THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. 45TH ANNIVERSARY ~ THE U.N.C.L.E. CAR!
OKAY, U.N.C.L.E. FAN THAT I AM, I ONLY JUST LEARNED THE CAR USED IN THE LATTER SEASONS OF THE MAN AND GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E. WAS AN AMT PIRAHNA DESIGNED BY GENE WINFIELD. . .
Many of us remember the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Girl from U.N.C.L.E." television shows from the mid-60's and the unusual car that appeared in a handful of episodes. That car was built by Gene Winfield in the AMT Corporation's "Speed & Custom Division" shop in Phoenix, Arizona. Winfield had previously built many of the Ford and Chrysler prototypes of new car designs, cars for TV, and for private customers from around the country. He was hired by the AMT model company in 1962 as a customizing consultant, and in 1964 he was asked to open a new AMT shop in Phoenix to build working, full-size versions of cars to be featured as AMT models.
The partnership between AMT and the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." was actually created through Winfield, who had also been hired to build a car for the U.N.C.L.E. series. The original U.N.C.L.E. car was to be based on a Dodge Charger, but the network had second thoughts about giving them too much free advertising or perhaps cancelling their multi-million dollar advertising champaign. They decided a completely new car needed to be used.
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