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Lightning Strikes Again – The Return of Johnny Lightning!

Nov 10, 2015 No Comments by

Fans and collectors of 1:64 will be very familiar with Johnny Lightning. The classic brand has ridden a rollercoaster of fortunes, having disappeared from the market in the early ‘70s only to be resurrected by Tom Lowe’s Playing Mantis Group in the 1990s, during which time it established itself as a source for scale accuracy [...]

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Farewell to a King

Nov 10, 2015 No Comments by

[Editor's Note: This story was originally published in 2012 when DCX's Mike Zarnock visited with George in his custom shop in North Hollywood. We present it again here as we bid farewell to one of the greats--a brilliant designer, consummate showman, towering automotive world personality--and a man that was never too busy to share his [...]

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Sun Star 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

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The Seminal Super Sport The most celebrated badge in Chevrolet Performance history—the legendary “SS”—started as anything but. Introduced with little fanfare late in 1961 as an option kit on the Impala sport coupe, the “Super Sport” package was overshadowed by the dramatic “Bubbleback” of the new-for-’61 body style.  The package itself was a tremendous bargain: [...]

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Replicarz Indy 500 Winners: Brickyard Champions Through the Ages

Jul 13, 2015 No Comments by

REPLICARZ INDY 500 WINNERS 1:43 | $90EA The Fothergill brothers at Replicarz are at it again, this time in 1:43 scale resin, and bringing us some of the most delicious cars that ever raced the Indy 500. Manufactured under their own Replicarz brand name, these will be a joy for anyone who loves spending that [...]

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Diecast Legend Jim Wangers: Godfather of the GTO

Jul 13, 2015 No Comments by

Usually, when a marketing executive is good at his job, it’s his client—his product—that becomes the legend. But Jim Wangers is far from just your usual marketing guy. Jim is a car guy through and through. He’s also a racer, a visionary—bold and creative and more than a little wily—and the principle architect of one [...]

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Handsome Hisso

Jul 11, 2015 No Comments by

Minichamps Mullin Collection Hispano-Suiza J-12 Cabriolet 1:43 | $95 Hispano-Suizas were designed by Swiss engineer/designer Marc Birkigt and most were built in Spain (hence the name), but the most luxurious were built in a Paris suburb. ˜ That’s the case with Birkigt’s final masterpiece, the V-12 powered J-12, which was sold only as a rolling [...]

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Muscular Malibu

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ACME 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS 1:18 | $130 Chevrolet introduced the new mid-sized Malibu in 1964 to fill the gap between the compact Chevy II and full-size Chevrolets in response to Ford’s similar Fairlane. At the top of the line was the Malibu SS, available as either a two-door hardtop or convertible. Surprisingly, the Chevrolet [...]

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Ultimate Street Machine

Jul 08, 2015 No Comments

ACME Trading Co. 1968 Pontiac “Blackbird” 1:18 | $135 As soon as 1968 Firebirds were available, the parts manager at aDetroit dealership ordered one he intended to build up for street racing. Delivered in black with “Light Peach Gold” trim, it had the Ram Air 400 engine, “three on the tree” column shift for its [...]

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Auto World 1:18 2015 Ford Mustang GT

Jul 08, 2015 No Comments

A Five-Liter Fountain of Youth   The automotive media is all aflutter these days with the news of the forthcoming 2016 6th-generation Camaro. The announcement has overshadowed the 6th iteration of the Mustang—which beat the Chevy to market by nearly two years. After all, the pony-car paparazzi are perpetually a “what have you done for [...]

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Kyosho Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Jul 07, 2015 No Comments

A Soaring Scion of British Luxury Bentley motorcars have always been a study in contradiction. As a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce for most of the 20th century, stately British luxury and prestige have been central to Bentley’s identity. But the brand has roots in motorsport, having won Le Mans six times—including four consecutive events from 1927-1930—and [...]

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