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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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Ghost with the Most

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

KYOSHO 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost extended wheelbase 1:43 | $99.95 The “Little Rolls,” the Ghost, was deemed to be a bit too cramped in the rear compartment, so the Ghost Extended Wheelbase model, with 6.7 inches more leg room for the pay- ing customers in back, was introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Kyosho has [...]

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Fine scale Fiats

Sep 09, 2014 No Comments

When we think of Italian cars, we tend to think of mega-buck, mega-power, mega-exclusive high-tech sports cars, or even more mega-buck, mega-rare classic versions of the same. But Italy has a rich tradition of sporty but practical, affordable and compact cars that have entertained European drivers for decades. Laudoracing produces some of the favorites in [...]

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PremiumX 1975 “Freetown Police” AMC Pacer X

Sep 07, 2014 No Comments

AMC created “the first wide small car” in 1975 with the AMC Pacer, a sub-compact with compact car interior space. In addition to its wide track and excellent visibility (or goldfish-bowl styling, take your pick) the Pacer’s passenger side door was longer than the driver’s by 4 inches for easier curbside access to the rear [...]

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Wide-Open Opel

Sep 06, 2014 No Comments

MiniChamps 2010 Meriva 1:43 | $55 The second generation Opel Meriva B minivan, introduced in 2010, featured front-hingedfront and rear-hinged rear doors that opened the passenger compartment from end to end.Minichamps’ model was first released as a promo piece for Opel, so we knew the overall shapeand all details were going to be right. Its metallic [...]

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PremiumX 1972 Buick Riviera

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments

Buick introduced the third-generation Riviera in 1971, with a boat-tailed fastback body that you either loved or hated. It certainly was different from any other American car and bore much more than a passing resemblance to the 1963 Corvette, at least from the rear. It’s obvious that PremiumX has done their homework on this one; [...]

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Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Bugatti Atlantic

Sep 01, 2014 No Comments

Jean Bugatti’s “Aerolithe” body for the shortened, lowered, and supercharged Type 57SC chassis is easily his most striking design. Its lightweight Elektron alloy body couldn’t be welded, so the body and fenders were made in halves and riveted together, giving the car its identifying vertical spines. When the car went into production as the steel-bodied [...]

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