• Jan 16, 2007
And the Gremlin and the Pinto. Yeah, all scale models, but didn't your jaw drop just a little after reading the headline? Mine did after spotting these at a major discount retailer's toy department last week. Available in 1:60, 1:24 and as a remote control 1:16 scale, these bad-rep rods of the 70s are part of the Fresh Cherries lineup from Motormax.

Surrounded by other, more respectable models like a Bugatti Veyron, the 2006 Camaro Concept, and a Ferrari F40, the 1:60-sized Gremlin on my work desk has sparked many conversations. The kitsch factor of these small mechanical monsters goes to 11. At less than $4 for the smallest versions, you can afford to have your very own ignoble garage, or recreate an 80s-era used car lot. For even more realism, set the Pinto on fire, and leave the Mustang II next to the Gremlin in the yard to build up some nice rust. We imagine the remote control Mustang II might cost more than a 1:1 scale version, though it would probably hold its value better.

We can't wait for the next round. What should be on that list? Hmm. Vega, Citation, maybe a Le Car.

Check the jump for a larger promotional photo from Motormax.




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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll take a hit for this, but I feel the Mustang II received an undeserved bad rap. The Mustang II was not a Pinto in pony drag--both cars were quite different. I liked the idea that Ford returned the Mustang to its original, small car roots, as opposed to the obese land yachts from 1971-73. The Cobra II could have been a quality compact two-door sport sedan like the BMW 2002. By stripping weight, increasing aerodynamics, and emphasizing on racing, Ford could have helped the Mustang II's image and legacy. It is good to know today's small cars have come a long way. Maybe if Ford had done more with its Diet Mustang--the Maverick--it would have had a better time in the 1970s.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bought a new Gremlin in 1975. The last thing I would want is a reminder even though it was when I met my present wife. It speaks for a women who meets a guy in a Gremlin and stays married to him for over thirty years. It was our wedding car as well. The scrap yard probably squeezed out the last of the confetti.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Actually, the Maverick wasn't a horrible car, but the door hinges always broke, forcing the occupant to go through the old "lift and push" routine to close the door."


      I've got a '73 Comet and a '74 Maverick and I've never had either issues. Now, my '75 El Camino -- that's another story, those doors were manufactured in hell.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been buying these things- have one of every 1/60 variant I've seen. I've also been buying the Pacers and Gremlins as "educational" toys for friends' sons (I'm an AMC lunatic...) They're well detailed, and at $1.97 at Walmart, you can't beat them.

      I think it's GREAT to see "ordinary" cars being redone in diecast. Nice to see something other than the usual muscle cars or Euro sports cars!

      Bring 'em on- Vegas, Citations, Alliances, Fairmonts, Volares, whatever. I love 'em!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate to say this, but I kind of liked the Mustang II. I thought it was a practical step in returning the Mustang to its small car roots, unlike the 1971-73 giants. Had Ford tried to make the Cobra II into something like a two-door rally sedan (a la BMW 2002), I think it would have had a better legacy. I also feel Ford should have done more with the Maverick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have one of these Fresh Cherries series cars- mine is a 1/24 scale AMC Gremlin in black. I'm not an AMC fan, but the Gremlin is definitely a funny vehicle to look back on.

      I agree with JB (#9)- I would like to see more regular cars too, especially various GM models, Renaults, and maybe even some old imports like Datsuns and VWs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One mistake I've noticed is that they have the 1/60 Pinto labelled as a 1970; the first Pinto was the '71 model. Minor nit-pick, considering it's a Chinese company....
      • 8 Years Ago
      The end is surely near.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This must be a trend -- I have a recently purchased '72 AMC Gremlin diecast on my desk that's made by Johnny Lightning. The level of detail is almost disturbing, including Gremlin badges on the fenders and rubber Goodyear tires.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the latest round of these things will include the chevy vega, and chevette, a Pacer X is also appearing too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh man, the Mustang II is even in brown. That's beautiful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A book about these and other craptastic cars of the 70s and 80s came out a couple years ago called "Automotive Atrocities", very funny stuff. I'm not shilling for the book, in fact, see if your local library has it :)

      Actually, the Maverick wasn't a horrible car, but the door hinges always broke, forcing the occupant to go through the old "lift and push" routine to close the door. Ah the good old days, back when you bought a car and only expected it to go five years before things started falling off.
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