Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MINI MIGLIA - MINI 7 RACING CLUB, RICHARD WAGER



Richard Wagers Mini Miglia No 50 was originally built in 1991 by Ian Pattison and came to be known as the Kenwood Mini in its original black and red livery carrying Kenwood Car Hi-Fi sponsorship. The car won first time out at Pembrey breaking the lap record. It also won what is widely regarding as the closest ever Mini Miglia race at Castle Combe in 1996 when no less than 7 seven cars went over the line in under a second. In 2004 it underwent a face lift with the works carried out by Ludlow Motorpsort and is now backed by Sean Devine Civil Engineering as well as Kenwood. Released: December 2007. See more

Saturday, December 26, 2009

1934 FORD FORDOR WITH BONNIE & CLYDE FIGURINES


Darlings of the Depression Bonnie & Clyde Bonnie Parker, all 90 pounds of her, and Clyde Barrow, cut a swath across the Southwest in the early 1930s. While robbery was their specialty, Clyde “borrowed” cars for all his crimes. And they were almost always Fords. In fact, Clyde sent a letter to Henry Ford complimenting him on the reliability and speed of his new V-8 engines. When they were finally shot down at an ambush in May of 1934, Clyde was driving a 1934 Ford.




Thursday, December 24, 2009

HOT WHEELS 1/24 FERRARI F1 2000 V10 - MICHAEL SCHUMACHER


The model represents the car that won Michael Schumacher his third world title and Ferrari's first driver's title for 21 years. It also brought the Scuderia their second successive Constructor's title. The model is of the type F1-2000 carrying racing number No.3 and was to provide the German with nine victories, with Barrichelo also winning the German round. See more

Monday, December 21, 2009

"GREASE" MOVIE DIORAMA - 1948 FORD RED 1/43 DIECAST CARS


Originally a 1972 Broadway Musical, Grease features the story of Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) as summer lovers amid a pack of ultra-cool 1950s greasers and their Pink Lady gals. Features: • Depicts Actual Movie Scene• Precision Die-Cast Replica Vehicle• Protective Clear Plastic Cover Included• Measures 10" L x 4.5" H x 4" W• Crafted to 1:43 Scale. Buy it now or See more

Sunday, December 20, 2009

THE GREEN HORNET'S BLACK BEAUTY







The green hornet's Black Beauty was another beauty from the Corgi stable, finished in gloss black with a green hornet on the vinyl-effect roof. The model featured a flying tracking probe released from the boot and a firing missile concealed behind the hinged radiator grille. Figures of Kato (driving) and the Green Hornet (firing a pistol) were aloso included. The actual car as used in the TV series as based on a 1966 Chrysler Imperial riding a 129 inch wheel base (axle to axle), making the model around 1/36 scale. After a five year run, this excellent model was deleted, though it is still much sought after due to the series attaining cult status world wide. Buy it now

SIGNATURE MODELS 1/32 - 1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI


The unconventional fiberglass body of the Avanti coupe, which was designed by French born Raymond Loewy, still looks modern and contemporary today. The interior theme was aviation with some controls even on the ceiling. The car was built on the shortened version of Studebaker's Lark convertible chassis and was powered by Studebaker's 4.7-liter 289cid V8. However, because of production problems related to itd fiberglass body, only 3,834 Avantis were built in 1963 and 809 in 1964. The problems meant the car was unable to be the promised savior of the troubled Studebaker, which ceased operations in 1966. However, two Studebaker dealers in South Bend, Indiana, bought the rights to the Avanti in 1965 and continued to produce their Avanti II until 1987. See more

BEGINNING OF THE PORSCHE DYNASTY - 1950 PORSCHE 356


Dr. Ferdinand Porsche is the legendary engineer who is best remembered today but it was his son Ferry who gets the credit for the development of the Porsche 356. While his father was serving a 2-year jail term for the crime of developing the VW Beetle for Hitler, Ferry decided to build a sports car using the Beetle's engine, suspension and transmission. The first 356, the number came from it being the 356th design project for Porsche since its start in 1930, was made in Austria in 1947. In 1950 Porsche opened up its first German factory in Zuffenhausen. This also marked the first steel-bodied 356.

