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Off-Road Twist

Sep 01, 2014 No Comments

Johnny Lightning Jeep Cherokee/DCS Event Car 1:64 / $5 Johnny Lightning has been a name synonymous with the 1:64 market for decades, and it’s no wonder why. With castings like this Jeep Cherokee on tap, who wouldn’t be impressed? Covered in olive green, the finish looks right on in comparison to military colors. Featuring a [...]

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Bugatti Atlantic

Sep 01, 2014 No Comments

Jean Bugatti’s “Aerolithe” body for the shortened, lowered, and supercharged Type 57SC chassis is easily his most striking design. Its lightweight Elektron alloy body couldn’t be welded, so the body and fenders were made in halves and riveted together, giving the car its identifying vertical spines. When the car went into production as the steel-bodied [...]

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The Last Big Six

Aug 31, 2014 No Comments

MINICHAMPS 1969 Aston Martin DBS 1:43 | $45 Aston Martin built two versions of the four-seat DBS Coupe in 1969, one with the long-awaited quad-cam V-8, and one with the classic DOHC six. Beautifully done photo-etched wire wheels and vent louvers behind the rear quarter windows identify this gor- geous model as one of the [...]

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Little Big Cat

Aug 30, 2014 No Comments

American Excellence 1971 Mercury Cougar 1:43 | $95 Mercury’s third generation Cougar was a significantly bigger and heavier cat. Although it shared the Mustang’s body shell, the Cougar managed to look quite different and was much more of a personal luxury car. This 1971 Cougar is the latest offering from American Excellence, and it gets very [...]

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe

Aug 30, 2014 No Comments

Delahaye built four cycle-fendered, V12-powered Types 145 for the French Ecurie Bleu racing team in 1937, and coachbuilder Henri Chapron bought two to re-body as fast Grand Tourers in 1939. However, with a World War, declining economy, and a non-paying buyer, this one, chassis 48773, wasn’t completed until 1951. Chapron had obviously seen a Bugatti [...]

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Forward-looking Plymouth

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

BROOKLIN 1955 Belvedere Convertible 1:43 | $120 Virgil Exner’s 1955 “Forward Look” styling transformed Plymouth from exceptionally dumpy looking cars to long, sleek, low machines. These cars looked even sleeker when done as con- vertibles and lower when their convertible tops were down. Brooklin usually models meat and potatoes sedans, but this time they’ve done [...]

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Number One Pontiac

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

BROOKLIN 1937 Deluxe Six Touring Sedan 1:43 | $120 Although the all-new 1937 Pontiacs used the same B-Body as their GM stable mates, for the Deluxe Six it had to be shortened in front of the cowl to fit the 117-inch wheelbase. Brooklin’s “Buick Collection” success has led to a similar “Pontiac Collection.” This 1937 [...]

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Sold!

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

GREENLIGHT Auction Block series 15 1:64 | $5 It’s been nearly a year since GreenLight released the last wave of their popular Auction Block series, but release 15 is now available. Better late than never; these six pavement eaters were worth the wait. All of the cars they’ve modeled here were sold through the Mecum [...]

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Weighty Subject

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

AUTOART F1 Paperweight 1:8 | $24.95 Accessories are what makes the car guy (or gal’s) auto decor stand out, and if your crossed-flags night light and checkerboard of- fice curtains aren’t cutting it anymore, try this on for size: a 1:8 Formula 1 tire and rim com- bination that can be used either as a [...]

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IXO 1951 Bugatti Type 101 Gangloff Coupe

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments

  When Ettore Bugatti passed away in 1947, the creative spirit and driving force of the company died with him. When the long-rumored “new Bugatti” appeared at the 1951 Paris Show, the “Type 101” turned out to be a mildly revised Type 57 chassis with rather uninspired Gangloff bodywork. It even carried a T.57 serial [...]

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