Retromobile 2019 Auctions

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

If the magnificent Retromobile show is not enough to satisfy your desire to admire beautiful and/or rare cars, you also have an opportunity to examine what is being offered by the main auction houses: RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Artcurial usually gather some of the best vehicles available to buy.

This year, as usual, RM Sotheby’s was the first in line:  85 cars and a motorboat. This in addition to the usual choice of “automobilia” in the ample spaces set up at Place Vauban for the previous weeks Expo Concept Cars. The sales results will have pleased RM Sothebys as the attracted 32.4 million euros and sold over 75% of the vehicles.

The sale mainly consisted of sports cars and Grand Tourers. The lots  included the first part of the ‘Youngtimer Collection’ (140 cars of the years ’80s, ’90s and ’00s) to be sold over the next few of their auctions. Few cars were offered without reserve, and there were very few pre-war cars. Many pre-auction estimates exceeded 500,000 euros, with 17 sold out of 25. Among the stars a magnificent Ferrari F40 Le Mans (4.8 million Euros), a Porsche 550 RS (3 million Euros) and a Bugatti EB110SS (2 million Euros).  Also of note is the sales price of the Brutsch Mopetta (69,000 euros), while a beautiful Fiat 520 (coming from the reserves of the Turin Museum) did not reach the 24,000 euros. The beautiful and rare Fiat 2800 Touring Berlinetta also remained unsold, perhaps “lost” among many more recent competitors.

Porsche 550 RS Wendler 1956

Lagonda Rapide 1962


Fiat 2800 Berlinetta Touring 1940


Fiat 520 Torpedo 1927


Ferrari F40 LeMans 1987


Connaught A-type 1952


Brutsch Mopetta 1957


BMW 507 roadster 1959


The next day was the turn of Bonhams, under the magnificent vaults of the Grand Palais, a spectacular auction in a spectacular venue. A wide and varied selection, with more than a third made up of valuable pre-war cars, as well as the usual sport and Grand Touring cars, but very few dated from after 1980, thus distinguishing itself sharply from RM Sotheby’s. 72.3% of the lots sold (aided by a large lot of cars with no reserve price), but only three cars exceeded the million Euros mark – two Mercedes-Benz and one Bentley. However, many of the “stars” offerings remained unsold, like the Alfa Romeo 6c1750 ex-Scarfiotti, the Ferrari 250 GT Boano, the Abarth SE010, the RUF Porsche CTR2 or the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster. This clearly affected the final results. A Hanomag Kommisbrot sold for more than 58,000 Euros, a VW camper for almost 45,000 euros and a Ford Zodiac convertible for 19,000 euros. Almost all pre-war American cars were unsold, while the Europeans were often sold below the minimum estimate.

General View


Renault type AX 1911


Renault 40CV type NM 1927


Hotchkiss type AD limousine 1914


Hanomag 2_10 PS Komisbrot 1928


Ford Zodiac Mark II Hi-line Cabriolet 1962


Ford Galaxie 500 convertible 1964


Delahaye 135 MS coupé 1949


Alfa Romeo 6c1750 Spider GS 1930


Artcurial concluded with four auctions, all inside the Retromobile halls, and divided over three days. The first, called “Racing, Flying and Yachting” offered a wide range of “automobilia” in addition to a motorboat and the 1:1 scale reproduction of the 2017 Renault Formula 1 car made in Lego bricks which sold for 84,500 Euros. The second was the “vente officielle” with almost 150 cars, of which about 70% were sold, for a total of 39.3 million Euros. The “Top Car” was undoubtedly the Alfa Romeo 8c2900 B Berlinetta Touring, rightfully bid to over 16.7 million Euros. Among other “stars” the Serenissima Spyder 1966 (4.2 million Euros) and the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss (2.6 million Euros). There was a wide range of cars, from pre-war (about 20%), to classics, to moderns (Youngtimers) and even some contemporary vehicles.

