This sweet speedster represents the second finished piece from Minichamps’ “Dream Cars” lineup, and we’re thinking that established collectors who love serious studies of offbeat machinery will jump in with both feet. Edsel Ford obviously had flair — and he also had the incomparable Bob Gregorie on staff, who designed the car not once, but twice in its lifetime. This production sample replica of the car as it exists today is nothing short of spectacular; the fine-grained “Pearl Essence Gunmetal Grey” is flawless and deep, hugging the resin casting not only on the broad areas of hood and trunk, but around each curve, line, and detail. The wide whitewall tires and cycle fenders are a stunning setup to the car’s sweeping boat tail shape, and the close-in notes, like the elegant, metallized dash and gauges, the impeccable windscreens, and the twin exhausts and bullet taillights at the car’s stern are proof positive that this maker can elevate what is essentially a mass-produced piece — 999 will be made — to a level of fit and finish that rivals, even surpasses, the work of commissioned artists. The heavy-as-hell car arrives on a vinyl-covered stone pattern base, with an etched, serialized plate — and given the lack of underside detailing, that’s where we suggest it stays, for safer handling. This is a beautifully done, serious collectible, best enjoyed with the eyes. — Joe Kelly, Jr.
1:18 | $295