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CONTENTS
DIE CAST X

VOL. 13 | ISSUE 1

FEATURES

OUT OF THE BOX

16 | Wheels of Fury

22 | Buddy Reppertons Ride


Resurrected in Scale

44 | Going Out a Winner in the Final


Group B Argentina Rally

Auto World Christine 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

AUTOart 1986 Lancia Delta S4

26 | Drop-Dead Drop-Top Is Top-Shelf

48 | The Wind of Change That


(Almost) Swept Indy

The cars of Stephen Kings Christine

34 | The Golden Age of Rally


Group B brought unprecedented speed,
excitement, and danger to WRC

Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead


Coup Series II

Replicarz 1967 STP-Paxton Turbine

30 | Maranellos New Benchmark Is


Bellissimo

52 | Concours-Grade Custom Caddy


from the Blackhawk Collection

Bburago Signature Series Ferrari 488 GTB

Minichamps Saoutchik 1948 Cadillac Series


62 Cabriolet

40 | The Day Senna Roughed It in a


Group B Rally Car
Sun Star 1986 MG Metro 6R4

54 | The Most Famous Name in


Firewater Has Its Own Fire Truck!
Fire Replicas Jack Daniels Fire Brigade
P-7 Pumper

QUICK LOOKS

UP FRONT

REGULARS

62 | Best of Show 1960 Plymouth Valiant

6 | Editorial

58 | Hot Wheels Highway

Happy accidents

All you need is love!

8 | Showroom

66 | Rear View

New releases & rst looks

The Citron Centipede

63 | Maisto Special Edition 2017 Ford GT


64 | American Heritage Models ACF-Brill
Southeastern GreyhoundAtlanta, GA

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Happy Accidents

Web Producer Holly Hansen

ne of the most challenging (read: terrifying!) things that can happen to


those of us in the magazine biz is to have a big story fall through at the last
minute and have to scramble to replace it in time to make deadline. But we
at Die Cast X owe it to you guys to put out a rst-class publicationon
time, every time. And so the mad dash was on to make sure that we had a
full selection of features and reviews we can be proud to present to you. Sometimes,
when were really lucky, a crisis like that ends up inspiring a better story than the one
we had originally planned! Such was the case this time, and rather than have a couple
of unforeseen delays in model release dates compromise the issue, it actually ended up
making it stronger. And while a few sleepless nights made my life interesting during
production, I think the nal result ends up being a more interesting magazine for you
guys to readand thats what its all about, after all!
One story Id been wanting to do for a while was
on the legendary Group B years in the World Rally
Championship. The speed, drama, and danger of
that era is positively unmatched, and the spectacle
exploded the sport to new heights of popularity and
manufacturer involvement. It was short-lived, but it
was glorious! Sun Star and AUTOart have glorious
new Group B rally carsAyrton Sennas MG Metro
6R4 and the Argentina-winning Lancia Delta S4,
respectivelyso check out the reviews starting on
page 40. A guilty pleasure of mine has always been
the Stephen King-written and John Carpenterdirected horror-lm classic Christine, from 1983.
Auto Worlds release of the Buddy Repperton 67
Camaro from the movie in 1:18 was the perfect
opportunity to look back at the lm that put the real
Fury in Plymouth!
If your tastes run to the more exotic, be sure

to check out page 48 for Replicarz new 1967


STP-Paxton Turbine Indycarone of the most
innovative and highly engineered designs ever to
race (and come within four laps of winning!) the
Indianapolis 500. We show you Bburagos new
Signature Series Ferrari 488 GTB and a highrolling 1:12 Rolls from Kyosho. And we give you a
shot of an ultra-scale emergency-service vehicle
with Fire Replicas 1:50 take on the fascinating Jack
Daniels Fire Brigade Pierce Pumper. Hot Wheels
expert extraordinaire Mike Zarnock explores the
new Beatles-inspired Yellow Submarine series,
and our pal Ron Ruelle from hobbyDB.com shows
us a bizarre Citron built by Michelin to test tires.
And theres plenty more new, cool, weird, and wild
items in the rest of the issue too. I hope you enjoy
what weand a lucky twist of fortunebring to
you in these pages!

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NEW RELEASES & FIRST LOOKS

High-End Resin Replica


of a Maranello Legend
Kyosho Ferrari F40
1:18 | $395

The F40 wasnt the rst factory special Ferrari. It isnt the fastest (at least, not anymore). But it has
a certain magic about it that captures the attention of enthusiasts. Its generally considered the
last of the legendary specials from Maranelloa short list that includes such legends as the original
Testa Rossa and 250 GTO. Its provenance traces to the second-generation 288 GTO of the early
1980s, with which the F40 shares some of its chassis and powertrain layout. But the F40 took it all
to extraordinary new heightsjust like Kyosho does with its high-end resin rendition of the F40 in
1:18. With exquisite detailing and a rst-class presentation Kyosho looks to elevate itself to the realm
of top-shelf resin manufacturers, like BBR and Minichamps. Perks like a genuine leather base
with an etched plaque and a hinged display box help deliver an upscale feel. Kyosho proudly
proclaims that this is the most detailed F40 the company has ever doneeclipsing
even its own previous 1:12 diecast F40. Still, engines and interiors are among
the things that have dened Kyosho over the years. Both can be seen
reasonably well through the crystal clear glass on this F40,
but without opening panels to get an unobstructed
view, it will be interesting to see how many
longtime Kyosho fans follow the brand up
market to this lofty price point when this
model goes on sale later this fall.
Kyosho; distributed by Minichamps
carvillemodelsshop.com

Classic Road
Trippers

TSM Porsche 356


Cabriolet and 1955 Land
Rover Series/Oxford and
Cambridge Far Eastern
Expedition
1:43 | $86 ea

Hyper-Detailed Crawler
Pair from ROS

Sennebogen 875 E Material Handler and


6113 E Telescoping Crane
1:50 | $320 (875 E); $268 (6113)
Fans of industrial and construction-equipment models will surely
want to take a close look at these two crawlers due out in the fall
from ROS. The distributor, b2bReplicas, expects them to be among
its best sellers, and given the amount of detail, we understand why.
The 875E Port Material Handler on Crawler Tracks is just what it
sounds, but thats only part of the story. This monster can hoist
165 tons and has a reach of 27 meters, and with its raised crawler
tracks, it can clear train cars beneath it for loading directly from
dock to train. The 6113 E Telescoping Crawler Crane can hoist up
to 120 tons with a boom length of 67 meters and can operate on
inclines under full load. Theyre amazing machines, and the models
convey that nicely. Theyre impressive in their own right, and would
look even better as part of an O-scale display or diorama.
ROS; distributed by b2bReplicas b2breplicas.com;
3000toys.com (retail)

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Dierentiating between model years


and options can be tough given the
Porsche 356s 17-year production
run, but a keen eye can spot certain
telltale signs. TSMs Ivory Cabriolet,
for example, has the A-series (pre1960) marker lights and absence
of hood-mounted scripts, but the
taillights and license-plate housing
mark it as made after 1957. Model
year notwithstanding, the detail on
it looks great, with lots of separately
molded and etched pieces. And it
looks ready for a road trip with that
big trunk on the rear cargo rack.
But if were talking 50s-era road trip,
the king of them all was the Oxford
and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition, an unbelievably ambitious trek undertaken by six recent
graduates in 1955 driving from London to Singapore overland in two Series 1 Station Wagons donated
by Land Roverone painted Cambridge Blue (shown) and the other in the darker Oxford color. The
vehicles were stock, other than some additional jerrycans, a winch, a spotlight, and an enlarged fuel
tank. It took the crew six months to travel the more than 18,000 milesa tremendous achievement,
and a brilliant bit of marketing testifying to the robust capability of the Land Rover. Brilliant is also an
appropriate term for the detail on these TSM replicas of the two Rovers. They are sold separately, but
to properly tribute the expedition, you really should buy both!
TSM tsm-models.com

Hail to This Iconic British People Mover


Sun Star London Taxi TX4

Spider and Cat


TopSpeed Models Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
and Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
1:18 | $135 ea
Both Jaguar and Alfa Romeo have reinvigorated their respective
sports car traditions with the F-Type R and 4C. By downsizing
from its previous XK8 grand tourer, Jag has shed weight and
added a more visceral driving experience, along with taut,
aggressive looks that are the best in a generation from the
British icon. TopSpeeds 1:18 model captures the latter splendidly
with its 1:18 curbside replica. The model also comes in white,
but this Firesand Metallic version is more dramatic. Speaking
of dramatic, you cant get much more dramatically styled than
the raucous and elemental 4CAlfas mid-engine take on pure
sporting tradition. About the only element that it lacked was a
proper open-air driving experience, which was addressed with
the introduction of the Spider. It features the same carbonber tub chassis and potent little 240hp turbo-4. The Spider
prototype was introduced in a new and exclusive yellow color,
and that is the version TopSpeed has chosen to reproduce in
1:18. Subtle changes to the headlights and rear deck join the new
roof section, and all are present on the model.
TopSpeed Models topspeed-models.com

1:18 | $50
The London Taxi Companys signature little black hackney cab wagonthe Austin FX4was an
institution in inner London going back to the 1950s. In 1983, Austin handed over the rights to the
coachbuilder who had been assembling the vehicle. That became the London Taxi Company, and in
the years following the FX4s retirement in 1997, it has designed a succession of cabs following the
same design philosophy. The latestthe TX4is a spiritual successor to the FX4 and shares a clear
family resemblance, but the current model is signicantly roomier and more accommodating as well
as being more ecient, with its 100hp turbodiesel engine. Sun Star does several versions of the TX4 in
1:18. The model makes clear how deceptively bigger the TX4 is than it looks in photosriding on a 114inch wheelbase and measuring 6 feet tall, its really more like a small SUV than a compact wagon. This
version is a sealed-body model with no opening features (although Sun Star also oers versions with
an opening hood and passenger compartment). The nish is good, and there is a fair amount of interior
detail visible through the extensive glass.
Sun Star sunstarmodelcars.com

Dandy Dicks Super


Stock Hemi
Auto World 1969 Landy
Dodge Charger R/T
1:18 | $95
Dandy Dick Landy is one of the
biggest names in Dodge drag-racing
history. And in 1969, he was at the top of
his game, competing in a number of stock and
modied-stock door-slammer classes with
Dodges top performance model, the Charger. Dodge
also enlisted him to conduct a number of the Mopar
Performance Clinics that year, showing Dodge owners tips
and techniques to get the most out of their own Chargers and
other Mopar muscle at their local drag strip, and Landy was one
of the most respected authorities on the Hemi engine. Auto World
has just released a replica of one of Dandy Dicks Super Stock/
Performance Clinic cars: a Charger R/T Hemi 4-speed, wearing
his signature colors. Theres great detail on the Landy-blueprinted
426 Hemi with a set of tubular headers; wide slicks on Cragar
5-spoke rims; and a detailed, surprisingly stock interior. The body
uses Auto Worlds excellent Authentics Series Charger casting,
and the vibrant Landy livery looks expertly applied, making it a
nice complement to any drag racing collection.
Auto World autoworldstore.com
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The
Quintessential
Bond Car
Made More
Aordable

Hot Wheels Heritage Edition Goldnger Aston Martin DB5


1:18 | $60
Often credited as the carand the marketing coupthat saved Aston Martin, the
appearance of the preproduction DB5 in the iconic 1964 Bond lm Goldnger changed
both automotive and cinema history. It has subsequently appeared in seven installments
of the Bond franchise but never so crucially as in its debut. Mattel has previously released
the Goldnger DB5 as part of its Hot Wheels Elite line, with prices and limited-production
runs commensurate with that collector-oriented market. But the Bond car to beat all Bond
cars has mass appeal like few other movie machines, so Hot Wheels has now released a
more mass-market-oriented version as part of the Heritage Series. While not as
detailed as the Elite version, it rings in at less than half the costand it includes
the removable roof panel for the ejector seat. Does Hot Wheels expect us to
talk? Nothey expect us to buy!
Hot Wheels Collectors hotwheelscollectors.com

Least-Seen Lambo

AUTOart 2013 Lamborghini Veneno

M2 Delivers the Goods

1:18 | $240

M2 Auto-Haulers Release 19A

For its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini introduced the world to its most exclusive supercar at the 2013
Geneva Show. The 750hp, 6.5-liter V-12 powered Veneno reached 62mph in just 2.8 seconds and
topped out at 220mph. Its carbon-ber body (the chassis is carbon ber, too) was aerodynamically
optimized to match the eciency of current World Sportscar Championship contenders (hence, the
tunnels between the rear fenders and body) but still be capable of being driven on the street. Only
three were built, with a price tag of $4 million each, and were sold before they were built. One was
recently oered for $11 million, so theres no chance any of us will ever see a Veneno in person, which
makes AUTOarts superb model welcome. AUTOart has the aerodynamically chiseled prole, waspwaisted planform with aero tunnels, and all the many scoops and vents; theres ne mesh in all those
openings, too. Multibulb headlights nestle behind clear covers all the way down to the carbon-berdetailed splitter. Tiny Lamborghini badges and silver body latches are the breaks in the awless unique
light lime green metallic paint. Push forward on the latches to unlock the spring-loaded scissor doors,
which, for some reason, are snubbed well short of full open. Seats have a realistic representation of the
Venenos woven carbon-ber fabric and detailed belts, while the panel and consoles many-colored
switches and controls are all there. Yes, the glass tach/speedometer display really is yellow. Lift o
the rear hatch (held in place by tiny magnets) to check out the wired and plumbed V-12, multitude
of hoses and lines, carbon-ber structure, transaxle, and rear suspension with transverse coil-over
shocks.Wayne Moyer
AUTOart autoartmodels.com

1:64 | $16 ea
Each of the Big Three gets a chance to shine with this trio of
race haulers. First up is a 1956 Ford COE Ford factory Candy
Apple Red chrome Budd wheels with redline tires. In the
clear-side show trailer sits a 1970 Ford Torino Cobra, painted
to match the truck and riding on E-T Fueler wheels with
Goodyear tires and sports a supercharged 429 engine. Both
truck and Torino feature vintage Ford Cobra graphics. The GM
contingent is represented by a 1958 Chevrolet Spartan LCF
hauling a 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 H.O. The LCF and trailer
are painted Placid Blue with vintage GM and Pontiac graphics,
white Daytona wheels, and blackwall tires. The 1968 Firebird
is Cameo White with black side stripes and green interior, and
has black steel wheels with redline tires. Mopar fans will enjoy
the 1969 Dodge L600 COE truck with matching 69 Dodge
Charger Daytona 440all painted Goodyear Blue and Yellow
with Goodyear graphics. The truck and trailer have yellow
Budd wheels and blackwall tires. The Daytona is running
experimental clear yellow Goodyear Polyglas tires on the
chrome Magnum 500 wheels. The Dodge is part of the Tire
Testing Division. And of course, there is a 300-piece limitededition chase version: a 1969 Dodge pair with clear tires and a
white M2 logo in the back window.
M2 Machines m2machines.com

Mighty McLaren

AUTOart 2012 McLaren MP-12C


1:43 | $60
McLaren shook up the supercar world when it introduced the F1 in 1992, but by the time production
ended in 1998, its competitors had caught up. Never one to stand still, in 2011, McLaren introduced the
MP4-12C, with a carbon-ber chassis and centrally located twin-turbo V-8 pushing 591hp through
a 7-speed transaxle. The 4 was dropped in 2012, and with about 25 percent new parts (and more
horses), it became the 650S in 2014. Unlike the competition, McLaren managed to create an
aerodynamically ecient body with appealing, softly rounded curves; that subtle rear wing is
also an airbrake. The compound-curved inner turning vanes in the big rear scoops are exceptionally thin (photo-etched?) and neatly tted, and yes, there is ne mesh behind them. That classic
McLaren Orange paint is super-smooth with a really ne metallic or pearl pigmentmaybe its
Volcano Orange? Panel lines are crisp, and the tiny hood badge is printed. Both the console and
dash are fullyand accuratelydetailed. Everything you can see through the rear hatch is there on
this model, with crisply printed carbon-ber and mesh details. Wheels, calipers, and big at black
rotate.
carbon discs all look just right, too, although the latter dont rotate.Wayne
Moyer
AUTOart autoartmodels.com

