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Classic Thunderbird

  ------------ From my point of view!
 

May 1999
by Dot Lang

List - 1955, 1956, 1957
 

Brooklin Models of England produces heavy-weight, detailed, white-metal diecast 1:43 scale models in limited quatities.  Highly saught after by collectors, the more limited models bring high prices.  Brooklin made the red 1956 model, its standard Thunderbird model, from 1982 to 1994.  With that model on the market, Brooklin also did specials for several events, clubs and one model retailer. 

Through the efforts of David Angel, Brooklin also produced a very limited number of 1955 models and launched the 1957 model which is now the standard Thunderbird model for Brooklin. 
 

Red 56 Brooklin T-bird
The 1955 mold was limited to just 1000 castings as the '55 was not intended to be a regular production model and thus a less expensive mold was made that does not hold up well with extended use.  Only two colors were produced at the factory with a third color  applied by John Roberts for David Angel with permission from Brooklin. 

David Angel plays a pivotal role in the production of special Thunderbirds from Brooklin.  He has been the primary person involved in offering these specials at the CTCI conventions since 1988.  He has picked the colors and made sure they came as close as possible to the stock colors of the three years.

In anticipation of the 40th Anniversary of the Thunderbird in Dearborn in 1994, David Angel did ground work in 1992 at the CTCI International Convention in Tulsa  to have Brooklin make a set of 3 models, one each of the '55, '56, and '57. Those 3 T-birds are at right.  That meant that a '57 mold had to be made.  The last 500 of the '55's  were used for this set along with the convertible version of the '56. 
The new '57 became the standard Brooklin mold for the classic Thunderbird in May of 1994 - in a color called "Seaspray Green" - though the color more closely resembles "Willow Green."   The colors of the set are stock colors for the various years plus the new '57 green is also a stock color for the 57 Thunderbird. 

Other colors exist which are "repaints" by known modelers with authorization & certification from Brooklin.   There are also some color variations of the listed colors.  Will document those at a later date.  The list below contains the models and basic colors that Brooklin has produced.  Specials were produced in quantities of 500 or less - some quantities are noted in descriptions. 

Green 57 Brooklin T-bird
This line of 57 ended in 2005 according to Brooklin's website.  They resurrected the model again in 2007 in their ROD series.  It features non-stock wheels

Click on highlighted Model # (& some descriptions) to view pictures.

1955
Year Made  Model # PHOTO Color  Interior  License Plate  Description
1992
BRK 13X Black all-red interior
yellow 
"Tulsa 92" 
"CTCI"
Non-porthole hardtop; ; wide white-wall tires; rear license plate only 
1992 C.T.C.I Tulsa, Oklahoma International Convention special "CTCI TULSA '92" on black base part of boxed set of two
1994
BRK 13X Thunderbird Blue Cream(white) interior with thunderbird blue dash
yellow 
"Dearborn 94" 
"CTCI"
1994 C.T.C.I Dearborn, Michigan International Convention  special "CTCI DEARBORN-94" on black base Part of boxed set of 3 models to commemorate 40 years of Thunder

