Brooklin 1960 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Ambulance

May 06, 2014 No Comments by

Wayne Corporation bought two longtime Ohio “professional car” coachbuilders in 1957,and merged them to form the Miller-Meteor Company.  From the very beginning, all Miller-Meteors were built on Cadillac Commercial chassis. These were big cars – and Brooklin Models’ new larger casting equipment has made it possible to release this striking model of the 1960 Miller-Meteor “Guardian” ambulance in their “Community Service Vehicles” line. The heavy white-metal body is crisp, absolutely free of mold lines, and loaded with detail; dimensions are exactly right for the giant Caddy chassis, too. The shape, with the fiberglass roof added to provide more headroom, matches photos perfectly. Its two-tone white and gold paint (one of four authentic Guardian color schemes) is excellent, but it’s in factory-fresh markings – no “user” graphics. Only the windshield frame, fin caps, and molding around the gold side trim is over-painted; everything else, including the long side trim, is done with individual plated parts.  There’s nice two-tone upholstery up front, an accurate plated speedometer, radio, and glove box panels, but none of the relief details have been picked out. In back, the gurney is stowed on its side in front of the wood-grain equipment cabinets, and the attendant’s seat is also folded down.  This is a great pick for pro-car collectors.  – Wayne Moyer

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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