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Club de Mer
1955 Pontiac Car of the Future

  • Original year: 1956
  • Company: Revell
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: ????

Introduced for the first time at the 1956 General Motors Motorama in the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Pontiac's Club de Mer is one of the most exciting cars ever developed in America. This laboratory on wheels includes design innovations that may well be stock features on automobiles in the not too distant future.

Powered by a Strato-Streak V-8 engine, developing 300 horsepower, and having a wheelbase of 103 1/4 inches, the Club de Mer has an aluminum body with an overall height of 38.4 inches. It's overall length is 180 inches. Featured in the design are retractable headlights, individual bubble windshields, and a jet plane-like stabilizing fin. The interior is finished in brilliant vermilion and features a complete competition type instrument panel, separate bucket seats, and safety belts. Trim is in bright chrome. Special 6.40 x 13 tires have been developed for the car, and the Strato Streak engine has dual four throat carburetors.

The Club de Mer stands apart from most "dream cars" in the fact that although it is not planned for production, it has been driven extensively, and a great deal of information has been derived from it. It is one of the outstanding cars of this type to be developed in recent years.

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Dave's comments:

This 1995 reissue retained the flat box and artwork of the original kit. It even has the "Dick and Jane" figures inside. Not a bad looking car, but it could lose the "fin" on the back for my taste.



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