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Summer 1955 Ford Thunderbird castings
Topic Started: May 11 2018, 11:56 AM (150 Views)
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For some reason Summer did multiple different versions of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
There's the S8501 which, I think, is the first version and then there's S9019, 9007 and 9231.

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S8501 on the left, 9231 middle and 9019 right.
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S8501 doesn't have a-pillars at all but the later models have. S8501 is also missing the round little window.
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S8501 has a totally different rear end.

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This pic shows best the size difference between 9019 and 9231. 9019 is scaled down version of the 9231 without sunroof.

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All of them have different underside.



I'm missing the 9007 unless it's same as the 9231 with the spare tire on the back, like S8501.
Will add pics when i find it.
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2 Seater Tbirds are some of my all time favorite cars, and one I love to collect in scale. Summer isn't my favorite brand, but Tbrids are Tbirds too!
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birds of a feather flock together....
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If one wished to get technical...going by memory here and subject to correction...I think the conti kit was not available on the 55...that was a 56 item that caused steering issues, so the 57 was lengthened a bit to better accommodate the conti spare. Also, the portholes were (as I recall) an option on the 56 to improve blind spot visibility, and was either standard or a popular option on the 57. The 55 *technically* did not have either conti kit spare *or* portholes.

But we all know diecast makers tend to take some liberties...
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All three are named 1955 Thunderbird in the database, don't know if Summer meant them to be 1955 models.

Which year introduced that sunroof seen on the 9231 :lol:
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Had all of these (I know, what didn't I have... :lol: ) if I recall the blistercard that the yellow one came on listed it as a '56.
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All three are named 1955 Thunderbird in the database, don't know if Summer meant them to be 1955 models.

Which year introduced that sunroof seen on the 9231 :lol:
I don't believe any of them came from the factory with a sunroof, the hardtop was removable so really no need. If memory serves, and I'm not quite as certain, I think the sunroof was introduced somewhere in the 58-60 Squarebird design, which I believe to be one of the first optional sunroofs available from any American maker.

The database isn't always 100%. I try, but depending where the info comes from, etc, and especially maker's tendency to ad lib as they go (Summer is particularly known for this), identification sometimes is a best guess. At a glance, the 55-57 Tbirds look very much alike, the details between them are subtle apart from the 57 being noticeably longer...if you know to look. I think we are safe to leave the Summer listing as 1955, or we could list as 1955-57 but I think that would only complicate things even more.
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Summer liked to put weird options in the most improbable cars, like the sunroof to a removable hard top or towing hitch to a Bmw M3 race car.

I'm fine with them being the '55 in the database.

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