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Das Zoot: Minichamps 1:43 Mercedes Streamliner

Mar 26, 2013 2 Comments

Minichamps 1938 Mercedes-Benz “Rekordwagen”  1:43 | $72.00  The Mercedes-Benz W-125 “Rekordwagen” epitomized streamlining when it first saw the light of day in late 1937, and in early 1938 the incredibly swoopy one-off machine set a world record for top speed on a public road – a heart-stopping 268 miles per hour, a record that it [...]

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Test Pattern: Hot Wheels Elite 1:43 Enzo “Monza”

Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari Enzo “Monza Test”  1:43 | $55.99 Only two Ferraris have been officially named for a person: the 1968 246GT, for Enzo’s son Dino, and the code-named F60 supercar that became the “Enzo” after Senor Ferrari’s passing in 1988. Based heavily on Formula One technology with the addition of active aerodynamics and [...]

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Along Came a Spyder: Hot Wheels Elite’s 1:43 458 Italia

Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder  1:43 | $44.99  Ferrari needed two years to develop a topless version of their 458 Italia, but fortunately for those of us who can’t afford a copy of the $257,000.00 car (magnificent though it may be), Hot Wheels Elite has created this beautifully made diecast model in [...]

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Road Rave: GreenLight 1:64 “Road Race” Series 3

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

 GreenLight Collectibles Road Race Series 3  1:64|$5.99 each Trying to follow the many twists and turns of a road course takes a certain level of skill – and so does following the incredible pace at which GreenLight can make a series of cars appear, then disappear. No, it’s not magic – it’s savvy marketing and [...]

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Hunted: Auto World’s 1:18 “Bounty Hunter” and “Bounty Huntress”

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

Auto World “Bounty Hunter and “Bounty Huntress”   1:18 | $95.99 each  While the reality was far from perfect, the ties between Shirley Muldowney and Connie Kalitta sure looked great when the two were campaigning their Nitro Funny Cars across America. The “Bounty Hunter” and “Bounty Huntress” were a pair of ’72 Mustang-bodied floppers with Hemi [...]

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It’s The Word: Auto World’s 1:18 1950 “Grease” Olds 88

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

Auto World’s “Grease” 1950 Oldsmobile  1:18 | $90.00  A young Ike Turner and his band (under the nom de tune “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats” recorded a seminal rock ‘n’ roll song called “Rocket 88″ in March, 1951, with Brenston singing his heart out over his love for a hot-shoe Oldsmobile. The song went [...]

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A “Heyer” Power: Minichamps’ 1:43 “Heyer Tribute Set”

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

Minichamps “Heyer Tribute Set”  1:43 | $149.50  Watching vintage footage of Hans Heyer bombing around circa 1971 in a four-door, AMG-prepped Mercedes 300SEL is a lot of fun, and realizing that he had a monster 6.8 liter V8 motor under the car’s hood (all the better to suck the headlights out of his track mates) [...]

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HAULED! M2 Machines’ 1:64 Auto Haulers “MOPAR”

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

M2 Machines “Mopar 75 Years” Auto Haulers Release 8  1:64 | $17.99   Car guys love car transporters. And why not? They’re the vessels by which our beloved rides make their way from the factory to the showrooms. M2 is on to something with its line of car haulers, and this pair takes the love [...]

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NEW VIDEO! Hot Wheels Elite 1:18 Trans Am “KITT”

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

Back in the good old days of diecast, models of TV cars were usually well-intended, but not always on par with the releases that were on the shelves around them when it came to detail and features. Hot Wheels Elite put that trend to rest with their 1:18 Ghostbusters “Ecto 1″, a model that not only [...]

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S2, Brute? Minichamps 1:43 Bentley S2 Cabriolet

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

 Minichamps Bentley S2 Cabriolet  1:43 | $72.00  Bentley made a big change in October 1959, when it added a new 6.2 Liter V8 as its main power source. The OHV motor offered better performance, for sure – but adding the aluminum engine to the mix also did much to improve the car’s somewhat cranky accessories, [...]

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