Bargain-Priced Woody

Brooklin Limited 1941 Pontiac Deluxe Custom Station Wagon


1:43 | $140
1941 Pontiac Torpedoes came in three series: Deluxe, Streamliner, and Custom. Only the top-line
Custom series oered wood-bodied wagons: Station Wagon and Deluxe Station Wagon versions,
with a six or straight-eight engine available in both. Brooklin has revised its handcrafted white-metal line;
Brooklin Limited Models will cover the years 192049, while the original Brooklin Models Collection will run from 1950 through 1979. Some models will be transferred from the original series to the
Limited series with new paint and/or details, but others, like this very good-looking 1941 Pontiac Station
Wagon, are all new. References show that both the front sheet metal and wooden body by Hercules are
accurateanother suppliers wood body had a more rounded rear end. The short hood ornament and
lack of Pontiac 8 in the hood trim make this a 6-cylinder, while the lack of fender skirts and chrome
trim between the stamped speed lines and single taillight all indicate that its the base Station Wagon.
Brooklins Paddock Gray paint is glossy, and the wood-grain detail is well done. Most photos show the
canvas top matching the body color, but that might only apply to the Deluxe models. Theres lots of separate, carefully applied chrome trim; only the windshield frame needs to be plated to make the outside fully
detailed. Yes, the side spear did end at the B-pillar. Brooklin has the faux wood dash and plated radio panel
correct, along with the oset center seats and the plain seat upholstery. But the headliner was wooden
planks while side panels were varnished
mahogany plywood, and interior
handles and cranks are missing.
Accurate lines and dimensions
and that beautiful woody
body make this one very
welcome.Wayne Moyer
Brooklin; distributed
by Braslia Press
brasiliapress.com

The Return of the Winningest Le Mans Marque


Spark Porsche 919 Hybrid 2015 Le Mans Winner
1:43 | $80

Briggs Cunninghams Other


Le Mans Caddy
Spark 1950 Cadillac Series 61
1:43 | $80
Brothers Sam and Miles Collier had raced at Le Mans before
World War II and took their buddy Briggs Cunningham to
watch the 1949 race. Cunningham left convinced that a big
American V-8 was ideally suited to the race. When the FIA
wouldnt let him enter a Studillac, Briggs bought a pair of
1950 Cadillac 61 Sedan de Villes. One remained basically
stock, while a Grumman aero engineer designed a more
aerodynamic aluminum roadster body for the other, which
the French press dubbed Le Monster, while the stock Caddy
was stuck with Petit Petaud (Clumsy Puppy). Cunningham
had the last laughthe Colliers drove it to 10th place, with
Briggs and Phil Walters 11th after Le Monster spent an hour
in a sandbank. There have been several models of both, and
Sparks resin-cast stock-bodied Caddy is easily the best to
date. The shape is dead right, the two-tone paint is perfect
as are the separation lines, and every last detail is reproduced
with plated or perfectly scaled photo-etched pieces. Petit
Petaud scripts and American ags are decals that were
applied before the clear gloss top coat. The added exterior
gas cap is correct, and both rear-deck antennae can be
seen in photos. Spark really did its homework on this one.
(Sample supplied by Motorsport Miniatures, motorsport
miniatures.com).Wayne Moyer
Spark sparkmodel.com

After watching Audi dominate Le Mans for a decade, Porsche returned to the Sarthe circuit in
2014 with a similar gasoline/electric hybrid. Its turbocharged 2.0L V-4 supplied 500hp to the rear
wheels, while the electric motor, fed by a lithium-ion battery and kinetic-energy recovery system,
sent up to 400 more horses to the front wheels. The composite body had F1-style air channels
and a big vertical n for stability at 200mph. Neither 919 nished in 2014, but Porsche returned to
win convincingly in 2015. It took Spark a year to get this superb resin-cast model ready, but it was
worth the wait! The complex body shape, including the blunt front fenders, is precisely right from
every angle, and all the scoops, vents, ducts, and airow-control devices
are just as they should be. The paint, including the chrome cabin top,
is as good as youll nd, and the graphics are complete
and correct for race day. Spark uses photo-etched
parts for the dive planes, small nose inlet screen,
side tunnel, vanes, and rear-wing-end struts for
excellent scale delity. It takes a good penlight
to see them, but the seat, belts, and wheelmounted display are all there. Discs with
detailed calipers are visible behind the
accurate wheels, whose wide slicks have
authentic sidewall logos. Spark hasnt
missed a thing with this Le Mans winner.
(Sample supplied by Motorsport Miniatures,
motorsportminiatures.com).Wayne Moyer
Spark sparkmodel.com
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Fast Feline

Own a
Legend!

Brooklin 1967 Buick Wildcat Sport Coupe


1:43 | $130
Buick attempted to revive the Wildcats Gentlemans Hot Rod image for 1967 by making a
new 430ci V-8 available. All Wildcats got a thorough facelift for 67, with a full-width grille,
new Sweepline semi-fastback roof on hardtop models, and a visible sculpture line running
from the top of the front wheel arch to the top of the standard rear skirts. Wildcats were
further distinguished from lesser Buicks by having their Ventiports included in the hockeystick lower-body molding. Brooklins new 2-Door Sport Coupe (BRK-215) is obviously
derived from its earlier 4-Door Hardtop, but all traces of the 4-door panel linesinside and
outhave been removed, and new door lines are right where they should be. This models
Blue Mist Poly paint is smooth and glossy, though much closer to Shadow Turquoise than
Blue Mist. Name badges, wheel arch moldings, vent window frames, and all window surrounds
are cast in crisp relief and painted over, but all other brightwork is done with carefully tted
plated metal pieces. Those wide, wide taillights have neatly painted translucent red lenses.
Inside, the pleated seats are correct and the dash layout is accurate, but nothing has been
picked out and interior handles are missing. Theres nice relief chassis detail in the baseplate,
and dimensions are as accurate as the shape.Wayne Moyer
Brooklin; distributed by Braslia Press
brasiliapress.com

Hot Wheels 64
Pontiac GTO
1:64 | $20

The year was 1964,


and Pontiac Motor
Division introduced
the GTO Option
Package for its
midsize Tempest
line. The GTO came
standard with a
389-cubic-inch
engine producing
325hp with a single
four-barrel carburetor, optional 4-speed manual transmission,
and 14x6 wheels with 7.5014 redline tires. More than ve
decades later, Mattel has reproduced the 64 Pontiac GTO in all
its splendor as a 1:64 Special Edition Adult Collectible, authentically detailed with Spectraame red paint, black top, red interior, and chrome trim. This is one tough-looking muscle car,
right down to its original redline tires. Dont miss your chance
to own a legendary Pontiac GTO, designed by none other than
the legendary Larry Wood, with deco design by Steve
Vandervate and package art by Julian Koilesavailable exclusively from the Hot Wheels Red Line Club!Mike Zarnock
Hot Wheels Collectors hotwheelscollectors.com

Classic Corvette

Best of Show 1973 Corvette Coupe


1:43 | $39
Everyone expected the 20th-anniversary 1973 Corvette to
be a re-breathing street version of the much-ballyhooed
mid-engine Corvette XP-882. The 73 Vette, instead, got only an
impact-absorbing front bumper, radial tires, and (optional) American Racing Equipment alloy wheels. Although disappointed,
Road & Track called it one of the best Corvettes weve ever
driven. The lines and details on the Best of Show 1973 Corvette
match photos and R & T scale drawings precisely, and the awless resin bodys panel lines, including the Targa top, are crisp
and sharp. BoSs paint is equally awless, if a shade darker than
Corvette Medium Blue Metallic. Its gorgeous anyway. Corvette
and crossed-ag badges are multicolor photo-etched pieces,
while Stingray scripts and Corvette letters are scale. Every
detail is here. Door handles, lock cylinders, and window moldings
are all printed in bright silver, which is ne at this price, but the
lower body moldings and rear bumper are a very dull aluminum
shade, which detracts from any otherwise superb model. Some
carefully applied bare-metal foil will be a big improvement. Those
ARE wheels are well done, but Corvettes didnt have Eagle GT
tires back then. Many period photos dont show white-sidewall
lettering, so cleaning the letters o or reversing the tires will give
a more period look. Thin, clear glass makes it easy to see the
good-looking authentic upholstery, accurate console and dashpanel decals, and twin big round gauges.Wayne Moyer
Best of Show; distributed by American Excellence
american-excellence.com

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Mystery
Mustang

GMP 1990 7UP


LX Convertible
1:18 | $140

Died-in-thewool Mustang acionados know


about the 7UP Mustang. It began as a marketing
promotion; the 7UP Bottling Company was a sponsor of the 1990 NCAA Basketball Championships and planned
to give away 30 special 1990 Mustang LX convertiblespainted
7UP Greento the rst 30 fans to sink a half-court shot during
halftime of the NCAA nal game. Ford prepped 30 cars with special
features, including turbine wheels (previously reserved for the
GT), the luggage rack from the 1989 models (instead of the 1990
spoiler), and the rst-ever all-white interior seen in a Mustang. But
at the last moment, 7UP backed out, so Ford marketing changed
the paint name to Emerald Green rebadged it as a 1990 Limited
Edition Mustang. This is the rst preproduction sample of GMPs
new 1990 Ford 7UP LX 5.0 Convertible, and all the changes
have been made to accurately reproduce the 7UP car. The paint
is smooth and glossy (even on this early prototype), badges are
bright chrome with inlaid blue, and upholstery patterns are correct,
while fabric belts have photo-etched hardware. The only miss is
the shifterit has both a clutch pedal and an automatic shifter.
Lifting the hood shows the nicely wired and plumbed 5.0, wire
battery, coolant hoses, brackets supporting the alternator and A/C
compressor, and neatly printed data plates. Suspension parts are
all there and functional, with accurate aluminum-colored exhausts
and gold-colored converters. Overall, GMP has done everything
necessary to make an accurate (assuming it xes the shifter)
and attractive model of one of the lesser-known Foxbodied Mustangs.Wayne Moyer
GMP; distributed by Acme Trading Company
acmediecast.com

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showroom

Muscle Squared
Special Indeed

IXO Museum 1936 Buick Series 40 Special 4-Door Sedan


1:43 | $34
The all-new and widely acclaimed 1936 Buicks can fairly be said to have saved the company. With
styling by Harley Earl and featuring the new turret-top bodies (no canvas roof inserts), hydraulic
brakes, and Vee windshields, Buick sales soared. Names were added to the traditional series numbers, and the entry-level Model 40 became the Special. It accounted for an amazing 72 percent of
all Buick sales that year, with the 4-Door Trunkback Sedan, by far, the best seller. Thats the subject
of this Museum Series model by IXO, and it has done it very well. The overall lines are correct from
all angles, and the two-tone brown paint is smooth and glossy with no visible flaws. While two-tone
paint wasnt a factory option, it apparently was done by many dealers. IXOs Buick is fully detailed: The
bumpers, grille, and mascot are chrome-plated; the hood hinge, beltline moldings, lower body trim,
exterior handles, trunk hinges, and window dividers are bright printed chrome; while the wipers, hood
vents, and wing-shaped trunk badge are photo-etched. A small red Buick emblem correctly appears
in the center of the wing and also on the grille. Interior details include the correct overstuffed rear
seat, silver-printed relief handles and window cranks, and an accurate dash with printed silver trim and
speedometer, banjo steering wheel, and floor-mounted shift lever.Wayne Moyer
IXO; distributed by American Excellence american-excellence.com

M2 Detroit Muscle Release 34


1:64 | $6 ea
M2 keeps churning out desirable machines in its aptly named
Detroit Muscle series. The latest batch is designated the
34th release, and features half a dozen vehicles of the muscle
cars heyday. Representing the Ford faction are a 66 Mustang
GT fastback and a 68 Mercury Cougar XR-7. The Stang is
Sahara Beige with a white rocker stripe and a deluxe Pony
interior in Ivy Gold and White. The Cougar is an XR-7G 390G, in
Grecian Gold with a black vinyl top. Chevy and Pontiac collaborate to carry the GM flag. An Emerald Turquoise Nova SS wears
a black vinyl top and a matching black interior with bucket
seats and a console. And here come da Judgea 1969 GTO
Judge in Limelight Green metallic with olive, yellow, and white
stripes with a green interior and gray Pontiac rally wheels.
Mopar fans get a first-year Chargera 66 383 in Dark Blue
metallic with a vinyl top, and a 71 Plymouth Hemi Cuda coupe
in Tor Red with white top and billboards. A 500-piece Limited
Edition Chase Car will be the Charger with the trim, bumpers,
and Magnum 500 wheels done in special gold color!
M2 Machines m2machines.com

Nifty New Yorker

Neo 1949 Chrysler New Yorker 4-Door Sedan


1:43 | $80

Mopar Powerhouse

Premium X 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T


1:43 | $34
Lavish execution with little or no thought to practical application was Car and Drivers summation of Dodges new 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T. But the Challenger had one thing going for
it: that optional Hemi engine. In spite of C and Ds opinion, the Challenger sold just over 83,000
units in its first year, and the Hemi-powered version is one of the most collectible cars of the era.
Premium X has brought a whole new level of detail and accuracy to the bargain-priced arena
with this really well done resin-cast Challenger. Its body lines and details are excellent, although
the glossy paint is about midway between Dodges Bright Blue and Dark Blue chips. The twinscoop R/T hoods power bulge has razor-sharp separation lines for its flat black top, and the
vinyl tops texture is especially realistic. The scale 3-D photo-etched Hemi and R/T badges
have red inlays! Premium X hasnt slacked off on the interior; seat and door-panel upholstery
is correct; relief-cast handles, cranks, and door trim are overprinted with chrome; and theres
good-looking wood-grain trim on the doors, console, and dash. The latter has a full set of nicely
detailed gauges, too. Wheels are accurate, and the tires have Goodyear Polyglas sidewall
logos. Crisp relief chassis detail with aluminum-painted exhausts complete what might be the
bargain model of the year.Wayne Moyer
Premium X; distributed by American Excellence american-excellence.com

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Chrysler debuted all-new bodies in 1949, but their upright, stately


three-box styling was distinctly old-fashioned. It was also
identical for all four Chrysler lines, with only grilles, trim, and overall
length distinguishing lowly Plymouths from the stately Chryslers.
Chrysler offered seven different models in its 1949 lineup, with
the New Yorker squarely in the middle. The 4-Door New Yorker
Sedan was outsold only by the smaller, less-well-appointed (and
less-expensive) Windsor 4-Door. Neo has released this beautifully made and accurate model of the New Yorker 4-Door. Its deep
black paint is smooth and glossy, and dimensions are exceptionally accurate. Every piece of trim is there, with all external details
done with either plated or photo-etched pieces; there are no
printed details on this one. Up front, the massive plated grille
carries the 1949 25th-anniversary badge and optional bumper
guards. The 1949-only Cadillac-style taillights bring up the rear,
and in between, the 0.25-inch-long photo-etched New Yorker
script is quite readable. Side spears and other trim are done with
photo-etched pieces, as are window surrounds and vent window
frames. With all this, theres not a hint of adhesive. Interior details
are all there, too, with authentic upholstery, silver-printed relief
handles and cranks, chrome ashtrays (remember those?), and an
accurate dash.Wayne Moyer
Neo; distributed by American Excellence american-excellence.com

WHEELS
of FURY
The Cars of Stephen Kings Christine
BY MATT BOYD
Based on a novel by one of the most prolic and beloved authors of the modern eraStephen
Kingand directed by horror maestro John Carpenter, the 1983 lm Christine had all the
makings of a cult classic. This ode to late-50s car and teen culturean era in which both King
and Carpenter came of age and have a special anity fordid well enough at the box oce with
general audiences, but it was with auto enthusiasts that it established its enduring legacy. And
while King has explored the man-versus-machine theme in a number of other books and lms
(From a Buick 8 and Maximum Overdrive jump to mind, but there are numerous other examples),
in Christine, it isnt just a plot vehicle; she becomes a character in the story. Thanks to Carpenters
lmmaking air and Kings evocative source material, she is, in many ways, the most fascinating
characterwith a compelling history and delivering a palpable menace. And this despite having no
linesunless you count a few roars (of the engine), squeals (of the tires), and shrieks (of rending
sheet metal). And lets not forget her sense of style! Deadly though she may be, she brings o her
evil with lan, in proper femme fatale fashion.

With the introduction of the Buddy Repperton Camaro,


Auto World now has a trio of Christine-themed models.

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M OV I E P H OTO S CO U R T E S Y O F CO LU M B I A P I C T U R E S A N D S O N Y P I C T U R E S H O M E E N T E R TA I N M E N T

If you are a regular reader


At its core, Christine is a
of Die Cast X, you are probably
story about obsession
already familiar with the
something we collectors
can certainly identify with.
fearsome charm of this 58 Fury.
From rst sight, Arnie
But dedicated fans will remind
was hooked!
you that Christine isnt the only
winsome piece of Detroit iron on
display in the lm. Protagonist
Dennis Denny Guilder drives
a gorgeous blue 68 Charger,
and villain Clarence Buddy
Repperton prowls the streets in a
silver-blue 67 Camaro. Not much
is specied about these two cars
in the lms dialogue, and they
do not appear in the book (see
sidebar to learn why). To further
confuse the issue, the ultimate
fate of the actual cars used in
lming is largely unknown, so
there is no denitive information
on how they were outtted.
There was just a single privately
owned Charger used, and it was
returned to the owner after the
movie wrapped. There were at
least two Repperton Camaros
one runner and one mock-up
used in the crash sequence
without an engine (you can see
the empty engine bay when the hood gets dislodged.)
In diecast, Christine has been done numerous times in numerous
scales over the years, and the Charger was done at least once as part
of the superb 1:24 pair (along with a Fury) from Danbury Mint. But

to my knowledge, the Repperton Camaro has never been done as


a mass-produced diecast, which makes Auto Worlds 1:18 version
(that completes the brands trio of Christine movie cars) a rstand
of utmost interest to collectors.

