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man from U.N.C.L.E.
From the Hit TV Show

  • Original year: 1968
  • Company: AMT
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Designer: Gene Winfield

For nearly four years (Sept. 22, 1964 to Jan. 15, 1968), fans enjoyed watching the adventures of agents Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), who represented the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. There were 105 episodes. For the car used in the show, Gene Winfield and Dan Dever started with a stock Piranha, a two-seat sports car Winfield had designed. It had a rear-mounted, six-cylinder Corvair engine and a four-speed manual transmission. It was only 45 inches tall, had a wheel base of 88 inches and a length of 156 inches. In real life, the car broke down frequently. AMT paid the money for the car and the company marketed the model featured on this web page.

Click image above to see a close-up

Dave's comments:

Was there ever a cooler pair of spies than Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin? Exciting show when I was a kid. You will not believe how many "Man from U.N.C.L.E." sites are on the web. AMT also made a "Girl from U.N.C.L.E. kit.

Time-Warner is now selling 41 DVDs for all U.N.C.L.E. episodes

Here is a great summary of the real car with pics

Here is the story of how the original car was restored

For the complete history of this iconic spy series, dig this extensive Wikipedia page

As for the car, its original design is credited to Borg Warner as a concept vehicle. Later, it was reworked by famed builder/designer Dean Jefferies as the AMT Piranha (per Dave Carlock of AMT).

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