Although production in 1950 was only 410, this was the start of the Porsche dynasty. In 1951 the Carrera followed and the rest is history. The 356 was not easy to drive as it put a lot of pressure on parts that were built for the slower moving Beetle, but it was from these humble beginnings that a sports car dynasty was built. Buy it now

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SIGNATURE MODELS 1/18 MERCEDES BENZ 770K PULLMAN





The 1938 Mercedes Benz 770 SK Pullman limo was the first Grand Mercedes to feature an oval tubular frame, independent suspension and hydraulic brakes. This evolutionary 770 was strtched 40 centimeters to 6 meters in length, its wheelbase was 3.88 meters. Since its debut in the autumn of 1930 at the Paris Automobile Show, the sensational appointments and exquisite finish helped the 770 to find itself in the fleets of many aristocratic courts and government leaders around the world. It was big and sold for big money (the price was equivalent to that of a single-family home in Germany). When equipped with armor plating (a much requested option as those who rode inside became less popular), the vehicle weighed as much as 4,800 kilograms, which required a supercharger to be added to the straight-eight 7.6 liter engine, boosting the motor's outoput to 230 horsepower. By 1938, the supercharger had become standard equipment and could produce a top speed of 170 kilometers per hour; however, the armored versions were limited to 80 km/h because of the bulletproof cell-type tires. See more

The BMW Z3 is one of the most handome sports convertibles around. James Bond's Corgi version - based in the car from Golden Eye - has one feature not found in production cars. Press the headrests and stinger missiles are launched from the neat headlights. So, as Bond told Felix Liter: 'Don't start pressing any buttons'

Pierce Brosnan's partner on his first outing as the suave spy is reproduced here to 1:36 scale in an authentically detailed die-cast replica. Working features include re-loadable Stinger missiles hidden behind the headlights, the metallic blue paintwork is precisely matched, and the model comes with figures of Bond and Natalya Simonova See more

CORGI 1/43 THORNYCROFT NIPPY - GWR DROPSIDE


The Great Western Railway was created by an Act of Parliament in the 1830s to provide a double tracked line from Bristol to London. Construction of the line started in 1836 at two locations; between Bristol and Bath, and Reading and London. 1935 was to see the Great Western make history by becoming the first British railway to celebrate 100 years of corporate existence. GWR was known to some as ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’, to others as the ‘Great Way Round’ (some of its earliest routes were not the most direct), and by some as the ‘Goes When Ready’ due to the casual way in which some of its branch lines were run. Buy it now

VANGUARDS 1/43 HILLMAN IMP RENFREWSHIRE & BUTE POLICE


As the Hillman Imp was built in Linwood, Scotland, it was obviously a first choice vehicle for panda car duties in the area. One of the forces that used the Imp was the Renfrew & Bute Constabulary who chose this very unusual colour scheme for their vehicles, which certainly stood out well. In May 1975 the force ceased to exist when it was merged with several other constabulary's to form the Strathclyde Police. Buy here

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MOTORMAX 1/18 - 1949 BUICK CONVERTIBLE


After 3 years of work, 1949 marked the first new post-war styling for General Motors cars. The all-new Buicks, designed by Ned Nickles from GMs new C-body, lived up to its ad slogan of looking fine for 49. The Roadmaster convertible led the way, both in design and performance. From its aircraft-inspired low silhouette, Art Deco tail lights, 25-tooth Dollar Grin grille, and for the very first time, its legendary 4 Ventiports, the design was completely new. Under the engine the changes were as dramatic. Not only did the Roadmaster come with the Fireball straight-8 150 horsepower engine, but also Dynaflow Drive, the worlds first conventional torque converter automatic transmission. See more

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CAR OF THE STARS; DUESENBERG SSJ


If you were somebody in the 1930's, you drove a Duesenberg. If you were really somebody you drove a supercharged Duesenberg SJ. And then there was the special short-wheelbase SSJ; only two were built, one for Gary Cooper (chassis 2549) and the other for Clark Gable (chassis 2595). There were minor differences in the rear fenders; Gable's car had a slight upturn, or reflex, at the end and its taillights were vertical. Cooper's SSJ didn't have the reflex and its taillight supports angled outboard. Although they've been popular subjects, all the SSJ models to date have been hand-built models in the $200.00 range.

