How rare is rare?

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?

 

25 thoughts on “How rare is rare?

  1. Yes, would love to see an inexpensive model of this car in that size made available in the US market.

    I’ll pass the word on to my retro friends and get them to respond here, too.

    Irks me that that was Ford’s reasoning for not approving the design.

  2. Yes, a 3″ model, though less-detailed is a good idea… in as many colors as possbile, preferable including deep red (‘Merlot’)!

  3. WE CAN NEVER FIND 02-05 THUNDERBIRD DIECAST MODELS IN ANY OF THE STORES. IT SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT HOW POPULAR THESE MODELS HAVE BEEN FOR THEM REGARDING SALES OF MODELS. MEANWHILE, ALL THE NEWEST CAR MODELS THAT NOBODY WANTS OR CARE ABOUT FLOOD THE STORES. IF I WAS A KID CAR NUT AGAIN, I WOULDN’T BUY ANY OF THE NEW JUNK.

  4. Would love to see it produced in Vintage Mint Green. I think only one other company ever made a VMG. Can’t find it anywhere in any size.

  5. Yes, I too would like to see a model like this in all of the colors that the 02-05 T-Birds were available.
    Another model that should be a hit according to the number of real cars sold would be the 1977-1979 Thunderbirds, preferably the 79 (’cause I still have one that I bought new in 1978 when it first hit the showrooms.) This three-year period saw the highest by far total sales of Ford Thunderbirds.

  6. Yes for a 3″ model, and PLEASE make it available in all of the colors. You should also make it available without the top, also in all of the colors.
    I’ll take one of each please!!!!!

  7. YES, YES, YES !! If they build it I would buy a lot for gifts for grandkids and as giveaways at car shows for young children. There are plenty of colors to choose from and I’d buy all of them but red is a must!

  8. YES, YES please make them, also the Cashmere 05. the only one of the cashmere is the Halmark 50th. anniversary one in 2005.

  9. PLEASE…Make a 1/18 2005 Cashmere. This would be a real seller, it was the last year for the Thunderbird as well as being the Limited Edition for that last year.

  10. Nice model – but I can see Ford’s point. It would have been far better with an interior – as Maistos used to have. Perhaps this is what they wanted – but didn’t say clearly enough? I collect 3″ models – and have a lot of Maistos – but I really do prefer them to have an interior and decent wheels. I’m happy to pay just that bit more to have both. Maisto’s body castings have been amongst the best – along with Real Toy and later Matchboxes.

    ChrisP

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