NEO/American Excellence 1:43 1966 Cadillac Ambulance: Siren Song

Jul 01, 2011 No Comments by

For a while, Dutch model maker NEO’s models were woefully hard to get here in the States. Then along came Stateside distributor-cum-storefront American Excellence, and things got better – just in time for cars like this 1:43 1966 S&S Ambulance.

Sure, it looks familiar, especially to anyone who’s seen (or even better, owns) the 1:18 diecast model of the same car from the late, lamented Precision Miniatures. I do, and I was impressed at this resin-bodied version’s doting approach to minutia, with photoetched wiper arms and metal window frames, plus sharp castings for the grille, door handles, and hard trim, all rolling (well, standing, anyway) on tidy twin-striped whitewall tires. The relief painted grille and mosquito-sized badging and Cadillac scripts add a heap of “real” to the mix. Inside, the model’s even more remarkable, with a full cabin that’s complete to the dash and steering wheel, bench seats, oxygen bottles, and a fabric-covered gurney.

I love scale fidelity and I love being “wowed” even more. NEO’s delivered both in heavy doses. ¬†Taken alongside this maker’s other models of full-sized American cars, I think the wee meat wagon will get more professional car collectors (collectors who love ambulances, cop cars, and workaday rides) interested in this scale – stat.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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