The SSJ's diecast body is clean, smooth, and very well detailed. The two-tone black and blue paint is equally fine, with razor-sharp seperation lines, but neither car was ever painted in these colours. Overall body lines and propotions are exactly right. There are no chromed parts; all the trim, including the bumpers and grille, is painted silver. See more

Monday, December 14, 2009

VITESSE 1/43 MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VI




From the Vitesse Skid porfolio comes this enchanting Mitsubishi Lancer Evo mould this time celebrating the flying fins of Makinen and Mannisenmaki who won this year's Monte Carlo Rally. Devoid of its Marlboro sponsor lettering it still makes an arresting sight. The cockpit is excellent, as is the mean-looking frontal treatment with the Mitsubishi crest placed proudly on the front radiator. The model also comes complete with a well replicated official Monte Carlo Rally plaque. Buy it now

24ct GOLD-PLATED 50th ANNIVERSARY AUSTIN MINI


Following Corgis tradition of celebrating significant anniversaries of the Mini, this special gold plated model of a Rover Mini is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the special car which was launched in 1959 and designed by Alec Issigonis.

CORGI - GUY ARAB UTILITY BUS - SOUTHAMPTON CORPORATION TRANSPORT 50th ANNIVERSARY 1994


Yet another variation of Corgi's purposeful Guy Arab bus - this time looking handsome indeed, in a red over yellow colour scheme. Carrying TyPhoo advertising, perhaps it's not everybody's cup of tea but you can't knock the detailing of this batch of 2600 production runs. DTR44 was frequent sight on the dock run and was part of a 185-strong fleet commissioned between 1946 and 1955. See more

AUTO ART 1/18 FORD CROWN VICTORIA LAPD POLICE CAR


This Los Angeles Auto Art Victoria is bristling with features and one of the finest ever police models in 1/18th scale. It is a black and white from the Los Angeles Police Department which nost certainly does carry extras. The Federal Signals StreetHawk bar light looks good enough to illuminate, and the take down lights have the pistol grips and trigger inside the car. Until now we have have had to accept just the outside detail of these lights, now Auto Art have given us the full system. In the boot (trunk) you get a spare wheel and a shotgun, placed in a rack. The paint finish and graphics are superb. See more.

MATCHBOX NO.12 LAND ROVER


Prior to 1956 the range consisted of comercial and construction models. The Land Rover was the closest Lesney came to producing "car" before 1956. The original Land Rover was produced in dark green with silver trim and a tan driver. See more

Saturday, December 12, 2009

THE BIG BOOK OF SUPERFAST MATCHBOX TOYS


When Mattel's Hotwheels toy cars exploded onto the market in 1968, venerable Matchbox Toys met the challenge with its Superfast line. The successful result is now presented in the largest book on Matchbox Toys ever produced - so big it is two volumes that celebrate 35 years of Matchbox Superfast production with over 7000 color photos and over 10,000 listed variations! The detailed, beautiful photographs are a great assistance to collectors for identification and color reference. The Variation Listings, found in Volume 1, are arranged alpha-numerically by product numbers, making location and cross-referencing easy. Photos are arranged by major product lines, with Basic Models in Volume1, and everything else from Adventure Pack to White Rose Collectibles arranged alphabetically in Volume 2. Superfast models from late 2004 and early 2005 also appear in Volume 2. Each photo includes the product number and name for easy reference to the Variation Listings. To further aid in identification there are helpful indexes by MAN number and model names (actual base names), as well as a general alphabetical index. The model variations have current market prices for each variation. Taken together, these two great books are a must for Matchbox collectors everywhere, a monumental effort by one of the world's greatest authorities! Volume 1: Over 2050 Color Photos of Basic Models Illustrated Promotionals Miniature 1-75 Basic Listing Variations Listing with Values Volume 2: Over 5000 Color Photos of Adventure Packs & Action System to World Class Models with late 2004 Models Alphabetical Index Index to Annual Basic Range Listings 1998-2004 by Issue Numbers (MW numbers) MAN Number (frame number) Listing Alphabetical Index by Actual Base Names. Read more

