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Spark 1968 Oldsmobile

Jan 06, 2015 No Comments by

Terrific Toronado 1:43 | $75 Oldsmobile’s Toronado, the first American front-wheel-drive car since the 1937 Cord, was everybody’s “Car of the Year” when it was introduced in 1966.  But sales slumped in ’67, so for 1968 the Toronado got a whole new front end with Harley Earl’s “Hi-Low” bumper surrounding a mesh grille with hidden [...]

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Premium X 1950 Nash Ambassador

Jan 05, 2015 No Comments by

Nash’s Airflytes were the most aerodynamic American cars when they were introduced in 1949, and boasted some of the first fully unitized bodies. All that technology was lost on the teenagers of the day, however; the car’s seats folded flat to make a large, comfortable bed. Do the math. Here’s more math: Premium X’s  take [...]

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Minichamps Mullin Collection 1902 Panhard & Levassor Type B1 Rear Entrance Tonneau

Jan 05, 2015 No Comments by

Brass-Era Beauty 1:43 | $99 Brass-era models were not uncommon in 1:43 when diecast collecting started in the 1960s, but in recent years they’ve become exceedingly rare.  This Minichamps’ 1902 Panhard & Levassor Type B1 is simply the best of its type I have ever seen.  Its resin body has crisp louvers, deeply cushioned seats, [...]

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Matrix 1956 Nash Palm Beach

Dec 31, 2014 No Comments by

The Niftiest Nash ! 1:43 | $107.99  For a few glorious years, Nash was the only American company building world-class sports cars; Nash-Healey sports-racing roadsters finished third overall behind the winning Mercedes in the 1952 Le Mans 24 Hour and 7th in that year’s Mille Miglia. You could buy the lovely Pininfarina-bodied Nash-Healey Coupe at [...]

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Brooklin 1957 Oldsmobile Convertible

Dec 30, 2014 No Comments by

Super 88 1:43 | $127 1957 brought new longer, lower (and heavier) bodies for the entire Oldsmobile lineup, incorporating what Harley Earl deemed the “Ho-Lo Bumper,” a full width oval that enclosed the mesh grille with block “Oldsmobile” lettersand parking lights. Brooklin has released this striking white-metal model of the mid-range Super 88 Convertible.ALL the [...]

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection 1939 Bugatti 57C “Aravis”

Dec 30, 2014 No Comments by

Only three Type 57C Aravis drophead coupe bodies were built to Jean Bugatti’s design, and Jean himself called it “the most beautiful Bugatti.” The last one, S/N 57768, was built for famed French driver Maurice Trintignant, and is now in Oxnard, CA’s Mullin Collection. It’s also the subject of this gorgeous — and accurate — [...]

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Minichamps Mullin Collection Type 54 Roadster

Dec 29, 2014 No Comments

A Most Unusual Bugatti 1:43 | $95  The Type 54 Grand Prix racer wasn’t one of Ettore’s best; although Achille Varzi drove one to win the 1933 Avus Grand Prix, only five were built and two drivers were killed in them. Czech Prince Lobkowitz bought the second one built and promptly died in the 1932 [...]

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Spark 1961 Austin Healey Sp rite Mk. II

Dec 27, 2014 No Comments

A Better Elf 1:43 | $70 Although they’d sold almost 50,000 of the original Sprites in just three years, Austin Healey introduced the Mk. II in 1961. It had a much more modern-looking body with an “alligator” hood (instead of a forward tipping nose section) and a trunk that could be reached trough a lid [...]

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ATC 1971 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Limousine

Dec 27, 2014 No Comments

Stretched Silver Shadow 1:43 | $145 Introduced in 1965, the Silver Shadow featured unibody construction, disc brakes, independentrear suspension, and a hydraulic self-leveling system. The 1971 Silver Shadow II had improved front suspension and black energy-absorbing bumpers. Shadows were popular with companies that create stretched limousines, and ATC’s model is unusual in having only a [...]

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Spark Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans

Dec 26, 2014 No Comments

Iconic Racing Structure 1:43 | price varies The Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans is perhaps the most familiar and famous structure in all of the motor racing world. And Spark has given us a scale model of this magnificent structure that, even in 1:43 scale, is huge. The first pedestrian Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans [...]

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