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PatW

AMT Piranha Spy Car

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The kit............................

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it has no decals!

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OK I've never seen this car before, had to google it... I'm too young for the Man from Uncle I guess 🙂 

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I do remember the Man from Uncle. Very cool stuff at the time.

I don't remember this car, though I knew the kit existed.

I seem to remember they used a GM styling exercise?

That could be a Corvair flat six in the back.

It's good to see such a rare thing being built.

It has a touch of the Jetsons about it.

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2 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

It has a touch of

I don't know this car at all. UFO has a Metallic bronzey car like this based on a Ford Zephyr . It's probably what Bertone was looking at with the Citroen GS and Cit/Masser SM6 or Spen King with one of the Rover 3500 design drawings .

 

https://www.aronline.co.uk/concepts/concepts-and-prototypes/concepts-and-prototypes-rover-sd1-concept-1/

UFO

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2013/12/10/a-childhood-dream-realized-as-a-tv-car-rises-again/

 

AMT paid for the actual Car build for exclusive rights to sell models of it . You're right about the Corvair engine and had a new build frame and not with the Ralph Nader's "unsafe at any speed" chassis though.

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Thanks guys for your interest and info. I saw every episode of the Man from Uncle but very saw the car.

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I seem to remember the car only featured in a few of the later TV episodes. I think it was first seen as Illya picked it up outside an airport. I think it was mainly conceived as a publicity vehicle (literally and metaphorically).

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Thanks Brian for more info on this car.

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