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David Green
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FRANKLIN MINT 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible.

This model was produced later and as a supplement to the Franklin Mint Classic Cars of the Fifties and as a result is much less common.

 Lots of opening features here plus finely made radio antennas on the tail fins. A second colour variation was also issued.

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Christopher Moroni
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A favorite of mine (they're all favorites...right? 😏 ) that I had to buy because I owned a 1:1 1956 Packard at the time.  As I recall, I went directly to the Franklin Mint outlet store in the mall (Remember FM outlet stores?  Remember malls?) and paid full price, no haggling. I had to have it and yes, I still own it.

You noted a "second color variation......"   

I'm aware of 1/24 FM 1955 "Ribby" color variations, but don't recall ever seeing other colors of this 1/43 FM 1955 "Ribby."   

Do you have pics?


   
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David Green
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@chris 

Hi Chris,

I thought that I saw a 1/43 with the turquoise/green stripe at a CTCS show several years ago. I don't have one and may be mistaken.


   
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@david-green HA! I was hoping I was wrong... I'd love to see a 1/43 FM "Ribby"  in different colors. 

Here are the three 1/24 FM "Ribby"  color schemes I'm aware of:

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David Green
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I agree. I'd love to see more colour variations. I have an orangey stripe 1956 one in Collector's Classics. I likely have at least one other colour but need to check.

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John Kuvakas
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Those FM Caribbeans were nicely done. But many of them suffered from metal cancer. Mine bowed nearly in two, just sitting in the box. 

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Warrenton, VA


   
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David Green
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I guess I,ve been lucky with mine JK although quite a few of my collection items over the years have had metal cancer. Worst were several Polistil and quite a few of my pre-war Dinky Toys.


   
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John Kuvakas
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It's a real heartbreaker. Some of the 1/24 guys have lost very valuable models, a few 1:18 folks as well. I'm glad our resin and white metal models aren't prone to this sort of thing!

John Kuvakas
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David H
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Here's my FM with no color variation, plus a top up by Gladys.

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Interesting trivia on this car.  It had reversible front seat cushions with different leather/fabric on both sides.

John F. Quilter
Eugene, Oregon USA


   
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