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The Vespa in Miniature Part 2 1955-58

By Dave Turner

Photographs of some of the models described can be found below the paragraphs below.

Documenting the production of the Vespa in numerous countries in the mid- 1950s is more complex than a review of models could justify. Some retained the headlamp on the front mudguard, some on the apron and some others on the handlebars. Piaggio was finding that by retaining the same body styling each year, the new examples looked just like the older ones from the customers point of view. That didn’t seem to hinder sales. The UK built Douglas Vespa was designated 42L2. As far as ’54 models are concerned the German 1954 Hoffmann Kiningin de luxe version was modelled by both Maisto and Edicola in 1:18 scale.

In 1955 Piaggio put the 150 into production and featured the headlamp on the handlebars but it was otherwise similar to the 125. The new 150GS GranSport however set a new standard in performance and featured 10” rather than 8” wheels. The new 150 was available in model form from New Ray and Edicola while models of the sporty 150GS came from both of these two makes and BTS.

Vespa reached a significant worldwide milestone in 1956 as the millionth example was made, by then Italy was producing 500 a day while the French made ACMA Vespa had reached a total of 100,000. ACMA also produced 600 150 TAP Vespas, (Troupes Aero Portees) for paratroops. They came with a M20 75mm recoilless rifle mounted on board. Quite a selection of miniature 1956 Vespas have been noted. CLMHitech offered both the 150 scooters while Maisto did these and the TAP. The Edicola range – no doubt a part-work collection, also did the TAP that could have been manufactured by Maisto.

1957 and the 150 was imported into the UK and called the Clubman the Douglas built Vespa 125 had become the 92L2 while the Piaggio produced Vespa 125 was substantially changed in its construction. The new Italian slimmer body was made in two halves, joined at the centre line while the traditional handlebars gave way to streamlined casing in which the gear change cables were hidden from view, this had been a feature of the GS for a year or so. This new 125 finally arrived in the UK in 1959 where it was designated 152L2. On the model front the Edicola part work included two ’57 150cc Vespas, the difference between them has yet to be identified while AutoArt offered a large 1:12 scale 150GS.

For 1958 the Italian made 150GS received a new speedometer together with fresh wheel design and a new pattern saddle. The Italian made standard 150 received the new slim body in late 1958. Models of 1958s include a variety by Xonex, all having been noted as described as 1958 on various websites but in at least three scales. The 1:6 issue is described as a ‘150cc Clubman’ on its box while none of the models are actually badged as ‘GS’ Other models of the ’58 150GS came from Ixo, Maisto and Edicola.


Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 39540, 1958 150 GS.

Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 3134, 1956 150

Xonex 1:18 diecast from China: 13635, 1958 150 (GS?) Ital Racing no 8

Xonex 1:18 diecast from China: 13620, 1958 150 (GS?)

Xonex 1:6 Diecast from China: 36100, 1958 150 Clubman

Model listing for Vespa 1954 – 58


Edicola AC 004 Hoffmann Kiningin 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 4271 Hoffman Kiningin 1:18 diecast
New Ray China 49273 150  VL1T 1:6 diecast
New Ray China 6043 150GS 1:32 diecast
Edicola AC 029 150GS Messerschmitt 1:18 diecast
Edicola AC 033 150 1:18 diecast
BTS UK 14 GS 150
CLM Hitech CLM 003 150
CLM Hitech CLM 004 150GS
Edicola AC 020 150 TAP 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 3134 150 Struzzo (Ostrich) 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 4342 150 TAP 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 150G 94mm 1:18 diecast
Edicola 150GS 570mm 1:3 diecastkit
Autoart China 12501 150GS 1:12 diecast
Edicola AC 039 150 1:18 diecast
Edicola AC 037 150 1:18 diecast
Xonex China 13717 150GS Coca Cola 1:12 diecast
Xonex China 13620 150GS 94mm 1:18 diecast
Xonex China 13635 150GS Ital Racing No 8 94mm 1:18 diecast
Xonex China 36100 150GS 237mm 1:6 diecast

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Milena Rose Models

By Maz Woolley


All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.



