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The Same Thing...Only Different
A Tale of Two Talladegas

Often a model company will reissue a model kit that it had released previously. In many cases it's all the same parts and pieces, wrapped in updated box art, or in a "nostalgic" original issue appearance box. Conversely, in some instances the kit may have been altered by newer tooling, or may contain additional or different parts, such as more recent wheels, or decals.
Also somewhat common is that two different manufacturers may each offer a model kit of the same vehicle. Modelers may select a preferred kit based on brand loyalty, scale preference, parts offered,
building options, or any other factor including box art.
While most recognize that the Talladega was Ford's weapon in the NASCAR "Aero Wars", what follows are some facts that by now most may be aware of and /or familiar with, but for the few who may not, I present the 1969 Ford Torino Talladega "Twins". They are fraternal, and not identical, twins. In 1968, and again in 1969, AMT offered the Torino GT Sportsroof (fastback). Later AMT offered the '69 Torino Cobra. Then in 1990, AMT offered the 1969 Torino Talladega. Coincidentally, or perhaps intentionally, also in 1990, Monogram offered the 1969 Torino Talladega. There the similarity ends.
The most obvious difference, instinctively known to serious model builders is that AMT produced in a scale of 1/25 actual size, while Monogram produced in the scale of 1/24 actual size. There are those among us who prefer one size over the other and/or one brand over the other, so they may automatically purchase their preference without realizing the differences between the two Talladegas is more than just the scale in which they were produced.
The Monogram model, kit # 2912, represents the majority of the limited production Talladegas which Ford sold to the public. Those cars were offered in only three colors: Wimbledon white (as shown on the Monogram box cover), Royal Maroon, or Presidential Blue. Regardless of body color selected, all had black interiors, a bench seat in the front, and a column shifted C6 (automatic) transmission.
The AMT model, kit #6889, depicts a yellow car on the box cover, and shows a white, bucket seat interior. The box art depicts an accurate, but one of a kind, '69 Talladega which was specially built exclusively for the (then) president of the Ford Motor Company, Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen. Bunkie's car was the only '69 Talladega to be so equipped: Yellow exterior, white interior with bucket seats and console, yet retaining the column shift for the automatic transmission. NOTE that the AMT kit has a 4 speed manual transmission attached to the engine. Fine if one wants to build a NASCAR or muscle car street version, but inaccurate for "Bunkie's car" which the box art represents.

Thus, for any who may seek to do so, the two different models would allow the accurate assembly of legitimate variations, each with historical accuracy.



-Jim Amado, June 2023

page updated 12/22/2023