THE COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO TRANSPORT TOYS

This is a magnificent album of gorgeous double page color spreads. Everything from pedal cars, die cast, tinplate, and other materials. A useful feature is the inclusion of the same figure in each spread so that one can immediately see the comparative sizes from one to another. This is especially useful in the case of the early Matchbox which were not made to any consistent scale. Instead they wer made to fit the box! Thus the overall dimensions in inches are given instead. More modern diecast is often made in 1:50 scale (metric O guage) and 1:43 scale is close enough to look well on an O guage model train layout. Not a reference but a dream book: Especially the hard-used timplate Buddy L and pedal cars which were not made as collector's items. I well remember the Doepke line of construction equipment made in the late forties. Twelve fifty then, now extremely collectable and expensive. --El Cutachero Buy it now

Friday, December 11, 2009

MATCHBOX: THE OFFICIAL 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION


For over half a century Matchbox vehicles have entertained children and collectors of all ages. This book is a celebration of the classic toy car from its inception to today.

Take a historical journey through the past fifty years with Matchbox vehicles. Along the way, you'll read about how Matchbox cars were invented, the history of diecasting, and the large variety of vehicles produced over the years.

Have you ever wondered why certain vehicles are considered more collectible than others? Or why Matchbox cars are numbered and what those numbers mean? The answers to these questions and more can be found throughout the pages of this authoritative book.
Accompanying the informative text are photographs of more than a thousand spectacular vehicles from throughout Matchbox history and its diverse product lines. Read more

PRESSLAND'S GREAT BOOK OF TIN TOYS BY DAVID PRESSLAND


Tin toys will always probably have that special appeal, for they enjoy a particular charm that seems virtually impossible to capture today. Perhaps their appeal lies in their bright colours, adopted so that the toys were attractive to the intended young audience.

That is why a book such as this will offer many hours of fascinating browsing, looking at these toys of a by-gone era which can only be marvelled at. All the more so, since the items select are rare, in many cases being unique.

Fortunately full colour has been used throughout this book, and great care has been taken both with the original photography and with the colour reproduction.

The book is divided into three sections corresponding to particular time periods: 19th century; 1900 to 1940; 1945 to 1970. Within each period, there are appropriate sub-division, such as nautical, aeronautical, novelty, horse-drawn and automotive.

The toys depicted are not only from Great Britain, but span the world, with natural emphasis on Germany, France, Italy and Spain, plus some Japanese.

An introduction is provided for each period, but the main thrust of this book is its illustration
s, and the fulsome captions provided with each toy depicted.

This book is offers a good reflection of the times, not only of toy manufacture, but also of the objects depicted, which range from the horse-drawn vehicles of the previous century to the robots of more modern times.

Clearly this is not a cheap book, but will provide many hours of enjoyment, simply flicking through its pages. --Model Collector

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOT WHEELS BY BOB PARKER


The appearance of Hot Wheels and their effect on the toy market has been frequently recounted: has there ever been a greater influence which resulted in toy companies throughout the world wondering how they could make their toys move faster.

This book traces the history of these famous toys. It provides a potted background, before looking at each year from 1968 to 1999, examining the main features of the year and listing the new items released.

Each of these year accounts is accompanied by excellent colour illustrations occupying nearly 394 pages of this A4 sized book.

Well over half, however, is taken up by tables of all the variation found on each of the toys and a price guide.

As far as Hot Wheels are concerned, this book will probably not be bettered.

MATCHBOX TOYS: THE TYCO YEARS 1993-1994 BY CHARLIE MACK


It is well known that Tyco acquired the Matchbox brand from Universal in 1992: perhaps for many collectors the major change came through Models of Yesteryear and The Dinky Collection, although those who collect the Miniatures and Convoys have not been denied their excitement.

Anyone who believes that all has been relatively quite on the Matchbox front should think again - as this book amply demonstrates. Despite the fact that it only covers two years, the illustrations of the models released occupy nearly 100 pages. Since on each page there is shown some ten to twenty models, the extent of the output can be gauged.