1956
Year Made
 Model #
PHOTO
Color 
Interior
License Plate
Description
1982 - 
1994
BRK 13 Red All white  Blue 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
 - Standard color model for Brooklin; porthole hardtop wide white-wall tires; License plate front & rear
1982 BRK 13 Buckskin Tan light grey interior Blue Buckskin Tan Porthole hardtop; 
1982 C.T.C.I. Toronto, Ontario, Canada International Convention Special "1 of 300" on black base
1987 BRK 13 Ivory  red  Green
for Illinois Toy Show 1987 Base ingraved: 001 - 100
1987-1991 BRK 13 Ivory red black steering wheel  Green - 87 
Blue - 91
special for Minature Cars (EWA)
1988 BRK 13 Ivory Black; white steering wheel Blue  special for Miniature Cars (EWA)
1988 BRK 13 Thunderbird 
Green (sage)
Cream interior; green dash; green steering wheel  Yellow 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
1988 C.T.C.I. Dallas, Texas International Convention Special 
"CTCI INT. CONVENTION"  "DALLAS '88"  "1 of 200" on black base
1990 BRK 13 Peacock Blue Cream with peacock blue dash; black steering wheel Yellow 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
1990 C.T.C.I. Williamsburg, Virginia International Convention Special 
"CTCI INT. CONVENTION '90"  "WILLIAMSBURG  1 of 500" on black base
1992 BRK 13 Goldenglow 
Yellow
all black interior Yellow 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
 1992 C.T.C.I Tulsa, Oklahoma International Convention special   "CTCI TULSA '92" on black base; part of boxed set of two - 55 & 56
1993 BRK 13x Pink Brown seats w/ white seat inserts; white floor mats; white door panels; brown dash; pink steering wheel; Green 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
Convertible (topless);  figure of Marilyn Monroe in white sundress; Marilyn Monroe Thunderbird boxed set for Brooklin Club Deutschland; 
"B.C.D. 1 of 250"  "20th year of Brooklin" on black base
1993 BRK 13x Black Black seats w/ white seat inserts; white floor mats; white door panels;black dash; white steering wheel; White 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
Convertible (topless); 
Marilyn Monroe Thunderbird boxed set for Brooklin Club Deutschland; 
"B.C.D. 1 of 250"  "20th year of Brooklin" on black base
1994 BRK 13 Sunset Coral black interior w/ white seat inserts; Yellow 
"California" 
"BRK-13"
Convertible (topless);  wide white-wall tires; 
1994 C.T.C.I Dearborn, Michigan International Convention  special 
"CTCI DEARBORN-94" on black base 
Part of boxed set of 3 models to commermorate 40 years of Thunder

1957
Year Made Model # Photos Color Interior License Plate Basic Description
1994 - 
present
BRK 13A Seaspray 
Green
two-tone green interior; green dash; lt. green steering wheel White 
"Minnesota" 
"BRK 13A
Convertible(topless); Standard color model for Brooklin; wide white-wall tires; ; ; license plate front & rear; stock 57 t-bird hubcaps
1994 BRK 13A Azure Blue Two-tone blue interior; dark blue dash & steering wheel; Yellow 
"Minnesota" 
"BRK 13A
 stock '57 t-bird hubcaps 1994 C.T.C.I Dearborn, Michigan International Convention  special 
"CTCI DEARBORN-94" on black base 
Part of boxed set of 3 models to commermorate 40 years of Thunder
1996 BRK 13A Thunderbird Bronze brown & white front seat, white "Birdnest" seat; brown dash Yellow 
"Minnesota" 
"BRK 13A
W/ "Birdnest" rear seat (rear seat in trunk);; white-line tires; wire wheels
1996 C.T.C.I Bend, Oregon International Convention  special 
"CTCI BEND'96" on black base
1996 BRK 13A Gun Metal Grey Metallic red & white front seat, white "Birdnest" seat; red dash Yellow 
"Minnesota" 
"BRK 13A
W/ "Birdnest" rear seat (rear seat in trunk);; white-line tires; wire wheels
1996 C.T.C.I Bend, Oregon International Convention  special 
"CTCI BEND'96" on black base
1998 BRK 13A White  black bucket seat & steering wheel none "Battle Bird";  racing graphics w/ red 98 on hood trunk, doors & Thunderbird emblem on side of headrest; aerodnamic head rest behind driver compartment; no passenger seat- covered instead - ; short curved cockpit style windshield; black tires; "knock-off" style 5-spoke wheels; unique front bumper; no rear bumper;  see article on Battle Bird for pictures of model & real car. 
"CTCI DALLAS 98"  "BROOKLIN 13X  1957 FORD" 
" **Battlebird**" on white base
2001 BRK F-S 01 blue none Speed Weeks Set -blue Battle Bird on trailer pulled by blue 52 Ford wagon
2007 ROD 16 grey metallic black  ROD 16 Convertible (topless); black interior; 3 spoke custom steering wheel; 5 spoke custom wheels; sport seats (no bench seat) with console;
For a more extensive listing of variations, visit Tbird UK's tbird site - white metal Brooklins.
 
Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956 G-J 1956 K-N 1956 O-Z +? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ??
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