1961 Cont.

JoHan for 1961 introduced only hardtops, They added wheel wells like AMT did in 1959. Kits were now molded in colored plastic. No engines were offered. All kits were 3N1. Each kit had a picture of the stock car printed , not stamped or a sticker on the box. The boxes state the Convertible kits were out but they never did issue them. A 1961 Rambler American convertible was issued as a promo. Many collectors (Myself included) would have loved a 1961 Chrysler 300 convertible kit.

1961 JoHan kit Rambler American
Side of box showing Convertible kits never issued
1961 Jo-Han Kits Image courtesy of Claes Ericsson

The last of the 1961 annuals were the AMT styline kits. Going past custom to stylizing. These kits included end caps for the body to be used with supplied putty. Yes the putty wasn’t that good. It shrunk and cracked. But for 1961 it was the best out there. A sheet of fabric was also included. The 3N1 options were stock, custom and stylized. Cost was $2.00 even though none included engines. As customs were the big trend in the early 60’s they sold well. You can be an automotive designer was the tag line. The Ranchero was modified from the compact kit. The Thunderbird hardtop and Galaxie were only available as Stylines. The first issues had the end stickers like the rest of the annuals. Later they went to the white tape like that used in 1962. They also came with the 1962 style white wall tires.

1961 Ranchero Styline ad
1961 Thunderbird Styline kit
1961 Styline Thunderbird

1961 Kit list


Compacts (All without Engines)

K-1031 Ford Ranchero Pickup
K-1061 Ford Falcon 2 Door Sedan
K-3061 Comet 2 Door Sedan
K-5041 Buick Special 4 Door Station Wagon
K-6061 Pontiac Tempest 4 Door Sedan
K-7061 Corvair 2 Door Hardtop (SMP)
K-8061 Plymouth Valiant 2 Door hardtop (SMP)

Full Size Cars and Trucks (With engines unless noted)

K-111 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible
K-121 Ford Galaxie Starliner 2 Door Hardtop
K-131 Ford F100 pickup
K-211 Thunderbird Convertible
K-311 Mercury Monterey Convertible
K-321 Mercury Monterey 2 Door Hardtop
K-411 Continental Convertible (No Engine)
K-421 Continental 4 Door Hardtop (No Engine)
K-511 Buick Invicta Convertable
K-521 Buick Invicta 2 Door Hardtop
K-611 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
K-621 Pontiac Bonneville 2 Door Hardtop
K-711 Chevrolet Impala Convertible (SMP)
K-721 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door hardtop (SMP)
K-731 Chevrolet Apache Pickup (SMP)
K-811 Imperial Convertible (SMP) (No Engine)
K-821 Imperial 2 Door Hardtop (SMP) (No Engine)
K-911 Corvette Convertible (SMP)
K-921 Corvette With removable hardtop (SMP)

Styline (No Engine)

S-121 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria 2 Door hardtop
S-221 Thunderbird Hardtop
S-1031 Ranchero Pickup

Jo Han

2361 Plymouth Fury 2 Door Hardtop
2461 Dodge Dart 2 Door Hardtop
2561 Oldsmobile Super 88 4 Door Hardtop
2661 Chrysler New Yorker 2 Door Hardtop
2861 Cadillac Fleetwood 4 Door Hardtop
2961 Rambler American 2 Door hardtop

Hubley (1/24 Scale)

161-K Ford Country Squire Station wagon
162-K Ford Fairlane 500 4 Door Sedan