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  1. New raised-digit plates would look great. I don't think anything in France had crossplies in the 1960s. iirc should have Michelin Xs or XASs, or Cinturatos. Handling is superb
  2. interest was expressed, but nothing concrete... send me your details and it's yours
  3. Unbreakable engine, superb ride and handling, one of the nicest gearchanges of any car, servicable heater.... it's the perfect winter daily. My one didn't have a proper roof so it never quite managed to fulfill that role (and it used to run out electricity when using all the lights/wipers), but I reckon there are few better real-world daily drivers from that era. I very nearly went for that one, but was relived it sold before I had a chance... let me know if you ever want to sell, please! Edit: I possibly have a workshop manual or two knocking about if you're interested?
  4. @Jon, it's your lucky day. Send me the details and I'll get it sent off
  5. That's been claimed by @bunglebus I'm afraid, but you're welcome to FIGHT over it
  6. That's my boy. I'll try and get this all sent off tomorrow.
  7. Done. There's a bit of room in your box, so if anything else takes your fancy now's the time to say... Absolutely. Packed and ready to go, PM me your address Okay, Corgi Mk1 Consul, Mini, Marcos and, because there was room in the box for one more, the boxed VW van are yours! PM me your address
  8. I really don't want any more toy cars! It's yours if you want it, though
  9. Yo! I'm not saying I have a problem throwing things away, but I did just stumble upon part of my collection of pre-health warning fag packets... trying to claw back some more space in my increasingly cramped room (I am a professional motoring journalist, so I have 'a room' instead of 'a house' or 'a flat') and I found some bits which may or may not be of interest here. Speak fast if you want these spares/repairs things otherwise they'll be getting tipped. Yours for the cost of P&P. Matchbox-sized stuff includes Majorette GS and Simca, Lone Star Europa etc Larger stuff is self-evident. All bar the superfast Europa have been drilled, dismantled, painted... strictly spares or repairs. Maybe @eddyramrod would like the 1:43 bits? Mira Alpine, Schuco Mini Renault, Matchbox Opel + naff Corgi VW Minor Million, Corgi Oxford both intact. Matchbox Fiat drilled, painted etc Vitesse DKW has paint removed from bonnet, missing three tyres. Brumm D-type has damaged.painted windscreen and tonneau. Vitesse Cinq was bought new missing some parts. Box MIA sadly. Please act fast to claim anything here... Just want a few pennies to cover P&P but if you do want any of this feel free to make a donation to my diecast fund if you so wish!
  10. Was watching a couple of things on ebay which finished yesterday. Well out of my price range, but file these under 'diecast you never knew existed until recently'. We all know and love the wobbly plastic Norevs from the '60s but I didn't realise so many of them had been sold as diecast versions, too. I'm assuming they were much more expensive and consequently are much rarer today - I've certainly never seen them before. My two favourites were this lovely 204 coupé And this Simca 1000, which might be the nicest thing I've ever seen Much want, no budget. Classic.
  11. Autonova was an industrial design consultancy, not a tuning company. Principal designer was Pio Manzu, (later) the designer of the Fiat 127 who died tragically aged 30 in 1969. The Autonova cars were part of that fascinating wave of industrial designers who turned their hands to car styling and produced some of the most interesting vehicles out there, as the design language did not come from a wholly automotive perspective. Think L L Lepoix, Gio Ponti, Bonetto, David Ogle etc. To a lesser extent, Kenneth Howe started out in the Loewy Studio's London office before he was hired to design the 1959 Sunbeam Alpine, and after that never styled another car.
  12. Never heard of that before, but both the Dino and Fulvia appear to be the old Mebetoys castings (the Mebetoys logo is almost intact on the base!). Wonder if they did any others? Edit: Yes, looks like they did
  13. Blimey, that looks cheap. Too cheap, really - bet some philistine destroys that to create a horrible Silverstone rep. God, I wish I could take that on...
