It’s The Word: Auto World’s 1:18 1950 “Grease” Olds 88

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Auto World’s “Grease” 1950 Oldsmobile  1:18 | $90.00

 A young Ike Turner and his band (under the nom de tune “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats” recorded a seminal rock ‘n’ roll song called “Rocket 88″ in March, 1951, with Brenston singing his heart out over his love for a hot-shoe Oldsmobile. The song went to number one – and so did the car. First introduced in ’49, the Olds Rocket 88 was a lightweight 78-series body married to a 303-cube V8 intended for larger Oldsmobiles. The combination won a ton of NASCAR races (and a ton more stop light drags and highway duels), and even capped the Carrera Panamericana in 1950. It was also a beautiful car, and that’s why we’re happy to see one of the better models of the Rocket emerge in scale – yet again – as this re-popped Auto World (by way of Ertl Authentics) 1:18 feature bomb from AW’s “Silver Screen” lineup. Here, the car’s attached to the 1978 nostalgia fest Grease; though we don’t recall any such car having a feature role in the film, we don’t think that the model’s overall excellence needs any further reason to be enjoyed. Opening doors, hood, and trunk, all on realistic hinges, join an opening gas filler door, a working suspension and steering, and a rotating driveshaft. Under the hood, the 135-horse V8 is fully (and we do mean fully) wired, plumbed, and labeled; under the “Club Coupe” roof, the floor is flocked, and the bench seat slides and tilts. There aren’t too many models at this price point that offer such an ambitious level of features and detail; if you need to sing “Summer Lovin’” whilst exploring, go for it. – 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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