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Fujimi “Ultimat Vodka” Ferrari 458

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments by

In a world of “Absoluts,” it’s refreshing to know that there’s an alternative for those who imbibe the clearer spirits. Ultimat vodka (what is it with these guys and a final “e”?) ran this chrome and blue Extreme Motor Sports 458 Italia at the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta in October 2012, and won in [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite “Dirty” A-Team Van

Oct 22, 2014 No Comments by

TV fans are hardcore when it comes to collecting images from a favorite show. Viewers of a certain age will remember the misfit semi-criminal do-gooders in the A-Team series back in the 80s. The show featured an a-list of TV actors, including Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, who drove the team from job to job [...]

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Automodello 1938 Packard Twelves

Oct 05, 2014 No Comments by

Automodello makes impeccable models of well chosen subjects — like this pair of Packard Victorias. In 1938, Packard only made a handful of the gargantuan Model 1608 drop-tops, powered by a 473 CID / 175 horsepower V12 engine so refined that a nickel could be balanced on the motor’s intake while it was running. “Convertible [...]

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Beautiful Bug

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments by

SPARK 1939 Bugatti Galibier 1:43 | $67 The 4-door Galibier (ga-lib-YAY) sedan, named for a French mountain range, was the most prosaic of the five Jean Bugatti-designed bodies fitted to the Type 57 chassis, so there are very few Galibier models available – and absolutely none to match this superb new resincast model from Spark. [...]

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Princely Packard

Sep 28, 2014 No Comments by

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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A Special Buick

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments by

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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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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Italian-American Excellence

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

AUTOMODELLO 1969 Intermeccanica Italia 1:43 | $94.95 Shortly after Italian coachbuilder Intermeccanica signed a contract with Griffith Motors to build second-generation Griffith 600 bodies in large quantities, Griffith went bankrupt. With tooling already built, materials on hand, and arrangements in place for Mustang engines and trans- missions, Intermeccanica made the most of the situation by [...]

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