#27316 - 1/43rd scale Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge Chevrolet Impala UNSTAMPED BOX
1/43rd scale from the long out of business Gearbox Collectibles. In original packaging and in very good condition.
When a car was scheduled to be made by Gearbox, the factory in China would make 3 prototypes; two were sent to Gearbox while the police agency would receive one for approval before production.
Once the prototype was approved, the factory would make a case of 12 cars and send them overnight to Gearbox for inspection. These 12 cars were called pre-ocean shipment samples. Once received by Gearbox the cars were checked for accuracy and consistency and if they were OK, Gearbox then authorized the full run to be made. The pre-ocean samples came in the normal Gearbox packaging but did not have numbers stamped on the bottom of these 12 cars. These samples were then locked away in an archive room in the Gearbox building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa until Gearbox went out of business in July 2007.
This is your opportunity to purchase one of 12 cars made in this manner.