By Paul Tatseos
GM bought most of them for display purposes; they were shown all over the country as the article states. GM bought my 1956 regional winner for that purpose—they paid me $250 which was a lot of money for a 17 year old in 1956.
Knowing how GM treated a lot of it own art from Design Staff I assume most of the models went into the dumpster after they were no longer used for display purposes. After all GM junked full size cars from the Motorama’s so a few small models were not of much use after their time was up.
I personally filled many dumpsters full of drawings and renderings during my time at Design there was just no place to keep them. We had flat files stuffed so full that you had to clean out the old stuff to make room for the new.
I think several of the FBCG models that GM bought probably did survive and may come to light in the future a few have been put up for sale on Ebay.
My 1956 model did survive—whoever was in charge of cleaning out some GM storage room saw my model and took it home. Years later his nephew offered it for sale on Ebay it sold for $666.
I have attached my letter (eBay model letter link) to the person who put the model up for sale. I was bidding on it but was overbid. As you can read in my letter, I had some concerns about what to do with the model if I won.
Possibly partially because of the Missing Models Dean’s Garage post, there is curently a behind-the-scenes renewed thrust to track down the whereabouts of the lost models. Hopefully there will be more stories come to light as the mystery unfolds.
Paul didn’t grab the photos from the eBay listing, but Ron Will did.