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#1 Steve Okeefe

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:31 PM

Lancer Bodies

 

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Lancer started manufacturing bodies in 1963.  Their only product was slot car bodies, and they turned them out continuously until at least 1970, a total of about seven years.  Needless to say they made a LOT of different bodies; the listing above includes 198 different bodies, by far more than any other manufacturer.

 

Lancer had, at least at one point, a problem with their part numbering system.  Between the 1/32 scale bodies and the 1/24 scale bodies, their success and inevitable growth (not to mention a slight failure to plan ahead) they ended up having to re-use some of their part numbers.  The result of which is that in a few cases, there are two very different Lancer bodies carrying the same part number!  In other cases when they made more different kinds of bodies than their were numbers in the series, they ended up with -A, -B and -C part numbers.

 

Most (but not all) of these anomalies involve re-using 1/32 scale body part numbers for newer 1/24 scale bodies, so there isn't too much confusion, and all of the re-used part numbers are below 200.  I have marked all cases of re-used part numbers in blue, and noted them in the "Variant" column.

 

Lancer's Numbering Scheme:

 

001-199 Scale bodies (all types) made of thicker Butyrate.

 

200-299 Open wheel scale bodies (GP and Indy) made of thicker Butyrate.

 

800-899 "Pro Series" lightweight; current (for late 1960s) race car bodies made of .015" thick Butyrate.

 

900-999 "Super Competition Series" long, low, wide and lightweight (not to scale); even the open wheel bodies in this series were 1-1/2 inches wide.

 

5100-5199 "Super Scale Series" lightweight; scale bodies made of .015" thick Butyrate.

 

There are at least two bodies in the 900 group that are of particular historical interest: #968 "The Spoiler" and #986 "Drifter".  Although they do not resemble any particular prototype, they are not Thingie bodies.

 

They are not "Aero" bodies either, not in the sense that we know them now.  It is arguable that Lancer never made any Aero bodies, because Aero bodies didn't appear until two or even three years later, after Lancer ceased production.

 

What they were, at the time of their introduction, was literally a glimpse of the future.  It is probable that even Lancer didn't realize this.

 

With so many bodies there are a proportionally large number of photos available, and although the total number of photos I have represent less than 20% of all the body styles Lancer made, it's enough that I have divided them up into separate logical galleries for quicker loading and easier viewing:

 

Click on the name to go to the gallery.

 

Lancer Group 1 : Older bodies up to #199

 

Lancer Group 2 : Open wheel bodies (200 series)

 

Lancer Group 3 : Later bodies (800, 900 & 5100 series)










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