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My first Thingie: the Coronado GTX 5000


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#1 Gator Bob

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:10 PM

The car is a mint 'replacement', in the same colors. Dynamic 'chrome' mag dress up with performance Cox gear and guide.

Total mint 'shelf box queen'.

 

The box is the original box that my first thingy came in. It survived, not sure how... all these years as only storage box for the very few slot stuffs from the mid60s.

 

As a 'kid' I used the box top as my first 'jig' (note the slot) and my paint booth (see hole and flat black paint).

 

It was purchased at E.J. Korvette department store Paramus, NJ. Thingies and Vac bodies have ruled ever since.

 

 

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:02 PM

First commercial raceway?

 

 

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:12 PM

Yup, for sure Tim!  Flashback...You remembered.

That is where the original car was first run. Probably first on the Blue King or the Aristocrat.

Then the others. :D


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:28 AM

That's a great looking car, Bob. I have always thought that the Coronado was possibly the best looking of all the coupe-style

thingies, and one of the few that would have made a viable full-size production car, as a competitor to the Corvette Stingray,

Jaguar XKE and Studebaker Avanti. Not as wild as most other thingies, just attractive in a more subtle way.

 

Keep 'em coming!


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:24 AM

I totally agree with you Jo.

 

Has the taller roof proportions of a 1:1 factory futuristic "Dream Car". Add set of doors and a pair of 'A' pillars. Dream cars are Thingies and visa-versa :)

 

Has BITD inspired Vette gills moved behind the door w/ Mako Shark rear window louvers ... and now if you click on pic #2 front on view it looks a lot like a Dodge Viper.

 

I picked the Coronado that day in these Green/Orange colors over all the others (even the Blue Toronado) :sarcastic_hand:  They were all around us :crazy:

Not a 'rare' car, just a sweet replacement of a first flame.  :i-m_so_happy:


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 08:53 PM

Hey Tim,

My bad that was the relocated store.

This is where the original shopping plaza double store was.

Best I remember ... Rudy's Pizza is still there but it was where the Art Frame store is now.

Massage Envy and Rudy's was were the 6 track store was, The big red Indy was in the window where Rudy's is.

There used to be a lot of Sting Ray bikes out front.

 

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