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Automodello 1965 Sunbeam Tiger “50th Anniversary”

May 04, 2014 No Comments

The Rootes Group built the Sunbeam Tiger for one purpose – to bring U.S. dollars to the U.K. All of the 1,649 cars built in 1964 were shipped over here, and the first right-hand-drive Tiger wasn’t built until January 7,  1965. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that first “wrong side” Tiger, Automodello has released [...]

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Spark 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible

May 02, 2014 No Comments

Although it was a sales disaster at the time, the Edsel has become more popular over the years, and none more so than the top-of-the-line Citation convertible. Spark’s new resincast of the distinctively styled car is simply one of the best 1:43-scale models to come along for a while. Its excellent “Spring Green” paint matches [...]

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection” 1937 Delahaye 145 Grand Prix

May 02, 2014 No Comments

Henri Chapron’s beautifully re-bodied Type 145 was featured in the last issue of DCX; this time we have Minichamps’ beautifully made resin-cast model of the first of the Type 145s as it looked when raced by the French Ecurie Bleue team.  This particular car, Chassis 48771 (now in the Mullin Museum, of course), won the [...]

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Minichamps Mullin Collection 1927-’36 Delage-ERA

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Few single cars have generated this much history: First, this Delage was part of the team that won every (yes, every) Grand Prix in 1927, then, in 1936, Dick Seaman drove it to dominate voiturette racing so thoroughly that he earned a spot on the 1937 Mercedes GP team. Siamese Princes Chula and Bira (White [...]

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Winning Streak

Dec 27, 2012 1 Comment

Automodello Mormon Meteor Speed records were big news in the 1920s and 1930s, in the air, on the ground, and on the water. Among the daring fellows who were pushing the envelope – to occasionally fatal levels – David Abbot “Ab” Jenkins was a bit of a celebrity on terra firma, with more automotive speed records [...]

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Highway 143: They called It Continental

Jun 29, 2011 1 Comment

The Continental– note not Lincoln Continental – -began as Edsel Ford’s sketches for a “continental-looking” special, with a very long hood, short deck, and rear-mounted spare for his 1939 Florida vacation car.  Eugene “Bob” Gregorie worked with Edsel to develop a sectioned, lengthened (by a foot up front!) Lincoln Zephyr that met Edsel’s requirements while [...]

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Thunderbird: Ford’s Fabulous Flock

Jun 28, 2011 1 Comment

With an eye on the developing sports car market, in 1953 Chevrolet introduced the two-seat Corvette. That first Corvette took the European approach with a six-cylinder engine, roadster-style side curtains and a minimalist top. Ford’s Thunderbird followed two years later and offered a V-8, roll-up windows, a weatherproof soft top and an optional hard top. [...]

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