Spark 1961 Austin Healey Sp rite Mk. II

Dec 27, 2014 No Comments

A Better Elf 1:43 | $70 Although they’d sold almost 50,000 of the original Sprites in just three years, Austin Healey introduced the Mk. II in 1961. It had a much more modern-looking body with an “alligator” hood (instead of a forward tipping nose section) and a trunk that could be reached trough a lid [...]

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ATC 1971 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Limousine

Dec 27, 2014 No Comments

Stretched Silver Shadow 1:43 | $145 Introduced in 1965, the Silver Shadow featured unibody construction, disc brakes, independentrear suspension, and a hydraulic self-leveling system. The 1971 Silver Shadow II had improved front suspension and black energy-absorbing bumpers. Shadows were popular with companies that create stretched limousines, and ATC’s model is unusual in having only a [...]

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Spark Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans

Dec 26, 2014 No Comments

Iconic Racing Structure 1:43 | price varies The Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans is perhaps the most familiar and famous structure in all of the motor racing world. And Spark has given us a scale model of this magnificent structure that, even in 1:43 scale, is huge. The first pedestrian Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans [...]

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Spin Master NASCAR

Dec 26, 2014 No Comments

Model car makers are usually an energetic lot, but when we got on the blower with the fellows who made these first shots, we felt enthusiasm fairly pouring out of the handset. Spin Master is a toy company on the move. They started making well-regarded 1:64 NASCAR models in 2011, and these first shots of [...]

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ACME 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

Dec 25, 2014 No Comments

Here Come da’ Judge! 1:18 | $140 By most accounts, Pontiac invented the conventional muscle car with its introduction of the GTO in 1964. The formula was so successful that virtually every American manufacturer introduced one in the following years. By 1970, Pontiac was getting a little lost in the crowd, so it decided to [...]

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Ix o 1989 Galant VR-4 1000 Lake Winner

Dec 24, 2014 No Comments

A Gallant Mitsubishi 1:43 | $35 World Rally Championship rules required Mitsubishi to build at least 5000 4-door, 4WD, 195-horsepower, turbocharged street Galant VR-4’s to qualify it for Group A rally competition. Exactly how much power the turbo-four produced in race trim wasn’t specified, but it was enough to win two major events in Mitsubishi’s [...]

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Replicarz 1984 Indy 500 March-Cosworth “Tom Sneva”

Dec 24, 2014 No Comments

After winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1983, Tom “The Gas Man” Sneva returned to Indy in 1984 with a March-Cosworth sporting his reigning champion’s #1, and snared the prestigious pole position with a scorching 210.029mph — over 2mph faster than Howdy Holmes, who qualified second. Rick Mears was the third-place qualifier, and ultimately won the [...]

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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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BRE Datsun 510 from RetroMotoring & Co.

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

One Small Car, One Giant Racing Legacy 1:18 | Price To Be Announced The story behind the Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) Datsun 510s is one of pride, personality, and perseverance. The pride element came courtesy of Datsun’s arch rival Toyota. Founder Pete Brock had inherited an inroad to Toyota when the Japanese firm bought the Hino [...]

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Mattel LaFerrari

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

La Ferocious!  1:43 | $55 In an era where supercars are commonplace, a company like Ferrari needs something more to serve as its halo model and protect its hallowed place atop the automotive world. Enter the LaFerrari hypercar.Even at the steep $1.7 million asking price, expect Ferrari to sell all 499 examples, with customers willingto [...]

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