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#1 Steve Okeefe

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:31 PM

Lancer Bodies

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Lancer started manufacturing bodies in 1963.  Their only product was slot car bodies, and they turned them out continuously until at least 1970, a total of about seven years.  Needless to say they made a LOT of different bodies; the listing above includes about 200 different bodies, by far more than any other manufacturer.

 

Lancer had, at least at one point, a problem with their part numbering system.  Between the 1/32 scale bodies and the 1/24 scale bodies, their success and inevitable growth (not to mention a slight failure to plan ahead) they ended up having to re-use some of their part numbers.  The result of which is that in a few cases, there are two very different Lancer bodies carrying the same part number!  In other cases when they made more different kinds of bodies than their were numbers in the series, they ended up with -A, -B and -C part numbers.

 

Most (but not all) of these anomalies involve re-using 1/32 scale body part numbers for newer 1/24 scale bodies, so there isn't too much confusion, and all of the re-used part numbers are below 200.  I have marked all cases of re-used part numbers in blue, and noted them in the "Variant" column.

 

Lancer's Numbering Scheme:

 

001-199 Scale bodies (all types) made of thicker Butyrate.

 

200-299 Open wheel scale bodies (GP and Indy) made of thicker Butyrate.

 

800-899 "Pro Series" lightweight; current (for late 1960s) race car bodies made of .015" thick Butyrate.

 

900-999 "Super Competition Series" long, low, wide and lightweight (not to scale); even the open wheel bodies in this series were 1-1/2 inches wide.

 

5100-5199 "Super Scale Series" lightweight; scale bodies made of .015" thick Butyrate.

 

There are at least three bodies in the 900 group that are of particular historical interest: #912 The Whisper, #968 "The Spoiler" and #986 "Drifter".

 

In a clear departure from Lancer's usual style, they are each an original design and do not resemble any particular prototype.  Based on the part numbers Lancer gave them, it is reasonable to presume they were first introduced between late 1968 and early 1970, although hard information is unfortunately lacking.

 

To some they are Thingie bodies, and although this is certainly an arguable point, their introduction would have been (historically) very late in the original Thingie era.

 

They are not "Aero" bodies either, not in the sense that we know them now.  It is also arguable that Lancer never made any Aero bodies, because true Aero bodies didn't appear until two or even three years later, after Lancer ceased production.

 

What they were, at the time of their introduction, was literally a glimpse of the future.  It is likely that even Lancer didn't realize this.

 

With so many bodies there are a proportionally large number of photos available, and although the total number of photos I have represent less than 20% of all the body styles Lancer made, it's enough that I have divided them up into separate logical galleries for quicker loading and easier viewing:

 

Click on the name to go to the gallery.

 

Lancer Group 1 : Older bodies up to #199

 

Lancer Group 2 : Open wheel bodies (200 series)

 

Lancer Group 3 : Later bodies (800, 900 & 5100 series)


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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:47 AM

Great work Steve - it's hard to find a definitive list of Lancer bodies. 

 

On a French forum, a buddy just posted a prototype "Wasp" in 1/32 and wasn't sure if the body was a Lancer - any ideas? 

http://slot-retro-fo...-1-32.htm#p5279

 

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 11:09 AM

Curious, all I recall are the first lexan shells, like the box in front of me.  Lancer crystal clear  #475 Lotus 49B F-1 1/32


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 10:10 AM

Steve, great work, I could not find the Whisper on this list.

 

Steve wrote

"There are at least two bodies in the 900 group that are of particular historical interest: #968 "The Spoiler" and #986 "Drifter".  Although they do not resemble any particular prototype, they are not Thingie bodies.

They are not "Aero" bodies either, not in the sense that we know them now."

 

I always thought these were Thingies and Aero?

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 12:19 PM

That's a fairly comprehensive Lancer body list Steve. The Lancer Co. also sold brass rod chassis. Both F1 & sportscar chassis with sheet brass drop arms. I don't recall if these were built on-site or if they out-sourced them locally.

 

 

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

Martin,

 

Could you send me a three-quarter view of the Whisper so I can add it to the thread?  You appear to be the only one who can.

 

Almost all the photos I've posted (not just Lancer) came from other sources, each one collected as I find it.  I don't own all these different slot car bodies.

 

I'm perfectly willing to update the listing, and edit my article regarding whether or not these are "Thingie" and/or "Aero" bodies, but the meager information I have regarding these bodies suggests that in general, they came a bit too late for the former and a couple of years too early for the latter.

 

In this effort I am a researcher, and I do my best to deal in facts.  Do you have any photos, or published articles, or direct experience with this that you would be willing to share?


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:18 PM

Nice work Steve.    I will see if I can send you any pictures that might be an addition to your pix.


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:11 PM

Yes, Steve i will take a 3/4 pic for the list. Happy to add to your great work.

 

You do not have to edit on my account. I was just surprised to see that the Spoiler, for example was not a Thingy.

When I thought it to be the very definition of a Thingy. (i.e. was not a real car but an original fantasy design) I think your definition is based on a certain period? Meaning it would have to be made 67-68.(at the peak of the Thingy movement) But I do not want to put words in your mouth, just trying to understand it from your point of view.

 

I am not even sure when the Spoiler, Whisper and Drifter were made? do we know? Has to be towards the end of Lancer 69-70?


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:41 PM

The Whisper # 912

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 02:43 AM

Hi guys,

 

I don't think Lancer ever did any advertising for these bodies, unless they were in some of the later newspaper-magazines that I don't have. So it's a little hard to date them, but 1968-70 seems a good guess.

 

These seem more in the Choti tradition, and I would still consider them Thingie bodies, since they're free form and don't pretend to be any real cars.

 

Seems Lancer did more than bodies and the occasional chassis too, since they did a few RTR cars - and one is winging my way!

 

Don


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 05:15 AM

I wonder if Jairus' retired Lancer employee friend could help date them? I don't recall his name, but others might know.


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Posted 22 August 2019 - 11:49 AM

A lot to un-pack here..... I asked these questions of Dave Susan at post #51 http://slotblog.net/...maker-me/page-3


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 04:24 PM

Of the various Lancer Ferrari 250 bodies, were any of them the 250 Zagato?


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 05:12 PM

I doubt it, very few were produced and no one cared about them. I remember a classified in an old magazine where one was less than a $3000. Which was pretty cheap, even for back then. About what a new A-code Mustang would be. 


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