The Fiat 2800 Limousine Pininfarina (formerly Amédée Gordini and ex Schlumpf) sold for only 36,000 Euros (but it needs to be completely restored), about the same price as each Messerschmitt, while the BMW Isetta slightly exceeded 40,000 Euros. The third auction, “MV Agusta“, offered a vast Italian collection of motorcycles from the house of Cascina Costa, more than 90 specimens, many very rare, including unique pieces, prototypes and race vehicles. The fourth, “Vibration“, included over 360 helmets and tracksuits of famous racing drivers (from Alesi to Zonta), their steering-wheels and various motoring pieces, up to a mid-scale model for wind tunnel tests of the Tyrrell Formula 1 of 1995.

Voisin C 11 cabriolet Simon Pralavorio 1928


Hispano Suiza H6B double phaeton Million Guiet 1926


Alfa Romeo 8c 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1939


A real treat for motoring fans, and a pleasure which will last thanks to the beautiful, content rich catalogues available on the Internet.

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Big Hand Crafted Models – Standard 10 Pickup

By Robert P. Gunn

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

1:10 Scale 1958 Standard 10 Pickup Truck

My retirement hobby is making large 1:10 scale scratch-built models of 4x4s and pickups. These take a long time to complete, and I aim to complete each in about eighteen months.

After completing my last model, a 107 inch Land Rover Series One pickup, which featured in MAR Online in 2018 and can be seen here, I cast around thinking what to make next. The 107 inch Land Rover came out better than I’d dared hope it would, if I’m allowed to say this {Editor: You are!]. Eventually my choice was a Standard Ten pickup truck of the 1955 to 1962 period. This was chosen because its curvy, car based bodywork would be a challenge to build after the flat panels of my previous models.

Little did I realise just how big a challenge all the curved panels would become!! My first effort to make the side panels used pine softwood and was a total failure. Next I tried MDF fibreboard in several layers – this also didn’t succeed, though it worked for the ‘bulges’ of the front and rear wings.

Not wanting to give up this project, my final try used 2mm thick black polystyrene plastic cut to shape and heated with a hair dryer and then curved to shape with some difficulty. At least it stayed curved and didn’t return to its original shape. At one point it seemed the drier had burnt out through over-use, but a thermal cut-out had simply triggered, and half an hour later it was working again!

To get the final wing shapes I stuck MDF fibreboard on to the plastic and shaped it, but the wings were still not quite ‘right’. Adding a layer of 1 mm thick plastic to all four wings made all the difference. This added less than a scale half-inch to each side, yet it made the wings project by sufficient amounts from the main body to be more convincing.

Much of the work was quite straightforward to complete, such as the engine and interior detailing, and the rear suspension and drive shafts. The front suspension was a little more complex as I wanted both poseable steering front wheels and working coil spring suspension. This was achieved using pieces of Meccano, small coiled springs and many other parts – over 70 in the the front ‘axle train’ alone.

The major problem with this model was the length of the rear overhang. For some reason, during the construction of the model I never noticed the overhang was much too long right up until I was ready to do the final painting.

Leaving the incorrect overhang was not an option so I had to grit my teeth and take a large saw to the model cutting 15 millimetres out across the whole width at the back, just in front of the tailgate! This entailed removing and relocating the fuel tank and then grafting the rear end back on. Eventually it all came out all right, to my relief.

Painting was done with water-based furniture paint from Homebase, tinted by me to the exact shade desired. This paint dries in minutes, can be polished to a moderate shine, and makes brush cleaning a simple job in the kitchen sink using soap and water.

The model took over 325 hours to make over some eight months, and has 970 pieces, not including the gardening themed diorama in which it is displayed.

Front suspension and steering. Red wishbone arms are small interdental toothbrush handles


In primer, wheels can be posed.


Rear suspension and twin hydraulic dampers.


Front Panel, carved from several pieces of hardwood glued together.