Wheels
of Fury

The Lady in Red

he first of Auto Worlds film-specific models to come outand


certainly the best documentedis Christine herself. Auto
World adapted an older Ertl casting (the car had been released
under that brand a few times over the years), and while it has
been significantly upgraded, it is the most basic
of the three. Old-school dogleg hinges on the
doors and hood are telltale signs, and while
the Dodge and Chevy have functional springs,
Christine herself makes do with a more basic
chassis and a rigid suspension. None of that
really matters much to collectors, though; these
models will sell outjust like every previous
version of Christine!and will only get more
valuable over time on the secondary market.
The exterior paint and trim present very well,
and theres no mistaking that one-of-a-kind
white-over-red scheme. There were two
versions: a daytime version with transparent
windows seen here, and a sinister nighttime
version with blacked out windows and
light-up headlights. I prefer the daytime
configuration as it allows collectors to

Buddys Bowtie

uddy Reppertons bluish silver 67 Camaro has a mix of SS


and Z/28 trim, but the lack of badging and other fine details
suggest these were la carte add-ons to a base Camaro.
As with Dennys Charger, that would be in keeping with the
ride of the local high-school bully. Also like the Dodge, the Camaro

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Christine herself was the first model in the series to come outbased
on an older Ertl casting. There are two versions. This is the daytime
model with transparent windows and a full interior. A nighttime version
with blacked-out windows has functional headlights.

admire the interior upgrades as well. There is a good close-up shot of


the engine in the film, and Auto World did a great job replicating the
dual-quad-equipped 350 V-8the new top-option 305hp engine that
Plymouth introduced in 1958.

Auto World has resurrected Buddy


Reppertons Camaro beautifully in 1:18. Its
only on screen for about four minutes, but
the model holds up even in a frameby-frame comparison!

tooling comes out of the Authentics library and


enjoys the added details of that series. Buddys car
appears in only one (catastrophic) scene, and little is
gleaned about its technical detailsaside from its knack for oppositelock powerslides on wet pavementbut the exterior is faithful to the
movie cars, right down to the brand markings on the tire sidewalls.
Turn to page 22 to read the full review of Buddys Camaro.

Director John Carpenter (foreground right) is a legend


in the horror genre, and he brought his signature air to
the lm adaptation of Kings novel. Actor Keith Gordon
(left) thought up the idea of having his character Arnies
wardrobe and hair change to 50s style as he gradually
became possessed by Christine.

Fury-ous Factoids:
Film versus Novel versus Reality

tephen King has said a number of times that, while he


envisioned Christine as an archetypical late-50s finned
American classic car, he settled specifically upon the
58 Plymouth Fury because of the symbolism of the
name, rather than any specifics of the model itself. That gave rise
to some inaccuracies in the original novel, some of which were
addressed in the film. There are a number of other automotive
aspects in which the book, the film, and the real world diverge.
Some of the interesting ones are:
In the novel, Christine is described as a red 4-door with silver
trim and a red interior. The actual 58 Fury came only as a 2-door
hardtop and only in Buckskin Beige with gold trim and white
interior, although a 4-door option would arrive in 1959.
The movie corrected the door count and explained away the
color discrepancy with a bit of dialogue describing it as a
special ordersupported by the opening scene in which
she is the lone red car among a line of beige models coming
down the assembly lineand claiming her first victim!
Eagle-eyed viewers will note that a mix of Savoys and
Belvederes (identical in sheet metal but lacking elaborate
side trim) supplemented the rarer authentic Furys during
filming in several scenes. There were reportedly 24 Furys and
clones built for the filmonly three of which survived!
In one chapter, King describes Christines column shifter
moving on its own. The 1958 Furys didnt have shifters on the
column; they had dash-mounted pushbuttons for selecting
gears, which can be seen in the film.
King calls the transmission a Hydramatic, but of course,
Plymouth used the name TorqueFlite for its automatics.
In the book, narrator and hero Denny Guilder drives a
Plymouth Duster. In the film, the production designers
upgraded it to a much cooler 68 Dodge Charger. Nemesis
Buddy Repperton drives a blue 76 Camaro in the book, but
the movie trades that in for a silver-blue 67.

Arnie Cunningham is the hapless high-school nerd who buys


Christine and is ultimately consumed by his obsession with her.
Actor Keith Gordon came up with the idea to have his characters
appearancehis clothes and hairchange gradually from 80s
geek to 50s hoodlum as he fell deeper under the spell of the 58
Fury. He jettisons his taped glasses and pocket protector for biker
boots and a leather vest. By the climactic scenes, hes sporting a
red suede jacket and a greaser hairdo and playing chicken behind
the wheel, la James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
Unlike most King novelswhich usually take place in the fictional
southwestern Maine towns of Castle Rock, Derry, (Jeru)Salems
Lot, and Chesters MillChristine is set in Libertyville, a fictional
suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The setting was moved
to imaginary Rockbridge, California, for the film. Interestingly,
John Carpenter has said that he wanted the setting to look like
Everytown USA, so he chose filming locations in South Pasadena
that could pass for many other parts of the country. (Hardcore
Carpenter fans might recognize this same neighborhood doubling
for fictional Haddonfield, Illinois, in his horror classic Halloween.)

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Borrowing Auto Worlds Authentics casting, the


Charger is well detailed inside and out.

Dennys Dodge

he vinyl-top-over-blue 68 Charger is a great hero car in


its own right, and the mildly modded street machine is
perfectly archetypical of the type of hot rod that a highschool kid like Denny might own in 1978 (when the story is
set). Its a standard model (not an R/T), and beyond the set of Cragar
mags, very little else is known about it, save a brief glimpse or two
of the deep-dish 3-spoke steering wheel and black vinyl low-back
bucketsboth of which the model captures, although the seats are
oddly pitched back into a semireclined position. The casting is from
Auto Worlds Authentics Serieswhich is to say excellent. The engine
pitch heard in the film suggests a big-block, although we never
actually see the motor and the engine sound effects were added in
postproduction, so the actual car could have had anything from a
slant-6 to a Hemi under the hood. Auto World chose an appropriate
midrange powerplanta 383 with a set of chrome valve covers and
an aftermarket open-element air cleanernicely detailed with all the
trimmings: belts, heater and radiator hoses, plug wires, battery cables,
and the correct pale blue-green hue for the block and heads. Movie
cars are almost always automatics in real life, but no transmission
is called out on screen, so Auto World had creative license here and
chose a 4-speed. As a plot point, Denny injures his clutch leg halfway
through the movie, after which he surrenders the wheel of the

Charger to leading lady Leigh Cabot (played by future Baywatch


babe Alexandra Paul!)which, for continuitys sake, supports the
thesis of a manual transmission, so I am onboard with Auto Worlds
choice of gearbox.

Closing Credits
For fans of both the automotive and horror film genres, like me,
Christine represents the perfect intersection of fascinations. A key
reason, no doubt, why the film has developed such a faithful following.
The Christine name remains inextricably linked to the film and
its four-wheeled starevoking vivid images of that sinister red 58
Plymouth Fury for almost everyone even today, more than 30 years
after the film was released. And while the star car garners most of the
attention, the Charger and the Camaro add greatly to the automotive
texture of the film. Having all three now available in diecast from Auto
World as part of a single series should give hard-core collectors a
sense of completeness, and the additional details delivered in being
part of the Authentics series make them great values and satisfying
models even beyond their claim to fame.
Source
Auto World autoworldstore.com

The Charger sits out the final


showdown, so it is the one car
that survives the film unscathed.
You can see that Auto World did
its homework with its depiction.

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OUT OF THE BOX

BY MATT BOYD

AUTO WORLD CHRISTINE


1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO
1:18 | $100

snt it funny how ve minutes on the big screen can cement certain objects in our minds
for a lifetime? Of course, it has to be the right object, on the right screen, at the right time.
Take, for instance, the legendary Bullitt chase scene through the streets of San Francisco.
The vehicle driven by the villain in that sequences screen time is eeting, yet that black
68 Charger is still burned into our memories nearly 50 years after it met its ery demise in
that gas station. The car on these pages shares much in common with that car. It too was
villainous, on screen for mere moments, chased through California streets by another
legendary star car, and went out in a blaze of glory in an exploding gas station.

Perhaps Buddy Reppertons 67


Camaro doesnt have quite the
renown of the Bullitt Charger, but
the sequence in which it appears
is the origin of the iconic aming
visage of Christine that has graced
movie posters and DVD covers for
30 years, and is a dening image
in American horror cinema. So
the parallels are there, and the
importance of the scene and
the car are validated. And
given the cult-car lm
status Christine has

achieved in the decades since, it is


a worthy subject for replicating in
scaleall the more so because it
is the car that completes a threecar set of Christine diecasts from
Auto World.

Buddy Reppertons Ride


Resurrected in Scale

When a car is on screen for so


brief a period and there isas in
the case with Buddy Reppertons
Camarono dialogue exposition
detailing its particulars, it can

be tough for a model maker like


Auto World to know exactly
what to build into a scale replica.
We know that Buddys is a 67
because of several visible clues

most obviously the presence


of triangular vent windows, the
lack of side marker lights, and
the shape of the driving lights
in the grille. That grille also tells
us its a base Camaronot an
RS or an SSbecause of the
standard brushed chrome bowtie
emblem in the center and the lack
of hidden headlights. But a guy
like Buddy wouldnt leave it as
a base model, now would
he? Clearly he made
some modications

(possibly with the help of his pal


Don Vandenberg who works in
the service bay at the Mobico
stationat least until Christine
comes to visit!). Auto World
has appropriately chosen to
re-create Buddys pride and joy
with features representative of a
late-70s high-school hoodlum
that splits his time between shop
class and prowling the streets of
ctional Rockbridge, California.
The basis for this recreation is

Auto Worlds excellent Authentics


series Camaro casting.
The most obvious modication
Buddy made was the sweet
silver-blue paint job. Its pretty
close to the Elkhart Blue factory
Chevy color and is complemented
nicely by a set of black Z/28-style
stripes. The Camaro badges and
scripts are present on the fenders,
hood, and trunk, but they are
tampo-printed rather than photoetched. The window surrounds,
door handles, wipers, mirrors,
and light bezels are all separately
molded and chromed. Theres a
small aw in the chrome of the

front bumper and one small bubble


in the paint on the rear quarter.
But this was a preproduction
sample, so one or two such
blemishes is not uncommon, and
Id expect them to be rectied on
production pieces. The panel gaps
are great, and so is the character
line down the centerline of the
car. The California tags depict the
correct 850 TLX from the lm,
but oddly they are tampo-printed
onto the valences rather than
onto molded license plates. This is
distracting on the front because of
the angle of the valence; it would
probably have been preferable just
to omit the front plate.
Doors swing on scale hidden
hinges and open wide enough
to let Buddy and sidekick Richie
Trelawney bail out in a hurry when
they reached the Mobico (for all
the good that ended up doing
them!). The Camaros interior is
sharp, with nice pinstriping on
the seats, accurate texture on
the dash, and legible detail on the
instrument panel. Even the sill
plates are detailed. The front seats
have woven lap belts with metal
buckles, and there are carpeting
and mats on the oorboards. The
steering wheel sits a bit too low
(hard to imagine Buddy being
able to slide his legs under there!),
but otherwise the interior is
very convincing. Auto World has
chosen to make the car a 4-speed.
No shots of the interior appear
in the lm, so really it could have
any gearbox, although the sound
when Buddy engages reverse is
a distinctly automatic-like click,
and two upshifts can be heard
while his right hand is visibly on
the steering wheel.
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AUTO WORLD CHRISTINE 1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO


Auto Worlds Authentics series Camaro
casting continues to be
a real asset, with good
proportions and a nice
character line down
the side. The triangular
wing windows identify
it instantly as a 1967
model year.

IF YOURE A DEDICATED FAN OF THE CULT


CLASSIC CHRISTINE, FINALLY HAVING A SCALE
BUDDY REPPERTON CAMARO ... ADDS A SENSE
OF COMPLETENESS TO THE COLLECTION.

I like the pinstriping on the seats and the dash detail. The steering hangs a bit low, but
otherwise the interior is very convincing.

The shut lines on the hood are so


tight youll most likely need a pick
to open it. When you do, feast your
eyes on an excellent rendition of a
L48 Turbo-Fire 350 small block.
That 295hp motor was introduced
in the 67 SS350 Camaro, although
it is certainly a plausible choice
for Buddys custom build as well.
We know its an L48 by the label
on the open-element air cleaner.
That label technically came on a
single snorkel air cleaner in stock
form, but the chrome valve covers
embossed with Chevrolet
scripts are factory. Other labels
such as on the fan shroudadd
to the authenticity, as do radiator
and heater hoses, battery cables,
and a set of plug wires running
to the distributor. It wears the
stock exhaust manifolds with
appropriate paint and texture, and
the alternator and brake booster
are also well painted.
The chassis features some
nice Authentics series touches
like softly sprung front and
rear suspensions, which settle
realistically under the cars
substantial weight, and a revolving
driveshaft that spins with the
rear wheels through a geared

Even the trunk is done right, with labels on the underside of the deck, a full spare, and a
trunk mat.

The really sharp Turbine wheel design


was factory-issue on 197879 Camaros,
which works because that is the time
frame in which the story is set!

The L48 Turbo-Fire 350 V-8 is well outtted, with plumbing and wiring throughout,
plus nice labels, paint, and textures.

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dierential. The rear suspension


features multi-leaf springs.
Technically, 1967 Camaros came
with mono-leafs (multi-leafs
didnt arrive until 68), but thats
a common upgrade and one that
Buddy likely would have made
when he upgraded to the 12-bolt
rear end the car now carries.
Another upgrade sourced from
a later-year Camaro are the
wheels; it now wears a set of
Turbine aluminum wheels that
were factory options on 7879
Z-28swhich, coincidentally, is
the time frame in which the movie
is set. Even the Remington brand
tires are correct to the lm, and
the tread looks very good.

FINAL THOUGHTS
If youre a dedicated fan of the cult
classic Christine, nally having a
scale Buddy Repperton Camaro
to round out the 58 Fury and 68
Charger that have been released
previously adds a sense of
completeness to the collection. For
those who care less about paying
tribute to the lm, the Camaro is
simply a convincing interpretation
of a Camaro street machine based
o of one of Auto Worlds best
castings, with very satisfying detail
in the engine bay and interior. Still,
its movie fans who will drive the
collectability of this Camaro andI
suspecta few within Auto Worlds
design sta who were responsible
for its creation in the rst place.
Im glad the movie bus in the
company won over the decision
makers because now we all win,
and Buddys Camaro can survive
indenitely on our display shelves
instead of just ve minutes on a
movie screen.
SOURCE
Auto World autoworldstore.com

out of the box

by matt boyd

KYOSHO Rolls-Royce
Phantom DRoPheaD couP
seRies ii 1:12 | $999

olls-Royce has long been considered the zenith of the luxury automotive experience.
When one-percenters wish to be pampered in transit in the manner to which they
have become accustomed, they send their personal assistant to speak to someone
at Rolls-Royce. When a Mercedes is too gauche and a Ferrari too cramped, a Rolls Phantom
Drophead Coup is just the thing to get the star of last summers box-office-breaking
blockbuster down out of the Hills to the Rodeo Drive boutiques, or a scion of high finance
out to the Hamptons for a top-down weekend cruise after a stressful week of negotiating
corporate mergers and hostile takeovers.
Describing anything about a
Rolls as standard seems faintly
ridiculous, but the list of features
included on every Drophead puts
lesser machines to shame. Still,
CEOs, movie stars, and sports
heroes seldom buy anything
off the rack. For them, there
are the bespoke itemsRolls
eminently British term for the
individually custom-tailored
options that can be outfitted to
any Drophead. e list would seem
like wretched excess, but theres
nothing wretched about a Rolls.
Want monogrammed headrests
in a specific contrasting color? No
problem. Matching monograms on
your real lambswool floor mats
and etched into custom tread
plates? Certainly, sir. Need your
door-mounted electrically
deploying umbrellas or
parasols (both are available!)
to have fabric that matches
the color of your custom

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convertible top? But, of course! You


positively cannot survive another
day without a crystal internally
LED-lit Spirit of Ecstasy hood
ornament? Trouble yourself no
furtherRolls has just the thing.
Where the big Rolls convertible
soars in the luxury-car market
is pretty much the same rare air
Kyoshos 1:12 Drophead

inhabits in the model world, and the


parallels dont end there. For one,
theyre both hugelike, seriously
huge. At 1:12, a foot translates to an
inch in scale, so stem to stern this
land yacht measures
18 inches long!