  14. A few new arrivals. First up, Mercury No.63 Fiat Dino, from 1967-69. The start of the decline perior for Mercury, with far fewer opening parts and less detail than previous releases, but still of incredibly high quality and a particularly accurate shape. This one has been knocked about on eBay for ages, and I noticed recently it had had £20 slashed off the price so it seemed silly to ignore it any longer This has had some crude detailling done at some point, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try and remove it, and it doesn't look too bad overall My favourite colour variation of this model, too. Another oddball which several diecast makers tried their hands at - I can think of Mebetoys in 1:43 and a funny Matchbox-sized Playart. Were there others? Next up, Poltoys M.12, 1969 Abarth 2000 Pininfarina. This is my first example of an 'M' model (as opposed to the M-500 range) which was a very early 1970s attempt to make models with broader toy appeal. The range was mostly supercars, concepts, racers, and all fitted with wider, free-running wheels. Nevertheless, these 'M' cars were more detailed than the Export range which was mostly devoid of opening parts and made up of fewer separate parts It's not 1960s quality, but still nicely done, with a particularly good engine. There's even a bit of detail underneath. Only ever released in this colour, despite the real thing being red Continuing the wedgy concept theme is the Mebetoys (Hot Wheels) Sputafuoco No.6621, 1969 Ferrari 512S Pininfarina Another first for me, in that this is is my only Sputafuoco/ Gran Toros model thus far. This was an American-led range from Mattell, after it bought Mebetoys, to produce a range of 'Hot Wheels' style 1:43 cars, ie with free-running wheels to win playground grands prix, and focussing on more exotic subject matter. Several were current Mebetoys castings, with big fat wheels fitted, but there were many models which started life in this guise, some of which were retroactively branded as Mebetoys and fitted with nicer wheels later in the 1970s. This one has a nice little mechanism to lift the headlamps. Several colour variations were released (including the yellow of the real thing). Again, lots of different attempts at this car - there was a Politoys 'M' which was fairly crude, and a Pilen which I don't believe was a copy (and is easily the equal of the Mebetoys). There was also a Hot Wheels Redline which I assume was sold concurrently to this. Wedgy supercars aren't really my thing per se, but I like these one-off concepts which fit well with my general 'Euro exotica' theme, and I'm building up a nice little group of them now.
  15. No, it would've been based on an utterly conventional Kew or Wimbledon with unique aluminium bodywork by Carlton. They actually did sell the Airflow in the UK for a time, although I'm not sure how successful it was. Probably more so, comparatively, than in the US given the low overall numbers of Chrysler products which found buyers over here. Edit. Just remembered this amaxing pic of London traffic in the 1930s. I think this goes to show just how advanced the Airflow was at the time. The design is only two years newer than the next youngest car in the picture (the Ford V8). It's easy to forget just how shocking full-bodied, streamlined cars were at the time but this puts it nicely in context. And to think, the Airflow was far from the most radical car on the market at the time!
  16. Very nice. That's technically the Eyston Super Power Chrysler Sport Saloon. It was a tie-up between Chrysler UK and (Land Speed Record contender) George Eyston. Carlton Carriage Company built six of them. One at least existed in the UK until the 1960s. I believe there is one survivor, although it's in the USA. Not sure if it's the same, or a second one and the UK car is still lurking somewhere out there.
  17. I saw that at the amazing exhibition at Compiegne just pre-pandemic. That's the best old car thing I've ever been to I reckon I actually don't particularly love the Testudo, but PF's second crack at a Corvair is lovely. This survives, too, but has suffered a horrible American restoration and is now bright red with wire wheels... Nice to see somebody was paying attention to Corvair tyre pressures when it was built.
