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The Mini Mini vs the not-so-Mini

The Mini Mini vs the not-so-Mini

By Ron Ruelle When BMW took over the Mini brand of automobiles, enthusiasts held their breath waiting to see what sort of shepherd they would be for the iconic marque. The good news is they kept the factory in Oxford, and they designed a car that echoed the proportions along with some of the quirky […]
16th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

16th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

America’s Racing Heartland Hosts a Hot Wheels Extravaganza Indianapolis is synonymous with the automotive world in more ways than one. It not only is the home of the Indy 500 but also has played host for the past couple of years to the annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals put together by Collectors Events Unlimited. From […]

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Diecast Masters Cat 390F L Hydraulic Excavator

Diecast Masters Cat 390F L Hydraulic Excavator

Caterpillar dominates the heavy industrial vehicles market like few other companies dominate any industry, and it has done it through a mix of quality, innovation, and an inherent understanding of what crews need on a job site to get their tasks done efficiently, safely, and with maximum effectiveness. The big yellow machines with their “CAT” […]
AUTOart 1958 Corvette: Chevy’s Class Act

AUTOart 1958 Corvette: Chevy’s Class Act

By Wayne Moyer GM originally intended the 1958 Corvette to look very much like the ’56 Olds Golden Rocket Motorama car. But problems with a new truck line and demands of the all-new ’58 passenger cars took priority and the ‘Vette was relegated to a facelift and an expanded option list at the last minute.  […]

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Online Exclusive: Auto World FoMoCo Luxury Muscle Duo

Online Exclusive: Auto World FoMoCo Luxury Muscle Duo

1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator and 1971 Ford Torino GT     Ford had the pony car segment covered with its industry-defining Mustang, but in other muscle car classes it battled for market share. Mercury was positioned as the mid-priced option in the Dearborn stable—more mature and upscale than Ford, but more youthful and energetic than […]
Models Make Better Cars

Models Make Better Cars

Many gearheads know that manufacturers often use scale replicas during the design process to refine the look and features of upcoming models. Various ‘design studies’ and styling prototypes are made–often by hand–to help designers and decision-making execs evaluate and refine their product line plans, as well as help with engineering aspects such as wind tunnel […]

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What Car is This?

What Car is This?

We unboxed this mystery machine at the office today. Can you tell the make/model/year from just this glimpse? (Click to enlarge)
Model of the Day: Big Buck Beach Bomb!

Model of the Day: Big Buck Beach Bomb!

Yup – that’s the real deal. The guys from PlayTape pulled some strings to get this original Beach Bomb to help launch their new Hot Wheels-licensed track tape. Valued at $100k+, this Beach Bomb is the most valuable Hot Wheels you’re ever likely to see!

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Model of the Day: Dig this Cat Excavator from Diecast Masters

Model of the Day: Dig this Cat Excavator from Diecast Masters

Diecast Masters is the brand for highly detailed replicas of Caterpillar construction equipment. This is the 390F LME Excavator in 1:50 we just scored courtesy of 3000toys.com — so cool! Check out the Fall 2016 issue on sale in June for the full story on it! And be sure to check out our Instagram and […]
Model of the Day: Maisto’s Rambunctious Raptor

Model of the Day: Maisto’s Rambunctious Raptor

Spotted at Toy Fair. Maisto is coming out with a rowdy-looking Ford F150 Raptor extended cab, with a pretty sizeable lift, roof rack, a light kit, winch and other off-road goodies in 1:24. This is just a preproduction mock-up made for the show circuit — Maisto showed one red and one blue. The production piece […]
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