Steve Engeman has been collecting promo models for three-plus decades, amassing quite the collection during that time. A member of the hobbyDB Advisory Council, he also collects a wide variety of other automobilia, including brochures, images, salesman awards and much more.
Known on hobbyDB as Litre7, today Steve takes us on a tour of 10 of his favorite models from his impressive collection, which you can view in its entirety here.
Over to you Steve!
Most people know the story of Tucker, an innovative car that only a handful of cars that were produced. The Tucker promo was attached to a cigar/ashtray and are quite scarce. A small piece of history made famous by the movie.
While Mark II promos are somewhat plentiful, this particular one came from the Ford Rotunda, is in the original Rotunda box and it is the only Admiralty Blue one I have seen.
This is a seldom seen dealer car that had to go through the pain booth for two different blues. Metallic Fords of the 50s are scarce and I love the way the color shines on this one.
While the retail version of the ‘59 Edsel can be found, not enough people visited the local Edsel dealers in 1959 and even fewer brought home a miniature version of the Edsel. This one is a very scarce color.
Few Lincoln convertible promos were made in 1962 and this is a seldom seen color. I think it is beautiful and as a former owner of a real 1962 Lincoln convertible, it is special to me.
I found this many years ago in its original box. These are scarce promos and this one is significant to me as I got to go with my dad when he selected a ‘63 Meteor as his first new car.
I really like these. Chryslers were very attractive and this torsion bar convertible is one of the rarest promos made.
All ‘69 Cadillac promos are desirable, but the Wisteria ones are most sought after as they are a very appealing color. It also reminds me of when my next-door neighbor purchased one in Wisteria before he told his wife. He asked my opinion of the color, and I told him it is gorgeous. He then showed his wife and she disagreed and made him take it back and trade it for a gold one.
I absolutely love Mach I’s and they made just a handful of the promos. I saw one eBay sell a few years ago for nearly $4,800. That is higher than average but they do have a lot of value if you can find one.
A hard-to-find car in the perfect color, purple. I love the cars and the color.
Beautiful promo models! Thanks for sharing, Steve!
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