1:43 scale resin models of interesting subjects have been released by Milena Rose, a French company owned by Frederic Cros. Frederic is well-known for his 1:43 scale Silas models of British cars and his Milena Rose dioramas, but the French cars branded Milena Rose are a new direction for his business.

The cars modelled are examples of French cars made under licence in other countries with realistic detailing for the local version. They are resin models made in China for France.


#MR43002b Renault 12 Alpine 1978 (Argentine)


The R12 Alpine made in South America was an expensive car with the added cost of imported components. It was a sports version primarily intended to add some glamour to the whole range. The imported parts were also sometimes added to the more basic TL version when prepared for rallying. The car was certainly sporting with a top speed of about 109MPH from a 1397cc engine as used in the R5 Alpine which was built locally but from imported parts. The handling was also reported to be excellent too. Only 439 of these cars were made between 1977 and 1980 as they were essentially hand built and Renault Argentina had no capacity to increase production.

The Milena Rose model captures the special characteristics of this model well. The strange wheels are particularly well represented as is the bonnet bulge and the Alpine striping and script.

The photos suggest that a lot of effort has been made to capture the large number of dials on the dashboard and the special seating fitted. The registration plates are also in an Argentinian format.



#MR43003a IKA Renault Gordini DA-2V

Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) produced nearly 100,000 Dauphines and Gordinis under license from Renault License in the Santa Isabel factory between 1960 and 1970. The strange front bumper was required by laws in Argentina and give the car a very different look from its French equivalent.


The photo above shows clearly the very different bumper unit as well as the local badging which has been faithfully reproduced.

The front and read have realistic local registration plates and the lighting is all separate lenses neatly fitted.

The Renault and Gordini badges are separate parts fitted neatly to the side. My one criticism is that the chrome window surrounds on this model look a little heavy.

#MR43003b Alfa Romeo Renault Dauphine


Alfa Romeo built the Dauphine under license between 1959 and 1964 in Portello, Milan. Differences from the French model are limited apart from Magnetti-Marelli 12 volt electrics and the logo “Dauphine Alfa Romeo” or “Ondine Alfa Romeo”. It is said that this model was produced to broaden the Alfa Romeo range and it sold quite successfully for a time.

The photo above shows clearly the special badging as well as the Milan registration plate.


And the special Alfa Romeo badge has been reproduced at the from of the car as well. The front wing has the Dauphine Alfa Romeo script as well to complete the local features.

#MR43003c Henney Kilowatt (Renault Dauphine)

The Henney Kilowatt was an electric car made in the United States and launched for the 1959 model year. It was based upon a Renault Dauphine body and had batteries and electric motors fitted. It was built by Henney Coachworks for the Eureka Company.

The 1959 models all ran on a 36-volt system of 18 two-volt batteries in series. The 36-volt cars had a top speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and could run approximately 40 miles (64 km) on a full charge. After the 36-volt system was proven to be inadequate the Kilowatt drivetrain was redesigned by Eureka Williams as a 72-volt system for the 1960 model year. It employed 12 six-volt batteries in series. The 72-volt models were much more practical than the 1959 36-volt models. The 1960 Kilowatt boasted a top speed of nearly 60 mph  with a range of over 60 miles on a single charge.

According to the official Eureka Company corporate history there were a total of 100 Henney Kilowatts manufactured during the entire two year production run, but of those 100 cars only 47 were ever sold. Few examples exist today.


The Milena Rose model replicates key features such has the Kilowatt badging and the heavier bumpers for the US market.

A New York City number plate has been included as has the special badge on the bonnet.

An interesting set of models of less common versions of very popular French vehicles. It will be interesting to see how this range develops.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Herpa

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs are by the Author.

Here is a selection of the releases made by Herpa between October 2016 and January 2017.