Luxury features, you say? Even


the model has high-intensity LED
headlights!

Drop-Dead Drop-Top Is Top-Shelf


with that kind of size, its no sur
prise that its also heavy. The model
tips the scales at a hefty 10 pounds.
Add another 5,800 pounds for the
1:1. That is about how much a nicely
optioned range rover weighs
with an extra halfton of cash in
the back! Coincidentally, thats
about what half a million single
dollar bills weighand how many
it would take to drive a Drophead
home with you...before options. The
model is a bit more within reach. its

MSrP of $999 is still in the upper


stratosphere of diecast pricing, but
at least all the bespoke items are
gratis on Kyoshos replica!
As an exercise, i went on the
rolls website and built a Drophead
to the precise configuration of
Kyoshos replica. That not only
provided me with a quote of nearly
$550,000 but also allowed me to
examine just how much attention
to detail the designers put into this
model. The lovely english white

paint is contrasted by silver on


the windscreen and bonneta
$9,400 option. The optional teak
decking on the tonneau cover
would run you an extra $10,700.
Kyosho does not miss the unique
opportunity for diecast finery that
this large scale and the rollroyce
opulence present. The model wears
the current Series ii front fascia,
which was introduced in 2012 and
carries through to 2016 models.
That redesigned fascia includes

replacing the Series i distinctive (if


disjointed) looking round driving
lights with more streamlined rect
angular LeD units. Kyosho not only
captures this detail but also adds
another layer to the realism by
making the lights functional. Slot in a
pair of AAs under the trapdoor in the
chassis and the head and taillight
LeDs light up at the flip of a switch!
rolls knows that keeping its
owners feeling like a million bucks
has to be the ultimate goal of any

Kyosho does a pretty good job


of spicing up the relief-molded
version of the BMW-built V-12
with paint and individually
molded intake parts.

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Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom DRoPheaD couP seRies ii

The lavish interior is the highlight of the Rolls-Royce experiencein person or in scale.
Mahogany is simulated convincingly with plastic, and various compartments open. Note
also the umbrellas that extend from the door jamb.

The model even comes with a 1:12 version of the optional champagne picnic setwhich,
at $40,000, costs more than an entry-level BMW!

car costing half a million bucks, so


the interior is the beneficiary of the
Dropheads most lavish features,
starting with the teak deck inspired
by classic Chris-Craft boat designs.
The wood theme continues
across the dashboard, where
rich mahogany aboundsfor a
paltry $4,975. Kyosho uses plastic
to simulate wood but does so
convincingly. Both the upper and
lower glove-box compartments
open, as does the center-armrest
compartment. The seats are done
in elegant seashell off-white,
and they include monogrammed
headrests (an option which costs
$1,175more than this replica
does!). The seats travel smoothly
on metal runners but do not fold
forward. The reverse-opening
coach doors give plenty of
access to front-seat occupants but
dont help the rear seats much, so
any prospective passenger may
have to vault (in as dignified way as
possible!) into the back seat. While
youve got those doors open, be
sure to note the silver knobs with
the little RR logo on them. Those
are the handles on the customfitted umbrellas, and they come
outif you can get them to deploy.
They are nominally spring-loaded,

can hoist the hood to view it. Its


accurate, and there are separate
pieces for the intake system. But as
with many of Kyoshos 1:18 models,
the Phantoms engine is a reliefmolded tray, so the detail doesnt
extend much below the surface.
The chassis produces its
legendarily sumptuous Rolls ride
with a high-tech air-suspension
system that can vary the effective
spring rate, compression, and
rebound characteristics every
2.5 milliseconds. It would be an
interesting mechanism to see in
scale, but Rolls hides the working
bits in an aerodynamic undertray.
Kyosho has chosen to outfit the
Drophead with 21-inch polished
11-spoke alloy wheelsa $10,000
upgrade. The tires feature accurate
tread and appropriately sized
sidewalls, although the latter do
not have any markings.

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but they are miserably difficult to


retrievethe only real flaw Ive
discovered on the Drophead.
More extravagant essentials are
on display in the trunk area, which
you access via a push button
under the right rear bumper. Four
fitted leather bags come at no
extra charge with the Drophead,
but you can add a charming
picnic setcomplete with silver
cutlery and monogrammed crystal
champagne flutesfor a modest
additional sum of just $40,000.
Kyosho includes both; the glasses
are even removable if youre feeling
a little (a very little) thirsty. And the
integrated folding picnic table built
into the trunk flips out to give you a
flat surface upon which to enjoy a
1/12 sip of bubbly!
speed isnt really the Phantoms
forte, but the 6.75L V-12 moves the
big boulevardier along briskly. The
motor is built by BMW and based
on its own V-12 of the mid-2000s.
here, it produces a stately 453hp
and enough torque to waft the
Drophead to 60mph in about five
seconds, if a driver were ever so
vulgar as to hammer the throttle.
If you tap the button
under the left front
bumper, you

Final ThoughTs
The Phantom series is the oldest
Rolls model, and it is set to
conclude production about the
time you read this. Rolls-Royce
has announced a replacement

A navy blue up-top is provided, and it is covered in scale fabric. But like any convertible,
the Rolls looks better with the top down!

for the sedan, but the coup and


Drophead will be discontinued.
The personal luxury segment will
be serviced by the less expensive
and more performance-oriented
Wraith (coup) and Dawn (convertible). Dynamically, the new
Dawn might be superior, but
somehow it is just less majestic
than the Phantom Drophead
certainly it will be less exclusive.
The Phantom is cartoonishly
extravagant, but theres something noble about being the
ultimate example of its kind. That
makes it a great diecast model
tooand in 1:12, it is extraordinary.
People who care nothing for
diecast stop to admire and ask
questions. The little details like
functional lights, the picnic set, and
the door umbrellas tickle everyone
who sees themproducing a
scaled-down version of the awe
the full-size Drophead inspires.
When it is gone, the automotive
world will have lost something
magnificent and unique, but
Kyosho makes sure a worthy scale
tribute will remain to honor it.
Source
Kyosho America, distributed by Minichamps carvillemodelsshop.com

OUT OF THE BOX

BY MATT BOYD

BBURAGO SIGNATURE SERIES


FERRARI 488 GTB 1:18 | $55

henever Ferrari comes out with a new mainstream model, its a big deal. By
mainstream, I dont mean by typical auto manufacturer standards: Ferrari only
sells about 7,000 cars each year of all its models combined. (For comparison,
Toyota sells that many every six hours!) But Ferraris mid-engine V-8 modelslike this
new 488 GTBconstitute the largest chunk of those sales, and are positioned squarely
between the entry-level model (currently the California T) and agship supercars
like the LaFerrari and F12. They invariably garner the most media attention,
compete most directly for bragging rights with other high-end sports and
exotics, and become the face of Ferrari. Translation: this is the most
important car Ferrari makes. And that automatically makes it
important for Bburago, who now has the exclusive license for
Ferrari in 1:18 and this price range.

The 488 is an especially big deal


given the success of the car it
replaces: the 458 Italia. In its six
years in production, more than
17,000 458s were sold in its
various incarnations. But the 488
is an even bigger deal because
of the nature of its V-8which
has lost 595cc but gained two
turbos relative to the 458, and
thus given many purists agita.
Ferrari fanboys have a love-hate
relationship with turbos. The last
mid-engine Ferrari to carry them
was the legendary F40, which
ended production in 1992 and
remains the most revered Ferrari
of the last half-century. But in
the 24 years since, Maranello has
pinned its performance credentials
upon displacement and soaring
rev limitsto brilliant eect. The
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most potent version of the


458the Specialemade
597hp at a stratospheric
9,000rpm from its
4.5L V-8. But for
the next battle in
the ever-escalating
range war that is the
exotic car market,
Ferrari engineers
were told to nd even
more repower. And
also cut emissions.
And also improve fuel
economy by 30 percent. The only solution:
turbocharging.
All that explains why the 488
has a pair of hair dryers tucked up
into its vented anks. Did it pay
o? It should be no surprise that
the boosted 3.9L makes more

horsepoweran astonishing
661hp at 8,000rpm. But the
dreaded turbo lag that made
flooring it in an F40 something
akin to lighting the fuse on a
stack of tnt (waitwaitwait
BAnG!) is now gone, banished
with a mixture of software and
precision turbo design that doesnt
bleed off boost. The 488 also
makes a mammoth 560 lb.-ft. of
torque40 percent more than
the 458 and at 3,000rpm sooner.
The chassis is an evolution of the
458s, but refinements plus all that
extra torque mean the 488 is both
faster and easier to drive fast.
So the turbos work. But
style and image are every bit as
important to Ferraris success as
is speed, and the 458 set a pretty
high bar aesthetically. The 488s

represents the first clean-sheet


design since Bburago acquired the
Ferrari license, and the company
spent considerable effort getting
it just right. Bburago makes 488s
in standard editions as well as the
collector-oriented Signature series
you see here, with the black roof
and wheels. Sinuous curves and
the deep red color combine to give
it a liquid luster. There is just the
barest hint of orange peel on the
bonnet cover of this preproduction
sample, but everywhere else the
paint is beautifully smooth. Fender
and nose emblems are screenprinted, but the prancing horse on
the tail is photo-etched, as is the
Ferrari script on the rear deck.
Light lenses are clear, and the
buckets beneath them well shaped
and well painted. Panel gaps are

admirably tighttight enough to


need the opening tool Bburago
provides with the 488. The airfoillike front splitter is separately
molded, and there is just a slight
misalignment where it mates to
the body on the drivers side. The
biggest styling change from the
458 to the 488 mimics the change
to the power curve: the outer limits
are similar (if a bit more extreme),
but the real difference comes
from thickening up the middle. The
huge bisected vents just below
the quarter window at the C-pillar
area that feed the intake and
intercoolers make the 488s profile
notably chunkier.
There wasnt much to fix on
the 458s interior, so Ferrari made
only minor revisions for the new
car. There are fewer buttons on

the console, and the gap between


the tunnel and the dash has been
redone. Bburago marks these
changes, which you can seeonce
you get the door open. That takes
a bit of doing because the door
hinges are remarkably stiff. The
view of the interior is better than
these photos suggest; the raised
windows block our lens but do
not really impede vision in person.
Bburago makes excellent use
of paint (red and semi-metallic
aluminum) and textures to liven
up the predominantly hard plastic
surfaces. The grain on the dash
pad is a bit too coarse, but
otherwise the interior looks
better than the price point would
suggest. Detail on the F1-inspired
steering wheel and gauge cluster
is a particular highlight.

Maranellos New
Benchmark Is Bellissimo

BBurago Signature SerieS Ferrari 488 gtB

The front luggage compartment opens, and the airfoil-like front


splitter is separately molded from the body for extra realism.

Above: The first turbocharged


mid-engine Ferrari in a
generation, the 488 had to
deliverand with 661hp and
no turbo lag, it does! Right:
Nicely molded double 5-spoke
wheels show detailed brake
hardware behind them. Below:
The interior received only
evolutionary tweaks. Bburago
does a good job with paints
and textures to give the hard
plastic a more realistic look.

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BBurago has a lot riding on its replica


it will Be a top seller, for sure, and will
likely help set expectations for the
signature series.

Ferraris habit of making


engines visible through the
backlight traces all the way to
the F40, and it is on display here
as well. another tradition the
488 revives is naming a model
based on the displacement (in cc)
of a single cylinder of its engine
la the classics, like the 250
gTo or the 365 gTB/4. With a
total engine capacity of 3902cc,
each of its 8 cylinders displaces
487.75ccrounded off to 488.
red intake plenums are a modern
tradition (subbing for the testa
rossa red heads of yore because
the cylinder heads are now buried
too deep for their color to be
visible) but are smaller and closer
together now that the engine is
turbocharged. Bburago also details
the turbo plumbing to and from
vented pods on the outer edge
of the engine bay that shield the
turbos and channel the air from
the big vents on the outside. It
really is a technically interesting
engine; Ferrari is one of the few
modern car companies that still
make an effort to produce an
aesthetically pleasing engine bay,
and Bburago makes sure collectors
get to appreciate it.
Bburago does a nice job with
tire shape and contour, and the
split 5-spoke wheel pattern is
captured faithfully. Whether you
prefer the black wheel treatment
of this version or the more
traditional satin metallic finish is
a matter of taste; Bburago offers

both, depending on the color


combination. In either case, there
are nicely detailed carbon brake
rotors with bright red calipers
clearly visible through the spokes.

Final ThoughTs
as the first turbocharged Ferrari
in a generation, the 488 gTB was
bound to be controversial. given
how good its predecessor was
only makes winning acceptance
that much more difficult. But
objectively speaking, the 488
blends the dynamic virtues of
the 458 with the turbocharged
potency of the F40 (and bumps
up the power by another 50 percent for good measure!) while
eliminating the worst vices of
each. Time will ultimately tell, but
it looks well positioned to be the
benchmark supercar for the better
part of the next decade. With a
car that significant, Bburago has
a lot riding on its replicait will
be a top seller, for sure, and will
likely help set expectations for the
Signature series over the next few
releases. If that proves to be the
case, they will do wellthis 488
replica delivers more than its sub$60 going price would suggest,
and holds its own against previous
Ferrari castings costing double
that. Its a must-have for 1:18
Ferrari collectors for whom value is
a top priority.
Source
Bburago bburago.com

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Collect em all today!

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The Golden AGe


of RAlly
Group B BrouGht
unprecedented
Speed, excitement,
and danGer to Wrc

W i k i m e d i a co m m o n s

by Matt boyd

P h oto co u r t e s y o f

By 1985, Audis performance had been


eclipsed by Peugeot, so it introduced
more-aerodynamic S1 and S2 variants
to battle back.

Audi was proving the superiority of all-wheeldrive (AWD) in rally racing with its Quattro system,
taking the title in 1982 and coming within just
two points of Lancia in 83 before regaining the
championship in 84. The other top teams could see
that AWD was the future of rally racing and followed
Audis lead. Peugeot launched its 205 Turbo 16 in 84,
combining the AWD of the Audi with the mid-engine
layout of the Lanciaa formula that would win them
their first championship in 1985. Lancia and Austin
Rover debuted their own mid-engine AWD cars in the
final race of the 85 seasonthe Delta S4 and the new
MG Metro 6R4, respectivelyfollowed by Ford with its
similarly configured RS200 at the beginning of the
86 season.
Going into 1986, the WRC had become as
glamorous and prestigious as the sport had ever
been. Luminaries from around the racing world were
paying attention. A certain young Brazilian phenom

Ford was late to the party when its mid-engine AWD RS200 arrived in 86, but the car was undeniably quick.
Its involvement in the tragedy in Portugal was a huge setback, and when the FIA froze development of Group
B cars midway through the 86 season, Ford pulled the plug.

P h oto by M o r i o , co u r t e s y o f w i k i M e d i a co M M o n s

was contested using the FIAs Group B rules


were arguably the most exciting, dramatic,
and dangerous in the history of the sport,
and the era produced the fastest and most
memorable cars the WRC has ever seen.
Established in 1982, Group B was initially a
class of heavily modified but still productionbased machines for sports car and rally
racing, but the speed and complexity
quickly escalated as the manufacturers
competingincluding Audi, Lancia, Ford, and
Peugeot, as well as Renault, Austin Rover,
Toyota, Volkswagen, and several others
exploited the numerous rules loopholes.
The FIA required that just 200 road-going
examples be built to homologate each model,
but manufacturers were then permitted
to create up to 20 Evolution models for
each racing season that had extensive
modifications as long as they retained the
production versions engine block and certain
body panels. Exotic ultra-lightweight building
materials and the layout of the chassis itself
were virtually unrestricted.

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The five years that the World


Rally Championship (WRC)

In the early years of the Group B era, highly tuned production cars, like this 83 Nissan 240RS, made a
decent showing.

As the quality of competition


steadily improved, Audi introduced
the Sport Quattro S1a lighter coupe riding on a
wheelbase more than a foot shorter. AUTOart does
S1s from 84 and 85 in 1:18.

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GROUP B
Peugeot introduced the 205 Turbo 16
midway through the 84 season and
became the team to beat virtually
overnight. Audi had scored enough
points earlier in the season to take the
title, but the 205 T16 swept the nal
three points races of the season and
would be dominant in 1985.

