painted with Auto or Hobby paints. Some sanding and preparation is required for best results. Kits are sold complete with resin wheels and tires, metal axles and a metal chassis.
 
 
WAGON 1953 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery  
MAKER Revell/Monogram
#H-1219
(1970) 1/25
 

#H-1376
(1973) 1/25
 

#7113 [Hot Rod Series]
(19??) 1/25
 

#2976 [Speed Shop Express]
(1998) 1/25
Box Art Box Sides
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Only 10,000 produced in 98. Contains grills for both '53 and '54 versions. With a little work this could be converted into a 4-door wagon.
 
 
WAGON 1953 Ford Mainline Ranch 2-door Wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part - 2001 Dave Lindsay Pic of body part - 2001 Dave Lindsay
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The 53 Ranch wagon did not have wood trim (either real or fake).
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Requires a Lindberg 53 Ford to complete. I don't know much about this company. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad 2-door Wagon
MODEL Polar Lights
#6701
(2001?) 1/25
Box Art
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This was the original Corvette Nomad proto-type that debuted at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
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This was scheduled to be released in 2001, but for some reason Polar Lights pulled the plug. I don't think any ever hit the streets.
 
 
WAGON 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad 2-door Wagon
MODEL R & D Unique (resin)
#RDU-2885
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Built Car - Model and Photo by Don Theune
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See Above
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A Transkit from their Mini Exotics series. Requires 1/25 AMT '53 Corvette Kit #T310 or #31811. Includes body, rear valance, interior floorpan, inner tailgate, inner side panels, seats, chassis, vacuform windows.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad 2-door wagon
MODEL AMT
#2555
(1968) 1/25
Box Art

#T289
(1969) 1/25
Box Art

#T289
(1970s) 1/25
Box Art

#PK-4116/#2755
(1979) 1/25
Box Art Side of Box

#6592
(1980s) 1/25
Box Art

#8320
(1997) 1/25
Box Art

#31740
(200?) 1/25
Box Art

#31835 [ProShop pre-paint]
(2002) 1/25
Box Art

#31740
(2002) 1/25
Box Art

#38252
(2005) 1/25
Box Art
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In 1954 Chevrolet displayed the Nomad prototype. This was basically a 54 Corvette with the Nomad back. Because of its popularity Chevy rushed to get the Nomad to the market choosing to use the new 55-style body instead of the Corvette. These 2-Door Nomads from 55-57 (and their Pontiac Safari counterparts) were a nice twist of style and sport on the wagon frame and are some of the most desirable wagons by today's collectors.
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AMT has a long history of producing this model. So long in fact that it is a little confusing on when versions were created and what molds were used. I do know that all versions included parts to build as stock or racing custom (street or drag). Most if not all the kits included options such as opening tailgate, bucket seats, fuel injection, Moon gas tank, chromed front suspension, custom hood scoop, and chrome 5 spoke mags. This kit can also be built as pick-up conversion, very cool. There is no reason to list pros or cons on this kit as no wagon collection would be complete without it.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad
MODEL Testors
#232
(2001) 1/24
Back of Box Box Art
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see above
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Pros: Prepainted, easy to build. Opening doors and hood.
Cons: Poor body fit.
Summary: Lincoln Mint Gold Series. Good for a paper weight.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon Posies Orange Krisp
MODEL American Muscle
#30152
(1999) 1/24
Box Art Promo Pic
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The Posies Special Interest Vehicles group has been building custom cars since 1964. This is roughly based on a 55 Ford wagon with Edsel highlights.
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Pros: Features opening hoods, moving wheels, lowered suspensions and customized interiors. Prepainted and easy to assemble.
Cons: Not much detail. Can not be built stock.
Summary: This metal-bodied kit is not too exciting, but an interesting piece.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Mercury   4-door Wagon
MODEL TKM Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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The models are handcast in resin plastic. Use Chrome paint or bare metal foil to detail bumpers, grilles etc. Body may be painted with Auto or Hobby paints. Some sanding and preparation is required for best results. Kits are sold complete with resin wheels and tires, metal axles and a metal chassis.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Pontiac Safari 2-door wagon
MODEL Modelhaus (resin)
 
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Picture of Real Car
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Pontiac rolled out the 2-door Safari wagon as Chevy had the Nomad. The 55-57 Safari is basically a Nomad built on the Pontiac Star Chief frame. As fewer Safari's and Nomads were built they are highly sought after by collectors.
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This is a complete resin kit including body with hood molded in, interior tub, dash, steering wheel, bench seats, front bumper and grille, rear bumper, hood ornament, headlights, taillights, fender skirts, promo wheels, T-232 tires, chassis, glass. I have not seen this kit, but Modelhaus is known for fine resin kits.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Pontiac Safari 2-door wagon
MODEL F & F Resin Casting
(resin)
 
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Picture of built car -  F&F Resin Casting
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see above
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This is a 16-piece resin supplemental kit. It requires an AMT 55 Nomad to complete, but you could build a pretty good curbside without it.
 
