Category Archives: Die-cast Cars

Die-cast: Replicarz 1952 Indy 500 Winner, Agajanian Special

New 1/43 Indy Winner a colorful replica of Ruttman’s racer …

If you’re an Indy 500 nut like me you’ll recognize Troy Ruttman’s name, otherwise he might be a mystery, or vague memory to you.

There’s a reason for that. Ruttman won the 1952 Indianapolis 500, but never won another IndyCar race during his long career. He raced from 1948 to 1964. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz 1952 Indy 500 Winner, Agajanian Special

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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

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

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

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

Die-cast: Brumm 1970 Le Mans Porsche 917K

Brumm racing models are a super value …Brumm Porsche 917K

Picture a blue and orange Gulf liveried racer and you’ll likely conjure up either a Ford GT40 or Porsche 917.

Both were iconic racers in the late 1960s and early ’70s and now Porsche is fast approaching its 50th anniversary of the 917’s win at Le Mans. Porsche’s first overall win at the famous French racetrack occurred during the summer of 1970. Continue reading Die-cast: Brumm 1970 Le Mans Porsche 917K

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