By Maz Woolley
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Auto Cult are distributing a new series of resin models – Avenue 43 – made in China for Germany to 1:43 scale. The owners of the new range have appointed Auto Cult as distributors as their models are made to similar standards and the subjects are complementary to the Auto Cult range.
Here are the first three releases are shown below.
Sauter Porsche Bergspyder
Kurt Sauter built this car for Heini Walter. Powered by a 1500cc engine it was built with a fibreglass body and took part in a slalom race at Dübendorf in May 1956 , followed by other races including the Avus. Crashed later and rebuilt the car still exists.
Volkswagen 1500 Type 3 Cabriolet
12 prototypes of this cabriolet were said to have been made and some copies of Volkswagen advertising material for the car are also to be seen on the Internet. But pretty as it was this car was it was never put into production. Perhaps Volkswagen feared that this car would limit sales of the Karmann Ghia based on the same platform?
BMW 2800 Spicup Bertone
This concept car was shown in 1969 and was based upon design work by Marcello Gandini of Bertone. It was never developed into a BMW car but many of the styling features, particularly the cowled front end, were to be used again by Bertone for the Alfa Romeo Montreal. The roof style was also to re-appear later in a re-worked form on the Fiat X-19. The show car was based upon a shortened BMW E3 floorpan fitted with a 2.8 litre engine which required the bonnet to have a specially raised areas fitted to clear the straight six engine.
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