 
WAGON 1955 Pontiac Safari 2-door wagon
MODEL All American Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part -  2001 Dave Lindsay
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see above
MODEL
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Unfortunately I believe this company is out of business. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad
MODEL Revell/Monogram
#85-2489
(1997) 1/25
Box Art

#07310 [Germany]
(1997) 1/25
Box Art

#85-2892 [California Wheels]
(2006) 1/25
Promo Art
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The 56 Nomad, still very popular, often gets lost in between the 55 and 57 model years. This was the second year for the famous 2-door wagon.
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The RM model is said to be a fine work. Molded in white. I do not have one yet, but plan to. Model Car Garage makes a nice photo-etched sheet for the 56 Nomad (#MCG-2114). The California Wheels reissue includes brand new large diameter wheels and low-profile tires as well as newly-tooled chrome engine dress-up parts and new suspension parts to make it easier to lower the stance.
 
 
WAGON 1956 Chevrolet 210 Wagon 2-door
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part - 2001 Dave Lindsay
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This is not the Nomad, but an actual 2-door station wagon.
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I don't know much about this company. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1956 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon
MAKER Hendrix Manufacturing
Company (resin)
 
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Pics of Parts (thanks glusniffr)
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Ford stubbornly hung onto the wood look with their simulated wood side trim on the Country Squire wagons.
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Comes with the interior tub, seats, body, and wood decal sheet with paterns.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Buick   4-door Wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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I don't know much about this company.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad 2-door wagon
MAKER American Muscle
#30280
(???) 1/24
Box Art
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The classic look of the 1957 Chevy Bel-Air is synonymous with the 50s. This, its most popular year, ended the 3-year streak of 2-door Nomads as the 4-door version came out in 58.
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This is a metal body prepainted kit from the CustomShop series. Includes screwdriver and glue. Easy to assemble.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad 2-door wagon
MAKER Revell/Monogram
#H-1260
(1969) 1/25
Box Art Side of Box

#H-1372 [Street Classics]
(1973) 1/25
Box Art

#2235
(1978) 1/24
Box Art

#H-1390 [California Classics]
(1978) 1/25
Box Art

#7112 [Hot Rod]
(1985) 1/25
Box Art

#2740
(1987/1995) 1/24
Box Art

#7163 [Skip's Fiesta]
(1988) 1/25
Box Art

#85-7801 [Highway Scenes]
(1997) 1/24
Box Art

#85-0856 [Basic Builder]
(2006) 1/24
Box Art
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see above
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#H-1260 200: The doors, hood and tailgate open. Tinted windows and chrome reverse wheels. The first release also had a mail-in offer for 331/3 album offer called WHEELS. (pic1) (pic2)
#2235: Molded in Yellow with opening hood.
#2740: Molder in Red with opening hood.
#7163: Molded in dark metallic blue
#85-7801: Includes Die-Cut Gas Station Diorama
 
 
WAGON 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad 2-door wagon
MAKER Revell
#H-1364:225 [GO MAD NOMAD]
(1971) 1/25
Box Art
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see above
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This is a CARicature (cartoon-looking car). Novelty piece.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Ford Country Squire 4-Door Wagon
MODEL Revell
#H-1220:149
(1957) 1/25
Box Art
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Another fine example of the flashy family wagons of the 50s.
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Only produced in 1957. The tool was changed to create a Ranchero. This was molded in brown. Because of the rarity of this model and the splendor of the real car, this is one of the most sought after models by collectables fetching over $200. If this were to be released it would be an instant success.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Ford Country Squire 4-door wagon
MODEL All American Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part -  2001 Dave Lindsay
CAR
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see above
MODEL
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Unfortunately I believe this company is out of business. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Mercury Colony Park 2-door Wagon
MODEL TKM Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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The models are handcast in resin plastic. Use Chrome paint or bare metal foil to detail bumpers, grilles etc. Body may be painted with Auto or Hobby paints. Some sanding and preparation is required for best results. Kits are sold complete with resin wheels and tires, metal axles and a metal chassis.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Plymouth Suburban not sure which version
MODEL Modelhaus (resin)
 
