Above: Danbury Mint representative Rick Hanmore and photographer Doug Whyte capture
details for the diecast model they will produce. They use a scaling stick to ensure
the level of accuracy,
but also by the working steering linkage, doors and trunk lid.
The email from the Mint said that they had seen pictures of the
Plymouth on my website and wanted to photograph it for possible
model creation. They already had the body shell from their very
popular 58 Fury and ‘Christine’ models, so they were going to
reuse that shell for a third 58 Plymouth model. After gaining
assurance that this wasn’t a scam, and that they really were from
the Danbury Mint, a date was arrived at that would work for me as
well as the rep from Danbury and their photographer.
Over an hour was spent photographing the car from every angle, using
a sizing stick to make sure that the scale was retained as they scaled
it down to 1/24th size. There was a lot of time spent on the interior
and the engine, as those would have to be made special for this model.
I was asked to keep this quiet until the project had been approved and
the model had been produced.
Because of overseas production difficulties,
creation of the first prototype was delayed until December 2008. I got to see a
subsequent prototype in March 2009. They asked me to identify any problems that
I noticed with the model.
I was already aware that they were going with the Power Pak (4 bbl carburetor)
with dual exhaust for the 318 engine. My car has a 2 bbl carb with single exhaust.
I wrote up a page of discrepancies, which they appreciated and sought to correct
before the final models were created.
The June 2009 production release was a happy occasion for me. It was gratifying
to see that my twelve year restoration project had been given some recognition.