Bodywork at an early stage


Details of the rear bed construction. (The brass screws were removed later for re-use)


My brother Chris with his 1957 Standard Eight taken in 1971 in Cornwall when we drove it there on holiday.


Battery – the real thing sits in a hollow built into the front wing – I simply chamferred off the lower edge instead – this can’t be seen on the finished model.


Steering Wheel. Not my best effort of this type.


Handbrake


Top Panel of the dashboard. Speedometer made by colour copying a factory brochure


The radio and heater box


Door panels, with real leather trim. Real Leather not offered on the actual pickup model needless to say.


Seats, shaped hardwood with leather coverings


Interior shots, test-fitting parts


Rear overhang was much too long – AARGH!!


Exterior shots from several angles. Headight rims are silver rings.


This shows the correct, shortened rear overhang.


Detail of the spare wheel behind the cab


Underside shots


Tailgate and retaining chains


Detailed engine under bonnet. Note the screen washer reservoir, brake master cylinder,heater fan unit, coil, the battery and so on.


‘Standard’ badge, which I made from real silver, polished, engraved and enamelled. About 10mm high.


View into the cab from the passenger side.


Front three-quarter views


Factory brochure for the van and pickup models from about 1956. Very nice artwork!


Factory brochure on the van and pickup dated September 1958.


And finally, the completed model posed with a set of gardening tools in a diorama which is how it is displayed. A definite challenge to make but a nice big model of a seldom seen vehicle.


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Here are the models announced by Norev for introduction in January 2019. As usual these are diecast models made in China for France unless otherwise stated. Many pictures are of pre-production samples and those are over printed to make it clear that changes may occur before the models ship.

1:18 Scale Models

181730 Citroen SM 1971 – Gold Leaf


183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886 – green


183492 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Akka


184856 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami Blue


184770 Peugeot 905 Winner France 24 hours 1992

Winner driven by Dalmas / Warwick / Blundell


184773 Peugeot 905 Le Mans 1993

Third placed driven by Bouchut / Brabham / Helary


1:43 Scale

151397 Citroen 2CV Citroneta 1963 – blue


155328 Citroen C3 Aircross 2017

Grey and white roof with orange decoration details


270320 Bentley Continental GT 2018 – black


509003 Dacia Duster 2018 – Dune beige


509004 Dacia Duster 2018 – Cosmos blue


351341 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2018 – black


473888 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – Platinium grey


517790 Renault Megane Estate 2016 – Cosmos Blue


517792 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Gendarmerie”


517789 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Police Nationale”


517797 Renault Megane Estate 2016 “Fire Brigade”


NOREV CLASSIC 1:43

This range is modelled on the Atlas Dinky or Dan Toys ranges both actually made in Norev’s Chinese plant too. These versions carry interesting period liveries in boxes in a style used by Norev when they made their models in plastic.

CL6911 Berliet GAK pick up with canvas cover “Moutarde de Dijon”


CL6912 Berliet GAK “Sirop des Comptoirs Francais”


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Retromobile 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Once again February brings us back to Paris, both for Retromobile, and for the traditional auctions of Artcurial, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams, a visual overdose enriched by a certain elegance, even if you start to perceive some slight fogging due to the changing tastes of the public. On the other hand it is for the market to dictate the show and not our personal interests.

This year Paris greeted us with windy days, but fortunately without the snow of last year. Alas the defections of the big automakers continue from their previous showcase of the Champs Elysées. First Citroen, Mercedes and Toyota left, now Peugeot has left its showroom too, leaving only Renault in the place that was a symbol of French motoring. How much longer before there are no showrooms on the Champs Elysées?

As usual, the Parisian show has attracted fans from all over the world. It is rich in novelties, celebrations of anniversaries, and exhibitions dedicated to specific brands. Even here there were alternate presences and absences: FCA is back, the absence of Mercedes-Benz is alas confirmed. Brand and/or model clubs attend in abundance, although their grouping together in Hall 3 reduces their presence a little.

