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Matrix New Releases announced July 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Matrix.

Matrix latest announcement covers new models which are intended for release in August and September. Not all have samples produced yet. All models listed are to be made in resin to 1:43 scale in China.

MX40103-031 Allard P2 Safari Station Wagon white 1954


 

MX41705-122 Phantom Experimental Vehicle #10EX by Barker 1926


 

MX50102-071 Alfa Romeo 1900L Ti Pininfarina Coupe white 1954


 

MX50206-061 Buick Series 40 Lancefield Drop Head black 1938


 

No pre-production sample available for display

MX51302-011 Mercedes-Benz W194 300SL Transaxle


 

MX51904-021 Talbot Lago T26 Stabilimente Farina Cabriolet black 1951


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Resin Roundup June 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs have been supplied by the manufacturers who hold the copyright for the images.

Here are a few of the recent announcements of resin models from Matrix and from Best of Show (BoS) and Neo. All these models are moulded in resin in China in various scales stated below.

Matrix

The models shown below are to 1:43 scale and are for release between June and August 2017.

MX50806-031 Hispano Suiza K6 Break de Chasse Franay #15121 green metallic 1937 expected June
MX50102-081 Alfa Romeo 2000 Praho Touring dark green 1960 expected June/July
MX51705-111 RR Phantom II Continental Figoni & Falaschi Berline #2MS black 1932 expected July
MX51608-011 Pegaso Z-102 Thrill Coupe red / black 1953 expected August

Neo

 

All the Neo models listed are to 1:43 scale and should now be available.

MG TD MkII, white, RHD, 1950
Chevrolet Special De Luxe Convertible, beige, 1941
Dodge Sportsman, San Diego Police Ambulance, 1973
Hudson Italia, silver, 1954

 

Best of Show (BoS)

1:18 scale

These models should all now be available.

Chevrolet Apache Pickup, light blue, 1959
Dodge Coronet Club Coupe, light blue/white, 1952
Rover P5B Coupe, Dark green and light grey, RHD, 1971

1:87 Scale

 

These models should now be available.

Mercedes 600 Pollmann, Black, 1969, hearse
Buick Century Caballero, red/white, 1958

 


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Matrix announcements for May/June 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Matrix and are of prototypes not shipped models. Shipping dates shown are as forecast by Matrix

Expected in May

 

MX51705-272 Rolls-Royce Phantom Barker Torpedo Tourer

Car owned by HRH Maharaja of Kota #23RC with Canon “Tiger edition” red and silver 1925

Expected in June

 

MX41607-081 Singer Porsche 911 blue 2014 

MX41001-012 Jaguar XK140 Ghia 2-door Coupe red 1955 


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Matrix Harold Radford Bentley “Woodie”

By Harvey Goranson

This article was originally published on the old MAR Online site on zeteo.com which has now become unavailable. It has been adapted to the new site and made available again. Please note that the model described was released some time ago and may now be difficult to obtain.

Harvey’s photographs of this 1:43 scale Resin model made in China for Matrix are used to illustrate this posting.

Guy Harold Radford came to coachbuilding a little late in the game. Having been a Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer prior to World War II, following hostilities he looked to provide something a bit different to his customers. What he came up with in 1948 was the Countryman, not quite an estate car but more of a saloon with exterior woodwork. (Perhaps we Yanks influenced this, since the same year saw the Packard Station Sedan, Chevrolet Fleetline Aero Sedan, Nash Ambassador Suburban, and the Chrysler Town and Country). Radford reportedly built only eight of these woodies on Bentley Mk VI chassis, then moved on to a new Countryman idea in 1951, which was more of a hatchback for both the Bentley Mk VI and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn. Matrix has modelled one of these later cars (1951 Bentley Chassis B40MD, Matrix No. MX10201-011).

Matrix No. MX10201-021 is a model of Bentley Chassis No. B441DZ. A little online sleuthing revealed this silver car with registration KLO 865, was sold by RM Auctions in 2010 for $71,500. Seems a little paltry, but it was an older restoration and the recession was in full swing. Based on the RM pictures, Matrix did a superb job of replicating this car.

I found online photos of two other Countryman woodies, one in green (UYV 608) and one in gunmetal gray (KXA 314), so Matrix has some more possibilities. Note however, that the woodwork is arranged a little differently on these. But I hope Matrix gives us another or both.


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New model announcements from Matrix 4/17

By Maz Woolley

 

Matrix have announced new models to be produced over the next few months. These are resin models made to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All the models featured are luxury cars and fine examples of inter-war coach builders work and are expected to be available from June 2017.

