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Classy Bowler, 1956

Features: Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (4), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (5), Gobble holes (2), left and right dual outlanes. Sound: 3 bells, knocker.
Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Company (1931-1977) [Trade Name: Gottlieb]
Date of Manufacture: July, 1956
Players: July, 1956 / 1
Year: 1956
Production: 1,100 units   (confirmed)
Model Number: 116
Theme: Sports - Bowling
Design by: Wayne Neyens
Art by: Roy Parker
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: The backglass carries Gottlieb's famous phrase: Amusement Pinballs, as American as Baseball and Hot Dogs! The manufacturer's flyer for this game shows it has steel legs, not wooden ones. We have seen two examples of this game with wooden legs (the one in this listing has wooden legs freshly painted red). We note the model built by Gottlieb after this one, Auto Race, came with red metal legs. Although legs are sometimes taken from other games, we asked Steve Young if Classy Bowler could have been produced with both wooden and metal legs. In light of the two examples we showed him, he suggested that if they were sample games, then maybe the samples had wooden legs. He told us that the BOM (Bill of Materials) calls out metal legs and does not indicate any change made regarding legs. He added, "There is no data in the files that I am aware of that would document or justify this. Since my factory photos (which I believe were the same ones used for the flyer) are really photos of the sample games, my guess is that this game, in all its forms, had metal legs only." An Extended Play version of this game was made as Gottlieb's 1956 'Classy Bowler (Prototype)'.
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