Friday, April 30, 2010

MATCHBOX COLLECTIBLES: AEC 'S' TYPE BUS 'DUBLIN CORPORATION'


The AEC 'S' type bus (YET05) is featured operated by Dublin Corporation. This well decorated model is prototypically covered in advertisements which naturally add a flavour of the location and period. As examples of the detail now being included by Matchbox, note the fleet numbers on the front (behind the driver) and rear (on the platform), the 'Watch Your Step' warning on the platform, and the fact that the seats are separately painted in light brown (in contrast to the dark brown floor).

Monday, April 26, 2010

FORDSON POWER MAJOR DIECAST TRACTOR MODEL


This 1:16 model is a highly detailed and accurate replica of one of the most famous British tractors of all time. The bonnet opens as it does on the real thing, as does the tool box. All the leads and fuel lines have been incorporated and, of course, the steering and the hitch both function. The Power Major was eventually superseeded in 1962, having appeared in 1958, but this original version is still held in high regard.

MINI SEVEN & LAND ROVER/TRAILER ROBERT STACEY ACROPOLIS RALLY 2004


This Limited Edition captures the spirit of the Acropolis Rally 2004. The set features the Mini 7 driven by Robert Stacey, conveyed on a trailer hauled by a Land Rover. Features include accurate badging and detailed vehicle interiors.

RANGE ROVER METROPOLITAN POLICE


The Range Rover Metropolitan Police in the battenburg livery is probably one of the best police models Corgi has ever produced. Several police forces in the UK have been experienting with this livery, with the model depicting the phase 2 design with siveral and panels and reflective red pin striping added. Again the crest is excellent, and the model comes with authentic registration number, roof markings and rear stripes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

1955 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL

1955 Chrysler Imperial Diecast Model White 1/18 Die Cast Car By Signature Models

In 1955, Chrysler first marketed the Imperial without the Chrysler name under the slogan "the flagship of the forward look". Indeed, the company wanted to keep its new premier marque so distinct that it set aside an assembly just for the Imperial -"a completely separate and distinct line of automobiles." However, the Imperial marque lasted until 1975 although the Imperial name has lived on as a Chrysler model. The new marque paid off in 1955, helping to increase Chrysler's sales after three years of decline and move Chrysler back to second place ahead of Ford. Indeed, Imperial sales more than double in 1955. The two-door Newport model had a 130-inch wheelbase and Chrysler's hemi-head, 331.1 cubic inch V-8 that could produce 250 horsepower.

Monday, April 19, 2010

FERRARI 250 GTO DIECAST MODEL CAR

Ferrari 250 GTO Diecast Model Car 1/18 Black Die Cast Car by Kyosho


The model is the Ferrari 250 GTO, which has a change to right-hand drive, new seats and steering wheel, and a re-sprayed interior.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

1965 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE BURGUNDY DIECAST MODEL

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Burgundy Diecast Model 1/18 Die Cast Car By ERTL Matco Tools



1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Burgundy Diecast Model 1/18 Die Cast Car By ERTL Matco Tools


The introduction of the Mustang mid-year in 1964 was an unqualified success. Over 120,000 were produced setting the stage for 1965 when a remarkable 559,451 Mustangs were rolled off the assembly lines in Dearborn, Michigan, San Jose, California and Metuchen, New jersey. 73,112 of these were convertibles, which cost $2,614 with the standard Inline 6 engine. About 2/3rds of the customers decided to take one of the optional 289 cubic inch V-8's.

One new model, a fastback, was added to the line and other changes from 1964 were minor. Although Ford continued to trail Chevrolet in total sales, they sold 500,000 more cars than 1964 and cut the difference from 600,000 to less than 200,000.

1936 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW


More than just a car, it was a pioneering adventure into the automobile of the future. The first truly streamlined car in automotive history. Loaded with an array of features never before seen on any other car. It wasn't until 60 years later, with the advent of the Mercedes SLK, the Jaguar S-Class and the Chrysler PT Cruiser that Airflow styling was finally acclaimed “One of the 5 most significant automotive breakthroughs of the 20th century! And now, to commemorate this landmark achievement in automobile design, The National Motor Museum Mint™ has been authorized to issue this special edition of the 36 Airflow for collectors of classic vintage cars. Buy it now.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MINI SE7EN RACING - MARK SIMS



Mark Sims began racing in 1995 in a Mini 7, debuting at Brands Hatch. He has raced every season since and has always remained loyal to the Mini 7 Racing Club, driving in either a 7 or a Miglia.

To date his strongest performance has been in the 2008 season, where he finished 4th in the Miglia championship. In 2009 he has had 3 podium finishes and has equalled his 4th place in the championship for a second year. His current car was built from the floor upwards following significant damage to his original mini during an unfortunate triple role at Thruxton race circuit. The rebuild was carried out by Pitstop Racingâ TMs Ralph Saunders and Darren Thomas and is to touring car standards.

The car has achieved club awards for the best prepared car for 3 consecutive years and is much admired up and down the paddocks of the UK. Buy it now

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NOREV - RENAULT R4L PARISIENNE


The renault R4L Parisienne of 1963 comes the finest model in black with basket weave sides and rear. The result is a very attractive model, made more so by the silver trim, front and rear lights, seperately fifted door handles and windscreen wipers, and the window trim. If you are a Renault fan, this model should be in your collection.

PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS - LE MANS 2002 DIECAST MODEL


Minichamps has released a 1:43 diecast model of the #75 Porsche 911 GT3 RS which Leo Hindery, Peter Baron and Anthony Kester raced at Le Mans in 2002. This diecast model commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Automobile Club De L'Oust (aka the ACO), who organise the famous Le Mans race each year. Presented in special packaging, this diecast model is a limited edition of just 999 pieces worldwide.