MX50407-021 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe Letourneur & Marchand black 1937

 

MX50407-031 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster white 1933

MX51705-121 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer Nubar Gulbenkian Hooper #7RY metallic blue 1934


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Five Recently Acquired Classics

by  Harvey Goranson

These recent 1/43 resin models are by Neo, Matrix, and TrueScale (TSM).  Five of them showed up recently on my front porch!

Above and below, Matrix MX40201-111 is this 1932 Bentley Mayfair Close Coupled Saloon, on 8-liter Chassis No. YX5124. It is a beautiful model of a beautiful car, so typically Bentley. The real one fetched almost $1M at Amelia Island in 2007.

Similar to the above is this Neo NEO46680 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Windovers Coupe is shown below. I don’t believe it has been pictured often anywhere online.

Windovers clothed Chassis No. 81JS for Robert McAlpine, who took delivery at the Waldorf Astoria in October 1933 and then embarked on a tour of the US, ending up on the west coast. This included a stop at Pebble Beach, and the car returned there in 2011. Both the Neo and the Matrix Bentley have skillfully modeled the drizzle deflectors along the side windows, so that occupants could crack the side windows during muggy weather.

Another Matrix is No. MX41705-141, 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Continental Freestone & Webb Sports Coupe (below).

This is Chassis No. 42PY, built for Sir John Leigh, a Conservative MP (member of parliament). Note the razor-edge styling and absence of running boards.

Neo’s 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadster (No. NEO46520) is a great addition.

I can’t find info on the precise car this represents, but the burgundy-gray tones look great.

Finally, there is TrueScale TSMCE154315, the 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK of Count Trossi.

About 42 SSKs were made (per Hemmings), and Chassis 36038 ended up with Count Carlo Felice Trossi, who gave it a streamlined body in 1934 for competition, including entry in the Mille Miglia. It ended up in the Ralph Lauren collection, painted black like most of his cars, and won top honors at Pebble in 1993.


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More from Matrix March 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

All photographs are of test samples and have been supplied by the manufacturer.

Matrix has recently publicised a range of new and re-coloured models. These are again show vehicles and coachbuilt vehicles for the most part and it includes their first 1:18 scale model.

 

1:43 Scale

MX10108-054 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting brake by Harold Radford maroon 1964

This car has been produced previously but is now to be available in a  new colour.


MX11705-074 Harold Radford SC Estate green / green metallic “Picnic ” 1959

This car has been produced previously but is now to be available in a  new colour.


MX40107-012 Armstrong Siddeley 346 Sapphire Four Light Saloon black 1953

This car has been produced previously but is now to be available in a  new colour.


MX41001-101 Jaguar Pirana Bertone silver 1967

This is a new model. The original was a concept car  created by Bertone for the 1967 London Motor show based upon E Type running gear.


MX41701-011 Range Rover Rometsch Hunting car Honecker green 1985

This new model is based upon a preserved vehicle which was custom built for Eric Honecker the leader of East Germany


MX41806-011 Steyr 220 Gleaser Sport Cabrio white / maroon 1938 

Produced by Glaeser of Dresden on the Steyr chassis made in Austria only 6 of these were made and three were destroyed in the war. The car modelled looks like one which is in the United States.


 

MX50102-051 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Pininfarina black 1949

This new model has a sloped back was similar to many US cars of the late 1940s and is a similar shape to the Bentley Continental to be launched in the early 1950s.


MX50102-091 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Bertone gold metallic 1956

Another new model for Alfa Romeo collectors. Again a special coachbuilt car this time on the Guilletta platform which saw specials from so many makers


MX50108-071 Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial green metallic 2013

A new model of a one-off concept car. Zagato also made a similar coupe concept.


MX50108-081 2014 Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake by Zagato 2014

Built by Zagato on their 75th anniversary this car was aone-off sold to a European client. Obviously based upon the concept cars that they had built the previous year.


MX50303-071 Chrysler Turbine brown metallic 1963

A lot of collectors of US models will be very happy that this car has now been produced to a decent standard and that they will no longer have to scratch build a roof to add to a cheap and not entirely accurate New Ray model. I am sure that this will sell out quickly.


MX50408-021 Delahaye 135 Pininfarina Coupe silver 1947 

Another new Delahaye from Matrix.


MX51904-011 Talbot Lago T26 Antem Cabriolet white 1950

Another French coachbuilt car from Matrix. These cars were made in small numbers and as the 1950s progressed these chassis makers gradually closed as cheaper alternatives like the Jaguar offered speed and style.


1:18 Scale

MXL0205-011 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet VanVooren Shah of Iran dark blue 1939

This model is a classic coachbuilt cabriolet on a Bugatti Type 57 chassis. It must be very impressive produced at this larger scale in such fine detail.


