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Lovely Aston

Aug 12, 2014 No Comments

SPARK 1959 Mk. III DB2/4 1:43 | $60 The clean lines of the Aston Martin DB2 made the Jaguar XK-150 look positively pudgy whenever they shared the road. The DB2 was introduced in 1950, with the “stretched” DB2/4, featuring two child- size “occasional” rear seats, appearing in ’53. By 1958, the DB2/4 (or DB2-4, both [...]

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Talbot To Go

Aug 12, 2014 No Comments

SPARK 1937 T150SS Teardrop Coupe 1:43 | $65 If Spark’s “Teardrop” Talbot-Lago doesn’t reach out and grab you on some level, you’re just not a car guy/gal. Only 12 of the low-slung Talbot-Lago T150SS chassis were fitted with this body, à la Figoni et Falaschi; every curve of this incredible design flows cleanly into another—so [...]

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Neo 1959 Dodge Custom Royal coupe “California Police”

Aug 11, 2014 No Comments

  NEO is one of the companies that helped jump-start 1:43 in America, and it’s models like this outrageous-looking Dodge Custom Royal coupe that have garnered them a big chunk of the market. It’s a great-looking thing, with a nearly perfect casting that’s been decorated with all kinds of chrome and applied trim — some [...]

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Dodge Delight

Aug 11, 2014 No Comments

AMERICAN EXCELLENCE 1959 Royal Lancer 1:43 | $90 g Virgil Exner’s finny 1957-1959 “Forward Look” Mopar designs were instantly recognizable from any angle, and though restrained in comparison to contemporary Caddys, Dodge’s take on Exner’s visionary styling for 1959 sported traffic-stopping tailfins and headlight trim. American Excel- lence has just released this gorgeous resincast model [...]

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Veni, Vidi… Veloce

Aug 11, 2014 No Comments

MINICHAMPS’ 2009 Lamborghini LP670-4SV 1:43 | $60 Take the latest all-wheel-drive Murcielago, add a big wing and some aero tweaks, pump the V-12 en- gine up to 670 Italian-born stallions, and you’ve got a 200-plus mph hot rod Lambo capable of reach- ing 60mph in just 2.8 seconds. That’s what Italians call “Super Veloce”. Minichamps’ [...]

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Hard Boiled

Aug 10, 2014 No Comments

AUTOART Koenigsegg CCX 1:18 | $205 With twin superchargers, 800-plus horsepower, undeniable style, and the kind of exclusivity that only cars in its price class can carry, the mid-engine CCX from Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg (say KER-nig-zegg) can roughhouse with any of the top supercars on the road today. AUTOart’s slick black model of the [...]

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RAPTOR-OUS

Aug 09, 2014 No Comments

JADATOYS Ford SVTRaptors 1:24 | $20 each It’s a good bet that Ford had mayhem in mind when its SVT division designed the Raptor back in 2009. Based on the F-150 platform, the Raptor takes that classic workhorse to a new level, with a full menu of off-road goodies that give the testoster- one-injected beast [...]

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Rock with ‘Brock

Aug 09, 2014 No Comments

M2 MACHINES 1956 Ford F-100 1:24 | $25 Most classic truck enthusiasts agree: the 1956 Ford F-100 is one of the most recognized and respected pickup trucks of the 1950s. Its aggressive nose, wide body, and even wider wheel wells made it tough-looking back then—and these days, those same features make it one of the [...]

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Auto World 1970 Chevelle

Aug 08, 2014 No Comments

  Another car that had us going back in the salad days of American Muscle was Ertl’s 1970 Chevelle, and it, too, was sorely in need of more detail and features. Which, thank the gods of diecast, is exactly what this heavily reworked Auto World version of that hoary old mold set offers. While not [...]

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King’s Car

Aug 08, 2014 No Comments

HOT WHEELS Elite “Presley” Dino 308 GT4 1:18 | $90 It comes in a window box, but Hot Wheels’ Elite model of the black 1976 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, a vehicle that was once owned by Elvis Presley, all but disappears against its black packaging. No worries; this one comes alive once it’s been pulled [...]

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