Model of '94-'97 Pontiac Bonneville anywh

Model of '94-'97 Pontiac Bonneville anywh

Post by AAMRES » Mon, 19 May 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Anyone know if there exists a scale model of the current generation of
>Pontiac Bonnevilles; possibly even an SSE model?

Unfortunately, there have been no Bonnevilles for many years, including
the current 90's era cars, in model form.

Art Anderson

 
 
 

Model of '94-'97 Pontiac Bonneville anywh

Post by Robert W. Hal » Mon, 19 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


> >Anyone know if there exists a scale model of the current generation of
> >Pontiac Bonnevilles; possibly even an SSE model?

> Unfortunately, there have been no Bonnevilles for many years, including
> the current 90's era cars, in model form.

> Art Anderson

The last Bonnie in plastic was MPC's 1970.  The first year of the
455..

Alas, except for the Revell Chevy Caprice and Linberg Crown Vic and
Sebring, the domestic model makers have limited their annual kits for
the last 20 years to endless variations of the usual Camaros/Firebirds,
Corvettes, Mustangs, and lately trucks and SUVs.  Not that I don't enjoy
building the above, but the narrow selection of  kits of '90s cars gets
d..u..l..l...

 (A few exceptions, here and there--Revell's Cougars, Thunderbirds, and
Grands Prix, AMT's older Probe and Taurus SHO).

 Unless a promo is ordered by Ford, GM, Chrysler, 'mainstream' current
cars don't see the light of day in current kits.  (Brookfield is doing a
good job with the Chrysler products and the Olds Aurora...)

Which is unfortunate, since, although the detail was below '90s
standards, one thing the '60s annuals didn't lack was diversity..

I'd love to see cars such as the current Buick Riviera, Cadillac STS and
ETC, Pontiac Bonneville, Taurus SHO, Probe GT, Lincoln Mk VIII, and
others kitted/promoed but I'm not holding my breath ;-)

--Rob

 
 
 

Model of '94-'97 Pontiac Bonneville anywh

Post by AAMRES » Tue, 20 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>The last Bonnie in plastic was MPC's 1970.  The first year of the
>455..
>Alas, except for the Revell Chevy Caprice and Linberg Crown Vic and
>Sebring, the domestic model makers have limited their annual kits for
>the last 20 years to endless variations of the usual Camaros/Firebirds,
>Corvettes, Mustangs, and lately trucks and SUVs.  Not that I don't enjoy
>building the above, but the narrow selection of  kits of '90s cars gets
>d..u..l..l...
> (A few exceptions, here and there--Revell's Cougars, Thunderbirds, and
>Grands Prix, AMT's older Probe and Taurus SHO).
> Unless a promo is ordered by Ford, GM, Chrysler, 'mainstream' current
>cars don't see the light of day in current kits.  (Brookfield is doing a
>good job with the Chrysler products and the Olds Aurora...)
>Which is unfortunate, since, although the detail was below '90s
>standards, one thing the '60s annuals didn't lack was diversity..
>I'd love to see cars such as the current Buick Riviera, Cadillac STS and
>ETC, Pontiac Bonneville, Taurus SHO, Probe GT, Lincoln Mk VIII, and
>others kitted/promoed but I'm not holding my breath ;-)

Rob, 60's cars had "diversity" IMHO, because that was the era of the
"Promotional" models. (virtually all 60's annual series car kits from AMT,
MPC, and Johan were "spun off" from promos).  these days, promos are often
late, for God knows what reasons, and when a car dealership does have
promos, they are generally consigned to a "boutique" (Chevy dealers excel
at this!) or gather dust on a shelf in the parts department, rather than
being used for the purpose intended--to promote the sales of new cars.
However, when one considers that with few exceptions, most 58-70 annual
car kits (with the exception of 59-62 Cadillacs, some Ramblers, and a
couple of GM compacts) were 2dr HT and Convertible models, that
"diversity" (4drs, wagons etc) was certainly limited.

As much as I like sedans (you know, those cars with a "B" post), my
experience of 8 years as owner of  "The ModelMaker" hobby shop (1984-92)
was that the "mainstream cars" you refer to simply did not sell, while the
"same old, same old"
Corvettes, Camaros, FireBirds, and Mustangs" did very well.  I would guess
that the same was true for the model companies.  The Probe, Taurus SHO,
89-91 Grand Prix-Cougar-TBird kits were sales dogs.  With that kind of
track record, I doubt there is much interest on the part of mass-producers
of car kits to do more of these kinds of subjects.  Even in the fondly
remembered 60's, Cadillacs, Ramblers etc. sold rather poorly (along with
Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Chryslers, Imperials) while Chevy's, Fords, and
Pontiacs gathered no dust on hobby shop shelves I managed back then.

Art Anderson

 
 
 

Model of '94-'97 Pontiac Bonneville anywh

Post by Gun » Sun, 25 May 1997 04:00:00


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>>The last Bonnie in plastic was MPC's 1970.  The first year of the
>>455..

Well, thanks for the replies guys; how very disappointing. I was
looking for that model for my father, who just bought one last year.
He has models of other cars he has (albeit older, and muscle cars) but
thought this would make a good addition.

Oh well, maybe someday.......the SSE would make a good model!

-Gunn

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