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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 by

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 by

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 by

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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Wagon Ho!

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

American Excellence 1974 Buick Estate Wagon 1:43 | $86.95 Buick’s last full-size station wagon, the 1971-1976 Estate Wagon, was something of a mixed breed. Officially part of the LeSabre line, it was built on the longer (127”) Electra chassis with the LeSabre nose and its own unique body. From 1971-1974, Estate Wagons had the four rectan- [...]

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Focus on the Classics

Sep 22, 2014 No Comments

Brooklin’s Buick Collection 1:43 | $95-$125 Each Above: Representative models from each year of the Buick Collection. Front (left to right): 1939 M61 Touring Sedan (007), 1938 M-46S Sports Coupe (021) 1937 M- 46C Convertible Coupe (009), and 1936 M48 Victoria Coupe (018). Rear (left to right): 1935 M-96S (001) and 1934 M-96S (002). If [...]

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PremiumX 1980 Cadillac

Sep 20, 2014 No Comments

Cadillac advertised the bustle-backed 1980 Seville as “Quite possibly the most distinctive car in the world,” a description hard to dispute. But the bustle-back trunk and down-turned side spear also made it look as if the body had broken at the rear axle, and sales dropped by almost 30%. Regardless, PremiumX has done a fine [...]

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