Brooklin 1940 Buick Estate

Jul 13, 2014 No Comments

  Buick’s first station wagon, the wood-bodied Model 59 Estate Wagon, was introduced as part of the mid-level “Super” line midway through the 1940 run, and it’s the subject of this really gorgeous white-metal beauty from Brooklin. The first releases have a very rare Brooklin error; the box end says “Special M59” (since corrected) but [...]

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Brooklin 1936 Convertible Coupe

Jul 11, 2014 No Comments

  1936 Buicks introduced hydraulic brakes, higher-horsepower engines with aluminum pistons, all-steel “Turret-top” bodies for the sedans, and more streamlined bodies with “Vee” windshields by Harley Earl.  The previously numbered series got names for the first time, with the entry-level Series 40 now called “Special.”  The Special Convertible (M-46C) Coupe’s rakish lines, wind-up windows, and [...]

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Minichamps 1955 LaSalle II

Jul 09, 2014 No Comments

GM discontinued the LaSalle line after 1940 but Harley Earl revived the name for two 1955 Motorama show cars, a sleek fastback sedan and a more radically styled two-seat roadster.  Neither made it into production, and their fuel-injected DOHC V-6 engines were non-functional. 1958 GM cars would use the sedan’s roofline while the Roadster’s side [...]

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Century Dragon Land Rover “Huey”

May 23, 2014 No Comments

1:43 | $129 It would be hard to quantify the accumulated love that’s been lavished on the oldest Land Rover. Over the past six-odd decades, millions of folks have heard of it, thousands have seen it, but only a select few get the chance to take this nigh-on-priceless piece of British motoring history out of [...]

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AUTOart Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera

May 18, 2014 No Comments

The gonzo edge of supercars is a lofty place where mere mortals (read that: working stiffs like us) seldom get to play. Here, a specialty air intake can cost a few grand; specifying a different wheel, tire or brake combo, four times the amount. Want a special color with that, too? Better raid that lock [...]

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Auto World 1972 Pontiac Trans Am

May 18, 2014 No Comments

Back in the good old days of mass-market, twenty-buck  large-scale diecasts, the Ertl company ruled the roost with nice-looking replicas of popular muscle cars. In 1995 they debuted one of their best ever — a 1970 Pontiac Trans Am — and that mold still looks as good now as it did back then. When considering [...]

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Automodello 1977 TVR M-Series Turbo

May 17, 2014 No Comments

When Triumph quit building their U.S.-legal straight-six engines, TVR was left without a powerplant. Ford of England agreed to supply the 3-liter “Essex” V-6; with the bigger engine the TVR became the 3000M.  For those who wanted still more power, TVR had Ford tuner Broadspeed develop a turbocharged version, the 3000M Turbo.  TVR Chairman Peter [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari FF

May 12, 2014 No Comments

Introduced at the 2011 Geneva Show, the Ferrari FF (“Ferrari Four”) broke new ground in several areas.  Its 6.2 liter, 651-horse V-12 was the biggest engine ever stuffed into a street-legal Ferrari, and while it’s not the first four seater from Modena, its high-roofline (“shooting brake” in Euro-speak) Pininfarina body is the first to carry [...]

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Auto World Christine 1958 Plymouth Fury

May 11, 2014 No Comments

While Michael and K.I.T.T. were tearing up the Universal back lot, author Stephen King was penning a missive about a massive old Plymouth that came off the assembly line populated by more spooks than a Hallowe’en hayride. That novel – Christine – eventually made it to the big screen in one of the better-realized efforts [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite “K.A.R.R.”

May 10, 2014 No Comments

Before Michael Knight’s bad, black, cyber-Trans Am “K.I.T.T” took to fighting crime, there was “K.A.R.R.,” Knight Industries’ first – and decidedly flaky – prototype robotic car. Unlike its properly bolted-together sibling,  K.A.R.R. had a few screws loose (not to mention a couple of rogue circuits in its main processor), and was stashed safely away until [...]

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