Like all of Automodello’s resin creations, this 1/43 model’s body is meticulously shaped. Comparing the model to a variety of images of the original car shows it’s a perfect match.
Details here include a photoetched Buicklike front grille and front bumper that includes giant chrome circles in front of the lower fender-mounted headlights. The rear bumper is equally elegant and includes a “48 Timbs” license and two tiny teardrop-shaped rear lights sit atop the tapered rear fenders.
Tires are wide white sidewalls with chrome caps, and there’s a rubber-and-chrome step pad on either fender by the cockpit to help a driver and passenger aboard. There are no doors.
In fact, there is only one crease line, right behind the cockpit. The original’s entire rear body section folded back to provide engine access.
The cockpit here has no roof, as on the original, just a chrome-trimmed V-shaped wind screen to protect occupants. The interior is tan with a black 3-spoked steering wheel and printed dash with the appropriate dials and gauges. There’s also a column-mounted shift lever.
The white Tribute Edition features a black interior and just 48 of this edition are planned, while 499 of the original maroon car are available for $119.95 each. The Tribute Edition, being rarer, lists at $148.
Timbs’ Streamliner is beautiful in shape and simplicity and exemplifies the design creativity of the post-war years. There is no rarer car than a one-off and the Streamliner is stunning in sparkling maroon or bright white.
Vital Stats: 1948 Norman E. Timbs Streamliner/Tribute Edition
Stock No.: AM43-TM-STR/ AM43-TM-STR -TE (Tribute Edition)
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