Big celebrations took place of the centenary of Citroen with a great review of cars and prototypes, unfortunately narrow corridors meant the exhibits were difficult to walk around. Peugeot was a little poorly represented , maybe we had become used to better shows in previous years, whilst Renault chose to devote itself entirely to the ‘Turbo Years’, with the result of a series of cars of relative ‘aesthetic’ interest.

The general impression was of a reduced presence of real “vintage” cars in flavor of newer ‘classics’, which are evidently the most requested by the public today. This is the market! Fortunately the Teuf Teuf Club and the Compiègne Museum exhibited a rich collection of De Dion Bouton vehicles, while a specific exhibition was dedicated to the Bédélia, a classic of French cyclecars.

Another ‘gem’ on show was the monstrous Berliet T100, a giant destined for the African deserts and whose journey from Lyon to Paris constituted an adventure, considering its dimensions are ‘out of the norm’.

A rich collection of motorcycles from Gnome & Rhone was on show, as well as a display of the Citroen DS Chapron, in all their variants. Honda was celebrating the twenty years of the S2000 (too new in the Author’s opinion to be at such a show). The long suspension bridge between Hall 1 and 2 housed the Mini exhibition, celebrating their 60 years. There was an interesting cutaway Mini, but perhaps they could have included more variants : the Moke and the Mini Marcos appeared a bit lonely. As usual, the Saumur museum presented two tanks, a Sherman and a Panzer IV.

After lookinmg at all the displays there were plenty of opportunities to spend your money. There were many Dealers with their “jewels” and of course scale models, spare parts, books, and accessories. Add to that the wide range of goods from the many artists and artisans.

Again a show not to be missed where there is so much on offer that everyone can find lots of interest. The photographs below show some of the highlights of the show.

Citroën – 100 Years Display


Citroen GS Camargue Bertone 1972


Renault 1000kg Voltigeur 1956


Delahaye 135 M Figoni Falaschi 1946


BMW 320 Group 5 Junior Team 1977


Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione 1955


Lancia Rally 037 1982


Abarth 1000 monoposto record 1960


Jensen CV8 Mark III 1965


Classic early Léon Bollée advertising material


Wolseley Hornet Mark III 1969


Gnome Rhone motorcycle and side car outfit


Bédélia BD2 1912


Tiffany Golden Spirit 1986


Alfa Romeo 8c 2900 B Berlinetta Touring 1939


Scale Models Club display on the theme – Peugeot


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Here are a selection of models released in the last two months of 2018 and some from early 2019. These models are to 1:87 scale made in Europe for Germany.


309141 (309158/309165) IVECO Stralis Highway XP articulated tractor unit

The brand-new Stralis is now introduced into the Herpa range to complement the launch of the latest version of the truck. It has been moulded in white, blue or red.


094085 Audi Q7 “Audi Mobile Tradition”

The department Audi Mobile Tradition responsible for the Audi Museum runs two of the latest Audi Q7 SUV’s to transport classic vehicles pulling a closed trailer. These are often see moving cars from the Audi museum to events. Here the model is finished in the company livery.


094016 Wartburg 353 Tourist 1985 “NVA”

The National People´s Army of the former German Democratic Republic used this type of vehicle as a command vehicle. The model is authentically equipped with two different coloured beacon lights and a loudspeaker.


309509 MAN TGX XLX articulate fuel tanker “ESSO”

Herpa once again releases a fuel tanker as a limited edition. Esso, formerly known by its slogan “Put the tiger in your tank!” is the fuel provider who forms the basis for this model of the MAN TGX with a tanker trailer liveried in the current company livery.


How truck design has changed over the last 65 years!

At the beginning of the 1950s Henschel, based in Kassel, launched their ‘big’ articulated tractor HS 190 S with bi-motors. Wiking released the then huge articulated tanker with and Ellinghaus trailer in 1953 and kept it in their catalogue until 1958.

The rounded design changed into a squared one early in the 1960s, developed by the famous noted Louis L. Lepoix.

