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1998 Plymouth Pronto Spyder
Manufacturer: Maisto
Release dates: 2010-Current
Catalog number: 944
Date Purchased: 05-Dec-12
Date Completed 14-May-13
Number in collection: 226

The Plymouth Pronto Sypder Was a concept car produced for the 1998 Auto Show circuit. Unlike many other concept cars, this one was actually drivable. It was powered by a turbocharged 2.4 l 4-cylkinder engine that would be used later in the PT Cruiser.

This replica is made by Maisto, as part of their Special Edition series. Like all other cars in this series, it features a die-cast body with opening doors. All other parts are plastic. Unlike most other cars in this series, there is no engine detail. The chassis detail is also basic, and may not represent the actual car. The level of detail on the body and interior makes up for these issues, as they accurately represent pictures I've seen of the concept car.

I originally worked on this car long before I started photographing them. The 'before' pictures are not of my car, but ones I found online of cars that are in original condition, in a different color. The 'after' pictures are of my car, but taken while I was originally writing this page.

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What I started with. Actual car I used for reference.


Pictures of car before any changes were made (click to enlarge)

Disassembly was done by removing screws, cutting the flared plastic on parts that were bonded by heat, and applying gentle pressure to separate the parts that weren't.

A detailed list of the parts can be found here.

After disassembling the car, only paint and foil were used to add details.

The following is a summary of the changes I made:
  • Wheels and tires: Sanded the tread surface with 220 grit sandpaper to simulate wear.
  • Chassis: sanded away moulded-in lettering that listed the description of the car, the model company name, and their logo. Filled two small screw holes that hold car in place inside packaging with epoxy putty. Painted majority of the piece Testors acrylic flat black. Engine, transmission, exhaust system, suspension and frame details are painted with Tamiya aluminum, metallic gray, and semi-gloss black.
  • Interior: Painted dashboard, steering column, seat inserts, and door panel inserts Testors flat red. Remainder of door panels and carpeted areas of floor are a mix of Testors acrylic sand and flat white. Area of door panels between interior and exterior door panels were painted Tamiya aluminum. Applied Testors acrylic semi-gloss clear to all interior surfaces except floor. Remaining interior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
  • Windows: Added additional paint to edges of windshield with Testors acrylic flat black.
  • Body: Painted windshield header area inside body the same mix of Testors acrylic sand and flat white that was used on the other interior parts, and all other areas inside the body Testors acrylic flat black. Applied Bare-Metal foil to tail lights, head light reflectors, and rear center brake light. Painted tail lights and rear center brake light Tamiya clear red. Front turn signals and side marker lights are Tamiya clear orange. Painted front grille Testors flat black, then rubbed paint from grill bars after it dried. Drew in body panel seam with a metal tipped 'quill' pen and black ink. Remaining exterior details were highlighted with appropriate colors, using pictures of the actual car as a guide.
Detailed parts, before assembly To the left is the car prior to assembly.

The car was reassembled by reversing the procedure used to disassemble it. No glue was needed.


Pictures of completed car (click to enlarge)


This table is a bit different than the ones I usually make for comparing scale to actual dimensions. I was unable to find the wheelbase of the actual car, so I just estimated what it might be, based on the calculations of other major dimensions. The other proportions of the completed car look very close to the actual car. The table below shows how close they are.

Actual car 
(mm / in)
Model
(mm / in)
Dimensions of actual car based on model scale
(mm / in)
Calculated scale based on model to actual car
Length 3960 / 155.9 168.5 / 6.63 4044 / 159.2 1:24
Wheelbase - - - 99.4 / 3.91 2386 / 93.9 - - -
Width 1753 / 69.0 71.4 / 2.81 1715 / 67.5 1:25
Height 1143 / 45.0 47.2 / 1.86 1133 / 44.6 1:24

According to my calculations, this car is probably as close as you can get to its advertised 1:24 scale.

I was happy enough with my original effort that I made no changes from when I originally worked on this car. I just disassembled it once more and gave it a thorough cleaning before I took the pictures that you see here.

I'm not sure when this car was originally released, and I'm not sure that it is currently in production. I like it because it is a replica of a car that could have been produced, once some of the engineering issues were worked out. And even today, it sure looks like it would be fun to drive.


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