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1948 Timbs Streamliner
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This month I had an entirely different model reviewed and then the Automodello Timbs Streamliner arrived. Upon viewing this sexy little beauty I fell in love, so I pulled the previous review and worked overtime to get the Timbs on this page; it's that nice. One person told me the body design of this automobile reminded them of a woman. Maybe that was why I am so attracted to it; I don't know, I do know it really rings my bell so here it is.
A few years ago I came across an article regarding this automobile in a magazine; I knew nothing about the automobile up until that point. Any story that starts with "Rare Find" always gets my attention and that was how this article started. The car was found in the desert in 2002. It was taken to auction and sold to Gary and Diane Cerventy of Malibu, California, after the purchase they sent it to Colorado where it was restored by Dave Crouse of Custom Auto, Inc. to "complete and exacting" detail. Once completed the 1948 Timbs appeared at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in a class reserved for Motor Trend Car Cover cars, which this was one.
The Timbs Streamliner was the brain child of Norman E. Timbs, which in many ways was the ultimate American hot rod. Mr. Timbs designed and fabricated much of project himself which included a custom aluminum body and steel chassis. All this fabrication was wrapped around a 1947 Buick "Super 8" engine, which sat on a five-inch steel tube chassis and a '47 Ford suspension. The entire rear section of this automobile swung up to show the tube frame and independent suspension.
The engine sat just behind the passenger compartment and head of the rear axle, making it a true md-engine roadster at a time when that configuration was virtually unheard of, even amongst race cars Timb had built for Indy.
What makes this car stand out in a crowd is its gorgeous finish which covers all those sensual curves. The glass like finish is the best I ever seen; it really pops. The deep etching, which defines the doors, creates the illusion of working features. The bumpers grill and lights are all well-proportioned to 1:43 scale. Finally the photo-etched parts add the final dimension of realism to what I view as a very intriguing and affordable replica.
If caressing those gorgeous curves isn't enough to get your heart racing and your blood flowing stop and admire the amount of detail throughout the cock pit of the Timbs. The interior was recreated to exacting detail which raised the bar another notch, simply outstanding.
The 1948 Norman E. Timbs Streamliner, 1/43 scale model is a stunning replica, with a great story, which you will be proud to have in your collection, if you are lucky enough to find a Motor Trend Magazine which featured this automobile on the cover, you have the ultimate display piece, in my opinion. Great model, one of my all-time favorites!