Johnny Lightning's 1960 Ford Country Squire, produced in 2002 for its Playing Mantis series.
M Y C O L L E C T I O N — As I mentioned in the post below, $1.19 Car-A-Palooza, scale model station wagons are scarce. That doesn't mean I don't have quite a few, lol. I've always been attracted to scale models of real-life cars, as opposed to racing cars or fantasy cars. Station wagons used to be as ubiquitous as SUVs and crossovers are today, so they fit into my aesthetic perfectly. When they're the versions with woodgrain, like this Country Squire, I can't bring them home fast enough. The metallic green exterior contrasts beautifully with the woodgrained sides and tailgate, and complements the very well-detailed six-seat interior. Johnny Lightnings are a step up from Matchboxes or Hot Wheels for roughly three times the price, a still affordable $4.99 eight years ago, if I remember correctly.
The design of the 1960 full-size Ford is of my favorite postwar Fords, based on a styling mockup known as the Quicksilver. I've read a couple of articles on this car, but can't find much about it online. It's mentioned in this great article at How Stuff Works on the development of the '61 Lincoln. From what I remember, it was designed by Alex Tremulis, designer of the late and lamented Tucker Torpedo, but I'm not 100% sure of it. I'll keep researching and update this post if I find anything.
Quicksilver styling model, the basis for the sleek and sophisticated 1960 full-size Ford.