F1 driver named Ayrton Senna


at the time the lead driver for
Team Lotuswas intrigued
enough to do a rally test day,
culminating in a few laps in the
MG Metro 6R4 (see the review on
page 40). Group B had become
essentially a class of purposebuilt prototypes masquerading
(barely) as production cars.
And while engine displacement
was regulated according to
weight, boost pressure was not,
so horsepower skyrocketed
among small-displacement
turbo cars. Some enjoyed in
excess of 500hp, propelling less
than 2,000 pounds in race trim,

and the drivers struggled to put


that power down on courses
covered in dirt and gravel
and sometimes rain, snow, or
ice!lined with dense forest
and steep drop-os, often with
no guardrails. It is no wonder
then that a series of accidents
ultimately brought an end to the
Group B era, and the tumultuous
1986 seasonlled with speed,

tragedy, and political intrigue


would be the classs last.
Things started well for
Lancias new Delta S4, driver
Henri Toivonen winning the
season opener in Monte Carlo.
Peugeots snow ace Juha

Kankkunen won in Sweden


before tragedy struck in the
third event in Portugal, when
Joaquim Santos lost control of
his Ford RS200 trying to avoid
unruly spectators who were
crowding the tracks edge and

Rally-spec Peugeot 205s arent as prevalent as one


would think. IXO does this one in 1:43.

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A few manufacturers make Ford


RS200s, but Minichamps is among
the nicest in 1:43.

Audi was rst to exploit the Group B rules with its A1 Quattro
coupe in 198283. Sun Star does a pair of nice replicas in 1:18.

P H OTO CO U R T E S Y O F W I K I M E D I A CO M M O N S

spun into the crowd, killing three


and injuring more than 30. Just
two races later, the spectre of
another fatal accident darkened
the sport. In Corsica, openinground winner Toivonens Lancia
careened o track down a steep,
heavily wooded hillside, killing
him and his co-driver Sergio
Cresto in a ery wreck at the
same event another Lancia
driver had died the year before. It
was the nal straw for the shellshocked sanctioning bodythe

FIA froze all


development of
Group B cars and announced
that it would be discontinuing
the formula at the end of the
86 season. Following that
announcement, Ford and Audi
withdrew factory team support
for the now lame-duck Group
B, but Peugeot, Lancia, MG, and

Diecast examples of
Renault 5 rally cars are
scarce, but Revell and
Universal Hobbies made
them in 1:18.

One of the wildest Group B cars was


the Renault 5 Turbo. America knew
the 5 as the Le Car, but the Turbo was
a far cry from the econobox we knew:
Its tiny mid-mounted 1.4L engine
had enough boost crammed into it to
produce as much as 350hp in race trim.
It won Corsica in 82 and 85, and in the
tragedy-marred Portugal race in 86.

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Group B

The last 2WD car to win a WRC championship


was the Lancia 037 in 1983.

Kyosho released several


versions of the Lancia 037
in 1:18 a few years ago.

others soldiered on. Peugeot


and Lancia traded victories the
rest of the seasonwith the
exception of one rugged event in
Africa that Toyota took because
the top teams did not enter.
Rules intrigue reared its head at
Sanremo, Italy, when the local
Italian race officials disqualified
the Peugeot team from entering

for supposedly illegal bodywork,


handing the victory to Lancia,
"coincidentally" an Italian team.
The FIA later determined that
that ruling was erroneous, and
the entire event result was
annulled. Those event points
would prove decisive, as both
the Drivers and Manufacturers
Championshipsthe final of the

Ever-escalating speed and danger finally took its toll in Corsica when one of Lancias top teams, Henri Toivonen and Sergio Cresto, were
killed in a fiery crash. There was little left of the car but a bare tube frame. The FIA called a halt to development and announced that Group
B would go away at seasons end, to be replaced by slower (and presumably safer) Group A cars.

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Group B erawere decided in


Peugeots favor by fewer than
the 20 points Lancia was denied
in Sanremo.
With that the Group B cars
were gone, and the much
more heavily restricted and
production-oriented Group A
cars were promoted to the top
formula. A few Group B leftovers
saw use in privateers hands in
non-WRC events and rallycross,
but they would never again
capture the spotlight or the
imagination of the sporting world
as they did for those glorious five
years between 1982 and 1986.
That period is often considered
Rallys Golden Era, and many of
the cars have become classics.
The Peugeots, Lancias, and Audis
have all become highly prized
collector cars, with numerous
models made in various scales
and liveries.

out of the box

by matt boyd

SUN STAR 1986 MG Metro


6r4 1:18 | $90 (est)

ave you heard the legend of how Ayrton Senna


once raced a World Rally Championship (WRC) car?
Unlike so many apocryphal stories featuring the
man many consider the greatest Formula 1 driver who ever
lived, this one is actually based in fact. Technically, Senna
test-drove a forest rally stage (he didnt actually compete),
and the event took place at the behest of the British
magazine Cars and Car Conversions.

The idea was for the story to grab


the hottest young up-and-coming
F1 driver (Senna was in his third
season in 1986 and had won four
races for Team Lotus but not yet
a championship) and plop him
behind the wheel of a rally car
(globally, WRC was the hottest
motorsport next to F1 at the time).
Actually, Senna drove five rally
cars that gray day in the Welsh
hillsallegedly, the first time he
had ever even seen a rally car
in person, let alone piloted one.
Starting to sound like a proper
Senna legend now, isnt it?
After being coached by the
pro drivers to which the cars
belonged, Senna got his chance
behind the wheel of a British Rally
Championship 1300cc Vauxhall
Nova, a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth,
Volkswagens junior factory
team Group A GTI, a cobbledtogether V-6powered Ford
Escort, and finallythe subject
of these pagesa purpose-built
Group B MG Metro 6R4. To the
mild surprise of observers that
day (but, in retrospect, not really
surprising at all), Senna attacked
the discipline of rally methodically
and with the utmost respect.
By days end, he had won over
the pro rally crews, pitching into
corners, rotating with the e-brake,
countersteering, and balancing
the cars on the throttle. Said one
driver upon returning from riding
shotgun on a Senna lap: A few
days in a car like thisand you
would be equaling the National
Championship leaders in no time.
No two ways about it. Of course.
This is Senna were talking about.
A few more days in the car and

hed probably have won the


championship!
The MG Metro that Senna
drove that day was set up in
Clubman spec. It was dressed
in all white, with Austin Rover
decals in the primary sponsor
slots and a handful of smaller
decalsMichelin Tires, Champion
Spark Plugs, Bilstein Shocks
adorning the flanks. Across the
top of the windshield read a
banner displaying the Cars and
Car Conversions magazine logo.
Even the registration number
C64WDU reads just as it did on
the day Senna drove it, festooned
with flamboyant aero devices
on the nose and roof, plus huge

No anemic FWD economy drivetrain in this Metro! Where a dinky 4-banger once lived, designers stashed a big radiator,
a spare tire, and various fluid reservoirs.

40 DCXmag.com

The Day Senna Roughed It


in a Group B Rally Car

A widened stance and huge aero aids are the most obvious clues that this was no
mere mortal MG.

A special powerplant was crafted specifically for the 6R4: essentially, a Cosworth DFV V-8
with 2 cylinders lopped off. Sun Star does an exemplary job with it, capturing the complex
intake and various fittings for the dry-sump oiling system.

SUN STAR 1986 MG METRO 6R4

berglass fender extensions


and various other race-specic
items. Sun Star captures these
competition features, such as the
huge airbox inlets on the doors to
feed air to the big V-6 behind the
driver, plus a huge vent slat in the
hood and smaller scoops and side
vents in the windows.
Like many rally cars, the Metro
is right-hand-drive (RHD) and
both driver and co-driver sit in
sculpted Recaro bucket seats
with carbon-ber pattern to their
outer shells. Detailed 6-point
racing harnesses made of exible
rubber material, with Sabelt
labels on them, are present as
well. One quirk of rally cars is the
instrumentation. Though the car
is RHD, most of the gauges are
on the left. This is not a mistake;
rather, with a co-driver present at
all times by rule, they are tasked
with monitoring instruments
while the driver concentrates on
keeping the car out of the trees!
Some vestige of the tube-frame/
rollcage is evident (although not as
much as you might expect given
a Group B cars propensity for
cartwheeling!), and theres a single
re suppressor on the co-driver
footwell and a plastic bubblescreen partition between the back
of the driver compartment and the
engine bay.
To access that engine bay,
the entire tail cap hinges upward.
In a move exceedingly rare for a
rally car, Austin Rover created an
entirely new engine for the Metro.
With Williams working on the
chassis design, it only made sense
to look to F1 for the engine as well.
As denoted by the 6 in 6R4, it
is a V-6, crafted by ex-Cosworth

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able to match the success of that


rst race.
Sun Star captures this most
interesting feature of the Metro
6R4 nicely, correctly mounting
the engine block back to front,
with the 5-speed transmission
jutting forward into the passenger
compartment. The Clubman
version usually came with a
single throttle-body intake on
the V-6, but this model has
the much cooler-looking six
individual throttle butteries of
the International spec WRC
car. There is also a reservoir tank
for the dry-sump oiling system
and a fuel lter, both plumbed
with simulated braided steel
lines, complete with ttings. The
distributor is driven o the drivers
side cylinder bank, and there is a
full set of plug wires.

FINAL STAGE
An interesting quirk of the RHD 6R4 is that most of the
gauges were placed on the left in front of the co-driver
the thought being that the driver needed to keep his full
attention on the course obstacles rocketing at them!

engineer David Wood and based


on the iconic Cosworth DFV
Formula 1 V-8, shortened by
2 cylinders, then bored and stroked
up to displace 2991cc. While most
competitors relied on heavily
turbocharged small-displacement
4-cylinder motors, the Metros
designers thought that a naturally
aspirated V-6 would oer better
throttle response and reliability.
A target of about 400hp was
deemed competitive for WRC
(Clubman versions like Sennas
were rev-limited to around 250hp).

When it debuted at the nal event


of the 1985 season, 400hp was
good for a third-place nish. But
with turbo engines, more power is
simply a matter of turning up the
boost, and by the beginning of 86,
the top turbo cars were pushing
500hp. The only way for the
Metros unboosted V-6 to make
more power was to rev higher, and
that proved tough on reliability.
Ultimately, the team was never
able to keep up with the turbo
motors and also keep the V-6
from grenading, and it was never

Group B cars are fascinating in


their own right, but the MG Metro
6R4 is usually eclipsed by the
more successful rally cars of the
day. A connection to the oneand-only Ayrton Senna easily
equalizes any racing performance
disparity, making this particular
car of key interest to collectors.
The detail is very good, and Sun
Star has made the Metro in several
livery schemes, but this plain-Jane
unassuming white car might be
the most interesting because of
the Senna angle. Whether youre
a fan of rally, of Senna, or of just
interesting overlooked racing cars
in general, Sun Stars MG Metro
6R4 is worth a look.
SOURCE
Sun Star sunstarmodelcars.com

out of the box

by matt boyd

AUTOART 1986 Lancia


DeLta S4 1:18 | $250

o manufacturer has ever been more singularly


committed to success in international rally
competition than Lancia. The company tried its
hand at other forms of motorsport on the world stage
most notably, the D50 Formula 1 car that Alberto Ascari
famously careened into Monte Carlo harbor during the
1955 Monaco Grand Prix (and that, rebadged as a Ferrari,
would win the World Championship in 1956). But it was in
the rally that Lancia found its true passion and its aptitude.

It first took the international rally


title in 1972 with the Fulvia, and
upon the establishment of the
World Rally Championship the
following year, Lancia proceeded
to take three consecutive cham
pionships (197476) with its out
rageous Stratos HF. Lancia would
take just a single championship
during the Group B erain 1983
before going on an even more
astonishing run in the Group A
years immediately following, win
ning the WRC manufacturers
title an unprecedented six years
consecutively, from 1987 to 1992,
with various iterations of the
Delta. With 11 championships to
its name, Lancia remains the most
successful manufacturer in rally
history, and the Delta the most
successful single model.
The Delta got its start in rally
competition with the car you
see on these pagesthe Group
Bspecification S4. It debuted
for homologation purposes in
the final race of the 1985 season:
the Royal Automobile Club Rally
of Great Britainwhich it won
handily, sweeping the top two
places in front of the MG Metro
6R4, also making its WRC debut
that weekend (see page 40). This
was Lancias first allwheeldrive
(AWD) rally car, replacing the
successful reardrive 037 that
had taken the championship in
1983. But Audi had won in 82 and
84 with AWD, and Peugeot took
the 85 title in its AWD 205 T16, so
Lancia knew that it needed an AWD
design to have any shot at another
championship. Part of the reason
was the Group B rules, which
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allowed unlimited boost levels in its


turbo and supercharged engines.
With output approaching 500hp
in the top competitors, that kind
of power simply could not be put
to the ground through just two
wheels, especially on dirt and gravel
surfaces. The Delta S4 also utilized
the 037s midengine layout for
optimal weight distribution, and an
evolution of its longtravel double
wishbone suspension. Theres
no doubt that the Delta S4 was a
winning design; the car won five of
the 13 rallies that comprised the 86
season (although oneSanremo
was subsequently annulled).
AUTOarts rendition of the Delta
body offers a fantastic opportunity
to study the myriad modifications,
big and small, that create a sophis
ticated racing machine with the
veneer of a mundane economy
car. The Martini paint scheme and
sponsor decals show how cleverly
the livery hides the gigantic air
scoops on the Cpillars that feed
the intercoolers mounted beneath
the rear glass. The numerous
other vents and scoops have fine
mesh in them, and the surface
fasteners, hinges, and little extras,
like the flexible mud flaps, reinforce
the sophisticated feel to the body
presentation.
That sophistication carries
through to the interior, where the
doors open on high sills of the
tubular space frame. The driver
and codriver hopped up, over, and
then down into the Sparco carbon
fiber racing seats with their blue
simulatedfabric coverings and
6point safety harnesses. The
shift lever for the ZF 5speed
The exotic twincharger system uses both turbocharging and a roots-style blower to
make up to 550hp from just 1759cc! The model does a beautiful job with the complex
plumbing and the huge tail-mounted intercoolers.

AUTOarts rendition of the car in which


two-time champ Miki Biasion won
his very first WRC eventthe
86 Rally Argentinaticks all the
boxes for drama and detail.

Going Out a Winner in the Final


Group B Argentina Rally

Behind the face of an unassuming economy hatchback hides an exotic purpose-built


racing machine. AUTOarts paint and surface detailing is superior.

The high sills of the tubular spaceframe bracket nicely textured Sparco racing seats. Check out
the cool details such as the etched metal leg brace on the inside of the door.

AUTOArT 1986 Lancia DeLta S4

The front deck opens wide to reveal


a spare tire and some of the Deltas
037-derived long-travel suspension.

gearbox has heat-shield material


for its boota sensible precaution
given that the center differential
lies between the seats and that
the fuel tanksfull of an ultravolatile witchs brewwere
directly under them! The dash liner
has a simulated leather pad but
is otherwise properly unadorned,
and covered with a dizzying array
of instruments and switchgear.
The entire rear third of the Delta

lifts up to reveal what is the most


powerful engine ever to compete
in WrC, although in terms of
displacement it is also one of the
smallest. It was a clean-sheet
design, an all-aluminum 16-valve
inline-4 of just 1759cc. What the
little 4 lacked in displacement, it
more than made up for in boost,
thanks to its novel twincharger
system that incorporated both a
supercharger (as had the 037) and
a turbochargerboth individually
intercooled. Engineers knew that
the key to maximum horsepower
was turbocharging, but that usually
came with a penalty of evil turbo
lag and lazy throttle response at
lower rpm. Superchargers didnt
suffer from lag, but their power
potential was more limited. So
Lancia decided to have its cake and
eat it too! Below about 5000rpm,
the engine got its boost from a
roots-style supercharger like the
037, but between 4750 and
5000rpm, a bypass valve
smoothly transitioned over to
boost from the turbocharger.
Lancia claimed 480hp at 8000rpm
on 32psi of boost. But by its final

iteration, the engine could rev as


high as 8500 and take 40+psi
making more than 550hp!
The twincharger system is
the most interesting detail on
the model, filled with an intricate
array of plumbing for the turbo,
the supercharger, and their
giant intercoolers, which mount
horizontally to the tube frame
and dominate the rear section of
the car. There is an air-cleaner
assembly (an essential item on a
rally car!) that draws air from the
roof vent in front of the oil cooler,
which is mounted high in the
chassis behind the rear-window
partition. With the engine cover
up, you also get an excellent view
of the wishbone rear suspension.
You can also flip up the hatch on
the front deck to view the spare
Pirelli tire (the car is equipped
with tarmac/smooth-gravel tires
here) and the front-mounted
radiator assembly.

