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Porsche perfection—The Franklin Mint’s 1955 356 Speedster

> The 356 Speedster—essentially a stripped-down version of the Cabriolet that was specifically targeted at the U.S. West Coast market—was introduced in 1954, and the 1955 version brought subtle styling tweaks and the “A”-model designation. For many, this model signified the “arrival” of Porsche in America. The Franklin Mint’s 1:24-scale Speedster is masterfully executed, and there are far too many features to itemize. Suffice it to say that although the original Speedster was a “stripper” model, The Franklin Mint version most certainly is not. It is a show-quality piece—as it should be, given that it was issued as a 2,500-model limited edition in connection with Antique Automobile Festivals. This one will no doubt end up as the focus of many “Porschephiles’” collections.

Bahn-burners large and small—Kyosho BMW 645Ci coupe and convertible

> It seems as if Kyosho has cornered the market on licensing for the new breed of German luxury performance cars. Every couple of weeks, we get a press release about another Beemer or Benz die-cast. The styles of the full-size cars are sometimes a little controversial, but one thing everyone agrees on is the accuracy with which Kyosho’s models replicate them. And whether it’s topless or covered, one of the sexiest is the BMW 645Ci. The tin top is available in 1:18 and 1:43 scale in a number of colors. At the time we go to press, the drop top is available only in 1:43, but a 1:18 version should be out by the time you read this. Prices for the big boys are around $70; the little guys come in at around $25.

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Manufacturer Action Performance Companies
Model 43 STP Petty Dodge Charger
Scale 1:24
Categories Race, classic
Price $80
Notes: King Richard’s sixth championship-winning Hemi- powered Charger.
Manufacturer Action Performance Companies
Model Steve Kinser Quaker State sprint car
Scale 1:24
Category Race
Price $40
Notes: special 2003 color chrome edition commemorates Steve Kinser’s 17th World of Outlaws championship season.
Manufacturer AUTOart
Model BMW M635Csi
Scale 1:18
Categories European, classic
Price $60
Notes: optional shadow-line pinstripe decks out this mid-’80s M-car grand tourer.

Manufacturer Beanstalk Group
Model Ford Mustang GT Concept
Scale 1:18
Categories Muscle car, modern
Price $30
Notes: with the concept Mustang GT, Ford brought back style highlights from early pony-car icons.
Manufacturer The Franklin Mint
Model Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 1970
Scale 1:24
Category Muscle car
Price $105
Notes: the famous “heavy Chevy” peaked-with the muscle-car era-in 1970 with this LS6-powered bruiser.
Manufacturer Ertl
Model Orange County Chopper T-Rex Softail
Scale 1:18
Category Motorcycle
Price $10
Notes: one of Paul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey’s signature bikes.

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Manufacturer Ertl
Model Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 1969
Scale 1:18
Categories Muscle car, Race
Price $30
Notes: cross-ram dual-quad 302, ladder bars and a hood-mounted tach; this doorslammer has all the super stock goodies.

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Updated: June 30, 2011 — 11:23 AM

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