MiniMarque 1:43 Packards: Sweet and Elite

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MiniMarque (a/k/a MiniMarque 43) has been around for a long time, providing 1:43 collectors with a series of delightful, hand built white-metal bodied cars. These fetch a premium, but they’re bedecked with some very slick detailing, done, more often than not, with painstakingly rendered photo etched metal and sweet lensing.

These three Packards – a 1934 Super 8 Speedster Boat Tail, a 1940 Darrin convertible, and a particularly natty ’34 Rumble Seat Coupe – came to us from Sinclair’s Mini Auto, and we found them to be surprisingly heavy and beautifully turned out. That shouldn’t surprise anyone; virtually every part on the cars (save the tires, seats, and glazing), is made from some sort of metal.

The finish on these is exquisite. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the red and gold coupe, but second place is a dead tie between the two drop tops. Palming one of these is a kind of thrill; the weight of the models runs counter to the extremely delicate nature of the add-on details – you need to be extra careful of the swan radiator cap ornaments, the door handles, and the side view mirrors.

They’re not cheap, either. We had these on loan for a little while from Dave Sinclair’s shop, before they found homes with higher-end collectors who can swing the series’ entry price of around $299.00. If that means you, take solace in the fact that each comes from a limited run, with different color and roof configurations available. Sinclair’s is the oldest model seller in the country; something tells us they know their stuff. These are beauties.

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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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