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Lovely Aston – Spark’s 1959 Mk. III DB2/4

Lovely Aston – Spark’s 1959 Mk. III DB2/4

The clean lines of the Aston Martin DB2 made the Jaguar XK-150 look positively pudgy whenever they shared the road. The DB2 was introduced in 1950, with the “stretched” DB2/4, featuring two child-size “occasional” rear seats, appearing in ’53. By 1958, the DB2/4 (or DB2-4, both seem to be used) had a smoother body, with […]
Mo’ DeSoto – Brooklin 1954 Firedome Hardtop

Mo’ DeSoto – Brooklin 1954 Firedome Hardtop

Since the entire DeSoto line had gotten new bodies in 1953, the ’54 models got just a mild facelift with fewer teeth in the grille, and a new side spear incorporating the “Firedome” name on Hemi-powered top-line cars. Brooklin has virtually re-mastered their earlier 4-door DeSoto sedan in order to make a 2-door hardtop coupe […]

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Leave it Stock or Modify?

Leave it Stock or Modify?

Many collectors are perfectly happy to bring home their latest find and place it on the shelf. But for some car folks, the real fun starts when the tools come out – and the modifications begin. It’s a trend that started when cars were cheap and easy to find; as the years went by (and […]
Auto World 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396

Auto World 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396

Back in the bad old days of street racing, the serious contenders at the stop light didn’t try and scare off the competition with stripes and big-buck wheels. Unassuming cars with plain Jane paint and a bare minimum of flash were the ones to watch out for. Street veterans knew them as “sleepers” – and […]

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Maisto’s Premiere Edition Porsche Panamera

Maisto’s Premiere Edition Porsche Panamera

It was in 2009, at the Shanghai International Auto Show, that Porsche stepped outside their own domain as the lords of the rear-engined high performance sports car to herald the release of their front-engine, rear-drive four door sedan, which they called  the Panamera. Porsche had tried alternate markets before; the equally left-field Cayenne had tackled […]
Open or Closed? THAT is the question….

Open or Closed? THAT is the question….

“Mint in Box” has a nice ring to it, and for a generation of collectors the phrase has signified a perfect example of a desirable model, fresh as the day it was brought home. But for an equal amount of collectors, the thought of leaving a new diecast, slot, or resincast model in its box […]

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Awesome Aston

Awesome Aston

Minichamps 2010 Aston Martin Rapide 1:43| $55.00   The 2010 Rapide was named the “sexiest, sportiest 4-seater ever seen” by Road and Track magazine, and Minichamps’ new diecast model makes that statement easy to understand. Although the Rapide is almost 200 inches long, its sleek, flowing lines and big 20” wheels make it look much […]
Four Star TVR

Four Star TVR

  Automodello’s 1970’s 2500M 1:43  $95.00 for red or yellow, $235.00 for black.   TVR was never a household name in this country, but the thoroughly British two-seater was a fixture in the sports car scene from the late ‘50’s well into the ‘90’s. Automodello has followed their fine Griffith 200 (a TVR Grantura with […]

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Boattail

Boattail

Ixo’s 1933 Auburn 1:43|  $30.00   Auburn, like most American car makers, was losing money during the Depression, but they managed to introduce a new V-12 engine in 1932. Fred Leamey’s sleek Speedster body rode atop a long-wheelbase Auburn chassis, and the combination was about as sporty as you could get in 1933. Make no […]
Cat Power

Cat Power

AUTOart’s Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet 1:18/ $149.99 Jaguar’s XJ-S was a tough sell. Folks who hoped for a spiritual follow-up to the utterly lust-provoking XK were left cold, and the car toted a V12 at a time when oil embargoes were causing global heartburn. But Jaguar hung in there, and the car became a late blooming […]
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