For 1960 The annuals really got more interesting with more makes and models as well as features that were added. AMT/SMP went from 2 style of boxes to 7. Convertibles without engines, Convertibles with engines. hardtops without engine , hardtops with engine. Trucks,compacts and for the first time an annual with its very own box design. The 1960 ElCamino. Boxes came with a sticker on the end identifying the make of the model on the box ends. Some early kits came stamped like the 1959 kits. Jo Han added 2 more makes. And if you count 1/24. Hubley came out with a 1960 Ford Fairlane 4 door and Station wagon.

1960 AMT Convertible ad.

The big news in 1960 was the introduction of the compacts. Many Americans were not happy with economy cars being stripped down versions of the big standard car. They didn’t get mileage the was that good and by the late 50’s they were hard to park. The American car manufactures guessed correctly about compacts as first year sales show. AMT/SMP introduced 4 makes of compacts in there own box. Ford Falcon Comet( 2 doors) Chevrolet Corvair and Plymouth Valiant (4 doors). Identified by end stickers. Issued as 3N1 kits without engines. Cost was $1.39.

1960 Compact kits
1960 Valiant kit

AMT/SMP changed to softer tires and went to smaller 1/16 metal axle. The Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Corvette and Buick Invicta came with engines. Although the Buick had to have the hood cut open. Annuals without engines were $1.39. With engines they were $1.49.More accessories were added to all kits.

1960 Edsel flyer Image courtesy of Claes Ericsson
1960 Edsel kit

Jo Han added a racing option to make there kits 3N1. All issued were hardtops without engines. All in the same box with the make printed on the ends. I do wonder why Jo Han chose a 1960 Pontiac to show accessory features on the side of the box when AMT issued the Pontiac.

1960 AMT flyer Image courtesy of Claes Ericsson

Also for the first time 3 Truck kits were issued. The Ford F100 and Chevrolet Apache were very pricey for 1960 at $2.00 per kit but came loaded with features never before found in kits. Both came with engines and were 3N1 with a service option besides stock and custom. Stock engines however were not included. What you did get was a lot of service parts plus a full trailer that could be built with wheels or not and used as a display for other models. The El Camino kit came with service parts but no engine at $1.49. Interesting note. Besides having its own box, This was the 1st annual to be reissued. The kit sold so well that it was reissued for 1961. Chevrolet discontinued the El Camino for 1961.

1960 Trucks Image courtesy of Claes Ericsson

1960 Annual Kits


1060 Falcon 2 Door Sedan
3060 Comet 2 Door Sedan
7060 Corvair 4 Door Sedan (SMP)
9060 Valiant 4 Door Sedan (SMP)

1360 Ford F-100
7660 ElCamino
7960 Chevy Apache (SMP)

Full size cars
1160 Ford Starliner 2 Door Hardtop
11160 Ford Sunliner Convertable
1260 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop (W/engine)
11260 Ford Thunderbird Convertable (W/engine)
2260 Edsel Ranger 2 Door Hardtop
22260 Edsel Ranger Convertable
3360 Mercury Park Lane 2 Door Hardtop
33360 Mercury Park Lane Convertable
4460 Continental Mark V 2 Door Hardtop
44460 Continental Mark V Convertable
5560 Buick Invicta 2 Door Hardtop
55560 Buick Invicta Convertable
6660 Pontiac Bonneville 2 Door hardtop
66660 Pontiac Bonneville Convertable
7760 Chevy Impala 2 Door Hardtop (SMP)
77760 Chevy Impala Convertable(SMP)
7860 Corvette hardtop (SMP) (W/engine)
77860 Corvette Convertable (SMP) (W/engine)
8860 Imperial 2 Door Hardtop (SMP)
88860 Imperial Convertable (SMP)


2360 Plymouth Fury 2 Door Hardtop
2460 Dodge Dart Phoenix 2 Door Hardtop
2560 Olds 98 Sceni-Coupe 2 Door Hardtop
2660 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
2760 Desoto Adventurer 2 Door Hardtop
2860 Cadillac Fleetwood 4 Door Hardtop

Hubley (1/24Scale)
154K Ford Country Squire 4 Door Station Wagon
156K Ford Fairlane 500 4 Door Sedan