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Minichamps Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Jan 07, 2015 No Comments

With all those post-nominal letters and numbers, it doesn’t take much to figure that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 is a special car, before you even see it. Once you do, it’s apparent that this hairy variant of the retro supercar was made for track antics, with a racing 6-speed transmission mounted to the rear [...]

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Japanese Classics: In Scale and at Auction

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

This morning we are reading Hemmings’ preview of the upcoming Scotsdale auction season in mid-January, specifically highlighting the emergence of classic Japanese cars as valuable collectibles. We in the diecast community have known of the appeal of Japan’s performance models from the 1960s and early ’70s, and now it seems the big auction houses are [...]

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Retrofied! Applying Retro Styling Themes to Modern Cars

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

As automobile shapes become defined more by the science of efficiency-seeking aerodynamics than by the art of design, consumers have increasingly lamented the loss of character in the sheetmetal of modern cars. It has impacted enthusiasm for the real cars and for the scale counterparts in our hobby. To combat the boredom designers and customizers [...]

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Bond 24 features the Aston Martin DB10! 24+10 = Awesome!

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

The “Spectre” of Bonds past looms large in 24th installment of the 007 franchise! From the classic nemesis reflected in the title to an all-new Aston Martin developed specifically for the film and debuting at the film’s official announcement. Meet the DB10–a taut and elemental Aston for a Bond of the same character. We can’t [...]

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Dodge and Mustang Anniversary Specials from GreenLight, 1:64 — Online Exclusive

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments

Pretty much everyone knows about the 50th anniversary of the Mustang as it coincided with the launch of the all-new 2015 model. Mopar fans will note that this marks the 100th anniversary of the Dodge Brothers establishing their eponymous automobile brand. What better excuse then than to take a look at GreenLight’s 1:64 Anniversary Collection [...]

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Tommy Boy GTX in 1:18

Dec 05, 2014 No Comments

GreenLight Collectibles is a great source for models of movie cars–whether it be in 1:64, 1:43 or in big 1:18. Now, you probably don’t think of comedians Davide Spade or the late Chris Farley as traditional car-guy film material, there actually were some pretty sweet muscle cars in some of their films. One such is [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Nigel Mansell F1-89

Nov 16, 2014 No Comments

Formula One’s turbo era of 1.5 liter engines producing upwards of 800 horsepower ended in 1988; 1989 regulations specified naturally aspirated engines with a maximum displacement of 3.5 liters. Ferrari, of course, went with a V-12 in a new chassis. Nigel Mansell joined the team and won two Grands Prix and Gerhard Burger another, but [...]

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Brooklin 1955 Chrysler Windsor Convertible

Nov 14, 2014 No Comments

The all-new 1955 Chrysler lineup featured Virgil Exner’s “100 Million Dollar Look,” with design cues taken from the Parade Phaeton showcar. The longer, lower look was especially effective on convertibles, and the plated windshield frame and upper doorsills on Brooklin’s very accurate new Windsor Convertible (BRK-183) really enhance that look. Chrysler’s entry-level Windsor base engine [...]

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BBR Pagani Huayra “Saloon Geneve”

Nov 07, 2014 No Comments

The world of exotic cars has long been the playground of BBR, and this maker never ceases to amaze and engage collectors of high-end, low-production replicas. Recently, they’ve turned their attention almost exclusively to resin, and this factory image of their carbon-fiber Pagani Huayra – the $1.3 million dollar, 720-horsepower  star of the Saloon Geneve [...]

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COPO v King at SEMA 2014!

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments

The 2014 SEMA show is going on right now, and the new performance announcements are coming fast and furious! Fans of classic Ford vs Chevy factory doorslammer rivalry should be thrilled with this pair of ponies. Chevrolet has just announced its Central Office Production Order program for 2015. COPO, as it is universally known, is [...]

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