Rare Items Collected. I hope I never have to estimate or account for the number of hours I’ve spent scouring Ebay and other sources, or writing letters or placing calls, to find Predicta-related magazines and artifacts, or talking to anyone with a “history” with the car. In that time-consuming process that has spanned decades, I’ve picked up a genuinely surprising number of rare items in addition to an incredible array of photos that probably represents the single largest collection of images on this car to be found anywhere. Here’s a small sampling of these rare items:
An advertisement that the Kelly Springfield Tire Company prepared as part of a sales promotion. Interested buyers could acquire an obviously reboxed Predicta by paying the tire dealer $1 or sending $1.25 to Kelly Springfield corporate headquarters for the kit. instructions:
This Monogram factory-built model, that came with the Monogram shipping cartoon, was purchased from the son of a hobby shop owner who closed his store after 50 years of operation. With Dean Milano’s generous help, I’ve acquired a high-resolution scan of the original display stand that we’ll be cloning to support the “enhanced” phantom kit we’ll be creating.
Starbird Book and Sites!
The Predicta Project strongly encourages you to check out these Starbird sites. The first link will permit you to buy the handsome book on Starbird’s career, and you can also purchase items from the Starbird gift shop. You should also check out the Hall of Fame link that will let you check out the great Starbird Museum.
Historic Predicta Project Note:
An early outline of The Predicta Project was announced in the 2004 issue of the official publication of the International Model Car Builders’ Museum, The Builder. You may want to read about it.