Mat Irvine: The Fabbri diecast car collection (below) was vast - it ran up to 134 vehicles, with accompanying magazines. Among these was the new-style retro-flavour Thunderbird that Ford produced in the early 2000s, number 27 in the Fabbri series. The T-Bird featured in the twentieth James Bond movie Die Another Day, which was what earned its place in the Fabbri partwork.
But in early 2000, Ford resurrected the original T-Bird concept, and the new vehicle featured in the movie as the ride for the character Jinx, played by Halle Berry (below). Ford produced a special limited-edition 2002 version purely for the movie, which you could buy if you had a spare $43,995.
The Limited Edition car was painted in the special colour Coral Pink, similar to the Sunset Coral colour available on the 1956 T-Bird, and a shade that closely matches Sunburst (below) made by Testors in its original ‘Colors By Boyd’ range.
The only extra is the correct license plate, reading ER 634 (below) which can be simply generated with a word-processing program, with front and rear being different-sized fonts. This would presumably have been an Icelandic plate, as the Ice Palace was supposedly in that country, though it doesn’t quite match the style, so it could be Finnish or Norwegian. In reality however, it wasn’t an actual plate - the movie-makers just made it up to look vaguely correct!
The 2003 T-Bird is not in the current Revell catalogue, but I suspect a search on a certain online auction site will reveal some for sale!
Fabbri 2002 Ford Thunderbird
Length: 105 mm (4.25 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: James Bond Car Collection issue 27
Revell, 2003 Ford Thunderbird
Assembled length: 185 mm (7.5 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 85-1924
Two T-Birds compared - Revell (top) with Fabbri diecast (below).