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Mo’ DeSoto – Brooklin 1954 Firedome Hardtop

May 22, 2012 No Comments

Since the entire DeSoto line had gotten new bodies in 1953, the ’54 models got just a mild facelift with fewer teeth in the grille, and a new side spear incorporating the “Firedome” name on Hemi-powered top-line cars. Brooklin has virtually re-mastered their earlier 4-door DeSoto sedan in order to make a 2-door hardtop coupe [...]

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Foose Lets Loose

Apr 17, 2012 No Comments

Chip Foose is literally a chip off the old block—the block being Chip’s dad, Sam Foose, whose custom cars were frequently scaled down to model size in the heyday of plastic kits and rattle can paint. Chip first got his hands dirty at a tender age, working alongside Sam at Project Designs in Santa Barbara, [...]

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Leave it Stock or Modify?

Apr 09, 2012 8 Comments

Many collectors are perfectly happy to bring home their latest find and place it on the shelf. But for some car folks, the real fun starts when the tools come out – and the modifications begin. It’s a trend that started when cars were cheap and easy to find; as the years went by (and [...]

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Auto World 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396

Apr 09, 2012 No Comments

Back in the bad old days of street racing, the serious contenders at the stop light didn’t try and scare off the competition with stripes and big-buck wheels. Unassuming cars with plain Jane paint and a bare minimum of flash were the ones to watch out for. Street veterans knew them as “sleepers” – and [...]

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Maisto’s Premiere Edition Porsche Panamera

Apr 09, 2012 No Comments

It was in 2009, at the Shanghai International Auto Show, that Porsche stepped outside their own domain as the lords of the rear-engined high performance sports car to herald the release of their front-engine, rear-drive four door sedan, which they called  the Panamera. Porsche had tried alternate markets before; the equally left-field Cayenne had tackled [...]

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AUTOart’s 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500

Apr 02, 2012 No Comments

Last of the Breed The 1967 model year marked the last time that Shelby-American actually built Ford Mustangs into Shelbys, and the resulting cars will always be remembered for their beauty and optional big-block engine punch. That punch is the reason many people consider the 1967 GT500 to be the best production Shelby ever made. [...]

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Open or Closed? THAT is the question….

Mar 21, 2012 5 Comments

“Mint in Box” has a nice ring to it, and for a generation of collectors the phrase has signified a perfect example of a desirable model, fresh as the day it was brought home. But for an equal amount of collectors, the thought of leaving a new diecast, slot, or resincast model in its box [...]

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Awesome Aston

Mar 14, 2012 No Comments

Minichamps 2010 Aston Martin Rapide 1:43| $55.00   The 2010 Rapide was named the “sexiest, sportiest 4-seater ever seen” by Road and Track magazine, and Minichamps’ new diecast model makes that statement easy to understand. Although the Rapide is almost 200 inches long, its sleek, flowing lines and big 20” wheels make it look much [...]

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Four Star TVR

Mar 14, 2012 No Comments

  Automodello’s 1970’s 2500M 1:43  $95.00 for red or yellow, $235.00 for black.   TVR was never a household name in this country, but the thoroughly British two-seater was a fixture in the sports car scene from the late ‘50’s well into the ‘90’s. Automodello has followed their fine Griffith 200 (a TVR Grantura with [...]

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Boattail

Mar 14, 2012 No Comments

Ixo’s 1933 Auburn 1:43|  $30.00   Auburn, like most American car makers, was losing money during the Depression, but they managed to introduce a new V-12 engine in 1932. Fred Leamey’s sleek Speedster body rode atop a long-wheelbase Auburn chassis, and the combination was about as sporty as you could get in 1933. Make no [...]

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