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Auto World 1969 Dodge Charger

Jul 07, 2014 No Comments by

One of the late, lamented Ertl’s seminal mold sets was a 1969 Dodge Charger that weighed only slightly less than an anvil (a Hot Wheels 1:18 of the car weighed even more), and had about as much real detail. But we loved it — to the tune of tens of thousands sold, including some rarities [...]

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Auto World Richard Petty 1972 Roadrunner

Jul 05, 2014 No Comments by

Richard Petty lost his Chrysler Corp sponsorship after the 1971 season, so STP president Andy Granatelli reached out and offered to pour STP money into King Richard’s team finances for 1972 — with the caveat being that Petty’s car would no longer wear its distinctive blue color, toting STP’s red instead. Petty said “no” — [...]

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Auto World Dodge Monaco Police Cars

Jun 30, 2014 No Comments by

  Many of the same details of the “Hazzard” car have made it onto this pair of ’74 Dodge Monaco State Trooper cars, of course, and if you dig cop cars, you’re in luck. The models get it right, starting with the overall look – blocky, big, and rolling on dog-dish-capped wheels, with authentic markings [...]

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Auto World Dukes of Hazzard Police Car

Jun 28, 2014 No Comments by

  The Dukes of Hazzard television show that ran from 1979 to 1985 wasn’t exactly a paragon of support for traffic safety (or the preservation of Dodge Chargers). But it was a fun show to watch, especially when the Duke boys were being chased by Sheriff Rosco Coltrane (James Best) with his lights blazing and [...]

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BOS (Best of Show) Mercedes C220

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments by

  It’s been argued that the 2.2-liter Mercedes-Benz C220 that debuted in 1993 was as much a result of the advent of the microchip as it was a need to pen a successor to Mercedes’ everyman-level 190. The logic (no pun intended) was simple: take a lesson from the makers of those silicon wonders and [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari Enzo “Monza Test”

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments by

  Here’s how you make things happen on a track when you’re Ferrari: first, you design a mythically beautiful road car (like the Enzo). Then, you add a whole lot of outlandish and exclusive goodies to it, to make it scream, and then, you find a place (Monza) and a driver (Andrea Bertolini) to get [...]

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Ottomobile Volkswagen Caddy

Jun 22, 2014 No Comments

  Here’s the good thing about OTTO’s 1:18 models: they’re killer. They are cars you’ll never see in diecast, not even if you reach a Methuselian age. Here’s the bad part: They usually sell out. Fast. And it is with both of those statements in mind that we present this outstanding little Volkswagen “Caddy” pickup. [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 Italia “Special LM Corse”

Jun 20, 2014 No Comments

  Because too much is never enough (and for many of the same reasons stated above), there’s another fast-freak Ferrari out from Hot Wheels Elite – this 458 Italia “Special LM Corse,” deco’d on HWE’s excellent (and frequently reviewed, here) 458 GT2 mold set, and patterned to look like the machine that Rui Aguas, Robert [...]

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Minichamps “Red Bull” Renault RB7 “S. Vettel Japan GP”

Jun 08, 2014 No Comments

One of the best parts of poring over a model like this Minichamps’ 1:18 Renault RB7 is comparing the model to the real thing – a pretty easy task, given the virtual reams of photos and multiple cyber-shrine web pages that follow this one’s pilot, Sebastian Vettel. It’s even more fun when the model is [...]

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Auto World “Mountain Dew” 1956 Ford F100 Pickup Truck

Jun 06, 2014 No Comments

Auto World’s re-pop of this old Ertl mold is a true attention getter – exactly what the owners of the real hauler might have hoped for. Back in the ‘fifties, Mountain Dew was a big part of the soda market in the Southern U.S., originating in 1940 with a formula stirred up by Barney and [...]

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