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M2 Machines “Moon Pie” Haulers

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments by

Southern folks love moon pies. Mobile, AL, is so enamored of the chocolate-covered graham cracker and marshmallow confection that they hoist a 12-foot-wide replica of one to celebrate the new year. You’d understand if you tasted one. We were laughing out loud over this trio of classic trucks — a ’56 Ford COE, a ’58 [...]

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Got You Covered

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments by

Tom Norpell’s scale-realistic car cover There’s something intriguing about a covered car … a magnetic pull that draws our eyes reflexively closer. And if we happen to catch sight of a fender, or a glimpse of chrome peeking out from beneath a folded-back shroud, our motor- driven minds can’t help but run off and start imagining [...]

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Minichamps 1934 “Edsel Ford” Model 40 Speedster

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments by

This sweet speedster represents the second finished piece from Minichamps’ “Dream Cars” lineup, and we’re thinking that established collectors who love serious studies of offbeat machinery will jump in with both feet. Edsel Ford obviously had flair — and he also had the incomparable Bob Gregorie on staff, who designed the car not once, but [...]

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Beautiful Bug

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments by

SPARK 1939 Bugatti Galibier 1:43 | $67 The 4-door Galibier (ga-lib-YAY) sedan, named for a French mountain range, was the most prosaic of the five Jean Bugatti-designed bodies fitted to the Type 57 chassis, so there are very few Galibier models available – and absolutely none to match this superb new resincast model from Spark. [...]

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Sep 29, 2014 No Comments by

M2 MACHINES Mopar 75 Years 1971 Barracuda 1:24 | $25 Black and blue set the theme for this 1:24 special edition from M2 machines, commemorat- ing 75 years of Mopar. The ’71 Hemi ‘Cuda has opening doors, hood, and trunk, and steerable “steelie” wheels with – you guessed it – blue streak tires. Open the [...]

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Candy Stripes

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments by

M2 MACHINES Auto Dreams “Tom Kelly” Ford F-100 1:64 | $5.99 Tom Kelly started striping and airbrushing cars under the tutelage of his grandfather, as one of the “Crazy Painters,” along with another “Big Daddy” – Ed Roth. They’d travel to car lots and custom shops, where Tom would lay on stripes, scallops, flames, and [...]

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Breakers Rule

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments

SUPERCAR COLLECTIBLES Altered Wheelbase Dodges 1:18 | $134.95 Supercar Collectibles’ Highway 61-sourced 1:18 line of A/FX Altered Wheelbase Plymouth Belvederes and Dodge Coronets, circa 1965, is still turning heads. During the “win at all costs” days of the mid-60s, Chrysler built these crazy looking cars – six Hemi-equipped Dodges and six Plymouths – with their [...]

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Princely Packard

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments

BROOKLIN 1954 Patrician sedan 1:43 | $119.95 As Packard approached its disastrous merger with Studebaker in 1954, there was no moneyfor new bodies, so the “senior” models got only new side trim and hooded chrome headlightbezels. Brooklin has departed from their norm by releasing this fine model of the topline 1954Packard Patrician, albeit in its [...]

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Coaster Brakes

Sep 27, 2014 No Comments

AUTOART “Brake Disc” coaster set 3.5” | $89.99 Nothing says “neat” like a place to put your beverage, and AUTOart’s Design/Lifestyle division wants to help you keep things tidy with an automotive twist. This set of six diecast brake disc/coasters rests in a red enameled “caliper” base. Each disc is made from grooved, machined diecast, [...]

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Minichamps LaSalle II Roadster Concept

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

You have to hand it to Joe Bortz. Not only is he one of the car world’s most influential collectors, he’s also one of the best “carchaelogists” around. It was Bortz who located the cut-to-pieces wreckage of GM’s 1955 “LaSalle II” roadster moldering in a Michigan junkyard. And it was he who immediately got elbows [...]

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