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AMT

Aluminum Model Toys, or AMT for short, was a Troy, Michigan based company that manufactured various plastic models starting in 1948 when attorney West Galloghy, Sr. started it as a side business. After issuing some successful Ford sedan models, the company set up shop on Eight Mile Run Road outside Detroit (Chrysler 2008). AMT's first products were pre-assembled plastic promotional models, only available through automobile dealerships. Later a variety of kits became very popular. Most of the company's products, then, were American cars and trucks in 1:25 scale. In 1981, AMT was purchased by Ertl from the British Matchbox company and renamed AMT-Ertl. AMT/Ertl had a 26 year relationship until AMT was sold in 2007. For a time, AMT kits were reissued by independent companies such as Stevens International and Model King, before AMT came solidly into the stable of Round 2 LLC of South Bend, Indiana. In an ironic turn that parallels other large companies owning several brands that were previously competitors (read Mattel owning Matchbox), AMT now co-exists in the same organization alongside a revived MPC, Polar Lights, and - Ertl, which Round 2 also bought up.

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