Final Stage
In its short career, the Lancia Delta
S4 Group B rally car ticks off so
many of the boxes that make

a legendary racecar: technical


superiority, triumph, controversy,
and tragedy. The Delta was the
most powerful WrC car ever built.
It won its debut race and scored
enough points to take the 1986
WrC title. Two weeks after the
season, a French court took away
Lancias points for the Sanremo
win, defaulting the championship
back to the French Peugeot team.
And the sports most popular rising
star, Henri Toivonen, died in a fiery
crash in a Delta at Corsica, which set
in motion the events that resulted
in the entire Group B class being
outlawed after the 86 season.
Quite a list for a car that only raced
12 times! AUTOart recognizes that
both the intrigue and the innovation
contribute to collector interest, and
has produced a series of Delta S4
models that deliver on detail as
well as drama. Peugeot may have
officially won the title in 1986, but it
is Lancia that is remembered as the
ultimate Group B rally car!
Source
AUTOart autoartmodels.com

out of the box

by matt boyd

REPlICARz 1967 STP-PaxTon


Turbine 1:18 | $250

hen Andy Granatelli breezed into Indianapolis in


May 1967 touting his teams bright orange car
powered by an aircraft turbine engine, many
thought he was full of hot air. But when his driver Parnelli
Jones made a lap at the famed Brickyard at better than
166mph, people began to wonder if the boisterous team
owner and CEO of STP might not be onto something. Of
course, turbine-powered Indycars werent a new idea. The
technology had been triedmost notably the year before
by Jack Adams and four years before that in 1962 by thenrookie Dan Gurneyneither of which qualified for the race.
Granatelli had hoped to have his turbine car ready for 1966 as
well, but development issues postponed its debut until 67.

The Wind of Change That


(Almost) Swept Indy
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By that time, engineer Ken Wallis


had figured out a drivetrain
configuration that could harness
the high-rpm turbine effectively
and (usually) reliably. The biggest
challenge was torque. The same
robust wave of torque that offered
such performance potential
was devilishly hard to put to the
ground given the tire technology
of the day and proved the undoing
of prior turbine efforts at Indy.
The difference proved to be the
Ferguson 4WD system Granatellis
team had adopted back in 1964,
which allowed the turbines torque
to be put down without costly
wheelspin, slingshotting it out of
corners much more quickly than
its piston-powered rivals.
Despite the accusations of
some competitors, the turbine
made no more horsepower than
the top piston engines. That meant
that the setup didnt give it much
of an advantage in qualifying;

Jones earned the sixth starting


spot on the grid. But from that
position on the outside of row 2,
he was ideally positioned for the
race. At the drop of the green flag,
as the cars ahead tiptoed gingerly
on cold tires, Jones swung wide
and used the torque and traction
advantage of his turbine car get up
to speed much faster exiting turn
1, sweeping past four of the five
cars aheadonly pole-sitter Mario
Andretti remained. By turn 2,
he had swallowed up Andretti as
well, and the STP car promptly set
sail, pulling out to a commanding
lead when rain broke out on lap
18, bringing the event to a halt
until the following afternoon. The
turbine resumed its dominance
and surrendered the lead only
brieflyonce for a spin and twice
for pit stopsbut quickly moved to
the front again. And then, with just
four laps to go, disaster struck. The
turbine, which had run flawlessly

all day, suffered failure of a minor


but essentialbearing in the
transmission, and the car coasted
to a stop. indy legend A. J.
Foytwho had trailed
Jones by nearly a
full lapswept
by for the win.
The Granatelli
team was
crushed, but
the efficacy
of the turbine
had certainly
been validated.
The no. 40 turbine
car is arguably the most
famous nonwinner in indy history.
The bright orange StP-Paxton
livery, its distinctive shape, and
the large personalities of owner
Andy Granatelli and driver Parnelli
Jones all played a role, but mostly
it was the exotic powerplant and
the drama of a victory so nearly
achieved but snatched away in
the final moments of the race.
in his postrace comments, even
Foyt expressed sympathy for
Jones and the StP team at the
cruel twist of fortune. So history
and context make the turbine
car a standout, but its engine
technology is its raison dtre. to
truly capture the essence of the

The Turbine car had a


conspicuously asymmetrical
shape, thanks to the motor and
driver being placed in pods on
either side of the chassis.

car, a great model must include


that element. replicarz recognized
that, and its exceptional new
1:18 model puts the engineering
of the car front and center in its
depictionwell, OK, not literally
front and center since the
turbine was famously mounted in
the side of the car, forming a pod
offset to the left of the chassis

central backbone. The driver sat


opposite it in a pod to the right,
contributing to the cars slightly
bulbous asymmetrical shape.
replicarz has spent considerable
effort capturing that shape and
embellishing it with a beautiful
array of sponsor decals and inlaid
panel fasteners. i particularly enjoy
the polished metal that trims the
body at the front suspension
openings and the deflector just aft
of the exhaust outlet to protect
the body from the turbines
exhaust air. Panel lines demarcate
the rear-mounted air brake that
augmented the traditional disc
brakes because lifting out of the
throttle on a turbine did not
immediately cut power or offer
the inertial engine braking
effect of a piston engine.
The cockpit is an accurate
representation of a 60s-era
race car, with a deeply
slung drivers seatmolded
in textured black plastic
to simulate leatherand a
four-point racing harness
with etched metal buckles. The
steering wheel is surprisingly
rudimentary (accurately so!), and
the instrument panel has neat
colored wires coming off the
back of the gauges. The
gauge faces are nicely
detailed, although they
are too small to make
out precisely what each
monitors. That would be
cool to know, given the novelty
of the power system! You can
see a metal bulkhead with rivet
patterns on the inboard side that

abuts the chassis backbone.


Because of the turbines rpm
flexibility, it needed no traditional
gearbox or clutch; it used a singlespeed transmission bolted up to a
torque converter to deliver power.
Thus, the lever sticking through
the bulkhead to the drivers left
is obviously not a gearshift; its
more likely a weight jacker (to
adjust handling balance) or a brake
bias adjuster.
The side panel lifts off easily
to reveal the Pratt & whitney
St6B-62 enginean industrial
variant of the Pt6, one of the
most prolific turboprop airplane
and helicopter engines ever
built. On paper, it seemed ideal; it
weighed less (just 260 pounds)
than a comparable piston engine
and had less than half the moving
parts. it was even reasonably
fuel efficient at 3.66mpg! it
was mounted backward in the
racecar with the output shaft in
the rear. while relatively simple
in appearance, there is a lot of
subtle detail herewith careful
molding and numerous colorcoded wires throughout the
compartment. i particularly like
the simulated fittings on the
compressor casing and the detail
put on the starter module on the
front end of the motor. You can
also make out some detail on
the transmission casing at the
very aft of the compartment.
The large metallic sleeve (with
strategically placed logos of StP,
Purolator, and Pratt & whitney)
toward the front of the engine is
specific to this racecar and was
winter 2017 49

cool the brakes. Because it is 4WD,


the meaty Firestones are the
same size at all four corners and
have nice sidewall markings and
tread. They are wrapped around
beautifully molded and painted
Halibrand wheels with etchedmetal knockoffs.

Final lap

The nose section is removable, under which you can see the
front section of the box frame and details of the steering and
suspension systems.

The upper links of The wishbone suspension were sculpTed


wiTh an airfoil shape To reduce drag, and Tiny Tubes in fronT
of all four wheels siphoned air To cool The brakes.
a last-minute addition to the
design mandated by sanctioning
body United States Auto Club
(USAC)a titanium scattershield
encasing the hot section of the
turbine. USAC also legislated the
size of the air inlets, restricting

them to 23 square inches to limit


maximum horsepower to about
550 (unrestricted, the engine can
make more than 1,000hp!)
The nose section is also
removable, giving an interesting
view of the front suspension

and the boxed aluminum chassis


that encased the front axles
differential. The upper links of
the wishbone suspension were
sculpted with an airfoil shape to
reduce drag, and tiny tubes in front
of all four wheels siphoned air to

The STP-Paxton turbine recalls


the days when innovation ruled
racingwhere the quest for
speed inspired daring (sometimes
outrageous!) feats of engineering
creativity. Some estimates
put the cost of developing the
turbine car at ten times that of
a conventional piston-powered
car. But innovation is seldom
cheap. That it was ultimately
thwarted by a $6 bearing race
is ironic, but that only adds to
the mystique that makes this a
stellar model subject. The guys
at Replicarz again demonstrate
their finely tuned instinct for what
makes a compelling model, and
the execution here is extremely
satisfying. For Brickyard history
buffs or those who prize novel
racecar engineering, this is a
replica to add to your collection.
Source
Replicarz replicarz.com

Above: The Pratt & Whitney engine was an industrial variant of a common aircraft turboprop. The model is spot-on,
down to the scattershield mandated by USAC just days before the race. Left: The cockpit is vintage 60s Indycar:
low-slung seat and minimalist instrumentation. Note the lack of a gearshift; the turbine had so much torque that the
car needed no gearboxit ran through a single-speed transmission and a torque converter.

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OUT OF THE BOX

BY THE DCX TEAM

MINICHAMPS SAOUTCHIK
1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62
CABRIOLET 1:18 | $340

948 saw the introduction of the rst postwar design


by Cadillac, and its modern styling was a revelation
more than enough glitz for almost anyone. Unless
youre Jacques Saoutchik, the Ukrainian-born Parisian
coachbuilder who became famous for his amboyant
interpretations of some of the worlds most prestigious
automotive brands, like Delahaye, Talbot-Lago, HispanoSuiza, and Mercedes. When he looked at the sleek new 48
Caddy, he saw a canvas upon which to work his magic.

Known primarily for his Europeanbased creations, Saoutchik wanted


the chance to showcase his work
on an American car in an American
market, and the new Cadillac
proved to be an ideal platform,
with its heavy-duty frame, supple
ride, and torquey V-8. Ultimately,
he would build two nearly identical
custom cabriolets based on the
Series 62 convertible. The car you
see here was built for Hollywood
lm star Dolores del Ro (hence,
the dramatic purple-over-lilac
paint!), although she only kept
it a few months before selling it.
Eventually, it would nd its way
into the Blackhawk Collection.
The second carin black-overpurplewas commissioned by
Paul Kasso but was bought soon
after by Louis Ritter, New York
socialite and cofounder of Ritter
Brothers Furriers.
Minichamps fastidiously
documents the custom look
of the Saoutchik Cadillac in its
scale replica, and presents it in
a lovely clamshell display box
on a cobblestone-look base
emblazoned with a serialized metal
placard. The interior lid of the box
has a nice bit of history on the cars
provenance. The lines Saoutchik
drew for his cabriolet depart
signicantly from the stock Series
62s. For example, he abandoned
its widely spaced headlights,
horizontal grille, and the tailns,
which would become signature
Cadillac styling items in the years
to follow. In their place, Saoutchik
crafted a more traditionalalbeit
highly stylizedvertical grille with
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little subgrilles on either side,


which was slightly reminiscent of
the 3940 Cadillacs. Those side
grilles integrated a secondary set
of driving lights, and the primary
headlights were moved notably
inboardrecalling the arrangement
on some classic prewar Cadillacs.
The smoothly tapered nless tail
had a European avor. Saoutchik
re-emphasized the rear fender
contour as on 194047 Cadillacs,
and made it more prominent with
a huge chrome accent. That is
matched by an even more striking
(and huge!) chrome arch on the
front fender, which completely
changes the prole of the stock
Series 62, making the car very
Delahaye-esque. Spats that cover
most of the wheel emphasize
the eect further. Delahaye was
obviously a shape Saoutchik
admired, as he replicated many
of these same styling elements a
year later on his 1949 Delahaye
175 Roadster.
Among the stylistic salutes to
Cadillac tradition incorporated into
this particular car is a network
of delicate canework that is
reminiscent of V-16 Fleetwoods
from Cadillacs prewar heyday. The
pattern is beautifully applied on
the model, edged at the rear by
a thin pinstripe and following the
contour of the custom chrome
trim as it sweeps from the hoodline
back to the rear fender. Above
that hoodline trim is an etched
Saoutchik hood ornament and
crest, and there are tiny badges
at the edge of the hood etched
with Special Body by SAOUTCHIK

Parisif you magnify them, the


script is perfectly legible.
The interior is relatively
conservative by comparison
aside from the wild palette
that matches the exterior. The
dashboard is largely stock and
replicated using cast and etched
pieces, with decals for the
speedometer and clock. There
is purple ocking for carpet on
the oorboards. The cabriolets
reportedly featured a poweroperated top that could be
positioned three ways: full-up, fulldown, and targa-style, with just
the center section of the top (over
the front seats) removedas the
model appears. Its an interesting
conguration, but as with most
convertibles, the car really looks
best with the top all the way
down. Maybe Minichamps
will do it that way for
the black/purple car?

FINAL
THOUGHTS
Minichamps
continues to put
out concours-grade
resin models at a
truly impressive
rateand with
impressive
results. The
Saoutchik Cadillac
is an extraordinary
car, ambitious in
its styling choices
and a bit of a throwback to the
prewar days, when independent
coachbuilders dened the top
echelon of automotive aesthetics.

Unit-body construction and the


rise of the in-house styling studios
within the major manufacturers
would soon bring that era to
an end, but this car proves that
it didnt go quietly. It really is a
beautiful car, and this is a beautiful
model of it.
SOURCE
Minichamps carvillemodelsshop.com

The reshaped rear end recalls earlier


Cadillacs, while the arched chrome
trim echoes Delahaye.

The dash was fairly stock (except for color), and the detail here is excellent. Note the delicate canework on the doors, which recalls the V-16 Fleetwood agships of the early 1930s.

Concours-Grade
Custom Caddy from the
Blackhawk Collection

out of the box

by the DCx team

FIRe RePLICAS Jack Daniels


Fire BrigaDe P-7 PumPer
1:50 | $309

ust about everybody has heard of Jack Daniels


Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. Whether you
partake in the occasional nip yourself or know the
name purely by reputation, its one of those iconic brands
whose name has become a benchmark for an entire
industry. As the distiller of the best-selling American
whiskey on the planet, the company has also become
the economic lynchpin of its hometown of Lynchburg,
Tennesseea town of barely 6,000 residents.

The distillery and its support


operations not only are the areas
largest employer but also have
become a tourist destination,
which supports numerous aspects
of the local economy. A $140

the company facilities but also to


schools, public buildings, and the
surrounding community!
All of that serves as backdrop
for the imposing piece of
machinery that you see modeled

establishing itself as the leader


in precision-scale fire-service
vehicles. Like its previous efforts,
the Jack Daniels Pierce Pumper is
1:50 scale, delivered on a beautiful
velvet-lined base with an etched

The Most Famous Name in Firewater


Has Its Own Fire Truck!
million expansion announced in
early 2016 will only increase the
importance of Jack Daniels to
the Lynchburg area. But would
it surprise you to know that
the Jack Daniels facility is so
expansive that it has its own fire
department? It surprised me. But
with an operation of its size whose
primary output is highly flammable
spirits and given that Lynchburg
has a history of catastrophic fire
going back nearly as far as the
Jack Daniels brand itself, it makes
sense that the company would
not rely solely on local services for
emergency response. In fact, its
just the opposite: The Jack Daniels
Fire Brigade operates three fire
stations in Lynchburg, with a total
of 34 personnel who provide
emergency services not only to

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here: the Pierce Velocity Custom


Pumper of the Jack Daniels Fire
Brigade, which was delivered into
service in 2015 and designated
P-7. Lets call it New No. 7!
It is among the latest releases
from Fire Replicas, the
company quickly

metal plaque and an acrylic dust


cover. It should be noted that the
base is not removable (at least,
not without destroying the base
and gravely risking your model!),

but since this is about the best


presentation youll find in the
emergency-service-vehicle
space, why would you want to?
Fire Replicas relies primarily
on resin construction for its
ability to reproduce fine lines and
features at 1:50 scale. The company
augments that with liberal use
of stainless steel and brass in
dimensions mind-bogglingly
thin and precisely scalewere
talking hundredths of an inch.
At these proportions, the dust
cover becomes a safety device
as even the most delicate fingers

Above left: From taillight lenses to etched metal fittings and molded surface detailsremember, what you see is in 1:50 scale! Above center: The control panel for the 2.5-inch discharges,
chemical, and foam systems is beautiful. Many of the gauges are readable. Above right: The 8-inch Hydro-Chem deluge gunit sounds as formidable as it looks! Also note the fine precision
on the ladder in the lower left. Below: The velvet-covered base on which each Fire Replicas model sits makes a beautiful presentation, and fits perfectly to an acrylic dust cover.

