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Best of Show Opel Senator

By Frank Koh

It’s a good thing the Opel Senator never reached American shores. It might have suffered the same fate as the Yugo. What a pity. It was a really, really awesome car, but it was a shame that this car suffered from endless mechanical and electrical problems. This Best of Show (BoS) 1/18 scale resin model of the Opel Senator A2 is a subtle reminder that once upon a time, Opel built luxury grand touring cars.

World-class engineering, yes. However, the Senator was plagued with incurable mechanical and electrical maladies. When Germany embarked on its own version of “Cash for Clunkers”, the Senator was one of the most popular vehicles that met their inglorious end at the jaws of the crusher.

When Adam Opel AG released the Opel Senator in 1978, automotive journalists gave it five-star ratings for grand touring performance, handling, comfort and refinement. The Senator directly competed with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series in the European full-size luxury car market. Like its rivals, the Senator was fast, roomy and opulent. But unlike the flagships from Stuttgart and Munich, the Senator did not grow old gracefully.

In fact, the Senator literally fell to pieces just a decade after it took the grand touring/luxury car market by storm. Furthermore, the car was a depreciation disaster of the highest order. Today, hardly any Opel Senators can be found anywhere in the world, outside of the Opel Museum and the private garages of  Opel enthusiasts.

It is quite surprising that Best of Show (BoS) was able to find an actual car to use as a template for this exquisite 1/18 scale resin model of the 1983-86 Senator A2 sedan. The A2 designation is the unofficial term for the facelift of the first version.  What a waste though. The A2 was really a nice car. The Senator could have been a landmark vehicle for GM Opel  It wouldn’t be shocking to assume that the BoS resin model of the Opel Senator will probably outlive the real car.

Even though the Australian Holden Commodore//Caprice were developed from the German Opel Rekord/Commodore/Senator platform, the Holdens have become cult cars, revered by enthusiasts for their sparkling performance and outright durability. Truth be told, that was one instance when the Australians beat the Germans at their own game.

Now that GM has sold off Opel and they are part of PSA, it would be great if they did return to the US with some landmark cars.  We will see!


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Neo and BoS September/October 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by, and copyright of, ModelCarWorld.

Market Positioning

Over the last year we have seen prices steadily rising from many suppliers. ModelCarWorld who own Neo, MCG, BoS and other ranges appear to be trying to contain their price rises in the same way that Oxford Diecast are. For example Neo models are now about 25% cheaper than Matrix models and MCG 1:18 scale models are about the same price as a 1:43 MaxiChamp. In contrast their BoS 1:87 scale models have crept up in price and now look rather expensive though their only competition is German made and is quite expensive too.

Many of the models shown are re-colours of previously released castings.

1:18 Scale

ModelCarWorld have models made for them in China to 1:18 scale. BoS models are resin cast and Model Car Group are diecast. Neither range has opening parts.

BoS-Models.

 

213751 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Black 1949

 

213725 Triumph TR 7 DHC, Metallic Beige, RHD 1976

 

215128 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75, Black 1967

 

214628 Jaguar XJ 4.2C, Yellow/Black, RHD 1974

 

214633 Maserati 5000 GT Allemano, Red 1960

 

Model Car Group (MCG)

 

220257 Barkas B 1000 Halbbus, Volkspolizei 1970

 

209979 Tatra 87, Silver and Dark Red 1937

 

220256 Wolga M24-10, Red 1985

1:43 Scale

Neo

All these models are moulded in resin in China for Germany.

There have been few 1:43 BoS releases lately and some recent Neo models have been regarded as BoS finish for Neo prices. Comments have been made suggesting the red shade shown in the pictures of the second issue of the Humber Sceptre is too bright and is also incorrectly sprayed at the rear where the red colour should go into the “V” round the rear lights and does not.

ModelCarWorld are certainly getting the most out of their S & S 1966 Ambulance moulding producing it in a variety of colours and equipment. The Buick Flxible Premier has recently been seen modelled by Ixo in the German Atlas series of Ambulances which may limit the sales of the Neo.

 

186011 Humber Sceptre MK I, Red and White, RHD 1963

 

186015 Morgan Plus 4 Plus, Red, RHD

 

180791 Cadillac S&S Ambulance Fire Rescue

 

156253 Cadillac S&S Ambulance, White 1966

 

215306 Dodge Sportsman, Metallic Green and White 1973

 

213737 Mercedes C111-IID, Metallic dark Orange 1976

 

156314 Cadillac S & S Ambulance, Red/White 1966

 

167757 Cadillac S&S Landau Hearse, Black

 

215577 Buick Flxible Premier,Red/White 1960 Ambulance

 

192388 Maybach SW35 Stromlinie Spohn, Black and Brown  1935

1:87 Scale

BoS Models

These resin models made in China for Germany replaced the previous Neo 1:87 range which was expensive and sold slowly with ModelCarWorld still having some available for bargain prices long after the range was stopped. The BoS 1:87 Range was supposed to offer similar interesting subjects but with less expensive finishing. Even so some models still feature p-e parts and some fine details.

For me the most interesting of this months releases are the tractor units from Pegaso and Bernard, though these are quite a bit more expensive than the cars. They certainly add options for 1:87 collectors and if they stick to cab units that the mainstream 1:87 producers are unlikely to release they could sell well.

215516 Mercedes AMG G 63 6×6, Metallic-Beige 2013

 

215124 Pegaso Comet, Beige and Brown 1964

 

218690 Horch 853 Special Coupe, Black 1937

 

214786 Studebaker Commander Starliner, red/white 1953

215122 Bernard TD 150, Light Blue 1955


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