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Welcome to Great American Dream Machines

Great American Dream Machines is a collection of quality scale models of the most sensational American concept cars in history.  The models are all crafted from a durable white metal to the highest detail. They are some of the most beautiful and well-respected collectible scale model cars on the market today.

In addition to the Great American Dream Machine range, we are also proud to offer our Quarter Mile Series, a selection of some of the most influential drag racing vehicles in the world.  Read more .

1954 Firebird

The 1954 Firebird was modeled after the Douglas Skyray supersonic jet. It was the first U.S. car with a two-section gas turbine engine. It also had a single control stick, which meant no steering wheel and brake and gas pedals. The stick was placed in the middle so both driver and passenger could “drive” the 370 horsepower Firebird I. its 110-volt generator could run household appliances. The ultrasonic key system opened doors by...

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad Dream Car was first displayed in the 1954 GM Motorama alongside its stable-mate Corvette variants, the Corvette Corvair (a hardtop slanted coupe), the standard Corvette roadster and a fixed coupe Corvette.  The front end of the Corvette “Station Wagon” was identical to that of the production Corvette, with a sloping hood and slotted vertical grill. Pieces of this 1954 concept car were actually...

1954 Cadillac La Espada

The 1954 Cadillac La Espada was a fiberglass roadster built on a 115” wheelbase. It was 200.6” long and 51.7” high.  Among the styling features were metallic trim panels that extended from the wheel openings to the centers of the doors. The wraparound windshield had a 60-degree angle. The Cadillac La Espada also wore sharp tail fins. Body sheet metal was identical to the El Camino (Cadillac’s other dream car for 1954), except...

1954 Cadillac El Camino

Cadillac introduced a pair of two seaters at the 1954 Motorama, one was the Cadillac El Camino, the other the Cadillac La Espada. The Cadillac El Camino was 200” long, 51.5” high and 79.9” wide. It used a 230 horsepower V8 engine.  Like many General Motors dream cars of the era, it had a bubble roof and quad headlights.  The tailfin shape later appeared again on the 1955 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. Quad headlights, a...

1939 Buick Y-Job

The 1939 Buick Y- Job was the first in a series of dream cars, not only from GM, but from GM, Ford and the other automotive manufacturers.  Buick’s Y- Job was a two-seater convertible, almost 20 feet long, that was based on a standard 1937 Buick chassis. The car wore 13” tires, which were considered very low for the time, to lower the stance of the car. The fuselage and fenders approached a teardrop shape. Buick Y-Job...

Dick Landy’s Dodge Coronet

Considered the ultimate production muscle cars, the 1965 Dodge Coronet and its Plymouth counterparts were effectively the missing links between the factory lightweights of the early ‘60s and the “Funny Cars” that would follow within a few years.  The Dodge Coronet quickly became a national sensation once implemented as a Factory Experimental in the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) events around the country.  Among the famous...

1956 Chrysler Norseman

A year of design work from Chrysler and fifteen months of craftsmanship from Ghia disappeared on July 26, 1956 when the Italian ocean liner “Andrea Doria” sunk off the coast of North Carolina, in 200 feet of water, with the Norseman in its hold. It was a show car that was never shown and those responsible for its design – in particular Virgil M. Exner and Bill Brownlie were never able to see the car for which they had conceived...

1965 Corvette Mako Shark II

While the Mako Shark I was a version of the original Mako Shark, the Mako Shark II was its own vehicle. It had a removable roof to offer better access to the seats, which led to removable roof hatches in 1968-82 production Corvettes.  The paint scheme was dark on the top and light on the bottom, like a shark that designer Mitchell caught while fishing. The car used black paint extensively, rather than chrome. Mako Shark II...

Chrysler C-200

The C-200 was essentially the K-310 dream car in a convertible version. It too used the blister fender shapes and depressed belt lines. It was a 5-passenger convertible coupe using a modified Chrysler New Yorker chassis. The interior was upholstered in black leather and the exterior was two-tone – a pale green and black. The “gun-sight” taillight design was featured on later production Imperial models. As with other Virgil Exner...

Swamp Rat XXX

Don Garlits, also known as the King of Drag Racing, was a celebrated drag racer until his retirement from the sport at age 71 in 2003.  Throughout his career and his constant quest for greater thrills and speed, Tampa-born Garlits earned the nickname “Swamp Rat”.  Swamp Rat was also the name given to each one of his own dragster designs. Swamp Rat XXX While Garlits achieved success with many of his Swamp Rat designs, it was the...

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