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1/3-Scale James Bond Aston DB5 – Gold-plated Goldfinger Star

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments by

Christie’s Auction House recently sold what is almost certainly the most elaborate, most expensive and most desirable scale replica of an Aston Martin ever made. This 1-of-a-kind 1/3-scale model was patterned after James Bond’s iconic DB5 that made its first appearance in Goldfinger, and returned for five more Bond films over the course of the [...]

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50th Anniversary T-bolt from AutoWorld

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments by

How’s this for perfect timing? This Hemmings Blog article arrived in my email this morning — just a couple of days after this sweet AutoWorld 1:18 Thunderbolt arrived in the mail. The diecast gods are obviously telling me its time to do an article on the Thunderbolt, and who am I to argue? So here’s [...]

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Axel Foley’s Chevy Nova from ACME

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments by

Beverly Hills Cop might not be the first movie you think of for automotive eye-candy–unless you really dig chase scenes with GMC Astro big-rigs squashing Ford Grenadas! But hero Axel Foley’s bedraggled 1970 Chevy Nova does get plenty of screentime–often puffing and snorting past Beverly Hills regulars from Mercedes, Rolls-Royce and Porsche. (And how many [...]

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Fine scale Fiats

Sep 09, 2014 No Comments by

When we think of Italian cars, we tend to think of mega-buck, mega-power, mega-exclusive high-tech sports cars, or even more mega-buck, mega-rare classic versions of the same. But Italy has a rich tradition of sporty but practical, affordable and compact cars that have entertained European drivers for decades. Laudoracing produces some of the favorites in [...]

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How do you say “Insane Speed” in Swedish?

Sep 09, 2014 No Comments by

We just finished up a review of the AUTOart Koenigsegg Agera for the next issue of Die Cast X–due on the stands and in subscribers’ hands by the end of this month. What better time then to check out some of the things that make the Swedish supercar–and the company itself–so special.   Don’t miss [...]

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Series 28 from M2

Sep 08, 2014 No Comments by

We just got the word on the next great set from M2 Machines in 1:64. Series 28. Included in the bunch are pairs of first-year Chargers, final-year square Novas, and best-year Camaros! Here are the details: 1966 Dodge Charger in Yellow with 383 or Hemi:     1967 Chevrolet Nova SS in Black w/Semi Gloss [...]

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Photo your Diecast like a Pro!

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

Diecast models are all about scale realism—capturing the look of a full-size vehicle authentically in scale is an art. It is not unlike capturing a photo, which is why diecast lends itself so well to photography. That—and the proliferation of relatively high-quality digital cameras—is why so many collectors are moved to document their collections in [...]

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AutoWorld B-bodies

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

In 1968 Chrysler Corporation was riding a Hemi-powered wave of success. King Richard had just driven his Petty-blue Plymouth to his second NASCAR championship the previous season, and Mopars were the toast (or terror, depending on what you drove!) of stock-class drag racing all across the country. On the street Chrysler redesigned its sales-leading B-Body [...]

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Automodello embarks on a Noble venture

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments

Here’s some exciting news for fans of high-performance exotics. Automodello just announced an exclusive agreement with Noble Automotive to produce multiple models in multiple scales. Among the models being developed are the Noble M12, Noble M400 and, to kick things off, the Noble M600. The Noble M600 will be released in 1:43 scale in Demonstrator [...]

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Expensive and high-maintenance, but she’s a beauty!

Aug 06, 2014 No Comments

This stunning 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is going up for auction with RM next weekend, and when it does it will be vying for the title of most expensive car ever auctioned! The book value of this one-of-three-ever-produced beauty is about $34 million dollars! But even if it tops that, it has a ways to [...]

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