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Minichamps Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

With all those post-nominal letters and numbers, it doesn’t take much to figure that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 is a special car, before you even see it. Once you do, it’s apparent that this hairy variant of the retro supercar was made for track antics, with a racing 6-speed transmission mounted to the rear [...]

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Premium X 1950 Nash Ambassador

Jan 05, 2015 No Comments

Nash’s Airflytes were the most aerodynamic American cars when they were introduced in 1949, and boasted some of the first fully unitized bodies. All that technology was lost on the teenagers of the day, however; the car’s seats folded flat to make a large, comfortable bed. Do the math. Here’s more math: Premium X’s  take [...]

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AUTOart Two-Stage Coilover Pen & Flashlight

Jan 03, 2015 No Comments

Fans of go-fast hardware will like this pen and flashlight set. Resembling a racing coil-over shock with two-stage springs and a reservoir, this 4 1/2-inch beauty is the picture of precision, with a titanium gray or gold anodized housing, and red and black powder-coated springs. To use it, just unscrew the spring portion, reverse it, [...]

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Minichamps BMW “Gösser Beer” BMW 3.5 CSL

Jan 01, 2015 No Comments

Team Schnitzer and their Gösser Beer-sponsored BMW 3.5 CSL had a good racing season in 1976, winning both the Nurburgring 1000km and the 6 Hours of Zeltweg on the Osterreichring circuit in Austria, finishing the season second to Porsche in the World Championship for Makes.  Nicknamed “Batmobiles” because of their outrageous body mods, the BMWs [...]

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection 1939 Bugatti 57C “Aravis”

Dec 30, 2014 No Comments

Only three Type 57C Aravis drophead coupe bodies were built to Jean Bugatti’s design, and Jean himself called it “the most beautiful Bugatti.” The last one, S/N 57768, was built for famed French driver Maurice Trintignant, and is now in Oxnard, CA’s Mullin Collection. It’s also the subject of this gorgeous — and accurate — [...]

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AUTOart 1961 Jaguar E-Type

Dec 28, 2014 No Comments

The Jaguar E-type causes folks to stop and go glassy-eyed, especially if the observed machine is on the hoof. Few cars in the history of the automobile can lay claim to such perfection of line and detail; even fewer can back up the pulchritude with power. But the Jag could, and in scale, the car [...]

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Spin Master NASCAR

Dec 26, 2014 No Comments

Model car makers are usually an energetic lot, but when we got on the blower with the fellows who made these first shots, we felt enthusiasm fairly pouring out of the handset. Spin Master is a toy company on the move. They started making well-regarded 1:64 NASCAR models in 2011, and these first shots of [...]

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Replicarz 1984 Indy 500 March-Cosworth “Tom Sneva”

Dec 24, 2014 No Comments

After winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1983, Tom “The Gas Man” Sneva returned to Indy in 1984 with a March-Cosworth sporting his reigning champion’s #1, and snared the prestigious pole position with a scorching 210.029mph — over 2mph faster than Howdy Holmes, who qualified second. Rick Mears was the third-place qualifier, and ultimately won the [...]

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AUTOart Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DTM “Hockenheim”

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

Some people refer to the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) as the German equivalent of NASCAR. There are certain similarities these days, but in 1993, DTM racers were far more linked to their road-going counterparts than were their NASCAR contemporaries from the States. Say what you will, AUTOart’s 155V6 Ti, patterned after the car that won [...]

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Minichamps Mullin Collection 1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport Tourer

Dec 20, 2014 No Comments

Minichamps’ latest entry in its “Mullin Automotive Museum Collection” series is this 1:43 1934 Voisin C27 roadster, as bodied by Figoni, and restored á la Mullin. The yellow and black paint are hard to miss, and notes like the tiny hood latches, majestic winged radiator mascot, and the readable gauges in its dash are best [...]

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