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Minichamps’ “Mullin” Atlantic ROCKS in 1:43

Jun 03, 2013 No Comments

Minichamps’ “Mullin Automotive Museum Collection” is really hitting its stride this past week. No fewer than three new models have appeared here at Die Cast X South, and that’s made for some deep-chested ooh-ing and aah-ing around here. In a word: amazing. Our sample of the Mullin’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic came out of [...]

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GreenLight 1:43 Jeeps: Social Climbers

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

GreenLight 2012 Jeep “Mountain” and “Arctic”   1:43 | $15.00 Cheap Jeeps are always fun to have around, and if you have a car kid on your short list – or just like the looks of the special editions that Jeep occasionally breaks out – these inexpensive, yet attractively done 1:43 models of the Jeep Wrangler [...]

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IXO 1:43 Aston Martin AMR-One: Aston’s Last?

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

IXO Aston Martin AMR-One  1:43 | $30.00 Aston Martin switched from a Lola chassis with a six-liter DBR9-GT V-12 to an in-house chassis powered by a turbocharged two-liter engine for the 2011 Le Mans Prototype (LMP) season. The new AMR-One was a dismal flop, slower than its predecessor and with a 100% failure rate. One [...]

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Das Zoot: Minichamps 1:43 Mercedes Streamliner

Mar 26, 2013 2 Comments

Minichamps 1938 Mercedes-Benz “Rekordwagen”  1:43 | $72.00  The Mercedes-Benz W-125 “Rekordwagen” epitomized streamlining when it first saw the light of day in late 1937, and in early 1938 the incredibly swoopy one-off machine set a world record for top speed on a public road – a heart-stopping 268 miles per hour, a record that it [...]

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Test Pattern: Hot Wheels Elite 1:43 Enzo “Monza”

Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari Enzo “Monza Test”  1:43 | $55.99 Only two Ferraris have been officially named for a person: the 1968 246GT, for Enzo’s son Dino, and the code-named F60 supercar that became the “Enzo” after Senor Ferrari’s passing in 1988. Based heavily on Formula One technology with the addition of active aerodynamics and [...]

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Along Came a Spyder: Hot Wheels Elite’s 1:43 458 Italia

Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder  1:43 | $44.99  Ferrari needed two years to develop a topless version of their 458 Italia, but fortunately for those of us who can’t afford a copy of the $257,000.00 car (magnificent though it may be), Hot Wheels Elite has created this beautifully made diecast model in [...]

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A “Heyer” Power: Minichamps’ 1:43 “Heyer Tribute Set”

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

Minichamps “Heyer Tribute Set”  1:43 | $149.50  Watching vintage footage of Hans Heyer bombing around circa 1971 in a four-door, AMG-prepped Mercedes 300SEL is a lot of fun, and realizing that he had a monster 6.8 liter V8 motor under the car’s hood (all the better to suck the headlights out of his track mates) [...]

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S2, Brute? Minichamps 1:43 Bentley S2 Cabriolet

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

 Minichamps Bentley S2 Cabriolet  1:43 | $72.00  Bentley made a big change in October 1959, when it added a new 6.2 Liter V8 as its main power source. The OHV motor offered better performance, for sure – but adding the aluminum engine to the mix also did much to improve the car’s somewhat cranky accessories, [...]

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SHIELDS!: Hot Wheels Elite 1:43 1989 Batmobile

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

Hot Wheels Elite 1989 Batmobile  1:43 | $65.99   What’s long, low, black, and powered by a jet engine? No, not the SR-71 Blackbird – but you’d deserve partial credit for thinking so. It’s the Batmobile created for the 1989 movie Batman and the follow-up Batman Returns. Yes, in reality, the car was powered by [...]

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Green Machine: Minichamps 1:43 “Mullin Collection” Bugatti Type 57C Van Vooren

Mar 20, 2013 No Comments

Minichamps Mullin Collection Bugatti Type 57C  1:43 | $95.00 At least one 1/43 scale model or kit of every Bugatti Type is available, and all the Atlantics, most Atalantes, and all 11 of the bodies carried at one time or another on the six Type 41 Royale chassis can be found. But this beautiful addition to [...]

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