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1940 Hunt Hollywood House Car USA in 1:43 scale by Autocult


This is the 1940 Hunt Hollywood House Car USA in 1:43 scale by Autocult. 

History has ensured that J. Roy Hunt will be better remembered for what he did behind that camera than behind the wheel. The praise is, well, relative. Despite never getting past the third grade, Hunt was an early Hollywood cinematographer whose work was acclaimed, pre-Oscar, on the Foreign Legion epic Beau Geste, and he later did the camera work for the Oscar-nominated Flying Down to Rio. His cinematic CV, though, also included B-listers such as Parachute Battalion and Brooklyn Buckaroos.
A broad professional swath, you could say. In the same vein, Hunt occupied a lot of real estate when it came to practicing his hobbies. Before first unspooling film as a silent-era newsreel cameraman, Hunt had raced both cars and motorcycles in the South. He had a strange, and strangely practical, private pastime: building dwellings on wheels. This is one of them. Built in 1937, this Hunt Housecar is one of the historic vehicles serving to mark a very significant 2010 anniversary, the official 100th birthday of the private recreational vehicle.
When it came to vehicles, Hunt had some highly discriminating tastes. Early in his feature-film career, which roughly coincided with the talkies' arrival, Hunt had worked on the design of a steam car, and later tried to buy the Doble owned by Howard Hughes. It's reasonable to think that Hunt liked a measure of comfort even when away on location shoots in the remote West and such. In 1935, he took a new Willys sedan delivery and added a bed, folding table, a 110-volt generator and, reflecting another diversion Hunt enjoyed, a 10-meter radio set.
This is one of the vehicles that succeeded the modified Willys. Perhaps inspired by the Stout Scarab's space-frame layout, Hunt acquired a 1937 Ford truck chassis and commissioned an auto-body specialist in Southern California to fabricate a fuselage-type skin from 16-gauge steel. In other aircraft touches, the Housecar also had a flush-fitting side hatch and a multi-panel front windshield. People familiar with the history of RVs believe the original Hunt Housecar was the first private mobile home equipped with a functional shower.
Hunt reprised this design in 1941 with an even more radical Housecar, this time with an aluminum body, and a two-cylinder steam engine, the vapor produced by fuel oil, mounted at the rear. Hunt first installed modified White steam power in it, but substituted a more efficient twin designed by Roland Giroux, a fellow steam-car enthusiast. The steam Housecar no longer exists. An undeniably smart and inventive guy, Hunt continued to build experimental RVs throughout his film career, which lasted until shortly before he died in 1972 outside Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Today, Hunt is venerated as the founding father of an industry he may have never envisioned. The 1937 Housecar was restored by David Woodworth of Tehachapi, California, arguably the world's premier authority on historic RVs. His collection is the centerpiece of the new RV/MH Heritage Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, one of the industry's strongholds. He will take part in a national industry media tour this spring

This model is hand painted and polished to a beautiful finish and has a sealed body. Resin models are exceptionally accurate of scale, shape and detail. Each model is created using a variety of production processes, to achieve this precision. They are produced using a composite material referred to in the industry as “resin”. Photo etched parts, die-cutting, tampo printing and waterslide decals are often used for the most authentic replication.