Johnny Lightning #781 - 1961 Ford Police
Matchbox #55 - 1961 Ford Police
RCCA - 1963 Ford Stock Car
Buby #2 - 1963 Ford Falcon
Racing Champions - 1964 Ford Stock Car
Matchbox #59 - 1965 Ford Fairlane
RCCA - 1965 Ford Stock Car
Tootsietoy #24 - 1960 Ford Sunliner Convertible
A Decade of Fords - 1960-1970
by Doug Breithaupt
There are plenty of Mustangs and Thunderbirds from the 1960's for small-scale
diecast collectors. However, when it comes to Ford's less sexy cars from
the swinging sixties, it can be difficult to assemble a collection. Only
recently, have manufacturers finally provided some of the more basic Ford
sedans from this period. If it was not for police and fire cars, and of
course the many racing stock cars, it would still be almost impossible.
The first shown is a 1960 Ford Sunliner Convertible by Tootsietoy. It is
an interesting model in that it combines a single cast body/interior with
a separate base. This style of Tootsietoy was produced in the early 1960's
and are not easy to find today. Any 1960 Ford model is also quite rare.
Two 1961 Fords are shown. The first is the recent release of the Mayberry
Police cruiser from the Andy Griffith Show, produced by Johnny Lightning.
The second is also a police car but one done by Matchbox in the early 1960's.
Another Ford stock car, this time from 1963 has been nicely done by RCCA.
Also from 1963 is a Ford Falcon sedan. The Falcon was made by Buby of Argentina
and is a well-made model.
Racing Champions did the 1964 Ford stock car of Fred Lorenzen. Three models
from 1965 are shown. The first is a Matchbox, #59, which was done as a fire-chief
car and as a police car. It represents the Fairlane model. The second '65
is another stock car from RCCA and is very well detailed. The third is a
Racing Champions Mint Edition Ford Galaxie 500, #244 and provides a very
nice stock version of the 1965 Ford.
Yat Ming did a fine 1966 Ford Galaxie 500XL in racing colors, #1075. These
earlier Yat Ming cars are becoming harder to find today and this is one
of their better castings. Johnny Lightning has recently done two 1967 Fords.
The first is a stock car driven by Mario Andretti, #077. The second is the
Ford made famous by Joe Friday of the TV show Dragnet. For 1968, Johnny
Lightning has done the Indy 500 Pace Car, a Torino convertible, #479.
More Ford Torino models are available for 1969 and 1970. The first is from
Racing Champions and represents an A.J.Foyt stock car. The second is a very
nice production model from Johnny Lightning, #PM230.
Racing Champions #244 - 1965 Ford Galaxie 500
Yat Ming #1075 - 1966 Ford Galaxie 500XL
Johnny Lightning #077 - 1967 Ford Stock Car
Johnny Lightning #782 - 1967 Ford Sedan
Johnny Lightning #479 - 1968 Ford Torino
Racing Champions - 1969 Ford Torino
Johnny Lightning #PM230 - 1970 Ford Torino