A 1971 Plymouth GTX you can afford …
My neighborhood was packed with Road Runners back in the early 1970s, in no small part because we had one of the top-selling Chrysler-Plymouth dealerships in Indiana a few blocks from my house.
The wild fruity colors of the late 1960s and early ‘70s lit up the dealer’s lot, and us pre-teens and teens loved circling the lot on our bikes picking out what we just “knew” we’d own, once that $1.50-an-hour bus boy job came through down at the Chuckwagon restaurant. They were sweet dreams to be sure. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1971 Plymouth GTX
True 1/64 scale cars are little gems from Round2 …
Didn’t most of us start out collecting Matchbox, or later Hot Wheels, die-casts?
I spent a lot of time ogling and dreaming about those 75 metal 1/64 (roughly) scale Matchbox vehicles in my hobby shop’s display case. And when really lucky, I snagged a catalog. They were affordable, and a load of fun to play with, even before they developed better wheels.
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1957 T-bird wonderful in white! …
Early Thunderbirds were a lovely blend of two-seater styling and boulevard cruiser with dandy hooded headlights and tiny jet-like fins on the tail.
This was Ford’s effort to Americanize the sports car market that the British car makers had created after World War II, and it worked. Thunderbirds were around for a long time, although sadly they morphed into giant near luxury hardtops eventually.
Thankfully Auto World sticks with the two-seat 1957 Thunderbird for its new 1/18 scale diecast for the recently ended holiday season. This is Auto World’s third Holiday Muscle Edition vehicle and is done appropriately in snowy white.
Thunderbirds, or T-birds to most of us, debuted in 1955 and the last one was made in 2005, 11 iterations in all. The last, was a retro model reflecting the styling and two-seat configuration of the original. It did not approach the success of the original. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Olds’ Cutlass 442 was a beautiful beast …
One of the cars I learned to drive on was our family’s 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass S – no power steering and a big throbbing V8 under its long hood. The car was a beast, but beautiful dressed in its Aztec Gold paint scheme.
For that matter, the Cutlass was one of the best-looking muscle cars of the late 1960s and early ‘70s, pacing the Indianapolis 500 three times between 1970 and ’74. (Remember the Hurst Shifter girl? You know you do!)
So when Auto World announced it would reproduce the 1968 442 W-30 model it made a lot of sense. Thank goodness they did their 1/18 scale die-cast model in a beautiful deep gold, known officially at the time as Cinnamon Bronze, with white 442 accent stripe and white interior. Sharp!
For 1968 the 442 was its own model, but it had begun back in 1964 as a $285 option package on both the F-85 and Cutlass models. Originally it was listed as the 4-4-2 package because it referred to adding a four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission and dual exhausts. Clever!
It was a response to crafty Pontiac pumping the performance of its LeMans model, a cousin to the intermediate-sized Olds F-85. Pontiac dubbed it the GTO, and the rest is history. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1968 Olds Cutlass 442 W-30
Dodge Charger Super Bee looks fast
Remember when some drag racers still looked like real cars?
In the early 1970s the car bodies still closely resembled the real deal, so manufacturers lent their name and expertise, not to mention engines and other equipment, to rule the nation’s dragstrips. The Dodge-sponsored Rod Shop race team was one and its beast of choice was the Dodge Charger.
Auto World does the Rod Shop proud with its latest 1/18 scale dragster that looks almost street legal. This is Gil Kirk’s Rod Shop 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee as driven by Dave Boertman.
Rod Shop came to Boertman late in its efforts to create a team that raced in Modified, Super Stock, and Stock Eliminator classes. Team owners Gil Kirk and Jim Thompson had to work hard to persuade Boertman to join their team, but once on board he began breaking records and winning major competitions. In all Boertman won eight national titles in nine finals competitions and in 1972 Boertman was Junior Stock champ. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee
1/24-scale 1969 Dodge Charger a nice value …
Originally I was not a big Dodge Charger or American Motors Marlin fan. Both were too radical in their fastback designs for me. I preferred the Plymouth Baracuda and Ford’s Mustang 2+2.
But by 1968 the second generation Charger looked racier to me and in 1969 Dodge launched the Charger 500 to help it better compete in NASCAR with the likes of Ford’s Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone models. The 500 was a limited edition, of (you guessed it) 500, which allowed it to meet NASCAR production standards, back in the day when the racers really were stock cars, or based on them. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1969 Dodge Charger 500
Chevrolet Biscayne was a go-to car for years
While Auto World’s new 1/18 scale Chevrolet Biscayne Coupe is a lot snazzier looking in its Aztec Bronze paint scheme, it reminds me of some of the Plain Jane Chevy’s my great uncle and other relatives used on their Indiana farms.
Those were usually white, tan or black, but no matter the color, the Biscayne was the go-to car for utility, size and comfort back in the mid-1960s, especially in rural areas where value was, and is, highly, well, valued.
Naturally, Auto World delivers a decidedly spruced up version for collectors, who generally prefer a little pizzazz even on mainstream makes and models.
Biscayne came into Chevy’s lineup in 1958 as its entry-level full-size car and lasted until 1972, so the ’66 model was roughly halfway in its shelf life, and was the car’s third generation. Biscayne replaced the Chevy 210 and featured little chrome trim inside or out, while the Bel Air was a step up and Impala was next up the totem. Continue reading Die-cast: Auto World’s 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne Coupe