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Diecast, etc...  Classic Ford Thunderbirds
covering models for 1955, 1956, 1957
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The following is a listing of the classic T-bird toy & collector models that have been released in 2012. 
Some will be new models and some will be new paint jobs & some are just new packages. 

How to tell the difference between a '55, a '56 and a '57 Thunderbird
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1955 1956 1957
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2002-05 NEW
Thunderbird Models

1955 Thunderbird:
Model # - Name
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
T-bird Gasser
Gasser Models / USA 1/18 Resin cast in 5 colors, black white, yellow, red, green; Features: Raised front end, front bumper removed, injector stacks, fenderwell headers, mag wheels, piecrust slicks, ladder bars, hardtop with porthole windows.
1954 Thunderbird Fairlane, DC-36P . Durham Classics / Canada 1/43 white metal diecast; Baby Blue and Silver individually numbered limited to 12 pieces.  Preorders now - probably ready this fall or winter.

1956 Thunderbird:
Model # - Name
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
1956 Thunderbird . Rio 1/43 bright yellow with white hardtop; yellow and white interior released Sept 2011
1956 Thunderbird "Spider" Rio 1/43 Peacock Blue with peacock blue and white interior; topless; released Oct 2011
1956 Ford Thunderbird Maisto / China 1/64 Dark Navy Blue metallic with white hardtop; grey graphics on side and trunk;  This is the old Muscle Machines model originally produced by Funline
1956 Ford Thunderbird Motor Max / China 1/18 Orange with black and orange seats. no hardtop;
1956 Ford Thunderbird Motor Max / China 1/18 White with all black interior; white porthole hardtop.
1956 Ford Thunderbird . Motor Max / China 1/18 Red with white porthole hardtop; all black interior
1956 Ford Thunderbird  Motor Max / China 1/24 Blue with white hardtop on trailer pulled by Ford Truck (might be new set this year or last)
1956 Ford Thunderbird RIO4362 RIO / Italy 1/43 Red, with red hardtop; Depicting the Mille Miglia race for 1957 with team of Smadsa/Raselli #434; released Nov. 2012

1957 Thunderbird:
Model # - Name
Manufacturer / Country Scale Description
#X0530  '57 Classic T-bird . Mattel / China 1/64 Retooled version of the 1969 first release of the 57 Classic T-bird.  convertible version with the short windshield.  4 colors offered exclusively to 2012 Redline Club members for joining in January/February this year..  Just released in April or May. serial #'d on card; detailed Tailights red with silver ring & silver center dot; redline tires and red line continuing along bottom of rocker panels; Hot Wheels logo on base; 5 spoke "mag" style wheels;  headlights painted white;  base has 1968 and 2011 copyright. Packaged with Hot Wheels button like the early Hot Wheels buttons, with chrome base & bumpers. Base marked XO530; Licensed by Ford on card [In my opinion, the plastic interior is much more lacking in detail than the originals - sloppy to be honest]
Chrome 57 T-Bird   limited to 3000; white interior;
#X0531  '57 Classic T-bird . Mattel / China 1/64 chrome Red 57 T-Bird  limited to 3500; white interior
#X0532  '57 Classic T-bird . Mattel / China 1/64 chrome Blue T-Bird  limited to 4000; white interior
#X0533  '57 Classic T-bird Mattel / China 1/64 chrome Purple T-Bird limited to 4500; white interior; 

If you know of any other models that have been released this year, please e-mail me with a description - model/package # - Manufacturer - scale - Description including colors available,  & anything special about the car.  I will add it to the list

Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956G-J 1956K-N 1956 O-Z + ?? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ?? Model Kits Hot Wheels
released in:  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
AVON Battle Bird,
Hot Wheels
Micro Models
 Racing Champions 

*  Some cars are rather generic for 1955 & 1956 ie. have characteristics of both years.  If you don't see your model listed in the '56 list it may be in the '55 list.  Manufacturer of many of those models is also hard to determine so distributor's name is listed which is why some models look the same but have different "manufacturers" 

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