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Many cars look better in 1:64 then 1:1. :rolleyes: Early 60s Mopar full size, ;) Chevy Nova, etc. look better as JLs than 1:1s. Here's another one, the early 80s Ford Fairmont Futura and Mercury Zephyr Z7. :dude: I think they would make knockout JL castings :thumbsup:

And think about making a custom Ranchero type pickup out of them as one company in Texas did to the 1:1s.





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my girlfriend now wife had one just like in the picture. I spent more time fixing that car than I did with her!:eek:
 

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For some reason my friends and I hated those cars when they were new. Now they don't look quite so bad, I guess. The grille detailing looks particularly nice, if a bit plain. Still, I think that these cars may be more appropriate as Fresh Cherries than JLs.
 

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You have to view these cars (Futura/Z7) through the period of the times. When those two came out, I thought it was a fresh twist on the standard Fairmont/Zephyr, and it played nicely with the new design of the Thunderbird/Cougar roofline.

Was it boxy? Sure. Boxy was "in" in the late 70s for the most part. But it was a unique roofline
 

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I remember the Fairmonts & Zephyrs vividly. I worked for Hertz at Denver Stapleton at the time they were new. They replaced the Maverick/Comet in the Hertz fleet and they were a huge improvement on those cars. They were well designed. They were reasonably quick. They had big trunks. They had lots of glass with only very thin pillars in the way of the driver's view. Instruments were big and easy to read. The Fairmont/Zephyr was really a quite nice car. However it was admittedly relentlessly boring with postal service type styling. But compared to other Fords you could rent from Hertz at the time (older Mavericks, LTD IIs, LTDs, Mustang IIs) they were excellent.

By the way, the pickup conversion from the Fairmont Futura coupe was called the "Durango". I am a Ranchero fan but I have never seen a Durango. I'd like to own one.
 

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Id buy a 1/64 of a Fairmont Futura or Z7 , but they most likely wouldnt be a real popular car . Some of Fresh Cherrys choices arent too good either . 81 Escort ? 84 Fiero ? 84 Tempo ? They would be much better if they chose later versions that were much improved in styling & quality . 86 or later versions .... To each their own ....
 

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I always liked Futuras. All they needed was a nice 351 Cleveland in them.
 

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I had one just like the black one. I forget the exact year. 4 speed. Fun car to drive. I'd pick them up in 1:64.
 
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Not bad . . . not bad. I like the black one. I'd certainly buy the JL of it. The vinyl roof doesn't do it for me on the red one.
 

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I'd buy them. I liked this car alot when it came out. I still do. Also consider the fact that it was also popular on the dragstrips and I think alot of people would also buy a drag version of this car if JL made it.
 

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I always thought these were a huge improvement over the sedan version. A neighbor of mine had a Zephyr Z7 in black with gold vinyl roof and interior and pinstripes. Sort of like a goldish buckskin color. Hot Wheels actually did make a Fairmont Futura back in the days when these cars were fairly new. It was done up in a Nascar style and I think had a rear spoiler. I have one in my collection somewhere.....As for the sedans, my brother-in-law had a Fairmont 2 door sedan, in that dark brown most of them seemed to be. When he was dating my sister and picked her up, he would open the passenger door for her and ask her to step into his a BMW.....he called it that because it looked just a much like a box as those did back then.
 

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I think Motormax should consider this one. It's more in line with what they produce.
 

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Not sure if anyone had on with a 302 in it, but those things were fast. Air Force bought a few of the 4 doors with 302s in them.
 
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