Love a Parade: Legendary Motors’ 1956 Chrysler Parade Phaetons are here

Nov 19, 2011 No Comments by

Back before a certain November morning in Dallas, the idea of a presidential parade usually included a glimpse of the Commander in Chief, either seated in, or standing and waving from, a special parade car. If not the leader of the free world, then beauty pageant winners, television personalities, or foreign heads of state got to cruise in these machines. Chrysler made three such cars for special events in 1956, and they were classic dual-cowl phaetons, with a driver’s compartment up front and an open rear section for luminaries. Detroit got one; so did New York and Los Angeles.

Of course, things changed in 1963, and Presidents and dignitaries (wisely) started waving from behind the bulletproof glass installed in their own specially-equipped limos – if they waved at all. That’s the reason Legendary Motors’ upcoming 1:43 series of 1956 Chrysler Crown Imperial “Parade Phaetons” are such a poignant homage to a more trusting time in our history, as well as a salute to old school collectibility. Done in substantial white metal, with polished paint and impressively detailed trim and interiors, these hand-built cars will be offered in limited editions of only 50 of each of the three authentic colors Chrysler built the originals in: New York City’s Raven Black, with a red interior; Detroit’s Cloud White, with a red interior;  and Los Angeles’ Stardust Blue (of course), with a white seating area.

The cars are being offered at $395.00 each. Contact Sinclair’s Miniauto for details. You can wave, if you want.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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