Today cabs are more rounded again, shaped using tests in a wind tunnel. The Esso Livery has changed too with the livery in red and white on white rather than on solid red.


309189 (309196) Mercedes-Benz Actros Bigspace 2018

This tractor unit to pull articulated trailers has been released in white and red.


309202 (309219) Mercedes-Benz Actros Gigaspace 2018

The tractor unit has been released in white and black to pull articulated trailers.


309226 (309233) Mercedes-Benz Actros Streamspace 2.5 2018

This tractor unit has been released in white and yellow.


309677 IFA G5 dump truck “VEB coal merchant”

Handpicked “people´s own” companies could get the IFA G5 in a civil version. Here Herpa releases a delivery truck of the VEB coal merchandising firm. In the DDR most of the coal available was brown coal (Lignite) which burned with a distinctive odour which was cast over the whole DDR.

The latest IFA G5 compared to an earlier release of the model which though plainer in finish has the ram to raise the tipper modelled.


309745 (309752) Scania CG 17 6×6 articulated Tractor

The new tractor unit has been released in white and red.

Unimaginative Design or diktat of the wind tunnel ?

Placing the model trucks side by side, there is a strong and rather boring resemblance. In particular the cab units all look very similar with only the grilles showing any real difference.

The wind tunnel may be responsible for the body shape, but why do the design of the lower areas below the windscreen looks so similar? That is an unanswered question.


700689 Mercedes-Benz C-Class T-model (estate) “Bundeswehr”

For all older German men, who have served their army time in the German Bundeswehr, the latest Bundeswehr staff cars are looking strange. The familiar matt green “NATO olive” colour which used to be used on all vehicles is gone in many cases. Today most vehicles used day to day are leased and are ordered in normal body colours, so that resale value at the end of the lease is improved.


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Reader’s Letter – 1955 Fords

As a model modifier myself, I found Luciano Pavloski’s write up on creating a 1955 Ford sedan very clever.   He might be surprised to know that there are some 1:43rd scale 1955 Ford sedans out there now.  These are of the mid-range Customline series made by Trax of Australia.  Except for the fact that they are right hand drive, they are clones of the US version. These can be seen on the Top Gear website here.  

And speaking of 1955 Ford’s,  I have recently acquired from eBay the CCC kit of a 1955 Sunliner convertible in kit form, (their number CCCUS 03).   I know little about CCC models except that they must come from France as the assembly instructions are in French.  The kit contains a resin body and white metal base,  seats, wheels, and various chrome pieces.  I’ll submit a story about assembly in a few months when I get to working on this item. 

My collection already has the Crown Victoria glass top version  (their number CCCUS 04) which I got in turquoise and white fully built many years ago.  In looking through the kit I note the decal sheet has badge decals for the Country Sedan (the non wood trim up scale wagon) and a Country Squire which is the faux wood version, plus  the Ranch Wagon (the two door wagon) and Customline and Town Sedan.  Now with all these extra badges, I am very curious if CCC ever intended to produce these versions as well?   I do find
in Jerry Rettig’s directory of models a 1947 Ford Sportsman CCCUS 01 and a CCCUS 02 1936 Ford Roadster top up or down. 

Were there others?

John P. Quilter

Oregon by Email

Editor – do any of our readers know more about CCC? I certainly remember them featuring in MAR magazine in the days when Provence Moulage , Starter and Record were all producing models in France. What 1955 Fords did they make?

News from the Continent February 2019 – Preiser

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Preiser specialise in figures, buildings and scenic items to bring model railway layouts and dioramas to life. Many collectors like to include models in their model displays so the new Preiser figures will be of interest. It seems that Preiser have re-discovered MAR Online as these are the first samples that I have received in a long time.

1:87 Scale

10697 On the lawn

People in various positions with mats and tennis players.


