By Karl Schnelle
All text and photographs provided by the Manufacturer.
Two 1/43rd scale hand built white metal models of significant cars in automotive history were introduced at the 2019 National 1:43rd Scale Model Car Expo. The Expo was held in conjunction with the Countryside Toy Collectors Show, March 17th in Countryside, IL, USA. They are the 50,000,000th Ford produced, a Colonial White Fairlane 500 Galaxie 4-door sedan and the 2,000,000th DeSoto built, a Firedome Sportsman hardtop in Pearl White/Castilian Red, both by WMCE. It just so happened that these milestone cars were both manufactured in the 1959 model year.
The actual Ford had been the property of and on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan until it went to auction and is now in private hands.
There is no record as to the whereabouts of the 1959 DeSoto. These cars were both one-offs and were used for dealer promotional purposes back in the day.
A very limited number of these white metal models are now available. For more information, please visit www.route66modelcarstore.com or phone Buz in the US at 708-246-1543.