and now 1956
Avon has been producing 1955 thunderbird models since 1974. The first was a glass decanter holding Men's aftershave lotion: Deep Woods or Wild Country. It was marketed in a blue box with the history of the Thunderbird and a graphic of a 1955. This bottle is a deep cobalt blue with a plastic rearend that is slipped off to find a small blue cap covering the opening to the bottle. These cobalt blue bottles are common and run between $3 and $10 depending on whether the box is with them or not and the condition of the box. There were a few of these bottles made in clear glass with a clear plastic rear end and the word is that these were prototypes. They are from the same mold as the cobalt blue models.
In 1995, Avon reproduced the 1955 model using a new mold. This new mold is a much lighter blue with a "taller" body though both old and new are the same length. When looking down at the two models, side by side, you can see some of the differences. The plastic rearends have a slightly different shape - the old one is longer. The "hardtop" is larger on the new mold. The Tail fins of the 95 model are taller too. This model held men's "Seazone" aftershave. Base of model has AVON and 4 molded into the glass and a 1995 AVON copyright. It's boxed in a fairly plain brown box with blue A's all over and a short description saying that it's marking the 40th Anniversary of the Thunderbird. Box included a small card giving the History of the Ford Thunderbird.
Just recently I saw a glass AVON model that the seller said was solid. It had several pictures with it and from the details of the pictures, could tell that the model was from the 1995 mold. Seller said it had been a prototype that the designer had given to him. There were no mold marks on the bottom according to the seller so it's very likely that that part of his story was true. That it was from the 1974 mold as he stated, an emphatic NO! - too many similarities to the 1995 mold including the color. The seller had stated that the color was the color that AVON decided to go with in producing the decanters - and the color matched the 1995 color. The details of the plastic rearend matched the 1995, not the 1974 mold. The top view matched the 1995 mold and the side views also matched the 1995 mold. Without seeing it close up, that was the only conclusion about the model I could make - that it is was from the 1995 mold. Rare, yes but not as old as 1974.
I have picked up a preproduction 1974 clear glass model. They do exist.
Besides these glass decanters, Avon has produced some pewter models.
These appeared around 1984. I don't know much more about them than that.
If anybody has more information on these 2 items such as were they available
to the customers or were they inside AVON incentive gifts? Please
let me know.
New for 2004, a 1/24 scale 1956 Thunderbird in white, made by MotorMax Toy Factory, LTD. This is a topless model with black interior and no continental kit but has a continental bumper. It's mounted on a black base. It was offered in the #12 Avon catalog for 2004 among their Father's Day promotions - the ususal time that a Ford Thunderbird shows up in their catalogs if a Thunderbird is going to be offered.
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