092647 MAN TGS L Euro 6 roll-off dump with loading crane

This vehicle is used by the Wolfsburg fire brigade. It is an AB support unit from the city where Volkswagen are based. The vehicle is an extremely detailed representation of the prototype, especially the strikingly shaped warning decals.


028691/038690 Audi R8 Spyder vegas yellow / mythos black pearl effect

The Audi super sportscar enhances Herpa´s comprehensive sports car range. It is a new mould with some small inserted parts for extra detailing.


092661 Audi Q5 ELW “Works Fire Brigade Salzgitter”

The Audi SUV has recently been added to the fleet of the Salzgitter Steel Works.

The detailed miniature is striking painted in daylight red, with an authentic printed livery. Again several small parts are attached to provide a high level of detail.


306522 Scania Bonnet articulated tractor unit “Grohganz”

The Franconian company Monika Grohganz from Heroldbach operates this Scania bonnet Topline tractor as part of their fleet. It is mainly used as a tractor unit for container trailers are pulled.

Good detail printing and small extra parts are used to good effect.


102001 Audi R8 V10 plus Safety Car “24h of Nurburgring”

The Audi R8 was used as safety car at the Nurburgring during the 24 hours races.

This captures the shape of the original well and has excellent printing to provide the detailed livery. Small added parts add to the details on the model which comes in  a showcase.


306706 Scania CS20 articulated tractor unit, blue

The vehicle is detailed very true to original, some parts were separate inserted.

In comparison with 306522 it is quite interesting to see the difference in size and shape between bonnet- and can forward version of Scania tractors.


926478 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

Herpa Car Club Model of the year, moulded in black with high gloss wheel rims, it comes in a show case. This issue is only available for members of the Herpa Car Club.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

The December 2016 and January 2017 releases planned by Norev and their sub-range CIJ are shown below.

1:18 Scale

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184853 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 1988 – Vallelunga red

185208 Renault Supercinq GT Turbo 1986 – red

187574 Porsche 911 Turbo 3,3 L 1977 – silver

187561 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2010 – white and black trim

1:43 Scale

474706 Peugeot 407 saloon 2006 – Montecristo Plum

474754 Peugeot 407 SW 2004 – Aluminium silver

473885 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Emerald crystal blue

473886 Peugeot 5008 GT 2016 – Amazonite grey

579516 Renault Viva Grand Sport ACX2 1935 – black

517731 Renault Scenic 2016 – white and black

518391 Renault Koleos 2016 – Purple

518020 Renault Trafic 2014 – white

517854 Alpine Vision Monaco 2016

1:87 Scale

472371A Peugeot 203 1954 – blue

513213A Renault 4CV 1955 – Rouen blue

513076A Renault Dauphine 1956 – Mediterranee blue

CIJ 1:43 Scale

C80910 Box “Salon de Paris 1949”
Citroen 2CV – Ford Vedette – Peugeot 203

C80906 Box „SIMCA 80th Anniversary“
Simca 8 Sport – Simca 9 Aronde – Vedette Regence

Releases January 2017

1:18 Scale

185280 Renault Fregate Saloon 1959 – Capri blue

1:43 Scale

155174 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2014 – Sebastien Loeb

155176 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2016 – Y. Muller

155177 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC 2016 – J.M. Lopez

473206 Peugeot 302 Darl´Mat Roadster 1937 – blue metallic

475449 Peugeot 504 Pick up 1985 – white

475813 Peugeot 508 Saloon 2014 – Bourrasque blue

472819 Peugeot 208 2015 – Rubi red

519510 Renault Type K 1902

519155 Renault Celtaquatre Saloon 1936 – Dark blue & black

1:87 Scale

453002A Facel Vega II Coupe 1961 – Facel blue metallic

519108A Renault 300 kg delivery van 1948 – Lazuli blue

513214A Renault 4CV 1955 “Police”

511256A Renault 12 Saloon 1974 – orange

Renault 12 Gordini 1971 – Bleu-de-France blue


PM0104 Citroen Cxperience Concept Salon de Paris 2016

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Schuco

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

The models shown below should now be on sale.


