Fisher Body Model Car Show Moves to the Arizona Biltmore

Jan 18-19, 2013—Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild Show—Phoenix, AZ

Miniature Model Dream Cars from the Past

The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild model car exhibition is moving to the Arizona Biltmore. Exhibition space in the main lobby has been generously provided by the Arizona Biltmore in cooperation with RM Auctions.


Fisher models on display.

Teenage boys from the 1930s to 1960s were able to express their ideas for the “Car of the Future” in the, GM sponsored, Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild contest. The contest was open to boys 12 to 19 years old who were asked to design and build a 1/12 scale model advanced car design. The model sport cars, sedans and wagons could be made of carved wood or cast in plaster and painted. Thousands of model cars were entered each year. The payoff for the winner would be a college scholarship, cash and a trip to Detroit to meet real car designers. For many, this would be the start of a professional career in auto design.

Now over 65 of these unique, hand built futuristic models are being gathered together for a show at the famous Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The original model builders, many of them car designers, will be there to show off their models during the two day show January 18th and 19th, 2013. The show is timed to coordinate with the Scottsdale Auto Auction week, giving many more auto enthusiasts the opportunity to see this show.


Fisher Models


Several top national winners, as well as several state and regional winning model cars are scheduled to be on display. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime unique show of automotive design history.

This show was originally scheduled for the Scottsdale International Auto Museum, but they are relocating to a new facility during January.

New Location and Time:

Arizona Biltmore
2400 East Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Friday, January 18th & Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Hours: Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For Further information contact: Ron Will (480) 816-5008, cell (609) 876-0677

Download the Model Release Form here.


Inside the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild

Inside the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild: Contestants Recall the Great General Motors Talent Search

By John Jacobus

From 1930 to 1968, General Motors sponsored a national model craftsmanship and auto design competition for youth—the famous Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild. Each year, thousands of young people from across America competed for scholarships by designing and submitting scale models of their “dream car,” many dedicating hundreds of hours to their designs. A public relations bonanza for GM, the program also helped to identify and nurture a generation of future automotive design executives. These essays by 29 Guildsmen chronicle their experiences in the competition, revealing their model car design techniques, tricks, and secrets and highlighting the technical expertise and dedication required of those who sought the ultimate prize—a GM university trust fund.

Amazon has the book available.

1 Comment
  1. Those cars are so amazing! Just looking at those images, anyone could tell that they are great for collection. Pretty sure those who have attended the event have enjoyed it.

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