Look Back and Remember: November 22, 1963

Nov 22, 2012 1 Comment by

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we must also take a moment to remember another American moment – one not so happy – that happened on this day in 1963.

It’s not very often that a model causes controversy. But when Minichamps  released a replica of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 “X-100” Lincoln – replete with figures of the President, Mrs. Kennedy, Governor and Mrs. John Connolly, and the Secret Service drivers, all exactly as they appeared in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 – the hobby took notice.

It’s easy to see what the talk was all about. Impeccably painted and detailed, the lengthened Lincoln comes mounted to a clear-topped display base, with historical data printed below and behind. Neatly placed items like rippling fabric flags, a delicate parade bar, and the tiny Continental star on the car’s hood are exactly right, precisely scaled, and the kind of things that make a model like this so engaging.

Of course, it’s those figures that steal the show – and draw such strong reactions. The passengers of the car sit in relaxed, familiar poses, oblivious to what lies just ahead. The effect of the visual can be unsettling, as if lifted from a single, grainy frame of the Zapruder film.

Some see this creation as a carefully, respectfully crafted memento. Others feel too strongly about the subject matter to have the model on their shelves. Regardless, the car’s detail, including the red lenses in the front bumper, the steps and grab handles out back, and the fastidiously decorated and realized dash and interior spaces, make Minichamps’ effort apparent.

It’s a moment many Americans wish they could erase, but one that marks an indelible moment in history. Originally sold at around $80.00 (and also made available in “LBJ Quick Fix” and “Berlin, 1963” variants), the remarkably rendered model is infrequently available on the secondary market, at a premium. Rest in Peace, Mister President.

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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.

One Response to “Look Back and Remember: November 22, 1963”

  1. Joseph E. Smith says:

    On Nov.22, 1963 I was 12 years old, in the 7th grade at Walnut Hill Elementry School in Dallas, Texas. On that morning before school started, myself and three other friends decided to skip school and pair up to hitch-hike rides to the airport to see the President come to Dallas. We met on the road that enters Love Field and waited to see President Kennedy. This replica is exactly as I remeber the event. This model is a great piece of work to allow all of us to rember a very sad and historic day. I wish I had one.

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