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Posted By: Richard Sufficool
Posted On: Saturday March 21, 2020 at 6:17 PM
OK guys, I found one more station wagon [PIC]
Roaming through the dusty (and I mean dusty), I found an old diecast that I had since 1956. Not surprising it's a 1956 Pontiac Safari... by TootsieToy. It's 7" long, so maybe 1/28 scale?
It has a pretty detailed interior with dash and steering wheel and the tailgate operates. It makes me wonder if it was a promo.
Of course I was 10 at the time so over the next few years I beat the hell out of it. Of all the Tootsie toys I still have, it was the themost accurate looking..The only intact part paint wise is the chassis which is untouched. I tried my best about twenty years ago to restore it , repaint with original colors and I did the trim with foil and kept the grill nose badge and ornament in bare metal polishing it as best I could. Twenty odd years later, the metal is well patina'd but you can still see how detailed the castings were. I would have loved to refinish the dash but I can't figure out how to safely take the model apart.
So many neat toys that I wished I was more anal as a kid, and so many others my old man gave away to the local kids while I was doing 3 years in SEA in '68-'71.

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OK guys, I found one more station wagon [PIC] by Richard Sufficool #56197
That is one cool model car to still have after all those years. (EOM) by Steve Jakubczak #56197.1
LOVE the Safari! It is especially appealing since you have owned it all of these years. (EOM) by David Crowe #56197.2
+1. (EOM) by Billy Collins #56197.2.1
That’s awesome that you still have it! (EOM) by Phil Realmuto #56197.3
Wow! Very cool. (EOM) by John Shamblin #56197.4

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