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The Mini Mini vs the not-so-Mini

The Mini Mini vs the not-so-Mini

By Ron Ruelle When BMW took over the Mini brand of automobiles, enthusiasts held their breath waiting to see what sort of shepherd they would be for the iconic marque. The good news is they kept the factory in Oxford, and they designed a car that echoed the proportions along with some of the quirky […]
16th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

16th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

America’s Racing Heartland Hosts a Hot Wheels Extravaganza Indianapolis is synonymous with the automotive world in more ways than one. It not only is the home of the Indy 500 but also has played host for the past couple of years to the annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals put together by Collectors Events Unlimited. From […]

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Diecast Masters Cat 390F L Hydraulic Excavator

Diecast Masters Cat 390F L Hydraulic Excavator

Caterpillar dominates the heavy industrial vehicles market like few other companies dominate any industry, and it has done it through a mix of quality, innovation, and an inherent understanding of what crews need on a job site to get their tasks done efficiently, safely, and with maximum effectiveness. The big yellow machines with their “CAT” […]
Models Make Better Cars

Models Make Better Cars

Many gearheads know that manufacturers often use scale replicas during the design process to refine the look and features of upcoming models. Various ‘design studies’ and styling prototypes are made–often by hand–to help designers and decision-making execs evaluate and refine their product line plans, as well as help with engineering aspects such as wind tunnel […]

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Porsche Past and Present: The Legacy of the 718

Porsche Past and Present: The Legacy of the 718

Another exquisite video featurette from the Petrolicious crew. This time, the original 1960 Porsche 718 Targa Florio winner comes alive, complete with gorgeous visuals and a spine-tingling rasp from its 1600cc flat-4. Racing legend Derek Bell narrates and drives the classic that inspired Porsche’s newest Boxster variant on the original Targa Florio course.
Choose Your Own Adventure: 7 Great New Jeep Concepts

Choose Your Own Adventure: 7 Great New Jeep Concepts

Jeep has really come out swinging for the Easter Jeep Safari event, to be held later this month on the world-class trails in and around Moab, Utah. It has unleashed no fewer than seven concept vehicles to be debuted on this, the 50th anniversary of the event itself, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of […]

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NEW Feature: Model of the Day — Sox & Martin ’70 Cudas

NEW Feature: Model of the Day — Sox & Martin ’70 Cudas

Hey gang, To coincide with the re-launch of Die Cast X’s Instagram page, we are kicking off a new regular feature: Model of the Day. The idea is to show you regular snapshots and teasers of some of the models we get on a weekly basis here at the office. Many of these will be […]
NEO 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

NEO 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

Sublime Sedanette from Caddy’s Silver Age Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $212 As American manufacturing migrated back from wartime production to focusing on consumer goods, the race was on to design the vehicles that would define the postwar automotive boom that every manufacturer knew was coming. Of course, even the most aggressive vehicle development schedule […]

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Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Johnny Lightning (JL) is a brand name with which all fans of 1:64 diecast will be instantly familiar. Introduced originally by Topper Toys in 1969, quick on the heels of Hot Wheels’ launch, JL focused from the outset on speed above all. To raise brand awareness and further emphasize its association with speed, JL sponsored […]
Mocking Up the Mach 5

Mocking Up the Mach 5

by Ron Ruelle As diecast collectors, we seldom consider the amount of effort that goes into creating a miniature version of a real car, especially one with working features. Rolling wheels are a bare minimum, but when a vehicle also features opening doors and hood, working steering and even suspension, it’s really a miniature marvel […]
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