Another old model, a mystery story
This is the AMT 1977 Pontiac Trans Am in 1/25 scale. This model came to be in 1979 while I was working part time in a trophy shop, whose owner was an avid sports car and auto racing enthusiast. He had gotten a contract for trophies from the local SCCA chapter to be given away at one of their events. The club president requested something a little different for two of the awards, and since the shop owner knew I was a model builder, he asked me to do a pair of car models for those awards. This was one of them, the other was a 1/25 scale kit of Mario Andretti’s world champion Lotus 79 F1 car. I built the models over a couple of weekends, after which they were handed over to the car club. And that was the last I saw of them…
Imagine my surprise when I walked into my dad’s house on a visit home this weekend and saw the Trans Am sitting on his coffee table! I truly have no idea how he came to have it, as I was positive that it was either sitting on a trophy shelf somewhere or had long been consigned to a trash can. It was a double bit of nostalgia – finding that the model had survived and the fact that my first car was a Sterling Silver 1976 Trans Am,
So here she is in all of her dust coated glory. She’ll be on a shelf in my model room when I get that set up as a small reminder of my modeling past.
Thanks to all of you for indulging me on this one!
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