Fire repliCas Jack Daniels Fire BrigaDe P-7 PumPer

A LegAcy
of Service

can easily damage the model. if


youre thinking that this model
looks bigger than the typical pierce
pumper, you are correct. That was
by specification of the Jack Daniels
Fire Brigade; it ordered a one-ofa-kind truck outfitted with custom
equipment and capacity. among
the specialized items are six 2.5inch rear discharges designed to
interface with an elaborate system
of standpipes integrated into the
distillery, bottling, and storage
facilities. You can see the brilliantly
detailed gauge panel for them on
the left side amidshipsin many
cases, with instruments you can
actually read. The pierce rides on
a single axle up front and a pair of
dual axles out backwith nicely
detailed wheels and tires all around.
The models wheels have a matte
metallic finish whereas the fullscale trucks are chrome, but the
molding is spot-on and the tires
have accurate tread and contour.
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Jack Daniels prouDly traces its history all the way back to the first distillery in 1875, but
believe it or not, theres another truck joining Fire Replicas growing catalog, which pays tribute to an
organization that goes back even further. Arguably the most famous and revered fire company in the
worldthe Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) was founded 10 years before Jack Daniels,
and is officially celebrating 150 years of service. To honor that milestone, New York Citys marketing
and tourism organization partnered with Ferrara Fire Apparatus to refit and refurbish one of the citys
Ferrara HD-100 Aerial Ladder trucks, giving it a custom tribute paint scheme that was debuted at the
New York International Auto Show in April 2016. Fire Replicas meticulous artistry is again on display
with its model, which measures more than 9 inches long and comprises 496 parts. The highlight is surely
the stainless-steel and etched replica of the 100-foot ladder that sits atop the truck. Its sections measure
an astonishing 0.6mm in thickness! Like the Jack Daniels truck, it comes with a display base and dust
cover, is limited to 600 pieces total, and retails for the same $309. And like the Jack Daniels Pierce
Pumper, the FDNY150 Ferrara Ladder is sure to sell out.

Up top, there are molded hoses


for the discharges, layered into
channels separated by thin etched
metal guides. You can see just
a hint of the glue in the seams
that holds these in placeits
literally the only blemish on the
entire model that ive found. Just
in front of the hoses is a turretlike
contraption with an intricate set
of valves and a secondary foam
hose that pierce refers to as an
8-inch Hydro-Chem deluge
gun and nozzle! The name alone
makes it the coolest feature on
the truck, but its also important for a vehicle that must
deal with a wide range of
flammable substancessome
not safely treated with water.
Complementing the standpipe
water system and 3,000 gallonper-minute pump is an onboard
500-gallon water tank; a
2,000-pound dry chemical
system; and another 2,000-gallon

foam tank for the Husky 300


foam system.
The interior has received some
attention as well, although given
that this is a sealed model, it is
understandably less detailed than
the exterior. its the intricate trim
on the trucks various surfaces
that impresses the most. Thats
where the stainless steel and brass
pieces really shine (so to speak).
Grab handles, access panels, what
seems like acres of amazingly
fine-pattern diamond platethe
surface detailing is crazy! Just have
a look at the mesh in the grille.
While youre at it, take a moment
to admire the fine lensing in the
headlights and markers. Out back,
the taillights are just as good, and
they are complemented by etched
pieces for surface detailing and
tow loops. and the stainlesssteel ladder mounted to the
right side is a work of art with its
finely etched details and a scale

rope tie to secure it.

Final ThoughTs
every Fire replicas model is a study
in precision and attention to detail,
and the 423 individual parts on this
truck are certainly no exception.
By coupling that craftsmanship
with the brand-recognition of
Jack Danielsand the backstory
contained therein of its very own
fire brigadethe company has
created an added level of interest
to an already compelling model.
The manufacturer told me that it
expects the Jack Daniels pierce
pumper to be its top seller of the
year, and i believe itthe planned
600 units are sure to sell out.
This is a fun model of an amazing
piece of machinery. so heres to
Fire replicas for another stellar
model!
Source
Fire Replicas firereplicas.com

HOT WHEELS HIGHWAY


BY MIKE ZARNOCK

All You Need Is Love!

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Series

o honor the 50th anniversary of the Beatles


1966 song Yellow Submarine, Hot Wheels has
releasedexclusively through Walmarta collection of six cars decorated with characters from the 1968
animated movie of the same name.

Along with Hot Wheels collectors, fans of the band and the lm
alike will appreciate the collections
nostalgic artwork with its psychedelic colors andof coursethe
cartoon likenesses of John Lennon,
Paul McCartney, George Harrison,
and Ringo Starr on the packages
and within the designs of the cars
themselves. Even the Chief of
the Blue Meanies is included on
the side of the Volkswagen Kool
Kombi Bus and on the face of its
card. Kudos go out to Hot Wheels
designers Steve Vandervate for
the deco designs and John Colucci
for the package designsthey
nailed it, for sure!
Starting the series o is the
Bump Around painted in bright
yellow with red, blue, and black
tampos. The bright red interior
and accent pieces make it t right
in with the nostalgic look of the
cartoon. The tan base and small red
chrome 5-spoke wheels nish it
o nicely.
Second up is the Cockney Cab
II. Why not have a British mainstay
classic 60s London taxicab as a
representation from the lm? Done
in white pearl plastic with light lime
sides, light purple plastic windows,
and multicolored owers on the
hood and side, the Cockney Cab II
is also adorned with the likeness
of John Lennon on the side.
The Fishd N Chipd is another
natural choice when it comes to
British references, so of course
this British luxury carinspired
casting needed to be included in
the setpainted in light blue pearl
metallic. This long and low cruiser
comes with Paul McCartneys face
on the side, along with yellow and
white owers outlined in black. The

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yellow tinted windows and white


interior go well with the small gold
chrome 5-spoke wheels.
Inspired by George Harrisons
personal Mini, the Morris Mini is
another well-known British automotive xture and a great pick for
this series. Painted in red enamel,
the dark tinted windows and light
lime plastic interior go well with
the butteries and owers on the
sides and roof. Its nished o with
a rendering of George on the door,
a gold chrome base, and small gold
chrome 10-spoke wheels.
The Fast Felion comes in at
number 5 of the group. Its
painted pearl chartreuse (purplepink) metallic with orange and
white owers outlined in black,
along with a likeness of Ringo
Starr (aka Richard Starkey) on
the front fender. It has yellow
tinted windows, a chrome interior,
and a bright yellow plastic
base with open-hole chrome
5-spoke wheels.
Finishing up the series at
number 6 is the dark candy blue
metallic Kool Kombi. The side of the
Kombi is painted with the image
of the Chief of the Blue Meanies
surrounded by light blue enamel
owers. The front is well detailed
with painted headlights, directional
lights, and the VW emblem. The
dark blue tinted windows make
the blue-gray pearl plastic interior
look light blue. Its nished o with
a chrome base and blue chrome
5-spoke wheels.
Although its called The
Beatles Yellow Submarine
series, the set does not actually
include the Hot Wheels Yellow
Submarine replica. The Yellow Submarine is a mainline release that

Above: The card face for the Bump


Around is a replica of the original
Yellow Submarine movie poster.
Below: The Cockney Cab II card shows
Ringo, George, Paul, and John with the
ctional character from the lm, Jeremy
Hillary Boob, Ph.D.

The Kool Kombi


card depicts the
Chief of the Blue
Meanies along with
two dierent types
of Blue Meanies in
the background
and the Dreadful
Flying Glove.

The Morris Mini


card depicts a
rendition of
Sgt. Peppers
Lonely Hearts
Club Band.

The Fishd N Chipd card has Paul, Ringo, George,


and John looking out of the portholes of the
Yellow Submarine.

Ironically, the Yellow


Submarine itself isn't part
of the seriesits a mainline
release, but its pretty rare
to nd one on store pegs.

The Fast Felion card shows Paul, John, Ringo, and George in
front of the All You Need Is Love song title.

has been coming one per case,


starting with the 2016 Case Mix L.
As collectors know, one per case
means your odds of nding one
of these cross-collector pieces
on the pegs is pretty slim. When
it was rst released, the Yellow
Submarine was commanding a
secondary market price of $100.

Luckily, after a couple of months,


the price came way down, to about
$5 or so. The good thing is that
its a regular mainline release, and
it should be sent to all the stores
that sell Hot Wheels cars, not just
Walmart. By the time this article
is printed, it is hoped that it will be
more readily available.

WINTER 2017 59

hot wheels highway

Flashback 2013

here were a lot of interesting variations to be found in


the 2013 Hot Wheels line.
Many of them are extremely rare
so rare that most collectors dont
even know they exist! Does that
make them valuable? No, not if no
one knows about them. Remember: Value is created by supply
and demand.
Lets take the $uper Trea$ure
Hunt cars, for example. There are
tens of thousands of them released
to the public all over the world, and
most collectors will pay upward of
$50 on the secondary market for
a car that was originally purchased
for $1. Short-run or runningchange variations, on the other
hand, could be as few as 500 pieces
or less, and most of the time, they
are released to only one part of the
worldor maybe even just one part
of the country. As far as Im concerned, these variations are worth
much more than a $uper Trea$ure
Hunt because of their scarcity and
collectibility. The $uper Trea$ure
Hunt cars are much easier to find
than the rarer low-production
variations and yet they go for more
money. Thats the way it is when it
comes to collecting anythingand
thats OK by me. Ill keep searching
out the rare pieces and continue
to be able to afford them because
most people dont really know
what theyre worth! Lets take a
look at some rare variations.
Not that these are super rare,
but Mattel did a limited-edition run
of three exclusive colors for Toys
R Us in 2013. Most people dont
know about themheck, even
most of the Toys R Us employees dont know about them!
The three exclusive 2013 cars
for Toys R Us were:
n 59 Chevy Impala (2013_220),
HW ShowroomHeat Fleet (Toys
R Us). It is painted light blue
enamel, has a chrome Malaysia
base, bumpers, and grille. It comes
with yellow and dark blue tampos
on the hood, trunk, and side, with
a dark blue HW logo on the rear
fender. It has a dark blue interior
with smoked windows and rides
on all small MC5 wheels.
n 70 Camaro (2013_221), HW
ShowroomThen and Now (Toys
R Us). The Camaro is silver

Hidden Treasure Hunt with no roll bar

metallic with a black plastic Malaysia base and grille. Its accented
with light lime and dark green
tampos on the hood, trunk, and
side, with a dark green HW logo
on the lower left part of the door.
It has a red interior with clear windows, and it rides on all small black
MC5 wheels with a chrome rim.
n 70 Chevy Chevelle SS
(2013_250), HW ShowroomPerformance (Toys R Us). This new
casting for 2013 is painted bright
red enamel and has a black plastic
Malaysia base. It has chrome bumpers with a black-and-chrome
grille. There are black stripes on
the hood and trunk, with a large
white-and-black Edelbrock
logo on the hood along with
silver-painted hood pins. The side
has a small red, black, and white
Edelbrock decal below the rear
side window. The door has a large
white circle outlined in black, with
a black 15 at the center. There
is also a black HW logo on the
lower right of the door. It has a
chrome-and-black plastic interior
with clear windows, all riding on
all small black MC5 wheels with a
chrome rim.
There were also 18 ZAMAC cars
exclusively for Walmart, but that
was it for them. Walmart usually
has exclusive colors; exclusive
wheels, like the 5-spoke Redlines;
or the exclusive Goodyear or
BFGoodrich tire variations, but it
didnt for 2013.
And there are 12 of the Kmart
variations for the Kmart Hot
Wheels Event. Yes, there are some
$uper Trea$ure Hunt cars that are
found at the Kmart events, and
there are times when every case
has a regular Treasure Hunt car in
it. But the best thing about these
Kmart events is the one-time,
one-color variation just for that
event. Lets do a little math here. In
2016, there are 941 Kmart stores
in the United States, and not all
participate in the Hot Wheels
Collectors Events. So assuming
an average of 15 cases per store,
that works out to 14,115 of the
Kmart event variations. Even at
that number, there are far fewer
variations than the $uper Trea$ure
Hunt and even the regular Treasure
Hunt cars. Now thats something
to think about!

Hidden Treasure Hunt with roll bar added


to the interior

2013 Hot Wheels Checklist

1 . . . . . . . . 70 Toyota Celica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power


2 . . . . . . . Cadillac Sixteen Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
3 . . . . . . . 70 Dodge Charger R/T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
4 . . . . . . . Porsche Carrera GT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
5 . . . . . . . Toyota Supra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
6 . . . . . . . 07 Cadillac Escalade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
7 . . . . . . . . BMW M3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
8 . . . . . . . Pagani Huayra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
9 . . . . . . . Ducati Diavel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
10 . . . . . . Lotus Evora GT4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Street Power
11 . . . . . . . 5 Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
12 . . . . . . Combat Medic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
13 . . . . . . 07 Chevy Tahoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
14 . . . . . . Ford Mustang GT Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
15 . . . . . . Speedbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
16 . . . . . . Mad Propz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
17 . . . . . . . 10 Camaro SS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
18 . . . . . . Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
19 . . . . . . Fire-Eater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
20 . . . . . . HW Pursuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Rescue
21 . . . . . . Honda S2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
22 . . . . . . Mazda RX-7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
23 . . . . . . Toyota AE-86 Corolla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
24 . . . . . . 11 Corvette Grand Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
25 . . . . . . Subaru WRX STI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
26 . . . . . . Mad Manga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
27 . . . . . . Dodge Challenger Drift Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
28 . . . . . . Nissan 350Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Night Burnerz
29 . . . . . . Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera . . . . . . Night Burnerz
30 . . . . . . Quick n Sik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Night Burnerz
31 . . . . . . Surfin School Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
32 . . . . . . Custom 77 Dodge Van . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
33 . . . . . . Chrysler 300C HEMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
34 . . . . . . Olds 442 W-30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
35 . . . . . . 65 Pontiac Bonneville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
36 . . . . . . 64 Lincoln Continental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
37 . . . . . . Rockster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
38 . . . . . . 09 Ford F-150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
39 . . . . . . Power Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
40 . . . . . . Volkswagen Beetle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graffiti Rides
41 . . . . . . Bread Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
42 . . . . . . Propper Chopper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
43 . . . . . . Speed Dozer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
44 . . . . . . Wheel Loader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
45 . . . . . . Ford F-150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HW City Works
46 . . . . . . Back Slider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
47 . . . . . . Fast Gassin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
48 . . . . . . Armored Truck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
49 . . . . . . Street Cleaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
50 . . . . . . Repo Duty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW City Works
51 . . . . . . Sting Rod II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Street Pests
52 . . . . . . Scorpedo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Street Pests
53 . . . . . . Arachnorod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Street Pests
54 . . . . . . Ratmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Street Pests
55 . . . . . . Bad Ratitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Street Pests
56 . . . . . . Retro-Active . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Future Fleet
57 . . . . . . RD 05 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Future Fleet
58 . . . . . . Semi-Psycho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Future Fleet
59 . . . . . . Max Steel Motorcycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Future Fleet
60 . . . . . . USS Enterprise NCC-1701 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Future Fleet
61 . . . . . . 89 Batmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batman
62 . . . . . . TV Series Batmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batman
63 . . . . . . Arkham Asylum Batmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batman
64 . . . . . . Batcopter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batman
65 . . . . . . Batman Live Batmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batman
66 . . . . . . T-Rextroyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dino Riders
67 . . . . . . Swamp Buggy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dino Riders
68 . . . . . . Dragon Blaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dino Riders
69 . . . . . . Enforcer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dino Riders
70 . . . . . . The Flintstones Flintmobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dino Riders
71 . . . . . . . Super Stinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surf Patrol
72 . . . . . . Hammer Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surf Patrol
73 . . . . . . Mad Splash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surf Patrol
74 . . . . . . Sharkruiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surf Patrol
75 . . . . . . Turbo Turret . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surf Patrol
76 . . . . . . Sky Knife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stunt Circuit
77 . . . . . . Cool-One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stunt Circuit
78 . . . . . . Jeep Scrambler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stunt Circuit
79 . . . . . . Cloud Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stunt Circuit
80 . . . . . . Fig Rig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stunt Circuit
81 . . . . . . Ferrari 458 Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Drift Race
82 . . . . . . Scoopa Di Fuego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Drift Race

Wheel Loader produced with dark orange


plastic material

Wheel Loader produced with light orange


plastic material

83 . . . . . . Twinduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Drift Race


84 . . . . . . 08 Ford Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Drift Race
85 . . . . . . Drift Rod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Drift Race
86 . . . . . . Baja Truck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Desert Force
87 . . . . . . Quicksand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Desert Force
88 . . . . . . Dune It Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Desert Force
89 . . . . . . DaKar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Desert Force
90 . . . . . . Baja Bone Shaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Desert Force
91 . . . . . . Citron C4 Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rally
92 . . . . . . 12 Ford Fiesta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rally
93 . . . . . . 12 Mini Countryman Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rally
94 . . . . . . Team Hot Wheels Buggy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rally
95 . . . . . . Time Tracker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Rally
96 . . . . . . Snow Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Moto
97 . . . . . . HW450F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Moto
98 . . . . . . Sand Stinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Moto
99 . . . . . . Canyon Carver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Moto
100 . . . . . Street Noz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Moto
101 . . . . . Prototype H-24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
102 . . . . . Rennen Rig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
103 . . . . . Nitro Doorslammer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
104 . . . . . 24 Ours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
105 . . . . . Rescue Duty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
106 . . . . . 13 Ford Mustang GT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
107 . . . . . Super Blitzen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
108 . . . . . Blvd . .Bruiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
109 . . . . . Mig Rig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
110 . . . . . Arrow Dynamic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Race Team
111 . . . . . . Torque Twister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
112 . . . . . CUL8R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
113 . . . . . Dieselboy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
114 . . . . . Acura NSX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
115 . . . . . Loop Coupe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
116 . . . . . F-Racer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
117 . . . . . . Yur So Fast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
118 . . . . . 4Ward Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
119 . . . . . Skate Punk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
120 . . . . . Hot Wheels High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thrill Racers
121 . . . . . Circle Trucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
122 . . . . . Circle Tracker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
123 . . . . . Chevroletor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
124 . . . . . Bad to the Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
125 . . . . . Maximum Leeway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
126 . . . . . 2011 Indycar Course Race Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
127 . . . . . Dirty Outlaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
128 . . . . . Fast Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
129 . . . . . F1 Racer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
130 . . . . . Tarmac Attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Track Aces
131 . . . . . Vandetta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
132 . . . . . Nerve Hammer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
133 . . . . . Phastasm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
134 . . . . . Split Decision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
135 . . . . . Stockar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
136 . . . . . Carbonator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
137 . . . . . 69 Chevelle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
138 . . . . . Pharodox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
139 . . . . . Horseplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
140 . . . . . Bullet Proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Raycers
141 . . . . . Skull Crusher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
142 . . . . . Croc Rod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
143 . . . . . Growler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
144 . . . . . High Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
145 . . . . . Bump Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
146 . . . . . Rat-ified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
147 . . . . . Rivited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
148 . . . . . Hollowback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
149 . . . . . Chicane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
150 . . . . . The Govner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Chromes
151 . . . . . 458 Spider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
152 . . . . . Cadillac CTS-V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
153 . . . . . Aston Martin DBS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
154 . . . . . BMW 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
155 . . . . . 10 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
156 . . . . . Porsche 918 Spyder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
157 . . . . . Porsche 911 GT3 RS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
158 . . . . . Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
159 . . . . . Datsun 240Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
160 . . . . . Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asphalt Assault
161 . . . . . Custom 69 Chevy Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
162 . . . . . Custom 62 Chevy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
163 . . . . . 72 Ford Ranchero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
164 . . . . . Nissan Titan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
165 . . . . . 87 Toyota Pickup Truck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
166 . . . . . 83 Chevy Silverado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks

Ford F-150 with the red plastic rear bed


coververy short run!

