Friday, February 26, 2010
The first version had metal wheels fifted in common with other Matchbox vehicles of the time, although the wheels were larger than those fiftted to any other model, excepting the Yesteryear series. The sides of the transporter trailer were decorated with the words “Matchbox” Car Transporter’ applied with a printing process unlike other Matchbox models (which had decals at this time). Earlier issues had the lettering much wider spaced than later versions, the overall length being 50mm rather than 37mm.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
For many years collectors sought another rare version with a spare wheel painted in the body colour lodged behind the cab. This appears to be a genuine variation, although it is difficult to decide whether this was a short-lived intentional version or whether loose wheels somehow got lodged in the gap during the feltling stage and no-one bothered to remove the rogue wheel before painting tool place.
The final variation linked to this model concerns the silvertrim. This was applied by mask spray, but interestingly the replacement model (20b) had the silver trim applied by hand to the earliest release.--Model Collector
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
During most of its five year life it advertised ‘Rentaset’ in red script lettering but just before it was replaced, green ‘RADIO RENTALS’ advertisements were substituted. The windows were always of green plastic but whereas earlier models had the black painted baseplate connected to the body by means of base clips, front and rear, later releases included a river at the front.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Allardette Anglia is a 1964 version with a race-tuned 1500cc engine. It took two years and £30k to be built by owner/driver Martin Fox. Martin who has been driving for five years, and hos co-driver Kate Honey take part in rallies all over Europe as part of the Motoring News Demon Tweeks Historic Championship, which is the largest of its kind in the world.
The Mini Cooper S, co-driven by Sam Sullivan, is owned and driven by Stella Morris who had it specially built from scratch up to rally specification at of £20k. Both teams have achieved enormous success, perhaps this is due to the winning male/female combination of each team. The Allardette is currently a top ten car in the Championship.
Monday, February 8, 2010
The 190SL (Sports & Light) intentionally resembled a scaled-down 300SL roadster, complete with horizontal grille, wheelwell "eyebrows," and alloy doors, hood and trunk. In 1955, the 190SL was priced at $3,998, a bit less than half the cost of a 300SL. It was promoted as a sports-touring car as opposed to a true sports car primarily due to limited power. The 190SL enjoyed an eight-year lifespan from 1955-1963, with remarkably few changes to the original 1955 design.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Designed by Gordon Miller Buehrig as the Baby Duesenberg, the Cord was hailed as being advanced for its time, both in design and technical features, but its appeal proved to be too short-lived and too late to save the company on its last gasps from the Depression. After six months of debating the proposed design, Duesenberg's boss, E.L. Cord, left Buehrig just four months to build the cars needed for the 1935 New York Auto Show, where it was awarded the title of the most beautiful car; luckily, however, no one at the show bothered to raise the hood because the engines were not ready. Buehrig was praised for beaking all the rule sin auto design. The Cord was the frist American car to feature hidden pop-up headlights, hidde door hinges and a one-piece rear-hinged hood. The Cord's most distinctive styling feature was its so-called coffin-nose hood with its seven wrap-around chromed ribs or louvers, making it the first water-cooled car to dispense with the front grille and radiator shell.