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Candy Stripes

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments

M2 MACHINES Auto Dreams “Tom Kelly” Ford F-100 1:64 | $5.99 Tom Kelly started striping and airbrushing cars under the tutelage of his grandfather, as one of the “Crazy Painters,” along with another “Big Daddy” – Ed Roth. They’d travel to car lots and custom shops, where Tom would lay on stripes, scallops, flames, and [...]

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Breakers Rule

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments

SUPERCAR COLLECTIBLES Altered Wheelbase Dodges 1:18 | $134.95 Supercar Collectibles’ Highway 61-sourced 1:18 line of A/FX Altered Wheelbase Plymouth Belvederes and Dodge Coronets, circa 1965, is still turning heads. During the “win at all costs” days of the mid-60s, Chrysler built these crazy looking cars – six Hemi-equipped Dodges and six Plymouths – with their [...]

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Princely Packard

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments

BROOKLIN 1954 Patrician sedan 1:43 | $119.95 As Packard approached its disastrous merger with Studebaker in 1954, there was no moneyfor new bodies, so the “senior” models got only new side trim and hooded chrome headlightbezels. Brooklin has departed from their norm by releasing this fine model of the topline 1954Packard Patrician, albeit in its [...]

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Coaster Brakes

Sep 27, 2014 No Comments

AUTOART “Brake Disc” coaster set 3.5” | $89.99 Nothing says “neat” like a place to put your beverage, and AUTOart’s Design/Lifestyle division wants to help you keep things tidy with an automotive twist. This set of six diecast brake disc/coasters rests in a red enameled “caliper” base. Each disc is made from grooved, machined diecast, [...]

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Minichamps LaSalle II Roadster Concept

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

You have to hand it to Joe Bortz. Not only is he one of the car world’s most influential collectors, he’s also one of the best “carchaelogists” around. It was Bortz who located the cut-to-pieces wreckage of GM’s 1955 “LaSalle II” roadster moldering in a Michigan junkyard. And it was he who immediately got elbows [...]

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A Special Buick

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments

Brooklin 1954 four-door hardtop 1:43 | $124.95 Buick revamped the Special for 1954, giving it a longer wheelbase and a brand-new standard issue 264cid V8 engine. Buyers responded in record numbers, helping Buick to move past Plymouth into third place in sales for the year. Other companies model the flashier convert- ibles and hardtops, but [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite “Batpod”

Sep 24, 2014 No Comments

It took a small army of special effects people, an adventurous stunt driver, and a couple cubic yards of hard drive space to make the Batpod escape sequence in The Dark Knight Rises convincing on screen.  From the look of it, Hot Wheels Elite’s take on this breakout hero bike took a little doing, too. [...]

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Super Snake

Sep 24, 2014 No Comments

Spark 1963 Cobra 289 “#16 Sebring” 1:43 | $67 Spark’s nicely done model of a 289-powered Cobra represents a pivotal moment: Shelby’s first shot at International racing, at the 1963 12 Hours of Sebring, where the team ran three new racing Cobras, as well as chassis CSX 2002 (the very first racing Cobra), built in [...]

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Black Out

Sep 24, 2014 No Comments

Greenlight Collectibles Black Bandits Series 7 1:64 | $5.99 each GreenLight Collectibles’ Black Bandit series is in its seventh release, and like the prior six, the cars all come wearing a special triple black scheme – black paint, black interior, and black wheels – which makes even the largest of the group- ing (a ‘76 [...]

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Pony Power

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

HIGHWAY 61 / 43RD STREET COLLECTIBLES 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1:43 | $75 each Highway 61 made the scene several years ago with a slew of muscle cars that carried the 1:18 hobby into new, high-detail territory. That shouldn’t have been a surprise: the company’s president is Fred Ertl III, heir apparent to the [...]

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