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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Lindberg Line - Mini-Lindys

For Christmas of 1968, I got not one, but two brands of tiny 1:64 toy vehicles. Hot Wheels were new and so I found 2 of those underneath the tree, a Deora and a Custom Eldorado with that oh, so satiny smooth black top. But another brand also debuted that year. The Lindberg Line, which had been making model kits of cars, trucks, airplanes, and the like for several years, introduced a new line to compete with Matchbox and especially Mattel's new cars. They called these realistic little vehicles Mini-Lindys. Mini-Lindys came in a tiny, black box and were basically plastic model kits, roughly the size of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars which snapped together and were fastened with two screws in the base. They had rubber tires and metal axles and weights that could be added to give them a little more "heft." It appears that they released 32 different models overall, (with eight additional models appearing after the Mini-Lindy name was no longer being used), of which the black moving van pictured above was one. It was called a "Ryder Truck," and was based upon a Ford truck cab and running gear. I painted mine black, but it came molded in bright yellow plastic, to match the Ryder corporate colors.
Lindberg offered the Mini-Lindy line from 1968 to 1970, at which time they split the vehicles up into specialty groups and gave these new sub-series names like Hi-Rollers, Truckin' Big/Over The Road, Van Go, Big Wheels, Speedy Wheels, Hot Shots and Super Sports. They were even released in a few sets. This then is that initial group of 32 vehicles, listed in numerical order, plus the first 8 releases in the Super Sports series:

Series number and name:
1. Porsche Carrera. 2. Ford Pickup.

3. Corvette Stingray.

4. XKE Jaguar.

5. Ford Mustang.

6. Jeepster.

7. Volkswagen Camper.
8. Chevy-Van.
9. Camaro SS.

10. Fire Engine.
11. Dump Truck.

12. Greyhound Bus.
13. Mail Truck.

14. Cement Mixer.

15. MG-TD Sports Car.
16. Tow Truck.

17. 1968 Corvette.

18. Austin-Healey 3000.
19. Volkswagen.

20. Mercedes SSK.

21. 1930 Packard.

22. Ford Camper.

23. School Bus.
24. Tractor-Trailer.

25. Pontiac Firebird.
26. Porsche Targa.
27. Dune Buggy.
28. Jaugar D-Type.
29. Ford Bobtail "T".
30. Ford GT.
31. Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon.
32. Ryder Truck.

So, there you have it, the complete lineup of 32 different cars and trucks. Some new models were released in 1970, with bright red boxes instead of black and re-using some of the same numbers, but these appear to have been the end of the "Mini-Lindy" line:

25. Ford GT.

26. Porsche Targa.

27. Ford Maverick.

28. AMC AMX.

29. Ford Cobra.

30. Dodge Charger.

31. Dune Buggy.

32. Ford F-Series Oil Truck.

After the "Mini-Lindy" name was dropped, further models appeared using the "Super Sport," "Speedy Wheels" and "Hot Shot" series names. These are some of the vehicles known to have been released in these series:

1. Maverick Grabber. (Hot Shot series)
2. Lincoln Continental Mark III. (Super Sport series)
3. Cadillac Eldorado. (Super Sport series)
4. AMC AMX. (Speedy Wheels series)
5. Chevy Monte Carlo. (Super Sport series)
6. Chevrolet Vega. (Super Sport series)
7. Porsche Carrera. (Speedy Wheels series)
8. AMC Gremlin. (D-236)
9. Buick Century. (No. 367)
10. Chevy Corvette.

April 1st, 2012 update:
A follower to this blog has shown me pictures of additional vehicles in this same scale, and they do in fact have the Lindberg Line logo on the base. At least one of these cars is made by Lindberg for it calls it a "Buick Century," with the number of "#367." So, maybe the Lindberg Line released further additions to their "Super Sport" series.
The Lindberg Line corporate name was bought out by "J. Lloyd International," and they continue to release several of the old Lindberg models to this day. I failed to find any of the Mini-Lindy-sized vehicles still being sold by them, but I sent a request asking them if they acquired these Mini-Lindy models. Maybe they'll be able to fill me in on the whereabouts of the molds to this series, if there are any plans to re-release them or if the molds are lost to time. I'll stay on top of this, so stay tuned.

