S2, Brute? Minichamps 1:43 Bentley S2 Cabriolet

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 Minichamps Bentley S2 Cabriolet  1:43 | $72.00 

Bentley made a big change in October 1959, when it added a new 6.2 Liter V8 as its main power source. The OHV motor offered better performance, for sure – but adding the aluminum engine to the mix also did much to improve the car’s somewhat cranky accessories, most notably its air conditioning. On the outside, the Bentley’s visage remained solid, understated, and regal – all qualities that this Minichamps model carry over in scale. This sample of a 1960 S2 Cabriolet features beautiful dark blue paint and an ivory interior; small details like the chromed window framing, the door handles, and its delicate side trim are delivered in crisp tampo strikes and hard chromed parts. The castings for the top-down boot and seats are remarkable, with cast-in texturing and wrinkles that play beautifully against the wood-toned, completely legible dash and binnacle. The grille, headlights, and taillights are superb, as are the whitewall tires and deeply chromed wheel covers; break out the loupe for a look at the wee winged “B” on the rear bumper, and its impeccable, stylized companion atop the radiator. Our favorite detail? The smoked sun visors, done in butyrate, affixed to the windshield frame. This is a beautiful little car from one of the best in the business. – Joe Kelly, Jr.


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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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