450603300 Studio VI Auto Union Streamline, open wheel housing


450898700 Mercedes-Benz ML “Dino Parc” I
450898800 Mercedes-Benz ML “Dino Parc” II
450896600 Auwärter bus “Porsche Racing Service”


450895400 Hürlimann DH 6


450038600 Volkswagen T3 “Joker” Camping bus with foldable roof in Cream/White
450018700 Volkswagen T2a Camping bus white/orange
450034600 Setra S6 Coach “Fischer”


450008100 MAN racing car transporter “Porsche”

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Wiking

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.

Here is the news of the latest models from Wiking expected to be released in February 2017. As usual the new Items are shown first and the upgraded ones after that.


Models to 1:87 Scale


0228 02 Volvo Amazon


0227 03 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W213 Exclusive
0861 39 Volkswagen 411 saloon “Fire brigade”
0390 10 Magirus S 3500 timber transporter
0662 01 Fuchs F301 Cable excavator
0693 28 MAN THW Standby tanker
0515 01 Volvo F88 articulated aluminium flatbed lorry
0433 04 Scania 111 flat bed draw bar
0807 48 MAN 415 milk tanker

Models to 1:160 scale

0935 07 Volkswagen T4 bus “German Police”

Model Upgrades

Models to 1:87 scale

0815 05 Triumph TR4
0090 03 Fiat 1800 saloon
0788 03 Volkswagen T1a delivery van
0646 08 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U1300 “Winter Service”
0869 03 Agricultural trailer
0265 03 Mercedes-Benz L319 van “Fuchs excavator service”
0652 02 Volvo L350F wheel loader
0661 03 Atlas 2205 M mobile excavator
0627 04 Mercedes-Benz Econic Metz DL32 turnable ladder truck

Models to 1:160 Scale

0951 03 Lanz Bulldog 8506 tractor

Models to 1:32 Scale

0778 29 Claas Arion 430 with front loader 120

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The Ford in Miniature – Lincoln Mark VI and Lincoln Town Car

By Dave Turner


Photographs of many of the models discussed in the article can be seen after the detailed table listing all known models lower down this page.

Lincoln Mark V1 1980-83

At the end of the 1970s Ford and the US motor industry in general were forced to come up with more environmentally sympathetic vehicles whilst at the same time continue to make their products attractive to their established market. After much shuffling and re-aligning, the Lincoln Division managed to end up with an exceptionally successful range that met most requirements and their sales record indicated that the public were also happy.

First, the huge Mark V had been forced to downsize and the new Mark V1 for 1980 now came in both two and four door form and echoed the lines of the big cars remarkably well, down to the opera windows, triple vents in the front fenders, headlamps hidden by opening doors and of course the spare wheel ‘hump’ on the trunk lid. The two door version came on a 114 inch wheelbase, six inches less than the Mark V while the four door version was on a 117 inch wheelbase. During its four years of production the Mark V1 received annual detail changes and at the same time small reductions in its weight whilst the ‘Designer Series’ of Special equipment and finish was continued from the Mark V. The completely different Mark V11 arrived for 1984, Model Auto Review 103 in July 1996 looked briefly at the Mark V11.

Town Car had been a label attached to the more lavishly equipped version of Lincolns various Continentals since the early 1970s. A new Continental arrived for 1980, inevitably much smaller, trimmer and lighter than the preceding model. In both two and four door form, unlike the new Mark V1 these were both on the same 117” wheelbase but easily identified by the absence of headlamps doors, the front fender vents, spare wheel ‘hump’ and the opera windows – four distinctive long standing features of the Mark Series. Some shuffling around of models took place for 1981, the Continental name was dropped (briefly), Town Car was now the name of the four door versions of what had been the Continental while the two door was called Town Coupe. A new quite different Continental appeared in 1982 featuring semi razor-edge styling.