On further research, I've found a few of the original Mini-Lindy models re-released under the series name "Hi-Rollers." I have seen the No. 8 Chevy Van, No. 11 Dump Truck, No. 14 Cement Mixer and No. 24 Tractor Trailer released as part of this series.

15 comments:

  1. Any clue what these are?

    http://lightbox-photos.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/509d6f8f9f5480fb917be96c8b37b644_120273_lrg.jpg

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  2. The two on the right side of the picture, the Corvette and Camaro, do appear to be Mini-Lindy's. Lindberg did make both those models in their regular line. But, the two on the left, the older Corvette and what looks like a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle don't seem to be models Lindberg made. There could have possibly been a second wave of the "Super Sport" series and I suppose it's possible the two on the left could be from that series. You've got me curious now, so I'll have to dig for further research.

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    1. It's a Buick Century the Red one on the left, I know I am selling one now. How rare is this car?

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    2. I didn't get much for my Buick Century, it was all yellow. I thought by reading everywhere it was very rare and sought after, I think I ended up letting my go for ten bucks after a few months of listing it for sale. Good luck.

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  3. None of the cars have any markings on them, other than Firestone or Good Year on the tires. Curious if they are from the old AMT Pup, Mego Jet Wheel, Mini Lindy etc castings? The Chevelle is a huge mystery as I've never seen anything even close to it. Maybe it's from Argentina or Israel? Who knows...

    Here are a few more


    http://lightbox-photos.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/18c2093a2bdb6f40120518594d79d924_135293_lrg.jpg

    http://lightbox-photos.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/eb25ee1eadf634a2b00b5e541bbcfd4c_148579_lrg.jpg

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  4. Maybe none of them are from Lindberg. It seems to me that on the Mini-Lindy models, there's the Lindberg rectangular logo on the base. So, these must be from some other manufacturer. They're beauties, whoever made them. I would think South America first. They do put out some good stuff.

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    1. Here is a link to the bottom of the vehicle, Model Kit No. 367 Buick Century.

      http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x396/luckyintime21/100_5017.jpg

      Bottom View:

      http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x396/luckyintime21/100_5022.jpg

      The square "The Lindberg Line" is on the bottom hard to see, I am going to take a new photo.

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    2. This appears to be a model from the mid-1970's, so obviously, Lindberg was still making 1:64 scale vehicles under some name. I remember buying a 1:32 scale 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo model by the Lindberg Line around 1975, but never remember seeing anything in a smaller scale on the shelves where I shopped. These later models are intriguing, so I'll have to get to the bottom of this mystery. Thanks for providing these images!

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  6. Don't forget the 1971 (boat tail) Buick Riviera, Model D-233. It was part of the Super Sport Series. The box said 1972 on it, but it was actually a 1971 model (with the GM vents in the trunk lid that were on many 1971 GM models).

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  7. none of these are (1/64th) scale (3/16th" to a foot) these are "Pocket size" Scale is specific, size is not. I HATE all the people that call hotwheels Matchbox & lidberg size vehicles 1/64th, most are NOT.

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  8. Can you give me any info on the Ford GT model? I have one and its not put together. All the parts seem to be there with the stickers as well. Thanks.

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  9. Lyfe Journey, I don't really have any further information on these Lindy's, or this Ford GT model in particular. I never had that one, so I'm not familiar with it. I did read somewhere that the molds are still owned by a company that puts out models, so maybe someday they'll be reissued.

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  10. These take me back. My dad use to take my sister and I to a hobby shop and buy us each one Mini-Lindy twice a month. The were my first model kits.

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  11. I have a few of these. The Camaro SS in red, the Chevy Van in tan and the Jeepster (missing topcover) in dark blue. I dig the Camaro, the others not so much

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