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Crafty Caps

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments

SIGNATURE Replica Hood Ornaments 1:2 | $40   In the 1920s and 1930s, a car’s calling card rode atop its radiator shell. Pierce had its elaborate archer; Mercedes its three-pointed star; Duesenbergs wore a hand-formed, stylized bird—the “Duesenbird.” Whether it came as original equipment, or was an aftermarket add-on, having a hood or- nament on [...]

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Brooklin 1954 Mercury Monterey Wagon

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments

Although 1954 was the final year for Mercury’s stretched 1952-54 Ford-based body styling, the whole line got a face-lift (and tail-lift) that resulted in a look that was more Lincoln than Ford. Add the new McPherson strut front suspension and the new 292 “Y-Block” OHV engine, and the ’54 Merc became a slightly down-sized version [...]

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Imperial Force

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

American Excellence 1975 Imperial 4-Door 1:43 scale | $95 1975 was the final year for Imperial as a separate line of full-size luxury cars; when the name was re-intro- duced in 1981 it was on a smaller Chrysler Cordoba-based car. Then, when the name was re-introduced in 1981, it was on a smaller Chrysler Cordoba- based [...]

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Cheap Kicks for ’66

Aug 24, 2014 No Comments

Shelby Collectibles 1966 Ford Gt40 MkII 1:18 | $50 Shelby-philes used to have to pony up heavy bucks for a top-shelf replica of the 1966 GT40 that took the ’66 Sebring with Jerry Grant and Dan Gurney at the wheel. Not any more. While it’s a few hundred pieces (and dollars) shy of the parts [...]

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Brooklin 1954 4-Door Station Wagon

Aug 24, 2014 No Comments

  1954 saw Buick, like most of the industry, switch to all-steel bodies for their station wagons, while the entire line got wrap-around “Panoramic” windshields and new front fenders. The entry-level Special was built on a new 122-inch wheelbase, too. Give Brooklin’s research team very high marks on this model; the boxy body’s shape is [...]

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Prime Pony

Aug 23, 2014 No Comments

PremiumX 1965 Mustang Coupe 1:43 | $35 This beautiful 1965 Mustang coupe replicates the original 1:43 scale drawing from Ford’s circa-’65 Mustang sales brochure almost to perfection, while its ultra-thin, photo-etched badges and window moldings are better than the printed trim on Ford’s own 100th anniversary model. Every detail is there, and to scale; while the [...]

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Hard Core

Aug 23, 2014 No Comments

Auto World 1970 Ford Torino GT 1:18 | $80 Auto World’s apple red American Muscle 1970 Ford Torino GT screams “catch me if you can” in big letters. Featuring fine details like a matte black shaker hood scoop, matching rear louvers, painted window trim, and chromed bumpers, door handles, and hood pins, the exterior com- [...]

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Elevate Me

Aug 23, 2014 No Comments

M2 MaChines auto-Lifts release 7 1:64 | $14 Every now and then, diecast manufacturers get a call from their retailers asking for an early release… something they can have before other mass-market chains. That’s the story behind M2 Machines’Auto-Lift series 7. Keeping the continuity with the series’ first six releases, each blister pack includesthe popular [...]

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Cobra Commander

Aug 22, 2014 No Comments

Maisto 1968 Ford Mustang Gt Cobra Jet 1:18 | $35 In 1968, Ford’s secret weapon, the 335hp 428 Cobra Jet big-block, made its debut in the Mustang, thanks to Bob Tasca. Ford, of course, made more of the cars, and the result was one of Dearborn’s most iconic factory race pack- ages. Maisto’s “Wimbledon White” [...]

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Truckin’ – with a Twist

Aug 22, 2014 No Comments

  M2 Machines  Auto-Thentics Release 19 1:64 | $6 each The 1950s was a landmark decade for truck enthusiasts. Designs went from simple to stylish, as manufacturers began to see that trucks of all sizes were more than just workhorses to those who drove them.  M2 Machines gets the idea, and Release 19 of the [...]

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