This book follows the pattern established by several published by Schiffer. Brief notes on each of the models is followed by the mass of pages of illustrations, all of them in colour.

Certainly if you collect Miniatures, this book should prove essential.--Model Collector

NOREV 1/18 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI BLACK DIECAST MODEL


More than 1.5 million models have been produced of this marque since its inception. This model shows the redesigned grille. The model offers opening doors, note the Satnav on the detailed dashboard, boot and the bonnet reveals the powerful lump. Buy it now

NOREV 1/43 VOLKSWAGEN T1 TRANSPORTER - GERMAN POST


The Post Van is an all over yellow casting. This is 1st type van with convex wheel hubs. A black post-service symbol is printed on the van sides, black VW symbol on V-shaped front and matching black front and rear bumpers. Norev produces the finest 1/43rd scale models. This item is a highly detailed model of the actual vehicle. It comes in a hard plastic display case. See more

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DATSUN 240Z - EAST AFRICAN SAFARI RALLY


The Datsun 240Z was a popular sports coupe in the 1970s, and successful in rallies, like the gruelling East African Safari.

FABULOUS 1952 HUDSON HORNET CONVERTIBLE


The 1948-1954 Hudson’s ‘step down’ unibody gave it a much lower center of gravity – and better handling – than any other American car of the period. And ‘Twin H-Power’ dual carburetors gave its 308 cubic inch six gobs of torque and enough power to win the NASCAR Championship from 1951 through 1953 and finish second in 1954. The Fabulous Hudson Hornets won 31 of the 35 races they started in 1952! Once in a while there’s a model that’s just right in every respect and Highway 61’s ’52 Hudson Hornet Convertible is one of them. There’s not enough space to fully describe this one, you’ll just have to see it. Start with flawless glossy dark metallic grey paint, with every piece of trim done with separate chrome parts; even the Twin H-Power trunk badge is film-thin chrome. The hood opens on scissors hinges with over-center supports and the wired and plumbed engine matches photos in the June 1986 ‘Collectible Automobile’ perfectly. I’m even more impressed with the interior; properly hinged doors, soft carpets, exceptionally realistic upholstery with separate plated handles and cranks, the rarely seen but authentic leather-grained dash and door trim, and legible instruments and radio face. Underneath, the diecast chassis is separate from the baseplate, as are the drivetrain and suspension components, and there are even value stems in the wheels. Body lines match photos from all angles, details are all present and correct, dimensions are right on 1:18 scale, and best of all, this beauty is only $62.99 from amazon.com. (SMI)

Monday, December 7, 2009

PHANTOM’ NOVA; STEVE STROPE NOVA Z/28

Chevrolet Nova Z/28 Steve Strope Diecast Car Model 1/18 Orange Die Cast Car 1 of

Chevrolet Nova Z/28 Steve Strope Diecast Car Model 1/18 Orange Die Cast Car 1 of

Steve Strope’s ‘Z/28 Nova’, a car Chevrolet never built, was the hit of the 2006 Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) show. A Z/28 Camaro style spoiler, classic ‘Hugger Qrange’ and white paint scheme, ‘cowl induction’ hood, and Z/28 ‘blackout’ grille treatment transformed the stock 1969 Nova body. A ‘mouse motor’ 302 V-8 with a Trans-Am style cross-ram twin carburetor manifold, modern Tremec transmission, and 4-into-1 headers provided the ‘go’ while wide Budnik wheels with Corvette C-6 dusk brakes all around handled the ‘whoa’! The Nova’s interior was replaced with a Camaro dash and gauges, bucket seats, and the ‘Rally Pack’ console, with ‘Hound’s Tooth’ upholstery. GMP’s new Nova Z/28 has a flawless heavy diecast body with mirror-smooth authentic paint and printed stripes. Running light bezels and Z/28 badges are foil-thin chrome, door handles are painted, and everything else is bright chrome. The hood opens to show the accurate small-block engine which has coolant hoses and spark plug wires but its alternator is supported only by the drive belt. Inside, the accurate Camaro dash has a full set of legible instruments an printed chrome trim but the relief-moulded inner handles haven’t been pick out. Chassis detail included separate drive train and exhaust system (the headers have small mould lines) and relief-cast, neatly painted hydraulic lines. Those big ventilated disks are easily seen through the big bright chrome wheels. (SMI)