Ford F-150 without the red plastic rear


bed cover

167 . . . . . 10 Toyota Tundra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks


168 . . . . . Chevy Silverado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
169 . . . . . Volkswagen Kool Kombi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
170 . . . . . 67 Chevy C10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Hot Trucks
171 . . . . . . Lotus M250 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
172 . . . . . 92 BMW M3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
173 . . . . . Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
174 . . . . . Ferrari F12 Berlinetta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
175 . . . . . 12 Acura NSX Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
176 . . . . . Toyota 2000 GT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
177 . . . . . . . . . . . Volkswagen Golf GTI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
178 . . . . . Enzo Ferrari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
179 . . . . . Ducati 1098R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
180 . . . . . Lamborghini Aventador J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW All-Stars
181 . . . . . Bone Shaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
182 . . . . . Phaeton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Turbo
183 . . . . . Purple Passion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
184 . . . . . So Fine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
185 . . . . . Custom Cadillac Fleetwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
186 . . . . . Fangula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .American Turbo
187 . . . . . Surf Crate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
188 . . . . . Shoe Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
189 . . . . . 34 Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
190 . . . . . 55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Turbo
191 . . . . . 64 Lincoln Continental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
192 . . . . . 12 Camaro ZL1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
193 . . . . . 49 Drag Merc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
194 . . . . . 2013 Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro Special Edition . . . . HW Garage
195 . . . . . 64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
196 . . . . . 57 Chevy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
197 . . . . . 69 Camaro Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
198 . . . . . 73 Ford Falcon XB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
199 . . . . . Scion FR-S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
200 . . . . . 69 Dodge Charger Daytona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HW Garage
201 . . . . . 69 Corvette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
202 . . . . . 09 Corvette ZR1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
203 . . . . . Corvette Stingray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
204 . . . . . 64 Corvette Sting Ray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
205 . . . . . Corvette C7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
206 . . . . . 80s Corvette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
207 . . . . . 62 Corvette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
208 . . . . . 76 Greenwood Corvette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
209 . . . . . 09 Corvette Stingray Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
210 . . . . . Corvette Grand Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corvette 60th
211 . . . . . Custom 56 Ford F-100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
212 . . . . . 69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
213 . . . . . 70 Plymouth Barracuda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
214 . . . . . 69 Chevelle SS 396 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
215 . . . . . 71 Plymouth Road Runner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
216 . . . . . 86 Monte Carlo SS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
217 . . . . . 71 Dodge Demon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
218 . . . . . Custom 64 Galaxie 500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
219 . . . . . 55 Classic Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
220 . . . . . 59 Chevy Impala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heat Fleet
221 . . . . . 70 Camaro Road Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Then and Now
222 . . . . . 71 Dodge Challenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Then and Now
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The Valiant was designed to be a quality small car,


rather than downsized from a larger model. Virgil
Exners styling inuence gave it an unmistakable
shape, which the model captures beautifully.

BEST OF SHOW
1960 PLYMOUTH VALIANT
1:18 | $99

By the DCX team

he car that was to become the Plymouth


Valiant started out as its own make
Valiant was the little brother to the DeSoto
and Imperial stand-alone marques when it
debuted in 1960. Envisioned as a competitor to
the inux of compact cars from Europe, Chrysler
wanted a car designed from the ground up as a
small car that was comfortable, roomy, ecient,
and aordableand not merely a strippedout midsize car squeezed down to compact
dimensions. That car was the Valiantand the
quirky styling we all now recognize was penned
by Virgil Exners design department to create
a small car that didnt look small. For the rst
year, a sedan and a wagon were oered, joined
in following years by a 2-door coupe and a
For 1960its rst yearthe Valiant was technically its own make. This model correctly carries no Plymouth
emblems, but there are nicely etched Valiant scripts.
convertible. Best of Show (BoS) has produced a
resin 1:18 replica of the sedan in Medallion Silver.
The Valiant came in two trim levels: the
V100 was the base model, and the V200 was the upscale version with
and deluxe steering wheel with metal horn ring were only available on the
additional trim and interior options. The BoS version mostly conforms to
upscale V200 model, but the side trim makes it clear that this is a base
1960 V100 specs, as it has the 1960 grille and no Plymouth badging, and
V100. The instrument panel is nicely detailed, but the coloring is reversed.
lacks the chrome side moldings of the V200. There are nice etched metal
The models from 1960 have black gauge faces and white numbering, but
scripts on the fenders and in the center of the faux spare-tire hump in the
the model shows the 1961+-style white with black numbers. Its a small
rear deck. The door handles and wipers are separate moldings, but the
detail only the most dedicated Valiant acionados will likely care about.
window trim is comprised of tape strips on the sealed windows.
Body-colored 13-inch steel wheels with chrome poverty caps are correct.
Along with the car itself, the 1960 Valiant also introduced a brandThe Valiants styling hasnt aged as well as some of its larger
new enginethe now iconic Slant-6. The 170-cubic-inch version was
contemporaries, but there is no denying the cars inuence in raising the
the only powerplant oered, and it churned out a respectable 101hp and
bar for economy cars throughout the 1960s. Its ride, handling, and value
155 lb.-ft. of torque. It was no hot rod, but backed by a 3-speed manual
were unmatched. Very few model manufacturers have given attention to
or optional push-button TorqueFlite automatic, it moved the lightweight
the rst-generation (6062) Valiant. Its nice to see BoS doing soand
Valiant briskly by contemporary standards. The BoS Valiant is a sealeddoing it well.
body replica, so no engine is modeled. Our only clue to the powertrain
conguration is the lack of a oor shifter in the interior, which denotes
SOURCE
the automatic. Actually, the interior is a bit of a puzzle. The red upholstery
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The most dramatic


element on the GT is the
flying buttress C-pillars
over the deep
aerodynamic
channels in the
rear bodywork.

Maisto Special
edition 2017 Ford Gt

1:18 | $25

By the DCX team

ts hard to keep a secret in the automotive


world. When that secret concerns a major
manufacturers most famous supercar and the
50th anniversary of its most important racing victory,
its nearly impossiblebut somehow Ford pulled it off with the
2017 Gt. to commemorate the original Gt40s 1966 win at Le Mans,
Ford decided to make a return to the French endurance classic in 2016 in
the Gte class. to qualify, the car must be production-basedstreet-legal
and for sale to the general public. Ford did the first years development in
secret, and only announced the existence of the Gt in January 2015 at
Detroits north American international Auto Show.
in the diecast world, there has been a race of a different kind: to see
who could bring a 2017 to market first. Weve seen a couple in 1:43, but
this Maisto piece is the first large-scale Gt that weve gotten to review
in person and the first with an entry-level price tag that any collector
can afford. it shares all the usual the virtuesand one or two of the
vicesthat weve come to expect from Maisto. The company often
gets CAD data directly from manufacturers, and having seen the show
car in person, we can confirm that the models proportions look very
good. You can really appreciate the ambitious design of the Gt; the most
striking detail is the flying buttress C-pillars that channel air through
to the speed-sensitive rear wing. The paint is quite good even on this

preproduction example. The metallic blue of the 2015 Detroit show car
appeals to us firstalthough the yellow version with black stripes, which
made the 2016 show circuit, is also available, as is silver with gunmetal
gray. Maisto tells us this sample is production-spec except for the color of
the headlight buckets and brake calipers; theyre sort of a gold color here,
but the final version will be silver.
The doors lever up and out butterfly style, taking with them a
wide section of the aero undertray, easing ingress. The cockpit has a
competition-oriented feel, although the dashboard is pure high-end street
car. The rear deck between the air channels lifts up to give (slight) access
to the engine bay. interestingly, Ford chose not a V-8as both the original
Gt40 and the 200506 Gt relied uponbut a 3.5L turbocharged V-6
from its ecoBoost engine series. Ford hasnt yet confirmed exact output,
saying only more than 600hp. its an impressive powerplant to be sure,
but the narrowness of the compartment doesnt reveal much visually.
Just as impressive is the list of technological features in the
construction and handling departments: carbon-fiber monocoque chassis,
active suspension with inboard-mounted dampers, adjustable ride height,
and speed-sensitive active aerodynamics. none of that is visible beneath
the flat-bottom aero undertray, but the model rides on functional springs,
and there is nice detail on the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.
Ford didnt compromise on the new Gt. it was built to take on the best
in the worldand did so, winning Le Mans again 50 years after its original
victory. it looks to take on the best on the street too. Only 500 lucky
customers will get the opportunity to own one, and the experience will
cost them $400,000. Lucky for us, Maistos version is significantly easier
to come by, and at $25 a solid bargain.
Source
Maisto maisto.com

The butterfly doors open on a cockpit with a distinctly competitionoriented feel. The detail is very good for the price point.

Ford pulled out all the stops to make the new GT a world-class supercar.
With a nice finish and an accurate depiction of the GTs complex body lines,
Maistos version presents above its entry-level price.

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Etched metal wipers and mirrors give the model


satisfying depth, and Southeastern Greyhounds dog
and compass rose logo is beautiful.

AMERICAN HERITAGE MODELS


ACF-BRILL SOUTHEASTERN GREYHOUNDATLANTA, GA

1:50 | $120

By the DCX team

hat we think of as the Greyhound Bus Company was actually,


in the rst half of the century, several companiessome of
them quite independent from the Greyhound Corporation
with which they shared their trademark logo and color scheme. One
such cooperative arrangement involved Southeastern Greyhound Lines
(SEGL) and the route they operatedfrom their Lexington, Kentucky,
headquarters down through Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta,
Georgia, to Jacksonville, Florida, as well as several smaller marketsfrom
1931 until they were bought by the Greyhound Corporation in 1951.
Near the end of its tenure, SEGL operated a eet of buses that included
the ACF-Brill Intercity Coach-41 (IC-41). The IC-41 was notable for its

The IC-41s sleek, modern (for 1948!) shape is reproduced skillfully here.

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sleek, modern design and particularly for its powerful Hall-Scott 190
engine, making it the fastest of the intercity-route buses of the day.
Hall-Scott was a subsidiary of ACF-Brill, and the 190 series was a big
779ci gasoline inline-6 laid down horizontally for space eciency. It made
240hpenough to push the IC-41 to 80mph on at highway and pass
competing models like the GMC PD-4100 series. That speed came at
the cost of economy, however, as the IC-41 was lucky to get 2mpg! The
diesel-powered GMC made 50 less horsepower, but it carried the same
41 passengers, got triple the gas mileage, and ultimately displaced the
IC-41 in the marketplace, and ACF-Brill left the bus market in 1954.
The IC-41 is remembered fondly for its style, speed, and being one
of the last gasoline-powered long-distance buses. Those same traits
make it an appealing collectible. Diecast Direct had wanted to see a
manufacturer produce a classic Greyhound-liveried 1948 IC-41, but no
one stepped up. So the company did it itself under the American Heritage
Models banner as a 1:50 precision resin piece. The overall shape is faithful
to the streamlined prole of the IC-41, and it features excellent paint
and decal work throughout. Of particular note is the cool compass rose
behind the iconic greyhound dog galloping down the anks of the bus.
The aluminum structure has ne corrugated texture and just the right
nish. The bus has a nished look thanks to photo-etched pieces for
the wipers and side mirrors. The grille and wheel moldings also have
satisfying depth.
Impressive eort has been made on the interior. The seats have
two-tone upholstery, with white headrests contrast the blue-gray
lower sections, paralleling the color scheme of the exterior of the bus
with its white roof and blue-gray beltline and nose. The steering wheel
and dashboard are likewise well detailed. The instrument panel even
has decals for gaugessomething you dont necessarily get with most
1:50 models. This busno. 2165carries a placard for Atlanta along with
Georgia tags, but American Heritage will be releasing a bunch of IC-41s
with various SEGL route placards over the coming months, so you will
have your pick of destinations. Whatever city you pick, youll be pleased
with the level of authenticity you receive. The model even comes with a
reproduction Southeastern Greyhound route schedule!
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Tire manufacturer Michelin built the mutant Mille Pattes out of the
stretched Citron DS wagon to test its car and truck tires.

The Citron Centipede


BY RON RUELLE

hen Citron rst unveiled the DS in 1955, the design


was impossible to ignore. The shape was unlike
anything seen before, with its low-slung, swoopy
lines. Toss in the adjustable hydraulic suspension
and the automotive future was right there on
display. Not everyone loved the design, of course, but it was impossible
to remain indierent. A shooting brake version as well as a limited
production coach-built convertible soon followed, rounding out a useful
variety of body types for this strange but innovative vehicle.
But there was one company that couldnt leave strange enough alone
and made a few alterations. Meet the Michelin Mille Pattes Tyre Tester.
Mille Pattes (French for centipede) was not the ocial name of the car
er, truck? It was ocially called the Poids Lourd Rapide, which roughly
translates to Heavyweight Fast. Built from a stretched, widened DS
wagon, Michelin debuted this monster in 1972.
This 1:43-scale model, by Altaya, captures the weird
quirks of the exterior style, including the wideset fenders, the broadened rear

tailgate, and lots of Michelin


tires! Unfortunately, the doors
dont open, so there is no way to
peek at the drivers seat or the
testing equipment. Some engine
detail is visible through the back
window, but it would be really
nice to get closer to it, as there is
a pair of Chevy big-block engines
(hey, the Chevrolet name is
French!) mounted side by side
back there, supplanting the frontmid-engine/front-wheel-drive
layout of a standard DS.
Making up for that is a delicate
antenna and set of mirrors, which
are oset at an angle that only
adds to the bizarre nature of this
car. Also, the combination of gloss
and matte paint surfaces is quite
striking. Small painted details, like
the hood latches and the correct

license plate, are nice touches too.


Quiz time: How many wheels
does this thing have? Yeah, its
a trick question. Each side of the
car has ve tires, so the logical
guess is 10. But when you ip
the Mille Pattes over, you see
one more tire. The larger tire in
the middle allowed for truck tire
testing, making the car look a
lot like a Kenner SSP. This beast
was retired years ago from
ocial testing duty, but happily,
it now splits time between the
Michelin museum in France and
the occasional promotional
appearanceand perhaps on
your shelf if you like strange
French cars!
Ron Ruelle is the social media
director for hobbyDB.com, a
database and marketplace
for anything and everything
collectible. He cant resist buying
a Citron DS model whenever he
sees onebut were trying to get
him treatment!

From the outside, the Mille Pattes looks


like a 10-wheeler, but there is an extra
wheel mounted centrally used to test a
truck tirea detail that the Altaya 1:43
model includes.

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