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#1 Pablo

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 06:29 PM

Mid America sells these for $20. My understanding is they were built in Japan in the 60's.

Marketed by Champion in some of their RTR kits, and very poorly constructed.

 

But I never knew some were gold plated. The ones I've seen have a silver-colored plating.

Are these of better quality?

Worth $20?

 

 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:13 PM

Hi Pablo,
these chassis were built for Champion by AYK Aoyagi in Japan. The earlier examples were bright-nickel plated. By 1968, Champion marketed several variations of this chassis, some with added side brass strips to increase their weight as it was slowly discovered that weight was no longer the enemy when a more powerful car seeks traction.
By that time, the chassis arrived plated with gold-tone nickel.

As progress marched on, these chassis became obsolete and Champion liquidated a rather large quantity of them to REH (I saw HUNDREDS during my last visit at REH in 1995).
REH assembled many  RTR cars over the years using these chassis.
They are not badly built, but their basic design is a bit fragile as it lacks triangulation, meaning that crashes deform the structure and cause solder joints to fail. So, don't crash!
I believe that the $20.00 asking price is quite reasonable for a 50-year old NOS nice looking chassis, when that amount barely gets you a current chassis replacement made of injected crap plastic from Chinese factories today... :)

I hope that this addresses your concerns.
 


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:26 PM

My opinion that is when the manufacturer ran out of nickel plating(or whatever they used for the silver), they used the gold plating so that orders could still be filled. We never ran any of those particular chassis "in-the-day" but I don't recall seeing any photos of them or advertising for them either. Carl Ford was Champion's Northeast area distributor in those days & he often came up to Modelville Hobby where I then raced. If Champion had "special gold chassis" for sale, he would have mentioned them, yet he never did. Bob I. is a Champion collector, he'll have an opinion whether hey're rare or just a "modern marvel."


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:28 PM

I hope that this addresses your concerns.
 

 

Yes, perfectly, thank you, Sir :good:

 

Hi Bill and thanks :friends:


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:34 PM

 

If Champion had "special gold chassis" for sale, he would have mentioned them, yet he never did.


Bill, this happened before Carl Ford was even involved with Champion. :)







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