After 1981 only the four door Town Car was made and it now adopted top of the range status taking on ‘Signature Series’ and Cartier labels for the most expensive options. Very few obvious changes took place during the nine years of Town Car production. The Lincoln name moved around the front of the car a few times, it was top left side of the grille in 1981 but moved over to above the left side headlight in 1985. For its final year the name badge moved to low down on the left side of the grille. The texture of the grille changed a few times while the tail lights were put onto an angled plinth from 1985. Interestingly Lincoln were including illustrations of stretched Town Cars in their sales material in the mid-1980s. A completely new Town Car that had been designed in the UK arrived for 1990.

In view of the popularity of the cars it is perhaps surprising just how few models have been found, at least those that have turned up provided examples of most but not all variants of Mk V1 and Town Car.

Very little in the way of Mark V1 models unfortunately – back in the 1990s, the US 1:25 resin kit ranges included the Mark V1 in both two and four door forms from Guy Cantwell. More recently the big range of Neo resin models in 1;43 included a four door Mark V1 which they listed as a 1979 version. Masses of detail include the wire spoke aluminium wheels and minute Continental script on the left headlamp door. Like many of these recent models. handling them usually results in a few parts falling off, so poorly fixed are they.

Lincoln Mark V1 1980-83


Neo China 2013 43540 4 Door 133mm 1:43 resin
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 4 Door 1:25 resin kit
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 2 Door 1:25 resin kit

Illustrations: Lincoln Mark V1

 Neo 1:43 resin from China: 43540, 4 Door

Lincoln Town Car 1981-89

There have been a few more small Town Cars. An interesting model from Neo depicted the huge mid-1970s Continental in Town Car form – all nineteen and a half feet of it. For 1977 the Continental had adopted the Mk 1V style front end while the colonnade style roof had appeared for 1975. Town Car features are the full vinyl roof with coach lamps while options depicted on the model include opera windows and the forged aluminium wheels. A 1:25 resin kit for a 1978 Continental Town Car was produced in the USA by TKM while another US based similar range by Guy Cantwell included an example of the later 1986 Town Car.

Some years ago a German range of 1:87 resin kits under the name BS Design issued a large number of solid resin miniatures that consisted of simply, body, base, interior and wheels on axles. A 1987 Town Car was included.

In addition to their Mark V1, Neo have also produced some models of the very similar Town Car. From the forward slope of the tail light assembly their Town Car has to be an 1985 or later but the combination of the Lincoln badge over the left headlight and the layout of the badges on the tail and position of the twin back-up lights the year is narrowed down to 1988. Neo also did a stretch on their Town Car scaling out to 190”. This has the badges on the rear depicting an 1989 car but the Lincoln badge should be low on the left side of the grille in that case, but it remains above the left side headlamp as a 1988.

Apparently stretch limos are popular at the toy end of the model car scene, a couple of hefty diecast stretch Town Cars are obviously in the toy category. One from Majorette carries the simple inscription “Limousine” on the base but is obviously based on a Lincoln. At first glance the Sunnyside toy looks very similar but closer scrutiny shows that it is to a larger scale and representing a shorter 168” wheelbase. Both feature opening doors and transparent sunroof.
A far more modest stretch is featured on the Matchbox Town Car, in fact based on the toys width it is hardly a stretch at all! Some imagination went into the toys creation, it features a plated tiara over the centre roof section and a ‘discrete’ small rear window while the marking on the rear light indicating where the back-up light resides suggests a 1986 example.

