Often, die-cast collectors find that owning a limited run item is very desirable. Sometimes that rare die-cast can bring big buck$ as was seen with the sale of a very famous not-a-Maisto VW bus with a surfboard a few years ago. So, this brings us to probably the most-rare Maisto car: a 3″ 1999 Ford Thunderbird concept that never went into production. Through some turn of events, no tooling model was ever submitted to Ford for review and no license was obtained to make a 3″ (we did make fully licensed and approved 1:18 concept and later the 2002 production Thunderbird in 1:18, 1:24 and 1:43). When we submitted the pre-production sample shown here, Ford said “no” because they wanted their flagship car to only be made as a relatively detailed model and not an inexpensive 3″. Now that the full-size car has been out of production for a couple of years, maybe we should try again to get this one approved and into production. What do you think?