Chip Foose is literally a chip off the old block—the block being Chip’s dad, Sam Foose, whose custom cars were frequently scaled down to model size in the heyday of plastic kits and rattle can paint. Chip first got his hands dirty at a tender age, working alongside Sam at Project Designs in Santa Barbara, [...]
Last of the Breed The 1967 model year marked the last time that Shelby-American actually built Ford Mustangs into Shelbys, and the resulting cars will always be remembered for their beauty and optional big-block engine punch. That punch is the reason many people consider the 1967 GT500 to be the best production Shelby ever made. [...]
Minichamps 2010 Aston Martin Rapide 1:43| $55.00 The 2010 Rapide was named the “sexiest, sportiest 4-seater ever seen” by Road and Track magazine, and Minichamps’ new diecast model makes that statement easy to understand. Although the Rapide is almost 200 inches long, its sleek, flowing lines and big 20” wheels make it look much [...]
Automodello’s 1970’s 2500M 1:43 $95.00 for red or yellow, $235.00 for black. TVR was never a household name in this country, but the thoroughly British two-seater was a fixture in the sports car scene from the late ‘50’s well into the ‘90’s. Automodello has followed their fine Griffith 200 (a TVR Grantura with [...]
Ixo’s 1933 Auburn 1:43| $30.00 Auburn, like most American car makers, was losing money during the Depression, but they managed to introduce a new V-12 engine in 1932. Fred Leamey’s sleek Speedster body rode atop a long-wheelbase Auburn chassis, and the combination was about as sporty as you could get in 1933. Make no [...]
AUTOart’s Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet 1:18/ $149.99 Jaguar’s XJ-S was a tough sell. Folks who hoped for a spiritual follow-up to the utterly lust-provoking XK were left cold, and the car toted a V12 at a time when oil embargoes were causing global heartburn. But Jaguar hung in there, and the car became a late blooming [...]
Minichamps has long held a huge part of the 1:43 car collectibles market, and models like this pair of Porsches is why. Fine details, great finishes, and a price that’s made them the choice of thousands of collectors keeps this company at the top of the “collector’s scale” year after year.