Ixo 1960 Facel Vega Excellence

Jan 24, 2015 No Comments

Excellent Excellence 1:43 | $44.95 When the subject of sleek, low-slung European GT cars with American engines comes up, most of us think of the many Italian-American hybrids, or the English Cad-Allards and later, Cobras. But surprisingly, the first to be offered in both Europe and the U.S. was the 1954 Vega, built by the [...]

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Minichamps 1936 Talbot-Lago T26-SS “Grand Prix”

Jan 23, 2015 No Comments

More French Curves 1:43 | $99.95 Minichamps Mullin Collection Talbot-Lago T26-SS (Super Sport) is one of only three of these cars, basically their Grand Prix race car with a widened chassis and two-seat bodywork.  Two were built for the 1936 Le Mans but this one (chassis 90203) wasn’t seen until the 1939 24-Hours.  It re-surfaced [...]

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Kyosho Aston Martin DB9 and Vanquish

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments

Elegant English GTs 1:43 | $98  Aston Martin is having a pretty good year with its stylish main line grand tourer the DB9 being joined by the ultra-performance Vanquish. Kyosho, in signing on to produce both in 1:43 in a host of colors, is poised to enjoy the halo effect of these gorgeous coupes. The [...]

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Conquest/JMModelautos 1941 Plymouth Station Wagon

Jan 19, 2015 No Comments

1:43 | $285 The Special Deluxe series was Plymouth’s top-line offering for 1941 and at the very top was the 4-Door 7/8-Passenger Station Wagon.  Plymouth offered buyers a choice of wood colors for the first time in 1941; all white ash or the traditional white ash framing with mahogany insert panels.  Conquest has made this [...]

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Brooklin 1955 Lincoln Capri 4-Door Sedan

Jan 13, 2015 No Comments

Middle-Class Lincoln 1:43 | $138.95 By 1955, the clean body made famous by the “hot rod Lincolns” of Mexican Road Race fame were dated, so the ‘55s got a simplified grille, all-new side trim, and longer rear fenders with new taillights, and a new 225-horsepower, 341cid Y-block V-8.  While everyone else has modeled the top-line [...]

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Matrix Intermeccanica 1965 Mustang Station Wagon

Jan 12, 2015 No Comments

The Mustang That Wasn’t 1:43 | $89.95 When the Mustang was unveiled in April 1964, New York ad agency VP Barney Clark decided that Ford should build a Mustang Wagon with his agency handling the advertising campaign.  To show FoMoCo how easy it would be, he hired Bob Cumberford to draw up a set of [...]

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Minichamps Mullin Collection 1939 Delahaye 165 Cabriolet

Jan 10, 2015 No Comments

1:43 | $99.95 The French built the sexiest cars in the world in the pre-WWII years; those who doubt need only to look at Minichamps Mullin Collection 1939 Delahaye 165 with its Figoni & Falashi cabriolet body.  After selling the first one at the 1938 Paris Salon, a second was built so quickly for the [...]

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Spark 1968 Oldsmobile

Jan 06, 2015 No Comments

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

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

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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