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For a good number of years, a company made "Junior" Ford Tbirds, and models of other manufacturers cars that ran using gasoline or 6/12V batteries. For Ford they were made for various Ford Motor Co. promotions and others. The Powercar company of Mystic, Connecticut started making the Thunderbird JR in 1955 and continunued through 1967. They were 1/3 and 1/4 size cars. Here are some pictures of them. A '58, '59 & '60. Then a '61 to represent the Bulletbirds (they made the 62's & '63's also). Then a '65 to represent the Flairbirds (they made the '64's & 66's also). The company has long been out of business, but here is some information on where you might be able to get one... Check these web pages out.

http://www.jrcentral.com/thunderbird.html

http://www.jrcentral.com/powercar.html

http://www.jrcentral.com/resources.html

This page contains parts resources, including molds and bumpers for these cars. He has the '58-'60 Squarebird body mold! And bumpers. These "Junior" promotion cars are still out there, waiting to be found... There is a lot more on his web pages to look at, including pricing for molds, and parts. BTW, the girl in the 1959 car is the daughter of Lee Iococca! There is even a price sheet showing what was in the cars and the cost of them back then. Here are the pix. Enjoy!
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:32 AM
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This pic is hillarious!
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Hi Anders,

I thought it was pretty funny also, so I used it! Here are some video clips, as I find them, showing Shriners using these motorized promotional "Junior" cars in a parade. They dont seem to be Tbirds though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6XER...e=channel_page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jV_oHSPgck&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owQKc...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBu0K...e=channel_page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_omV...eature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/roadkillontheweb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q930I...ture=quicklist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOu9e...eature=related

Some these might be Tbirds!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbl0J...eature=related
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This pic is hillarious!
Now that's a Flairbird rag-top I COULD afford!!
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all i want is one of the bare molds like in the pic above it would look super next to my 65 mustang pedal car body
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Sniff, Sniff, Sniff! I go digging through websites, searching, searching, tongue hanging out in near exhaustion! Suddenly, I get a whiff of a "Junior" Ford Thunderbird promotional car. It (or I should say, they!) are in California! I get a lead through Tom Maruska's story about the Italien! It gives me a name and location... Sniff, Sniff, Sniff.. POINT!! I have it! I pick up the phone and call Mustang Country, looking for Don Chambers, who Tom bought the Italien from. In Chapter 13, he tells about the many "Junior" promotional cars that Don had collected over the years. Some 30+ of them!

So I call them, only to find out that Don had passed away in 2006, but that his wife, Ailene, still has some of the cars left. She has been selling them as she can find buyers for them. I am given her phone number, which I call, and enjoy a good conversation with her. She has about a dozen or so "Juniors" left, in various conditions. She has some with just the body shells, 1958-1966. Body shells go from $500 to $2,000. She has some that are pretty complete, that go from around $1,000 up. I think she has a '58, '59, '60, '61, '65 and a '66. Plus she has one or more Mustangs, and other brands of cars left still. She is about to do some advertising in Hemmings about them... So if you are interested, you should be beating on her door before that article is published..

She told me that she will send me some pictures of them to show you what she has left. I will post what she sends me when I get them. She also gave me permission to post her telephone numbers here in case you want to call her. She said that you can probably best get her on her cell phone. It is:
562-716-9599. Her regular phone is: 562-633-7672

Remember that there are still parts for these cars available. Here is that resource link again..

http://www.jrcentral.com/resources.html
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Any chance of consolidating this infomation into the "Junior" section found on the Home Page. Under Sqbird Model, there is a sub-folder for Sqbird Junior that must have been set up by Alexander.

If updates can be made to the Home Page folders, I could contribute many pictures of HO scale slot cars. Aurora offered a 1960 Thunderbird in their first group of cars that were run from an AC transformer, these were called 'Vibrators'. The next generation of cars were DC and included a 63 sports roadster, this series were called the 'Thunderjets'.

Guessing that'll bring back some memories for our members.
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Sniff, Sniff, Sniff! I go digging through websites, searching, searching, tongue hanging out in near exhaustion! Suddenly, I get a whiff of a "Junior" Ford Thunderbird promotional car. It (or I should say, they!) are in California! I get a lead through Tom Maruska's story about the Italien! It gives me a name and location... Sniff, Sniff, Sniff.. POINT!! I have it! I pick up the phone and call Mustang Country, looking for Don Chambers, who Tom bought the Italien from. In Chapter 13, he tells about the many "Junior" promotional cars that Don had collected over the years. Some 30+ of them!

So I call them, only to find out that Don had passed away in 2006, but that his wife, Ailene, still has some of the cars left. She has been selling them as she can find buyers for them. I am given her phone number, which I call, and enjoy a good conversation with her. She has about a dozen or so "Juniors" left, in various conditions. She has some with just the body shells, 1958-1966. Body shells go from $500 to $2,000. She has some that are pretty complete, that go from around $1,000 up. I think she has a '58, '59, '60, '61, '65 and a '66. Plus she has one or more Mustangs, and other brands of cars left still. She is about to do some advertising in Hemmings about them... So if you are interested, you should be beating on her door before that article is published..

She told me that she will send me some pictures of them to show you what she has left. I will post what she sends me when I get them. She also gave me permission to post her telephone numbers here in case you want to call her. She said that you can probably best get her on her cell phone. It is:
562-716-9599. Her regular phone is: 562-633-7672

Remember that there are still parts for these cars available. Here is that resource link again..

http://www.jrcentral.com/resources.html
Im stunned.

Again.

And I want one...... How the heck do I get one 58 to Sweden without going bankrupt for the shipping......
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I did not even know that link was there on the Home Page regarding the "Junior" cars! Alexander did though! lol.. It is under the Toys & Models page. Click on it. Also the link to the guy who has the molds and parts for them is there! As far as consolidating this thread under that Button, that would be up to skyd.

http://www.squarebirds.org/thunderbird_junior.htm

I just got some pix from Ailine, with more to come of the '65, I hope. Here is what she said.

"Here are the pictures and the correct prices. I do not have any pic's of the 1965 TBird but I will try to get them to you later.

The 1961 Body is $1000. The 1959's are $2500. each. One is a smaller version but is made by Power car company as well. The 1965 is $2,000. Thanks, Ailene"

As I said in a previous post, if you are just looking for the mold, you can get them a lot cheaper, IF he has that model, for the guy who sells parts for them. The URL is on that post.

Here are the pix she sent.
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heck , i only gave 800.00 for rosie with extra parts ...... thats alittle rich for this poor boy
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