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Resin Roundup – March 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

This posting is a round up of some of the recent releases in resin which have caught my eye. All photographs on this page are from the manufacturer or retailers.

Auto Cult

1:18 Scale

Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine 

This 1:18 Scale model of this streamliner from Adler has already been released in 1:43 scale by Auto Cult.  The 1:18 scale version is now being made available.


1:43 Scale

Here are the 1:43 scale resin models made in China for Auto Cult of Germany. These form the second and third releases of 2017.

Bizzarini Machinetta  Engineers limited production series

Giotto Bizzarrini is best known for his association with super cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO and for the V12 engine that powered Lamborghini cars from 1963 on. The Machinetta was made when he was a mechanical engineering student at the University of Pisa. It is a  re-bodied Fiat 500 Topolino with a tuned engine and revised chassis. It was apparently a project completed towards his degree.

Ford Mach 2 Concept Prototypes series

The Mach 2 concept was a design and engineering study created by Ford’s design chief Gene Bordinat for a mid-engined sports car inspired by GT race cars that could replace the Cobra. The concept made its debut at the 1967 Chicago Auto Show and featured many off-the-shelf Mustang components, including its front suspension, front and rear brakes, and most notably the 289 cubic inch V8 engine which was placed behind the driver.

The car had a clean design to it with European looks but it was shown but never put into production.

Morris J-Type Delivery Vehicles series

The Morris Commercial J-type was a 10 cwt van launched by Morris Commercial in 1949 and produced until 1961. The van followed the emerging trend of having forward controls and sliding doors on each side. It was made in both left and right hand drive versions. The J type was fitted with a 1476 cc four-cylinder side-valve engine based on the one used in the Morris Oxford MO. Many of these vans were used by the Post Office and other public bodies. But as presented by Auto Cult it is a nice example of a plain van.

Audi 100 type Bischofberger Camping vehicles series

This car from the early 1980s is built on an Audi 100 Saloon. Inside the real camping car was a fridge, a sink, a stove, a table, and two sofas which can be transformed into a double bed. Pictures show it to be rather cramped inside. Bishofberger also did conversions on less glamorous platforms such as the Transporter and VW Golf Pickup.

Ford Model T “The Golden Ford” Early Beginnings series

This model is based upon a recently restored vehicle originally built by Arthur Edward George, an engineer and car racer. who’s firm patented the first trolley jack. Initially raced as a stripped chassis it won the all Ford race at Brooklands in 1912, were Henry Ford was said to be an interested spectator. The car became The Golden Ford the following year when it had a narrow single seat body of polished brass added to it.

Steyr-Puch Adria TS Brands of the past series

This car was created by Otto Hölbl Karosseriewerk of Vienna in Austria. It was based upon the Steyr-Puch 700 chassis which was in turn an Austrian version of the Fiat 600. 18 cars were hand built in during 1960-61.

Reyonnah Little cars series

This company was created in France by Robert Hannoyer. Its name is the founders in reverse. The only vehicle made was a small four-wheeled vehicle with a relatively wide track at the front and a narrow track at the rear. The vehicle offered space for two, seated one behind the other, following the same basic lay-out as the better known Messerschmitt. A single-cylinder engine from AMC or Ydral of 175 cc or 125 cc powered the rear axle via a three speed manual gear box and chain drive.

An unusual feature of the car was that the front wheels could be adjusted to make it narrower so it could slide into a motorcycle parking place. The wheels had to be adjusted outwards before the car could be driven away. The car appeared at the Paris Motor Show for at least three years from 1950 till 1952 but poor sales meant that then faded into obscurity.McQuay-Norris Streamliner Streamliner series

McQuay-Norris was a maker of car parts such as piston rings and steering wheel knuckle bolts. It also produced and distributed electrical controls for gas appliances. In January 1936 McQuay-Norris produced a fleet of six cars called aluminium eggs due to their strange appearance. The cars were released in New York and in other locations in the United States. Each car was a part of testing of pistons, piston rings, and other engine parts manufactured by McQuay Norris. The bodies of the aluminum eggs were mounted on chassis of cars of different brands. They were driven in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in different climates and highway conditions. The cars featured a streamlined design which reduced air resistance. Streamlining was effective in enabling the installation of fifteen instruments used in component testing.


Matrix

 

Many of the models already advertised are now shipping and just one new announcement has been made recently of a new model to 1:43 scale in resin made in China for the Netherlands.

