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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PremiumX 1973 Chevrolet Bel Air Chicago Police

May 08, 2014 No Comments

The Bel Air became Chevy’s entry-level model when the entire lineup was revised in 1973, and the low-end 4-door sedan was a favorite with Police, Taxi, and other fleet buyers.  PremiumX’s new resincast wears the correct color scheme and graphics for the Chicago P.D. in ’73; body lines are accurate and every detail, from the [...]

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Brooklin 1939 Nash Ambassador Eight 4-Door Touring Sedan

May 07, 2014 No Comments

Nash sales for 1938 were dismal, but in spite of the red ink new CEO George Mason insisted upon new – not just face-lifted – bodies for the 1939 line. Although the styling was certainly evolutionary, the ’39s had larger wheel openings (and larger wheels and tires), smoother, lower-looking lines, and an unusual front end [...]

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Brooklin 1960 Cadillac Series 62 6-window Sedan

May 06, 2014 No Comments

While the 1959 Cadillac was the flashiest ever built, a 1960 facelift made the car much smoother and less flamboyant, with a full-width grille, toned-down chrome, and smaller fins.  Brooklin has released this very impressive model of the top-line Cadillac sedan, the Series 62 Six-Window. The body’s lines match photos from all angles, and Brooklin [...]

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Brooklin 1960 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Ambulance

May 06, 2014 No Comments

Wayne Corporation bought two longtime Ohio “professional car” coachbuilders in 1957,and merged them to form the Miller-Meteor Company.  From the very beginning, all Miller-Meteors were built on Cadillac Commercial chassis. These were big cars – and Brooklin Models’ new larger casting equipment has made it possible to release this striking model of the 1960 Miller-Meteor [...]

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Automodello 1965 Sunbeam Tiger “50th Anniversary”

May 04, 2014 No Comments

The Rootes Group built the Sunbeam Tiger for one purpose – to bring U.S. dollars to the U.K. All of the 1,649 cars built in 1964 were shipped over here, and the first right-hand-drive Tiger wasn’t built until January 7,  1965. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that first “wrong side” Tiger, Automodello has released [...]

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