Lincoln Town Car


Neo China 2012 44420 1977 Continental 140mm 1:43 resin
TKM USA 1978 Continental 1:25 resin kit
BS Design Germany 1990s 8701 1987 1:87 resin kit
Guy Cantwell USA 1990s 1986 1:25 resin kit
Neo China 2013 43548 1988 132mm 1:43 resin
Neo China 2014 45335 1989 190” stretch 175mm 1:43 resin
Majorette 1995 3045 190” stretch 228mm 1:34 diecast/plastic
Sunnyside China 1996 SS9732 168” stretch 230mm 1:31 diecast/plastic
Matchbox Macau 1988 24 1986 Minimal stretch 77mm 1:68 diecast
Illustrations : Lincoln Town Car


Neo 1:43 resin from China: 44420, 1977 Continental Town Car
Neo 1:43 resin from China: 1988 one of several colours from Neo
Neo 1:43 resin from China: 45335, 1989 190” stretch
Majorette 1:34 diecast: 3045: 190” stretch
Sunnyside 1:31 diecast from China: SS9732, 168” stretch
Matchbox 1:68 diecast from Macau: 24, based on the width of the toy it is hardly a stretch at all.

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Editorial February 2017

As I post this the Nuremberg Trade Fair is about to open, the world showcase for the year’s new toy and model releases, and I am sure we will all enjoy scanning the Internet to find pictures of the manufacturers’ displays. Toy Fairs are no longer the influence on model collectors that they used to be, however. Major manufacturers like Greenlight and Oxford Diecast have already made their announcements for 2017. Others like Brooklin have always made their new programme announcement later in the year, and many smaller firms like Auto Cult, Matrix and Neo now only make announcements just before a model is ready for delivery and they no longer advertise a forward programme. Toy Fairs are also no longer relevant for the smaller firms who do not need to meet buyers from John Lewis or Tesco, so I am sure we will yet again see a decline in the number of firms who make model vehicles attending the Nuremberg fair. That won’t stop me surfing the web, however, in the hope of seeing new prototypes from the bigger suppliers.

I must express my thanks to those who follow MAR Online’s Facebook page. It is a great way to get the immediate responses from readers. We certainly hit a chord in our criticisms of the lack of new moulds from Corgi this year. Keep the comments coming: both Karl and I regularly read them and enjoy the new ideas, corrections and feedback that they provide.

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News from the Continent January 2017 – Maisto

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


Maisto 531514 Bugatti Chiron

In 2016 Bugatti s.a.s. presented the successor of their Veyron, the Chiron. The car was again named after a famous Bugatti racing driver. It produces 1500 HP and with no speed limiter fitted it can reach speeds of over 400 KPH (c.250 MPH). However, this performance is expensive as each car will cost 2.4 Million Euros to buy, a million more than a Veyron!

Maisto have produced the model to 1:24 scale. It captures the car’s shape very well and it is painted in two tone blue.

The interior looks accurate and includes a lot of detail. The doors can be opened as shown above.

As the photograph above shows the upper part of the engine is visible through the rear windows.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans 2015 in 1:18 scale

By Fabrizio Panico



A few months ago a new model was added to my 1:18 scale Porsche promotional models collection: the 919 hybrid, winner of Le Mans 2015.

An imposing model, it was produced as a diecast by Spark for Porsche as a Special Edition (WAP 021 819 0G) but there seems to be no visible difference at all with the identical resin Spark item (no. 18LM15), apart from the box, the black base and the price. There are no opening parts, but despite this it is quite fragile due to the many antennas and needs quite a lot of care in handling.

The real car is a sports-prototype racing car of the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid (LMP1-H) category. It has a composite chassis of carbon fibre with a honeycomb aluminium core, and a turbocharged V4 engine with lithium-ion battery for energy recovery, plus an exhaust-energy recovery system. 2013 was its first public showing with only an eleventh place at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours race. In 2015, with more than 80% new parts, car no. 19 was driven to victory at Le Mans by Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenberg and Nick Tandy. Other 919s took second and fifth place with cars no. 17 and 18. The 919 went on to win both the 2015 and 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.

An important car, but (alas) an ugly one, at least compared to the Ford, Ferrari and Porsche of the 1960s, and not helped by its white and black lettered livery (excellently rendered), based on the Porsche slogan “Porsche Intelligent Performance”.

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