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Caravelle, 1961

Features: Flippers (4), Pop bumpers (3), Passive bumpers (2), Slingshots (2), Gobble holes (2), Rotating drum in playfield indicates target value. 3 or 5 ball play. Double match feature. Maximum displayed point score is 1,999 points per player. This game featured "Styling of the 60's" with a new cabinet design having anodized aluminum trim and tapered tubular chromium steel legs. A shelf with cigarette holder allowed for placement of drinks and increased the length by six inches. The plywood bottom was increased from 1/4-inch to 3/4 inch in thickness. Williams used this cabinet design on several games during 1960-1961.
Manufacturer: Williams Electronic Manufacturing Corporation (1958-1967) [Trade Name: Williams]
Date of Manufacture: February 03, 1961
Players: February 03, 1961 / 4
Year: 1961
Production: 425 units   (confirmed)
Model Number: 246
Theme: World Places
Design by: Steve Kordek
Art by: George Molentin
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: See Darts for Billboard articles about the introduction of this new-style cabinet to the pinball industry. The manufacturer's original playfield drawing (not shown here) is stamped ORIGINAL, is dated "Sep 22/60" (a combination of Steve Kordek's dating style and Harry Mabs' dating style), and has the signed initials for Mabs which would make him the draftsman. Unusually, the 'Approved' section for the designer's initials is crossed out and the name CARAVELLE appears instead of the designer's initials in what may be Kordek's writing. Also unusual is that there is no MASTER copy while the ORIGINAL has all of the usual tool room notations that would belong on the MASTER copy and shows completed "Oct. 25 - 60" (again showing the unusual dating style). Steve Kordek included this game on lists he would make of games that he designed but his name does not appear anywhere on the ORIGINAL drawing. Duncan Brown tells us that the scoring notations on this drawing show areas of Mabs' shaky handwriting but also Kordek's writing, and he adds: "There is no way that Harry would be doing simple draftsman's work on a game for Steve [to approve as the designer]. Harry must have started the design. But just as clearly Steve was definitely involved in it too." Harry Mabs retired from Williams on 10-28-60, three days after the tool room work completed for Caravelle and prior to its production. His last game for which he is credited as the designer is Magic Clock from December, 1960.
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