Vintage AMT 1966 Buick Skylark Gran Sport Coupe Pictured on Fridge Magnet

Fridge magnet pictures 1966 Buick Skylark GS model kit by AMT
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Refrigerator magnet pictures a vintage AMT 1:25 scale model car of the 1966 Buick Skylark GS 2-door coupe hardtop automobile.  Buick used the Gran Sport name to designate high-performance muscle cars.  1966 was the second year for the Buick Skylark GS and nearly 15,000 cars were sold.  It was available as a coupe, hardtop or convertible and came with GM's largest engine – the 325hp 401 cu in. big block V8 known as the "nailhead."  It was also equipped with a heavy-duty radiator, dual exhaust, good brakes, bucket seats, center console and a Warner four-speed floor-shift transmission was offered as an option.  One online pricing site reports that a 1966 Buick Skylark coupe sells in the collector market for $10,000 to $12,000.

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AMT (Aluminum Model Toys) was founded in Troy, Michigan by West Gallogly in 1948.  Initially AMT produced what are known as promotional cars, made of aluminum.  By 1949 plastic replaced aluminum and by the mid 1960s, sales of model kits far surpassed promotional cars.  This magnet pictures a 3-in-1 kit, meaning that the kit included materials to build it as stock, custom or drag race / hot rod.  Kits in nice condition sell in the collector market for several hundred dollars.

British Lesney, the Matchbox folks, acquired AMT in 1978 and moved the company to Baltimore.  Five years later Ertl purchased AMT from Lesney.  Since 2007 AMT models have been marketed by Round 2 LLC of South Bend, Indiana.  In addition to AMT, the Round 2 product line includes selections from other old favorite brands such as MPC, Polar Lights, Hawk and Lindberg.  If 1966 is your year, Round 2 offers a sweet 1966 Chevy Nova Pro Street.

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