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AMT 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix

1965 Pontiac Grand Prix
Round 2 No. 990/12
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $25.99
Pros: Plenty of options; four building versions
Cons: Wheel track too narrow; transmission hit bottom of interior
This reissue is designated as a 4-in-1 kit and can be built stock, custom (mild or wild), drag, or as a road test car. Missing from the original 1965 kit are the side windows, clear light lenses, and the vinyl roof texture.

Typical of mid-1960s AMT kits, the interior is a tub design with molded rear seat and door panels, and the chassis is the familiar one-piece unit with a set of four lowering blocks and metal axles.

There are two chrome trees, a choice of clear or blue-tinted windows, two front and rear custom treatments with optional extended hood, custom bucket seats, console, dashboard, steering wheel, and gauges.

There is also a bag full of pad-printed tires: four narrow whitewalls for the stock version, four wider-tread whitewalls for the customs, and two Goodyear Blue Streak slicks. Pad-printed tires are great, but registration on the whitewalls could be a little better.

You also get a two-piece suitcase- sized tape recorder, a set of chrome Cragar mag wheels, a nice set of turbine-style custom wheels, and the stock Pontiac eight-lug wheels.

Also in the box is a large decal sheet with drag racing logos, custom lace-like panels, and markings for the road-test car. There is also a 9x12-inch art print of the green custom featured on the box.

There is a five-piece “fifth wheel” that attatches to the rear bumper. Also included are road-test gauges, a fuel test bottle, and four pylons.

The body is straight and free from sink marks, and only needs a little trimming of flash in the windshield area and the wheel openings. There are two small parting lines: one on the top of each rear fender, next to the roof. The hood is separate piece as well as a pair of rear fender skirts.

The stock engine consists of 21 pieces that build into a 389 or 421, featuring Pontiac’s trademark Tri-Power setup. The separate air cleaners are molded white, requiring some chrome foil on the lids to make them accurate. There is also a blower with side-draft carbs and a set of exhaust dumps for the racing version.

Assembly was straightforward, and I had no real problems until the end. Upon final assembly, the body rocked from side to side: the transmission hit the bottom of the interior. I ground it down from the top to solve the problem.

I was disappointed in the width of the track. The front wheels sit way too far inward. I substituted a longer front axle, but the wheel hubs should also be longer – especially in a Wide Track Pontiac.

The front bumper/grille assembly is one piece, and responds well to some paint-detailing. The rear bumper/taillight assembly has a locator pin, but the front unit does not, requiring some patience to glue it in place. Separating the front and rear windows from the runners made them easier to install.

This was a fairly easy kit to build, and the optional goodies are well worth the price of admission.


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