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#1 Dave Crevie

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 03:21 PM

This car came in pieces from a cousin. I put it back together but I have no idea what body this is. I'm thinking late 60's

or early 70's. At first I thought it was a Banshee but obviously not.

 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 03:24 PM

Marcos Mantis?  I don't know the vacuum former, but I have seen this before.



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 03:27 PM

Not a Marcos Mantis. I don't remember what it is, but I remember seeing it before.

 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 03:33 PM

Certainly not a scale Marcos Mantis. I use those bodies for retro GTC class. It looks to be factory painted judging by the way the 

exhaust pipes are painted. It's on a home made brass rod chassis that I just stuck a early Parma 16D into because it fit perfectly.

So I tend to think that it was built for a 16D.  



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 03:45 PM

Updated to keep the thread together

 

Riggen’s Special, naw but it was close, oh well.

 

Riggen Special  is a little different as I'm currently finishing a hard master to cast to make the resin mold.

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Mine

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 Found this photo car #12, someone needs to call in an historian, possible  2 versions, my body car #98 came off a Riggen's brass pan chassis, factory painted Dark Blue with Silver pipes and the rear wheel openings were butchered.

 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:07 PM

Gene knows!!!   It came with that stamped Riggen brass chassis.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:57 PM

Yeah... Riggen.  Don't know the name, but I trust Gene.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:09 PM

Gene; I would say that's it, although it looks like your pipes are a little more prominent. So it's Riggen, but does it have one of those

neato-keeno thingy names, or just called the "Special"?   



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:29 PM

Riggen Special #675.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:34 PM

It looks as if one was made from the other.

The only discernible difference I see, is on either side of the exhaust pipes, they have slightly different vents.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:45 PM

Very cool cars! Gene, keep us posted when your's are avialable.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 07:55 PM

Well, Gene let cat out of the bag.    I'd say that there were probably a couple molds and there could be some minor differences in the final product.    I'm also certain Gene's body will be better than any original!!

 

This is up on Ebay now.

 

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 08:33 AM

I believe its the later less troublesome version. I have the original molds and the Special, has the engine deck with the easier to remove Two vents and the pipes probably gave less trouble on the mold as well or they fell apart and had to be replaced as you can see on the mold


The GT40 is from Brimhall at Riggen and the rear deck is almost the same as on the Special.

Something I could never understand is why the change to the headlamps were made after a while on the Chaparral.
Riggen bodies were certainly different!

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 09:20 AM

I'm sure the Rggen Special  was probably changed to make it easier to de-mold, the first mold broke, or it was hard to pull tight in that one area.   

 

I never understood why they changed the shape of the 2E front end.    If it was to fit the Jad chassis, it would have looked much  better to add a bit in the front and the middle to keep the proportions more eye pleasing.     Lancer pretty much got the 2E body right.   The Riggen body has never looked good to me.


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 09:48 AM

The body in post #12 is exactly it. The wheel openings look to have been die cut, so it could have been on an RTR. But I didn't get the chassis with the

other parts. The holes in the brass angle body mounts of the chassis it is on align exactly with the holes on the body, so I made the assumption that the

two went together. But I will never know for sure since the cousin and I are not on speaking terms, haven't been for a long time. No way to verify any of

this. 

 

Thanks to all who contributed to this little mystery. I knew this was the only place I could get it solved. 



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Posted 03 February 2020 - 09:45 AM

Truescale/Victor Ferguson:  If I read your comment correctly you have at least some of the original Riggen molds.  If so they had a line of CanAm cars that had molded in spoilers and diaplanes. They looked like early mike Morrisey aero addons. At least one of them was the Lola T-70.  I think there were a couple others.  If you have them I would appreciate it very much if you posted some pictures of them.  Thanks in advance.


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