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AMT 1966 Mercury Super Street Rod

AMT No. AMT1098/12
Molded Colors: White, chrome, clear red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $31.95
Pros: Body dimensions, very little flash for old mold, tampo-printed tires
Cons: Missing radiator hoses and exhaust manifold, no decals for gauges, no Hurst wheels
In 1958 Mercury introduced the Parklane to its premium luxury car lineup, with the ’66 Merc falling into the middle of the second generation of the full-size behemoth.

1965 saw a redesigned chassis and slab-sided body architecture it would wear until the end of the Parklane that then replaced by the Marquis in ’69.  

This kit was originally based on the 1966 promo for Mercury and shows its promo roots proudly. For this review, I made a second kit to show one of the other ways this kit could be built- as a stock, drag, or custom/street rod.

Its decent 19-piece 427 cid “Super Marauder” V8 assembles first, and the only drawback was the passthrough for the metal axle. In one kit I was missing the driver’s side exhaust manifold and both kits were missing part  of the radiator hose. Both the V8s were painted Ford blue.

The chassis is old school with the axle, exhaust, and front suspension molded in, and two holes in the gas tank for the body mounting pins. The battery mounts on the floor of the chassis next to the wheel well in a rather sparse, not very accurate engine bay.

The wheels and tires are arguably the best part of this kit, but the Hurst style rims depicted on the box art aren’t included. In place are a nice set of stock hubcaps, Torque Thrust 5-spoke wheels, and tampo-printed whitewalls and Goodyear slicks. One set of whitewalls wasn’t complete so I turned them around and used them as blackwalls.

After painting and installing the wheels and tires, I had two chassis sitting square on the table, the custom one lowered a little.

The interiors have light engraving on the door panels, welcoming any kind of realistic detailing. The stock model’s cabin was painted beige similar to Mercury’s stock interior color. The cabin has stock style seats, a nicely engraved dash, steering wheel, and chrome shifter.

The custom got a two-tone white/red color scheme, the same dash and shifter, and a rear seat filler panel. I didn’t use the optional strange two-spinner style steering wheel.

The body is rendered fairly accurate for a kit based on an old promo. Assemblies are straightforward with the clear glass, interior, firewall, and radiator support all fitting together well.

On my custom build, I sanded away trimming and molding from the body sides. The custom also received tail panel and quarter panel extensions, power bulge hood with insert, and the lower front roll pan to use with the custom grille.

Final assembly of both was painless. The bodies fit over their chassis with correct stances. Pins held the rear of the body securely to the chassis, and super glue secured the front. The grilles and rear bumpers have no mounting points to glue to and can be tricky to hold while the cement dries.

I added a wash of black to the stock grille and wheels, and two-part epoxy to the headlights to define the lenses.

Mercury’s Emberglow Metallic covered the stock build while the custom  was painted Toyota Burgundy Metallic circa 2007. Both were cleared with DuPont two-part urethane clear and I didn’t use any of the kit’s provided decals.

Overall, both of these cars were a joy to build even though they are basic builds of a time when kits were more toylike then replicas. 


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