Die-cast: Automodello 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V

1978 Mark V marked Ford’s Diamond Jubilee … Automodello 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V

For a time in the 1960s and ‘70s luxury meant length in the auto world and there’s probably no finer example than Lincoln’s Continental Mark V.

This was the best-selling Mark series Lincoln at more than 228,000 units and was the longest two-door coupe ever sold by Ford at 230 inches long. Think modern day Chevy Suburban in length. Continue reading Die-cast: Automodello 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V

2019 Nissan Maxima SL

Near-luxury Maxima loaded with power, technology …2019 Nissan Maxima

If you’re looking for a sporty family sedan, one that looks stylish, rides sweetly and generates plenty of V6 power, well, you’re among a shrinking minority.

Still, a few automakers continue courting this formerly mainstream market. Nissan is trying to woo you with its near luxury Maxima sedan that offers refreshed styling and equipment tweaks for 2019 that may entice you to offer it a rose as you move toward amiable companionship. Continue reading 2019 Nissan Maxima SL

Die-cast: NEO’s 1981 AMC Eagle wagon

AMC Eagle wagon beat crossover trend by decades … NEO 1981 AMC Eagle wagon

History seems to show us that the innovators, the forward thinkers are not always rewarded with success.

Consider the move over the past 25 years to AWD vehicles and crossovers in particular. Then consider the American Motors Eagle wagon. It was an early crossover to be sure, based on the Concord sedan, but with AWD, a higher ride height and enough room in back for loads of luggage. Continue reading Die-cast: NEO’s 1981 AMC Eagle wagon

2019 Infiniti QX50 Essential FWD

QX50 a crossover that nearly drives itself … 2019 Infiniti QX50

Got a bad case of the wants for a mid-size crossover that is both peppy and fun to drive, but also will do some of the driving for you? Infiniti’s all-new QX50 Essential model should be on your most-wanted list.

Nearly identical in size and intent as last week’s Ford Edge, the QX50 is a technology tour de force, but also a pleasure to drive, when you choose to. Continue reading 2019 Infiniti QX50 Essential FWD

2019 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

Edge’s new turbo and tranny provide crossover zip …2019 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

Ford revamps and upgrades its popular Edge mid-size crossover for 2019, discarding its V6 for a twin-turbo I4 and a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

The result is a fairly peppy crossover that will easily haul five adults with oodles of rear seat legroom and equally expansive cargo area. Continue reading 2019 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

Die-cast: Racing Champions’ Mint, Release 3A

Round2’s small scale cars deliver bang for the buck! …

As I mentioned in my introduction to this issue, Round2’s Johnny Lightning brand celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and while various special releases are eminent, its Racing Champions brand continues to make similarly excellent 1/64 die-cast cars that are available right now. Continue reading Die-cast: Racing Champions’ Mint, Release 3A

2019 RAM 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4

RAM redefines the growing posh pickup market …2019 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab

Imagine the poshest luxury sedan interior, then imagine it in a pickup, and not just any pickup, but a big ol’ crew cab pickup.

The 2019 RAM, made by Fiat Chrysler and formerly known as a Dodge Ram, is a luxury pickup along the lines of a Cadillac or Lexus luxury sedan. It’s the fanciest pickup I’ve ever driven, and I’ve driven quite a few. Continue reading 2019 RAM 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4

2019 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line

VW Jetta offers high value, driving fun … 2019 VW Jetta

With all the trucks, SUVs and crossovers crowding showrooms these days it’s refreshing to come across a sporty sedan like Volkswagen’s Jetta, that also represents high value.

Jetta was restyled for 2019 and mostly that’s all good news. First, it continues the lean European look that VW has mastered over the past decade, second, the starting price is phenomenal, and third, the tested R-Line model (intended to be a bit racier), is an absolute blast to drive. Continue reading 2019 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line

Die-cast: Replicarz 1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

Black Shadow proved dominant in final Can-Am season … Replicarz 1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

Can-Am racing in the late 1960s and early 1970s was breathtaking, and each season seemed to produce a dominant car with massive engines and power. What’s not to like, right?

McLarens dominated the early years with their Kiwi Orange bodies, the M1B, M6A, and M8A. Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme were frequently the men to beat.  But by 1970 other teams were starting to challenge McLaren, the likes of Lola, Chaparral and Shadow. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz 1974 Shadow Can-Am racer

2019 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

Rogue feels refined, oozes value, and now it’s orange …2019 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

Barely a year had passed since I tested Nissan’s revamped Rogue, one of the best-selling small crossovers on the market, and particularly popular in the Milwaukee area.

This is Nissan’s No. 1 seller and it’s obvious why. It looks refined, drives fine and is economical. As I said previously, what Rogue doesn’t do is stand out in any major way. However, the test vehicle was a bright Monarch Orange, a metallic burnt orange that did stand out, at least in the parking lot’s sea of gray, white and black vehicles. Continue reading 2019 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

2019 Subaru Forester Limited

New Forester offers better ride, power, value …2019 Subaru Forester Limited

Full disclosure, a few years ago our family owned the previous generation Subaru Forester. It was light and lively, but its ride was a bit stiff for us Boomers.

Subaru’s 2019 Forester solves that, plus moves Subaru into the automotive mainstream by offering a heated steering wheel. Bingo! Continue reading 2019 Subaru Forester Limited

Die-cast: Replicarz 1964 Cheetah

 

Silver Cheetah a muscular winner in 1/18 scale  …Replicarz 1964 Cheetah

Hard as it is to imagine, the funky Cheetah sports car has never been reproduced in 1/18 scale, at least not this stunning silver version that Replicarz has chosen to make as part of its Sports Car series.

This sealed body cast-resin model highlights the Cheetah’s truncated rear end and long muscular hood with air filter cover and giant wheels under its bulging fenders. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz 1964 Cheetah

Die-cast: Autoart Audi R8 FIA GT GT3

Here’s a steamy hot version of Audi’s R8 racer … Autoart Audi R8 GT3

Just like in the real racing world, Autoart now makes composite die-cast bodies for its models, one of the latest being a steaming hot version of Audi’s racy R8.

It has been a few years since I got to test drive the 1/1 version, but it was a rocket, yet comfortable enough to drive on a cross-country trip. Continue reading Die-cast: Autoart Audi R8 FIA GT GT3

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