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#1 Cheater

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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:02 PM

For sale now on eBay is this strange litle slot car. Seller thinks it's Cox but I don't, nor do I think it is 1/24, but rather 1/32 but that's a guess.

 

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Anybody know what this is and who made it? It's got to have some desireability as it's currently at $61 after 19 bids.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:08 PM

Riggen 1/32 brass 'womp' with a dune buggy body. Riggen used this design in aluminum as well. This one does have a Cox flag.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:51 PM

Larry, a "Womp" is a Parma car, not Riggen. 

 

Indeed this  is a  common Riggen Dune Buggy car on which someone has stuck an unrelated decal. Its Revell motor and Cox guide and gear date it to about 1971. 


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 09:22 PM

Womp is a brand name that has become used to generically describe items. Just like Kleenex and dozens of other products. The Champion Thumper is another "womp." Dimensionally, they are neither 1/32 or 1/24 scale.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 09:29 PM

Actually the Parma car is called a " Womp-Womp."


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 06:10 AM

My Parma Womp-Womp was equipped with a Beetle body and way too wide blue wheels, around 1/32 scale with 1/24 width.


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:03 AM

Greg, my advice:

 

- bid $20.

- win.

- remove the flag and send it to me (worth about $20).

- stick a junk flag on it.

- play with it in the tub (no electricity - make engine noises with voice).

 

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:15 AM

Pablo,

 

20 bucks won't do it - it's already at $61.00 :o !


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:19 AM

Yeah, and I'd like to know why it's that high...


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:36 AM

The seller can't even spell the word "rubber."

 

Maybe the buyer just liked the way the front tire is split and the leadwire hangs on the track surface.

 

Endearing qualities for sure.  :laugh2:


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 02:18 PM

Yeah, and I'd like to know why it's that high...

 

There are lots of unknowing sellers and buyers on eBay. Often they don't even know what it is they're selling or buying. Then there are snow jobs, too. :dash2:


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 02:41 PM

Snow job meets Mallard duck:

 

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 03:40 PM

I have rarely seen the Riggen Dune Buggy come up for sale. It's quite a rare piece and with the original rear wheel/tires... that makes it well worth the selling price. 

 

Pretty sure the Cox guide was correct as my brother had a VW with a chrome can motor, brass chassis, and same wheels which sold new with the Cox guide in 1971.


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 04:03 PM

Jairus, the car must be scarce in your area but in SoCal, they are far from rare. Over the years we picked up quite a few for the museum, loose and new in original boxes, in 6 colors. The "hard-top" dune buggy was in production from 1970 through 1977, first from Riggen, then from Gayla Industries, and when Gayla went belly up, REH still had dozens of the cars that they marketed over the years. 

The Cox parts are absolutely correct on these cars, as Riggen had purchased lots of guides and crown gears for their JAD 1/24 scale models, and eventually purchased a quantity of leftover motors, TTX100 formerly used in the 1/24 and 1/32 scale Cox kits and RTR, then NASCAR and Super NASCAR "16D".  A large proportion of the 100 + MIB 1/32 scale RTR at the museum have these guides, gears or motors. Riggen also used the old gray Revell motors from the huge unsold pile that the Marina Del Rey company was desperately trying to unload in 1968. 
The Cox guides and crowns gears ae listed on this flyer: 

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 06:21 PM

I have sold several of those Riggen chassis, both brass and aluminum, complete with original wheels/tires,but with no bodies on them. Averaged $20-$30 each with several bids on them. Must still be a demand for them somewhere ????

 

I am guilty of buying Parma Womps all of the time myself... Most just sit on my shelf for looks. Until I get my home track done.   :)


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 10:59 PM

Any of the brass wompish cars can be cut up and recycled into hardbody racers. You can always add material to them.


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 02:52 PM

Greg, the original and best is always better.

 

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Don't be surprised if you find one of these in your mailbox with wheels, a motor, and side dams someday.  :to_become_senile: :yes3:


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 05:01 PM

Are side dams legal in "Rubber Duck" racing? Don't they already have wings? :lol:  


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:52 PM

Yes :)

This one was standing behind Will Power yesterday at The Brickyard, only it's a hawk, not a duck

 

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