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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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Please feel free to share your Bergmans! 

 

Don 

 

 


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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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