Friday, December 4, 2009

SCHUCO 1/43 BMW 507 DIECAST CAR MODEL





The BMW 507 made its debut at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in the summer of 1955 and production began in November 1956. The body was almost entirely hand-formed of aluminum. The engine was the aluminum alloy BMW OHV V8, 3.2 liter displacement, with pushrod overhead valves. It had a pair of Solex Zenith two-barrel carburetors and was rated at 150 hp. The V8 was mated to a four-speed manual transmission with a variety of rear-differential ratios available. The 507 was capable of 0-60 mph in about 10 seconds, and the factory claimed a top speed of 141 mph, depending on gearing. The high level of craftsmanship BMW invested in every car made led to increasing production costs, ultimately pushing the U.S. price to $10,500, an amazing amount in the late '50s. Still, BMW lost money on every 507 built, and production was terminated in late 1959 after only 252 were built, plus two prototypes. Today the BMW 507 remains a milestone model for its styling. Of the 252 made, 202 are known to survive, a tribute to the car's appeal. Schuco is a legendary German toy manufacturer, founded in 1912. The company achieved worldwide fame with its toy cars manufactured in the '30s, '40s and '50s, many of which were patented. While Schuco continues to issue a limited number of metal retro-toys for collectors, today the company is better known for its amazing diecast vehicle replicas. Working directly with manufacturers and car collectors, Schuco painstakingly re-creates each vehicle in miniature, often incorporating tiny details only visible with a magnifying glass. Most Schuco models are issued in specified limited quantities, and once gone, will not be made again. That’s why wise collectors know that a Schuco model isn’t just a purchase: It’s an investment with a lifetime return of enjoyment. See more

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

SCHUCO 1:43 VOLKSWAGEN T1 SERVICE VAN FOR JOHN DEERE-LANZ


The classic Volkswagen T1 Minibus was first produced in 1950 and continued to be made until 1967. Its duties ranged from functional to fun, seeing duty as delivery van, service truck, emergency vehicle, family car and getaway camper. With its low cost, high reliability and ease of maintenance, it was a hit with all its owners, but is probably best remembered as an iconic symbol of '60s counterculture. The VW van was among the first 'forward control' designs in which the driver was placed above the front wheels. Thanks to wind-tunnel testing, the Minibus was aerodynamically superior to the Beetle despite its slab-sided shape. Never known for its power, the Minibus started out with only an 1131cc engine making 25 hp. By the end of its production, engine displacement grew to 1.5 liters, producing a whopping 42 hp. No matter the size, however, the engines were always air-cooled, a VW hallmark. Schuco is a legendary German toy manufacturer, founded in 1912. The company achieved worldwide fame with its toy cars manufactured in the '30s, '40s and '50s, many of which were patented. While Schuco continues to issue a limited number of metal retro-toys for collectors, today the company is better known for its amazing diecast vehicle replicas. Working directly with manufacturers and car collectors, Schuco painstakingly re-creates each vehicle in miniature, often incorporating tiny details only visible with a magnifying glass. Most Schuco models are issued in specified limited quantities, and once gone, will not be made again. That’s why wise collectors know that a Schuco model isn’t just a purchase: It’s an investment with a lifetime return of enjoyment. See more

NOREV 1/18 PEUGEOT 207 GREEN DIECAST CAR MODEL


Our French cousins have been fast off the mark with a 1/18 scale model of the updated 207 and very nice it is too, resplendent in its metallic yellow paint schme. The detailing is all you would expect from Norev and the glass roof has been perfectly executed. See more

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MAISTO 1/18 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z28 1968 DIECAST CAR MODEL


The Camaro was initially advertised on Top 40 AM radio stations of the day in an attempt to woo the young adult market. Although it was technically a compact car (by the standards of the time), Camaro may also be classified as an intermediate touring car, a sports car, or a muscle car.Though the car's name was contrived with no meaning, GM researchers reportedly found the word in a French dictionary as a slang term for "friend" or "companion." The Automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers "What is a Camaro?", and they were told it was "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs. See more