  18. If you re-read it, the article is describing all the different car built by Qinghua Universtiy between 1958 and '61 - none of the others look anything like the Daf. I think safe to assume this car was built in 1960 or 1961 (and almost certainly not actually 'produced', if they made more than one at all). The Chinese car industry is like the one last unknown area of motoring research, it's a totally closed world with virtually no surviving information about what was being produced right up until the 1980s. Imagine, a whole country's car history which has been entirely wiped out and will likely never be fully understood! China has had a draconian 'lifespan' rule for vehicles (iirc it's 20 years, but I could be wrong) whereby cars have to be scrapped once they reach a certain age. Obviously a few examples (mostly of state limousines) have survived in museums, but 99% of all historic Chinese cars were destroyed as a matter of course. This just makes it all the more fascinating to me - no physical evidence of any of these things, plus virtually no historical record of them. I bet there are still scores of vehicles built in China, particularly during the 1950s Great Leap Forward, about which no trace whatsoever remains. Brilliant. Reminds me of one of my favourite bits of old-car writing about the guy who stole a copy of Georgano from his library and got obsessed with one of the Chinese cars listed in it (which turned out to be mis-captioned anyway) https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/05/auto-biography-in-search-of-the-east-glows/
  19. Lesson one: 'Vintage' means something built before 1931. The reason this definition exists is because cars built from 1930-1950 are generally considered to be the lowest point in car design (particularly in this country) and, with plenty of exceptions, almost anything affordable from that period will be pretty miserable. It's a bit academic 70 or more years down the line, of course, as anything 'old' has a certain charm you won't find in a modern vehicle. If a 1980s car can provide driving enjoyment, then a 1930s one certainly can, but it'll be hampered by generally cheap construction, asthmatic underpowered engines, short gearing (and often only three speeds), horribly high-geared steering with no feel, heavy bodies, bad brakes and rust. And almost universally terrible styling. If your aim is the occasional bimble to the pub in something tweed-and-flat-cappy, then you'll be fine. If you're looking for something actually 'good' then you'll be disappointed. Ever been in a 1950s Ford Pop? They're all like that (ok, not quite as bad, but getting there). Obviously there were objectively bad cars built during the Vintage era, but for the most part cars built in the 1920s were of high quality and are great to drive. Having driven thousands of miles all over the UK and France in Vintage cars, I can safely say there is little else I'd rather do with my free time than undertake a successful journey in something approaching 100 years old. The trouble is, the really nice stuff is eye-wateringly expensive. Rileys are excellent. A sorted RM would be a perfectly capable daily driver with only basic maintanence. Even my 1929 Riley is quite comfortable to use in the modern world. It was an advanced design when it was launched, and all the pre-Nuffield Rileys were based around the same basic architecture, which wasn't really outdated in the 1950s. The 1.5-litre cars are plenty brisk enough and are much more balanced than the 2.5-litres, which sound good on paper but carry a lot of weight at the front and have quite dodgy handling as a result. I would absolutely have a scruffy 1.5 RM as an everyday car (and I probably will, at some point). They're not loads of money, either, but nice examples do seem to have gone up a bit in price recently. Cooking mid-1930s British stuff is mostly worthless. If you're just in it for the lols, something like a Standard 12 or 14 would be a good bet. The 'Flying' models look quite nice, with pseudo-streamlined bodywork. The non-Flying models are pretty hideous, but if you're not bothered by looks they're otherwise the same but a bit cheaper. I wouldn't bother with anything Eight or 10hp as they'll be SLOW and miserable. A 12hp or 14hp big four or six should be alright. Exceptions to the 'all cheap 1930s cars are terrible' rule: Six-cylinder Triumphs, pre-Nuffield Rileys, almost anything French. Avoid at all costs: Any Wolseley, Morris, Austin, Hillman, British Ford, anything German with RWD. Devil's advocate mode: Would you prefer something from the '50s? Lots of old world charm but more comfortable, easier to live with, useful performance and probably a heater, decent wipers, lights etc. If I had any money at all I'd be beating a path to the door of the guy selling this superb, ultra-rare 1955 Wolseley 6/90 and using it for my winter commute https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/403976209338
  20. Stellina. The first Italian all-fibreglass production car, dontcha know. Not pretty, but interesting Do you have a link to the seller?
  21. Oh dear. I know exactly where that is and it looks like incredible value for one of these. Can I control myself???
  22. The clue is that neither of them bear even a passing resemblance to the real car. Always wondered who signed off that Matchbox to begin with, it just looks like a generic 'supercar'.
  23. I've been after one of those road-going 128 3Ps for a while. There's one on ebay but it's just a few quid more thanb I'd want to spend, really. I should probably just pony up as they don't come around very often.
  24. Remember this rather sad SM which arrived as part of a job lot a while ago? Well it's now donated a few parts to this one, which is in vgc but was partially dismantled and missing a couple of important components Still lacking a tailgate glass, but it's good enough for now. Just a nice, heavy, high-quality model. I've never held the Corgi version before so no idea how it compares The seller also included a few random bits of other Pilens, so if anyone has a Monteverdi Hair or Maserati Ghibli missing its wheels, let me know... Second recent Pilen arrival is the lovely Seat 124, which has been seen elsewhere on this thread recently so I won't bang on about it. This one has suffered some funny paint oxidisation (like the real thing, ho ho) but is otherwise complete and in nice shape. I've wanted this for ages so will do until a suitable upgrade can be found No saloons yet, but I think that's all the available period 124 sports castings ticked off the list... The Pilen is far and away the nicest, further cementing my belief that it was the best diecast toy maker of the 70s
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