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It's hard to say when the Show Car genre came around. It's more of an offshoot of the Hot Rod and Custom car craze. But TV had a lot to do with it, as many of the most famous Show Cars were built for the small screen and Hollywood.

Others began as projects and exhibits for the Oakland Roadster Show in California, as well as for other venues.

Car customizers like Ed Roth Big Daddy "Rat Fink" started making one off cars that resembled nothing else at the time. His new medium was fiberglass, and boy, he really worked some magic on those early show cars.

Revell picked up on the popularity and began making model kits of his famous cars, including the Outlaw and the Beatnik Bandit, among others.

Other customizers made their mark in the model world, such as Carl Casper, George Barris, Dean Jeffries, Chuck Miller, Daryl Starbird, and Steve Scott.

There are some other builders who specialized in more Kustom car work, or just Hot Rods. But you get the idea.

One Show Car builder is best know for his design work for Revell and Monogram. That name is Tom Daniel. While he did have his own custom Corvette (and a model of it too - kool!), most of his designs were not real cars at the beginning, but they made for some of the most popular models kits ever produced for builders and Revell.

Later some car builders built actual full size cars as a homage to his designs. A little known fact? Tom Daniel designed the 1966 George Barris Batmobile (though Barris built the actual car).

AMT and MPC also came out with a lot of Show car designs, from the Depth Charger to the Lil Gasser. All of them have unique designs, and are just pure fun to build and tinker with.

Iv'e met modelers who love to build Show car models, it's a real joy to them. And I've also met modelers that hate everything about them. Personally, and I've built several, they are just fun projects. Build them stock? What's that?


Show cars and other unusal car models. These kits are great for kids and adults alike! Fun to build, they have wacky funny themes and are far out !

Many have been designed by great custom car builders such as George Barris, Dean Jeffries, Tom Daniels, Carl Casper, Bill Cushenberry and many more.

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Gypsy Wagon


Tiki Trike


Milk Trike


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Tom Daniel Lil T'Rantula


atlantis ed roth mr gasser model

Ed Roth Mr Gasser


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Tom Daniel Lil Red Baron


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Ed Roth Mailbox Chopper


atlantis leap hog model

Tom Daniel Roar'n Peace and Leap Hog


atlantis king chopper model

1/8 Tom Daniel King Chopper


mpc taco trike model

Taco Trike


mpc tiger shark show car model

Tiger Shark Show Car Custom


mpc stroker mcgurk car model

Stroker McGurk Ghost of America


amt teevee dune buggy car model

Teevee Dune Buggy


mpc ice cream truck car model

George Barris Ice Cream Truck


amt lil hot dogger model

Lil Hot Dogger


Lil Van Dune Buggy


amt surf woody model

George Barris Surf Woody


amt flameout model

Flameout Show Rod


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Paddy Wagon


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Jinx Express


mpc the aliens model

The Alien


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Meyers Manx Dune Buggy


Rat Fink Decals


amt beetle bus model

Der Beetle Bus


amt deora model

Alexander Brothers Deora


amt royal rail model

Royal Rail


monogram stinger dragster model

Tom Daniel Stinger Dragster


Digger Dragster


Paddy Wagon (brass colored plating)


Hard Hat Hauler


Depth Charger




Ice Cycle


Stingaree Corvette Dragster


mpc george barris t buggy model

George Barris T Buggy


amt ricksha george barris model

George Barris Ricksha


amt ala kart model

Ala Kart


mpc daytona transport model

Daytona Transport Truck and Trailer


amt stoker mcgurk boat surf model

Hot Rod Stroker McGurk Surf Rod


Dragula and Munster Koach


mpc super trailer model

Clear Display Trailer


amt graveyard duo munsters model

Tom Daniel Rommels Rod


Ohio George Willys Gasser


Hippie Hemi




Super Fuzz


Beatnik Bandit II with Figure


Baja Humbug


Glitter Bug


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Lil Gasser


Cherry Bomb, Chopper and Trailer


Road Agent


Ice T






Street Fighter


Paddy Wagon


Pie Wagon


Eye Gone Wild


Stoned Hoods & Crooks Willys


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Drag Nut






Drag Hag








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Hueys Hut Rod


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