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Pic of real car
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All 1957 Plymouth station wagons were called Suburban. They offered the Custom (2 and 4 door), Deluxe (2 door), and Sport (4 door).
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Includes station wagon body with hood molded in, interior tub with separate bench seat, dash, steering wheel, front bumper, grille, rear bumper, headlights, parking lights, taillights, taillight bezels, hubcaps, steel wheels, tires, wheel backs, torsion bars, chassis, glass. I have not seen it.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta 4-door wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part - 2001 Dave Lindsay
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Another example of the lavish style of the 57 GM cars.
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I don't know much about this company. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1957 Pontiac Safari 2-door wagon
MODEL F & F Resin Casting
(resin)
 
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Pic of Parts
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1957 saw the introduction of the 4-Door Pontiac Safari, but the 2-Door Safari was also produced. This was the last year for the 2-Door version.
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This is a 15-piece resin supplemental kit. It requires an AMT 55 Nomad to complete, but you could build a pretty good curbside without it. More pictures at Dave Lindsey's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1958 Buick Century Caballero 4-door wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part - 2001 Dave Lindsay
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Just plain an explosive use of chrome. Check out this link to EphemeraNow for the 58 Buick wagons.
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I don't know much about this company. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1958 Chevrolet   4-door wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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I don't know much about this company and I don't know if the version they offer is the Brookwood or the Nomad..
 
 
WAGON 1958 Edsel Bermuda 4-door wagon
MODEL All American Models (resin)
 
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Pic of body part -  2001 Dave Lindsay Pic of Built Model
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Edsel only offered wagons in 58, 59, and 60.
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Unfortunately I believe this company is out of business. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1958 Pontiac Safari 4-door Wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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I don't know much about this company.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Cadillac   Ambulance
MODEL AMT
#6017
(1989) 1/25
Box Art
#31947[Entertainment Series]
(2003) 1/25
Box Art
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Cadillac never offered a stock station wagon, but they are the best selling car for hearse conversion. The Miller Meteor Company converted many Caddys into Hearses and Ambulance and one of their 1959 conversions was the base for Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters. Here is an original sales brochure for an MM Ambulance
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Ecto 1A from GhostBusters II. A very interesting kit. Molded in white and with lots of extra Ghostbusters parts. A collectable. The 2003 re-release may be of the Ecto 1 from the first movie.
Here is a link to Davis Goog's website where he steps through the building of an Ecto 1A.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Cadillac   Ambulance
MODEL Polar Lights
#6812
(2002) 1/25
Box Art
CAR
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see above
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Ecto 1 from GhostBusters I. Snap together kit.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Brookwood 2-door Station Wagon
MODEL Modelhaus (resin)
 
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Pic of Parts -  2001 Dave Lindsay - All Rights Reserved
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The only 2-door wagon produced by Chevy in 1959. Only about 20,000 were made. A very distinct looking car with its wing-like fins.
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This is not a complete kit. Includes 2-door station wagon body with open hood, interior tub, rear glass, hubcaps. It requires an El Camino kit to complete. More pictures at Dave Lindsay's web site.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Chevy Biscayne Brookwood 2-door Wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
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I don't know much about this company.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Dodge   2-door Wagon
MODEL R & R Vacuum Craft (resin)
 
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Pic of body part
CAR
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I don't know much about this company.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta 4-Door Station Wagon
MODEL F & F Resin Casting
(resin)
 
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Pic of Parts
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This year Olds switched to a roll down rear window from their previous lift window.
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This is a 23-piece resin supplemental kit. It requires an AMT 59 El Camino or Monogram 59 Impala to complete, but you could build a pretty good curbside without it.
 
 
WAGON 1959 Rambler Cross Country 4-Door Station Wagon
MODEL Johan
#JC 101
(2003) 1/25
Pic of Built Model Box Art
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Station Wagons were very good sells under the Rambler name badge accounting for nearly half of all auto sales. This 1959 version had the famous down-stepped roofline.
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Johan (formerly X-EL Products, formerly Jo-Han) is set to release a curbside kit version from their promo tool. This kit will be part of their '3 in 1 Curbside Cruiser' set. This is going to be a very exciting kit. It will contain parts to build it either as a family version with woodgrain trim or even flames. It will also contain extras to build it as a police, taxi, or ambulance. More info on this model can be found HERE. Buy these buy the dozen.