IXO's Country Squire, Pacer offer good detail at modest price
Published: July 24, 2013
|In 1964 I was nine and car crazy, like a lot of other kids my age then, and now.|
But in the 1960s cars changed every year, with some sort of styling update, from headlights to taillights to trim and accessories. Ah, the good ol' days!
I was part of the Baby Boom that made station wagons one of the hottest selling car styles. One of the more popular wagons was Ford's Country Squire, with its fake wood trim down the full length of the car. Up top, there was usually a chrome roof rack to hold the family suitcases for that trip to Wally World, or Disneyland, or maybe a national park for camping.
IXO, long known for its excellent racing models from F1 to Le Mans racers, plunges into the American car market with its PremiumX lineup that includes a 1964 Country Squire, along with a variety of other somewhat obsure models. For instance, I also received a yellow 1975 AMC Pacer X for review, and there are few cars as odd as the Pacer.
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IXO 1964 Ford Country Squire
|Here's what I like, beyond the uniqueness of these two non-enthusiast type cars:|
The cream-colored Squire (light blue also is available) is nicely proportioned, with realistic-looking headlights and round jet-afterburner taillights. The bumpers are chromed, as are the door handles, grille, roof rack, and the delicate-looking windshield wipers, and all the window trim from stem to stem.
The fake wood paneling looks great on both sides and the tailgate, with the slightly dimpled look of rivets holding it on. There's a green 1964 Georgia "Peach State" license plate too, front and rear. The model features raised windows all the way around, so if you display this out of its acrylic case, no dust will get inside on the red plastic interior. The interior includes the third row seat and a well in back where the seat would fold flat. Sounds like a crossover or SUV these days, doesn't it?
Although you can't see the dash perfectly because of the windows, you can see well enough to make out gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel with chrome hub and spokes, plus a chrome column shifter and turn signal lever.
Sticking out back are two tailpipes with mufflers, and the car features white sidewall tires that are not branded. Oddly, there are no external chrome mirrors.
Nothing opens, but at this price point, you wouldn't expect that.
The Pacer is a little flashier, just because of its bright yellow paint job, but similarly has chrome bumpers (with rubber guards), a small roof rack, mirrors, fancy five-spoke wheels, and chrome trim around the windows. Remember, this is a car with major window surface — so much that folks called it the rolling aquarium.
There's a Pacer X decal on each door, below the door trim strip and good-looking taillights and square headlights. You also can see the lines in the rear window for the defroster and in front the air vents atop the dash. The driver's-side window is open, so you can peek in at the tan interior with its 1970s-look three-spoke wheel — and yes, you can see a bit of gauge detail.
Tires are branded Goodyear and labeled polyester radials, giving this a realistic overall appearance.
Other vintage U.S. car models from PremiumX include a 1971 Buick Riviera, 1977 Cadillac Deville, 1980 Cadillac Seville, 1989 Ford Bronco II, 1972 Ford Torino Sport, 1974 Maverick GT, and 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. PremiumX also offers some modern U.S. muscle cars.
Product: 1975 AMC Pacer X, 1964 Ford Country Squire
Maker: IXO's PremiumX (available through Replicarz and finer hobby stores)
Stock No.: PRD124 (Pacer), PRD203 (Country Squire)
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