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Auto World 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

May 14, 2014 No Comments

The parade of new 1:43 resins continues to impress us, especially this emerging line from Auto World, whose recent foray into the scale and the medium has been extremely well received around here. This pair of 1977 Pontiac Trans Ams had us tearing into the packaging, thanks to what appeared to be a high level [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari FF

May 12, 2014 No Comments

Introduced at the 2011 Geneva Show, the Ferrari FF (“Ferrari Four”) broke new ground in several areas.  Its 6.2 liter, 651-horse V-12 was the biggest engine ever stuffed into a street-legal Ferrari, and while it’s not the first four seater from Modena, its high-roofline (“shooting brake” in Euro-speak) Pininfarina body is the first to carry [...]

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Auto World Christine 1958 Plymouth Fury

May 11, 2014 No Comments

While Michael and K.I.T.T. were tearing up the Universal back lot, author Stephen King was penning a missive about a massive old Plymouth that came off the assembly line populated by more spooks than a Hallowe’en hayride. That novel – Christine – eventually made it to the big screen in one of the better-realized efforts [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite “K.A.R.R.”

May 10, 2014 No Comments

Before Michael Knight’s bad, black, cyber-Trans Am “K.I.T.T” took to fighting crime, there was “K.A.R.R.,” Knight Industries’ first – and decidedly flaky – prototype robotic car. Unlike its properly bolted-together sibling,  K.A.R.R. had a few screws loose (not to mention a couple of rogue circuits in its main processor), and was stashed safely away until [...]

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AUTOart Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12 “Francorchamps 1975”

May 09, 2014 No Comments

AUTOart’s Signature Series Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12 demonstrates something close to detail overload in the sub-$500 category. For one thing, this model of the Derek Bell / Henri Pescarolo-piloted winner of the 1975 1000Km at Spa is a true high-ender: delicate, multi-paneled, and spidery, the car comes in a clamshell package that had us a [...]

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PremiumX 1973 Chevrolet Bel Air Chicago Police

May 08, 2014 No Comments

The Bel Air became Chevy’s entry-level model when the entire lineup was revised in 1973, and the low-end 4-door sedan was a favorite with Police, Taxi, and other fleet buyers.  PremiumX’s new resincast wears the correct color scheme and graphics for the Chicago P.D. in ’73; body lines are accurate and every detail, from the [...]

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Brooklin 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 4-Door Touring Sedan

May 07, 2014 No Comments

Nash sales for 1938 were dismal, but in spite of the red ink new CEO George Mason insisted upon new – not just face-lifted – bodies for the 1939 line. Although the styling was certainly evolutionary, the ’39s had larger wheel openings (and larger wheels and tires), smoother, lower-looking lines, and an unusual front end [...]

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Brooklin 1960 Cadillac Series 62 6-window Sedan

May 06, 2014 No Comments

While the 1959 Cadillac was the flashiest ever built, a 1960 facelift made the car much smoother and less flamboyant, with a full-width grille, toned-down chrome, and smaller fins.  Brooklin has released this very impressive model of the top-line Cadillac sedan, the Series 62 Six-Window. The body’s lines match photos from all angles, and Brooklin [...]

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Brooklin 1960 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Ambulance

May 06, 2014 No Comments

Wayne Corporation bought two longtime Ohio “professional car” coachbuilders in 1957,and merged them to form the Miller-Meteor Company.  From the very beginning, all Miller-Meteors were built on Cadillac Commercial chassis. These were big cars – and Brooklin Models’ new larger casting equipment has made it possible to release this striking model of the 1960 Miller-Meteor [...]

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Auto World Spinout Shelby Cobra 427

May 06, 2014 No Comments

Comedian Eddie Murphy (yes, he used to be a comic) once did a bit about Elvis Presley’s string of campy (though hugely successful) movies. Elvis’ scriptwriters were never too taxed; whether The King’s character  was a pilot, a cowboy, or a hitchhiking hobo (we’re not kidding), it was never long before Elvis was hip-swiveling and [...]

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