Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Itty-bitty Buicks. Models and toys of the Buick brand. BUICK WEEK
When you look at these models today, you might think, “ugh, that’s pretty crude.” But you need to put them into context. In the 1950s, it would have been a big deal for a kid to get a replica of a real car this nice. They even came in factory colors. Think about that blue Skylark in the picture. Sure, you could read about that car in a magazine. But few people ever got to actually see one, not much less own one. But thanks to this little model, anyone could have a three-dimensional, 1/25th-scale version on their shelf.
Other than the occasional die cast, there weren’t many Buick promo models after the mid-1960s. They did make plastic Reattas and Regals in about 1988. Those were pretty nice models with a lot of details. I wanted to take some pictures of them for you, but they were so buried in the model storage closet, I would still be digging them out. So instead, this is a picture of a pewter Reatta, which was also a promotional item from back in the day.
As you look through the slideshow, you see some off-ball die casts, Hot Wheels cars, model kits, and more. There has truly been a wide variety of small Buicks over the years.
For a better version of the slideshow, click this link.