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#1 don.siegel


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Posted 20 July 2020 - 03:25 PM

In early 1964, Bergman MFG & Trading Co., of Montgomery, ILL, came out with a small line of 1/32 bodies - For Slot Racing or Show - Birdcage Maserati, XK-E Jaguar, Lotus 19 and Ferrari 2.5L. They were $1, so about in line with most 1/32 bodies of the time. Chrome details and a clear windshield - and really more for slot racing I would think, since no wheels are provided, and the axle holders are just L-shaped bits of plastic to be cut, drilled and glued into the body. 


They are first mentioned in the March 64 issue of Car Model, in the review-preview section, and there's also an article about adapting a Ferrari to a Strombecker plastic chassis, with a metal body mount. 


I just picked up a Birdcage, so now have three in their packages, but only the Birdcage in good condition. 










Over the years, I've also picked up a couple built slot cars using the Lotus 19 model, the only one I don't have in the package - and which really looks more like a cross between the 19 and the 23... One is a very nice period slot conversion, with a flat interior and using a Pittman DC196 motor with a simple T frame. I ran this in one of the early Bordo meetings and it is actually pretty fast. 


The more recently I picked up the green one, a very clever conversion to hold a Strombecker plastic chassis with a Pittman DC195 motor (ancestor of the 196...) inside. 






The green Lotus is such a slick conversion that for awhile I thought the Bergman bodies were designed for Strombecker chassis - but the article doesn't mention that possibility, and looking more carefully at the underside of the Ferrari, a similar body, it seems the builder carefully carved away excess plastic and then trimmed and glued the axle mounts to the sides to hold in the Strombecker chassis! Nice work. 




Please feel free to share your Bergmans! 





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Posted 21 July 2020 - 07:33 AM

Hi Don,


I`m loocking for Bergman bodies at many time ago !

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Posted 22 July 2020 - 03:55 PM

I've got a couple of what I think are Bergman Birdcage Maserati's, and one NIP Lotus. And yes, the Lotus "19" looks more like a 23.





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