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Posted By: Rich Pendleton
Posted On: Monday February 3, 2020 at 12:24 AM
MTI and Minimarque

Yes we made the finished models. We did not make all the 36 Ford cars and panel vans for Mr. Briggs. I'm sure most were made in England. I think we were building the 58 Chevys when Bob and Richard had a disagreement and am not sure if they were sent back to Minimarque or if we just sold them. The Pioneer Models Avantis were never sent back. I believe MTI only sold a small number of them that we had finished. I still have most of the parts as Bob gave them to my late brother some years after closing the business.

I suspect if we had opened the facility in England that we would have made many more models for Minimarque and Pioneer Models.

I have many different Nostalgic Miniatures Coke trucks besides the vans you mention. Bob had me do a lot of 1 off Coke models for him and I have bought a number of them from him in recent years.

If your Avanti says Minimarque on the bottom we did not make it. All the ones we made say Pioneer Models.

If I can figure a way to post photos I will at some point. I have 5 or 6 Oakland models as well as a bunch of Auto Buffs, Collector's Classics samples including two 55 Chevy race cars that were never produced, and many other unusual models.

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More history on Nostalgic Miniatures by Rich Pendleton #27226
Very interesting Rich....my girlfriends dad worked for the first generation Johnny Lightning by BenD Lampson #27226.1
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Fascinating story! it's always great to hear how our models were conceived and built. (EOM) by Karl Schnelle #27226.2
Wow! Thanks for weighing in, Rich. We hope to hear more from you. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27226.3
Thanks for sharing both your memories and good information, Rich. (EOM) by David Holcombe #27226.4
That’s fascinating stuff, Rich. Having lived in Westborough for six years by David Knight #27226.5
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MTI & Minimarque by Raymond Paszkiewicz #27226.6
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pictures reduced (pics) by David Holcombe #27226.
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Nost. Miniatures 53 Ford, 39 woody photos by Rich Pendleton #27226.
Brooklin Coke pics by Rich Pendleton #27226.
There was also a #9 1940 Ford version I once owned. (EOM) by Harvey Goranson #27226.
We made those too. (EOM) by Rich Pendleton #27226.
This is getting me thirsty! (EOM) by Don Anderson #27226.
Look what you started Don! (EOM) by Rich Pendleton #27226.
Rich Pendleton-Please contact me at jefferylane at comcast dot net. (EOM) by Jeffery Lane #27226.7

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