 

MX40408-011 Delahaye 135M Antem Convertible 1949

Another model of classic coachwork on a Delahaye chassis. This car was shown at the 1948 Motor Show and evolved into the 1949 car modelled here. Elegantly keeping separate wings whilst incorporating the headlights to give the car a more modern feel. The rear wheels were hidden behind a fairing, in a nod to the trend for aerodynamic styling. A formula which was also used by Jaguar for the XK120.

MX 41203-021 Lancia Aurelia (B52) B-Junior Ghia 1952

An interesting model but a rather clumsy re-styling of the Aurelia which was rather better looking to the editor’s eye than this expensive offshoot!

Neo

 

Neo continue to release models with the latest announcement being of the Lancia shown below. These are resin made in China to 1:43 Scale for Germany.

213730 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2.8 Coupe Speciale Pininfarina 1963

Spark

Releases are mainly focused on Grand Prix., Le Mans and other racing cars currently where Spark and Minichamps both seem to be focusing quite strongly.  Both the models shown are resin made in China to 1:43 scale.

S4268 Lola MK4, No.15, Bowmaker Racing Team, GP Deutschland, 1962

This includes a figure of the driver Roy Salvadori. The car debuted at the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix and was powered by Coventry Climax engines. It was a mixture of a tubular frame and welded panels making it a semi-monocoque. John Surtees had success with the car at the Australian and New Zealand Grand Prix but it was outclassed by competitiors like Lotus and faded away its final swansong being wining the Rome Grand Prix in 1963 driven by the privateer Bob Anderson.

S3587 Spice SE 87C, No.131, Graff Racing, 24h Le Mans, 1988,

Spice raced cars fitted with Cosworth engines and had some class wins at Le Mans. This car was run by Graff Racing who are still racing today.

Mini Minieri

Continuing to focus upon rare and stylish cars these models are resin made to 1:43 scale.

MMIBT001 Jaguar B99 2011 Bertone

This was a concept car designed and developed by the Italian design house Bertone. It was on the Bertone stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The 4-door saloon was shown in two versions: compact executive (B99) and grand tourer (B99 GT). Featuring  suicide doors and a low height it had a hybrid power train with a 1.4 Litre engine for range extension purposes with two electric motors of 201 bhp each driving the rear wheels. The B99 name is derived from B for Bertone and 99 for Bertone’s 99th year in operation.

Best of Show

 

Here are some of the recently launched 1:18 scale resin models made in China for ModelCarWorld of Germany.

CHRYSLER Imperial LeBaron 4-door Hardtop, 1971

DODGE Dart Phoenix, 1961

Ford Ranchero Pick-up 1979

 

Chevrolet Corvette Corvair Concept


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More Matrix Announcements for delivery in November 2016

By Maz Woolley

 

Matrix have recently announced the models expected to ship in November. Where Matrix has supplied a photograph of a sample of the models I have included it below. All are to 1:43 scale moulded in resin in China for the Netherlands.

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mx51302-051-mercedes-benz-300d-w189-visser-ambulance-vza-dora-white-1961

MX51302-051 Mercedes-Benz 300D W189 Visser Ambulance VZA “Dora” white 1961


mx41302-071-mercedes-benz-300sel-w109-lang-vatican-black-1967

MX41302-071 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL W109 Long Vatican black 1967


The remaining models expected are:

  • MX40102-111 Touring Disco Volante Spider blue 2016
  • MX41311-081 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Prototype 1959
  • MX41705-041 Rolls Royce Phantom II Barger Boattail Maharadja of Rewa 1930
  • MX50108-091 Aston Martin Jet 2 Bertone 2013

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Matrix September/October 2016

Matrix has announced some new models for September and October. These are all resin moulded in China to 1:43 scale for the Netherlands. Matrix offer another concept car as well as two more inter-war American coachbuilt cars.

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MX50108-101 Bertone AM Jet 2+2 Concept grey metallic 2013

Expected September.

This concept car was based upon an Aston Martin Rapide and may have gone into small scale production had Bertone not gone into liquidation just as it was being shown.


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MX50303-061 Chrysler Imperial C15 Town Car Walter P. Chrysler black 1937

Expected October

This 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 seven-passenger limousine was fitted with town car coachwork by LeBaron. It is absolutely one of a kind and believed to be the first automobile ever built with spring-loaded power windows and door locks. Ordered by Chrysler himself some say it was used by his wife, others that it was his personal car.


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MX51206-031 Lincoln Model K Sport Sedan Derham black 1937

Expected October

This Derham sedan shows how streamlining developed in the 1930’s.  In 1937, the Derham Coach Company risked building one car to attract buyers but the depression meant that it remained unsold until 1938 when Mr. Thomas Morris of New York City purchased this unique model.


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