Car Model was published monthly by OLR Publishing with editorial offices at 30 East 20th St, New York. The publishers were A.M. (Oscar) Koveleski and Robert N. MacLeod. Oscar Koveleski ran Auto World, a mail order company providing the latest in car model and slot car kits, models and supplies. The editor was Bill Barnes, and the technical editor was Dave Shuklis.
A brief history on Dave Shuklis from an older version of the International Model Car Builder's Museum website. Starting in the early Sixties, model car pioneer Dave Shuklis led the way to high-tech building. Though crippled by muscular dystrophy, Dave distinguished himself as one of the earliest and best practioneers of the art. He developed working lights, roll-up windows, folding convertible tops, multiple engine vehicles and dozens of cutting edge model techniques. His work was featured extensively in Car Model and occasionally in Car Craft magazines.
Content was shaped based on feedback received at Auto World from 12-15 year old boys who wanted to advance their modeling skills.
The title was first published in July, 1962 on a bi-monthly schedule, then switched to a new full-sized format when it went to a monthly schedule in September, 1963. It continued through July, 1974. Mr Shuklis also died in 1974, and this may have hastened the demise of the magazine along with declining readership.
Car Model was consistently in the #1 position in print volumes among car model and slot car titles that provided paid circulation details. In the time period from 1967 to 1975, average monthly net paid circulation averaged 28,300 in the beginning and declined to 22,300 by the end of its printed life.
A total of 133 issues was printed from July, 1962 through July, 1974. Magazine cover images are complete for this title.