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Old 06-07-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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Default SPC design - based on anything ?

This subject may have been discussed already, sorry if it has has, but was the SPC design from Captain Scarlet based on any real car from the time ? It's just that every time I see the Monkee Mobile (based on a Pontiac GTO) I see similarities, or at least a basic concept, that could become the SPC.

May even be a basic start for a kit bash build a 1/24th -1/25th scale SPC

What do you guys think ... or am I just being too "out there" with this idea ?
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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Which came first, though? Spectrum Saloon or Pontiac GTO?
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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The Monkee Mobile is based on the 1966 GTO ...
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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On a side note.

I remember seeing the Monkee Mobile at the 1968 Royal Melbourne Show when it was over here on a tour ... man, do I feel old.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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I asked Mike Trim if it was based on anything and he said it wasn't - could have been subconscious though, or he could have forgotten, or indeed he could have grabbed it straight from his mind
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:31 PM   #6
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According to Wikipedia the Monkeemobile was made in 1966 and the post production for Captain Scarlet (the time the SPC would have been designed) was from November to December 1966. Scarlet was first shown in 1967 so the people who came up with the design of the Monkeemobile wouldn't have yet seen the SPC. It stretches the imagination a bit to think it was just a coincidence there being so many similarities, the front end, the split windscreen, the look of an estate, its even the same colour and that coupled with the timing of the Monkeemobile coming out just prior to Mike's design seems to suggest he was influenced by it if only on the subconscious level.
Of course there is always the possibility both designs were influenced by something else that came earlier.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:23 PM   #7
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But would the Monkees have been on UK TV in Autumn/Winter 1966?
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Good question, after a bit of research I found that the first episode was released in the US on the 12th September 1966, but it was first shown in the UK on the 31st December 1966. I agree that is cutting it a bit fine however there were actually two cars built, one to be in the show and the other one as a promotional car which toured around the US. There may have been promotional photos in magazines in the UK before the TV show aired.
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