10704 At the campsite

Six attractive women in summer clothes suitable for wearing at a holiday campsite


10707 Stacking firewood

Three men at work with wood and various logs


10745 Soccer fans (1)

Four men and three women in standing positions


10752 Drivers for electric utility vehicles

5 men in various positions, designed for use with set 17126


10758 Soccer team and referee; white shirts,black shorts

Eleven players and a referee


10759 Soccer team and referee; blue shirts and shorts


10760 Soccer team and referee; red shirts, blue shorts


10761 Soccer team and referee; orange shirts and shorts

10762 Soccer team and referee; white shirts and shorts


16359 Medieval festival (1)

125 unpainted miniature figures in various positions and in different outfits ancient and modern


16360 At the window

6 unpainted figures in different positions and 16 curtains in 5 different colours


16361 Housework and gardening

33 unpainted miniature figures in appropriate poses with accessories


16572 Motorcycle BMW R12 “The German Reich 1939-1945”

This kit includes unpainted components for three motorcycles


17126 Electric vehicle with three trailers (German railways – Epoch III) suitable for use with the figures already seen above. The components are moulded in different colours


17188 Wardrobe interior, lockers

Kit for four units with different doors and bases. Components are moulded in different colours.


18217 Quarrystone walls with doorways and doorway arches, corner posts

A combination kit. The wall parts are fully detailed on both sides. It comes with suitable extras to join sections realistically.


24761 Medieval festival (2)

Two women and four men in authentic medieval outfits – painted.


24762 Knights in a combat

Four knights with weapons and shields

24763 Knight´s tournament with horses

Two knights with lances charging one another.


24767 Medieval clothes on stands

Six realistic multi-coloured painted clothes for well off Medieval women


28150 Wedding couple on “Vespa”


28199 Female German police officer

29504 Young zebra


29506 Camel


29515 Tiger


29517 Stag


31024 Fire brigade dressing room

Kit for 3 movable hall-stands, 3 wall-fixed models, clothes and accessories, all moulded in different colours

1:22.5 Scale (For garden model railways)

44928 Gardening

Two young women with spray can and watering can


44929 Working in the Garden

Two young women with rake and hedge clippers


1:32 Scale

63200 Seated Passengers

Six sitting painted persons, four men and two women


63201 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted persons, three women and three men


1:43 Scale

65500 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted people, three women and three men


65501 Seated passengers

Six sitting painted persons, three women and three men

1:160 Scale (Non British N Gauge)

79229 Cows, light brown

Six cows in different positions

Accessories

97000 Base plates, crystal clear, 84 pieces

Base plates in dimensions 10 x 7 mm for figures, mainly in scale 1:87


97001 Base plates, crystal clear, 108 pieces

Base plates in dimensions 7 x 5 mm for figures, mainly in scale 1:87

Gesamtkatalog PK 27 – Complete Catalogue PK 27

In 352 pages the Preiser catalogue contains the whole output of the company. Miniature figures in different scales and related accessories. All items shown in colour photographs. The book appears in an A4 paperback.


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News from the Continent February 2019 – Solido

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.

The Solido models shown should all be available now. Solido models are diecast in China for France.

1:18 Scale

421184740 Renault R.S. 18 Version De Lancement 2018


1:43 Scale

421436430 Ford GT40 1966 – white


421436440 Renault R12 Gordini 1970


421436450 Peugeot 203 Pick-up 1952


421436460 Citroen BX16 TRS 1982 – grey


421436470 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 L 1986


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Modelling my Father’s Fairlane

By Luciano J. Pavloski

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

My Dad’s 1955 Fairlane in 1:43 scale

Until the early 1950s Brazil did not make its own cars, buses and trucks. There were already some factories, like VW, Ford and General Motors, but they only assembled imported models in Brazil.

This began to change in 1956, when the newly installed President, Juscelino Kubitscheck , strengthened plans for the manufacture of automobiles and trucks in the country. Earlier that year the first Mercedes-Benz truck was manufactured in the country (a L-312), and the first car, the Romi-Isetta, a version of ISO / BMW Isetta, too.

