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This was a model Highway 61 was supposed to produce but never made.

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Marty Johnson
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Well, at least according to the rumor. 

In the early days of H61, when they had an appetite for financially unviable "one-offs" like the Hurst Hemi Under Glass Plymouth Barracuda, the twin-engine Hurst Hairy Olds, and the Arnie Beswick '66 Pontiac GTO funny car, there was a rumor circulating that H61 was going to produce the Little Red Wagon truck.  I've never been a fan of wheelstanders as they've always appeared a bit too "circus-like" for my tastes.  However, because of the racing history and the uniqueness of the Little Red Wagon, I was looking forward to adding it to my collection.  

Fans of mid-sixties drag racing know that the original intent of the Little Red Wagon was to be a serious drag racer.  It was built by Jim Schaeffer and John Collier.  They had difficulty keeping the truck's front wheels down, and eventually was turned over to Dick Branstner with Roger Lindamood (Color Me Gone) to try and fix the horrible handling of the truck.  Jay Howell (builder of the Don Gay '66 Infiniti GTO)  took over the driving chores but never could get it to perform properly.  The wheelstands pleased the crowds but not Chrysler Corporation.  They forbid their factory effort cars from those kinds of antics and eventually arranged to have Bill "Maverick" Golden purchase the truck.  The rest, as they say, is history.  

The rumor has it that Highway 61 and Bill "Maverick" Golden couldn't come to a licensing agreement.  Hence, the Little Red Wagon Dodge pickup was never made.  Here's some photos of the very early days.  

 

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Little Red Wagon 4
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And of course, a little Photoshop fun.  If the truck were configured with a long wheelbase, the iconic truck would have had an entirely different history.

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100Ford2003
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Thanks Marty, you've provided us with alot of much appreciated info.

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Mike DeTorrice
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Also, this Ford would have made a terrific replica from H61, both stock and in race form, as would the Dodge. This one appeared a few years back at one of our local cruise nights :

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Jack Dodds
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@mikedetorrice I have hoped for quite some time that these two "pickups" would be done in stock form by someone in 1:43.  Interested Sergio??? Smile  


   
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Marty Johnson
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@mikedetorrice - I'm sure you've seen my 1:18 3D imaged Ford Econoline? 

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Great pics Marty ! 

Steve


   
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Posted by: @marty-johnson

@mikedetorrice - I'm sure you've seen my 1:18 3D imaged Ford Econoline? 

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Yep ! It looks great. I recall you had a heck of a time getting some 3D printed items done (or correctly done).


   
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