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NOREV 2008 Chevrolet Lacetti WTCC

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

Two things come to mind when the words Chevrolet and racing are combined—V8 power and NASCAR. The two most unlikely words for a racing Chevy are small and touring car. Yet, here’s a successful example of the latter. Norev’s 1:43-scale little Chevrolet Lacetti was campaigned by Alain Menu in the WTCC series. The compact racer is a very intriguing diecast with its tri-tone paint [...]

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GREENLIGHT Auction Block

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

GreenLight keeps the muscle cars rolling with yet another release of its popular Auction Block series. Now available are these six pavement-eating classics. A rare blue and white ’66 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, ’67 Corvette convertible with 427cid Rat motor, ’69 Plymouth GTX, ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, ’71 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 convertible and 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6. [...]

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AUTOMODELLO Bricklin SV1

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

The cottage sports car industry has brought us many notable creations such as the Cobra, DeLorean, Griffith and Vector. One lesser known was the Canadian-built Bricklin. This was a gull-winged coupe powered by an AMC 360cid V-8. Later, Malcolm Bricklin converted to Ford 351cid Windsor V-8s. Manx dune buggy creator Bruce Meyers built the concept car. Automodello is quickly becoming [...]

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CMC 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

The list of sports car Holy Grail includes the Mercedes- Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe. It may even be at the top of the list. At the top of any megacollector’s list of must-haves should be this all-new CMC 1:18-scale beauty. Hand-constructed of 1,817 separate components, this is truly one of the best diecast cars to be released in the past year. [...]

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TWH Manito 31000 Crane

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

Some things are larger than life. That’s the only way to describe TWH’s new 1:50-scale Manitowoc 31000, the largest-capacity crawler crane ever designed and built by Manitowoc. The model replicates the innovative design and details of the crane, including the Variable Position Counterweight. Even at scale, the size of the model is the largest ever offered. When fully assembled, the [...]

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AUTOART 1963 Corvette Coupe

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

Of all Corvettes, the 1963 Coupe is the most memorable. It marked a new era for American sports cars in many ways. However, it is the unique “split window fastback” feature that makes it so collectible and instantly recognizable. A little-known fact is that there were more Corvette Coupes made in ’63 than any other C2 model year. Despite this [...]

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EXOTO 1951 Alfa Romeo 159

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

Alfa Romeo became the first grand name of postwar Grand Prix Championship racing beginning in 1950 as Juan Fangio took the brand to the title over rival Ferrari. The winning GP158 and 159 single-seaters were designed by Orazio Satta, with the latter having an improved rear suspension and a lighter, reinforced tubular frame. It also had increased braking [...]

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AUTOART 1970 Porsche 908/02 (McQueen)

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

Steve McQueen was the real deal. Not only was he one of the most talented and iconic actors of his time, but he was also a competitive race car driver—one who could run head to head with the best in the 1960s and ’70s. In the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring, McQueen and Peter Revson took a recycled [...]

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MAISTO 1964 Volkswagen 1600 Notchback

Jun 28, 2011 No Comments

California cool came in a variety of styles. In the ’60s, muscle cars were on the list, but so were VWs—and not just the Bug. The 1600 was a sweet little beach cruiser. It came in a Fastback for the sport-minded, a wagon that was perfect for the surf crowd, and the Notchback that became a favorite of performance enthusiasts. Maisto has [...]

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AUTOART BMW 635 CSi

Jun 28, 2011 No Comments

BMW’s version of the muscle car was the 1976 635CSi. Packed with big inline six-cylinder engine and a four-speed manual gearbox, these mid-size coupes were faster and handled better than Corvettes of the day. Plus, the BMW offered better build quality and a higher level of luxury. AUTOart’s small version is a diecast that is on par with [...]

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