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Throwback Thursday - Revell Lowriders

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A little while ago someone here suggested to post a few Revell Lowriders. I can’t remember who suggested it - sorry! But I remembered to do it, at least. So I grabbed two more or less random examples. The ‘59 Chevy Impala Coupe:

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and the 82 Cadillac Coupe DeVille:

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These models are from about 2001, I think - thereabouts, anyway. And like real Lowriders, the suspension is the party trick. You can jack up the front, or the back, or both, or let them sit real low.

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Apart from the neat pin striping and the suspension, the models also feature an opening trunk that reveals the hydraulics:

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Back in when these were new, many of my fellow collectors groaned and moaned and said they’d rather have standard models of these cars - but I liked them as they represent a real car culture that was popular at the time.

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Hot Wheels, Jada and JL later joined the Lowrider brigade - but if I remember correctly, these were the first ones. But I could be wrong on that. The other brands however did not have the suspension trick - that was done only by Revell.

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They weren’t a huge success in the market place - Revell later put out normal models as well, without the trick suspension or the opening trunk. But they didn’t sell real well either.

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Later came some movie related cars, Bullit, American Graffiti and Fast & Furious. These were also really nice and will be a topic for later. Revell stopped selling 1/64 cars in about 2005 or so - a bit of a shame really, I quite liked a lot of their offerings.

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