From 1957 national production grew quickly with the production of the Volkswagen Transporter Bus (Kombi), Ford and General Motors trucks, Willys-Overland Jeeps and FNM trucks (a local brand that produced under license trucks from Isotta Fraschini and cars from Fiat). Since then the range of models and brands produced in Brazil has grown significantly. We have American, European, and Japanese manufacturers based here in addition to the small local manufacturers. But before that happened Brazil imported cars and trucks of various origins, a large part of them American.

My father owned a 1955 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan, which I did not get to know but is present in dozens of old family photos. It is also a car that my father fondly remembers. For those reasons I wanted one as part of my 1:43 model collection. However, there is simply no such model in 1:43 scale. What I found was the 1956 Fairlane made by Ixo, which has almost the same body as the 1955 model, and a Crown Victoria 1955 made by Yat Ming, from which I could take advantage of the grille and other pieces. And so I started my project!

This was my father’s Fairlane. Next to the car, my brother in the late 60’s.

The 1956 from Ixo is the closest to my Father’s car, but the grille, side trim and hood trim differ.

So I used a 1955 Crown Victoria from Yatming (right above) to donate pieces

After a few cuts and some adjustments and the grille was fitted into the Ixo model.

The 1955 model needed new trim on the sides, this involved modifications using a “Dremel”, hobby files and epoxy filler.

I used the Yat Ming instrument panel but it needed some adjustments

The panel after considerable work. Tools used are shown with it on the bench

The original car with extra features added by the Author’s Father.

I decided to model the car at a time when my father had “upgraded” it a little more. I discovered that he used the wheels caps from a Simca Jangada (Brazilian version of Simca Marly). Luckily, this model car exists in the Brazilian car collection (Ixo). So I bought one just to use the wheels!

And there’s my dad’s Fairlane in 1:43! I put his name on the base as a tribute.

Inside the car was a “baby pacifier” (a fashion in the 60s) hanging from the mirror…

… which I reproduced in the model.

The model has the same yellow Brazilian plates, typical of that time

The rear end of the model

And side view of the completed model

Before and after. The Ixo base car and the finished modified one.

It is great to have this special miniature in my collection, but it was also lovely to see the joy on my 87 years old Father’s face when he saw the model.

And what was the end of the real Fairlane?

Well, in the 1970s Brazilian industry had become self-sufficient to the point where the government banned the importation of vehicles. This, added to the greater difficulty of obtaining parts, made imported cars unpopular even though many were superior to those produced in the country. The cars imported up to this point were seen as a “problem”… And so my father traded the beautiful Fairlane 1955 for a small field and acquired a 1974 Ford Corcel, a genuinely Brazilian model. But that’s another story, for the day I reproduce this car too in 1:43…

Editor: Luciano is a 1:43 scale model collector from Brazil and this is his first article for MAR Online. We hope that he writes more articles about model collecting from a Brazilian viewpoint in the future.


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WSI ACH Volvo F12

By Mick ‘Mixxy’ Russell

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

Copyright of Aston Clinton Haulage acknowledged

ACH or Ashton Clinton Haulage started life in the village of the same name in the Vale of Aylesbury back in the 1930’s, run by the late Les Fowler. The firm moved all sorts of loads, but by the 1970s New Holland was one of their main contracts and lead to them delivering loads all over Europe..

ACH moved to Leighton Buzzard before being bought by the French haulier Norbert Dentressangle. This Volvo F12 Globetrotter was driven by Pete Chaundy from new and the vehicle still exists and is based in County Down, Ireland.

The model is made by WSI  to 1:50 scale and was commissioned by Anglo Dutch Model. It is to be limited to a production run of 200. It is to WSI’s usual high standard of detail and finish, however it appears to have too big a gap between the cab and trailer. This could be cured by moving the trailer pin and landing legs back 5mm, but this also means cutting down the side impact bars. For me personally, i’ll be leaving as is!


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