Friday, July 30, 2010
Shifting through the ashes of World War II, Mercedes Benz found uts was left with the tooling for only its 170 model its mass market car. Although still sporting the pre-war body styles, the 1950 170S and its sister, the 170D, with its diesel engine, showed the progress the company was making to reclaim its right to be called on the world's best automakers. The performances of both engines were boosted by an increase in displacement. Meanwhile, handling and safety were improved by the addition of telescopic shock absorbers, a wider rear axle track and the use of more effective brakes. Comfort was not neglected, either, with seats enlarged and the interior of the passenger compartment widened. Access to the trunk was also improved and molding was added to the front windows to protect passengers from drafts. The post-war 170 models were finally retired in 1955 with 153,475 built.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The front-wheel drive Opel Corsa was first launched in April 1983 to replace the Opel Kadett C. The first Corsas were three-door hatchback and two-door saloon models, with four-door and five-door versions arriving in 1984. The basic model was called just the Corsa, which was followed by the Corsa Luxus, Corsa Berlina and the sporty Corsa SR. Six years later, the Corsa received a facelift, with a new front fascia and some other minor changes. The models were then labeled LS, GL, GLS and GT. Power came from a variety of displacements including 1.0 liter, 1.2 liter, 1.3 liter and 1.4 liter gas engines which were short on performance but strong on economy. There was also a 1.5 L diesel engine available.
Limited Edition of 1000 pieces worldwide
Accurate 3.25" long model of Opel's supermini painted for the city of Nurnberg Public Works
Exquisite detailing including orange roof beacon, multi-color Nurnberg city crest, gloss orange paint with corner warning markers, windshield wipers (including rear window), clear plastic headlight lens and tinted tail light lens
Superb interior includes steering wheel, floor-mount shifter, legible dashboard dials, rearview mirror and even red seat belt recepticles
Diecast metal construction with plastic detail parts Includes clear display case and base
In the same month of July, the Fiat 1500 (56b) with a roof-rack joined the range. It is probably one of the most common regular wheel models to be found at swapmeets and of course the real vehicle can still be seen today as a Lada with only minor alterations.
The plastic interior was modified to include extensions ahead of the ‘M’ in Matchbox on the base. The roof luggage was originally brown but this was subsequently changed to tan. The main variation came in the 1968 GI Gift Set, when the Fiat was painted in all-over red with tan luggage. This is considerably harder to find than the normal green version.—Model Collector
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The jib was subject to a number of casting changes. These centered upon the top and bottom lattice work which originally was cast open but this gap was later closed. The final jib version included a small cross brace between the top plates.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The 1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a sleek-looking car, and this model certainly captures the shape. While it does have such features as steering, opening bonnet and doors, perhaps by today's standards it is lacking a little. For example, the interior looks somewhat plain, while the seats do not tilt; equally on our sample the side doors were not a perfect fit. However, if such details do not worry you, this will prove an enjoyable model to own. Buy it now
Saturday, July 17, 2010