By Maz Woolley
All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.
Matrix has announced its intended releases for August and September. These models are to 1:43 scale, cast in resin and with photo-etched detailing. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Again the releases feature rare or unique hand built vehicles. All are new models though some are new versions of existing mouldings.
In a few cases pictures of the real vehicle supplied by Matrix have been used to illustrate the nature of the model to come.
MX40604-051 Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale 1965
This model is of the car owned by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. It was painted a metallic green colour, Verde PInto, because green was the Prince’s favourite colour. Inside it was fitted with extensive beige leather trim.
Only 37 Ferrari Superfast cars were built and Prince Berhard’s was unique amongst these in being fitted with a 4.0 litre engine at the Prince’s request rather than the usual 5.0 litre unit. The bodywork was designed by Pininfarina.
I understand that the car is currently to be seen in the Louwman Museum which is in Den Hague in the Netherlands.
MX40604-052 Ferrari 500 Superfast metallic blue 1965
Using the same moulding a metallic blue car will also be released.
MX41001-131 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Van den Plas black and red 1939
The car that this model is based upon sold for 1.4 million US Dollars in 2016. Based upon a Jaguar SS100 chassis it carries a body made by Carrosserie Van den Plas of Belgium, not the company of a similar name in England. Van den Plas were a leading Belgian Coachbuilder in the 1930s.
The bodywork was in a style pioneered by French coachbuilders, Figoni and Falashi in particular, with all the edges curved and wings and running boards in exaggerated rounded sweeping shapes.
Interestingly this 1939 chassis was exported to Belgium in 1939 but stored during the war years and the body was built when Van den Plas restarted business after the war using the only chassis they had to hand. It was shown at the Brussels show in 1948. At the time it was proposed that Jaguar‘s would be built for Europe in Van den Plas‘ Belgian factory.
This car was subsequently shipped to the US where it was restored in 1991 and where it is today. It has been seen at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
MX41001-132 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Vanden Plas white 1939
The same model painted white which presumably Matrix has identified that it has been at some point in its life.
MX40108-071 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic green 1956
The Aston Martin DB3S was a sports racing car to replace the unsuccessful heavy DB3. Only two works Aston Martin DB3S fixed head coupés were built in an attempt to improve aerodynamics over the open cars. Sadly they were unstable at speed and both crashed in the 1954 Le Mans race later being re-bodied as open cars.
Later three customer road cars were built as fixed head coupes as modelled by Matrix.
MX40108-072 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic black 1956
Using the same moulding a version of the car in black will be available from Matrix and its dealers.
MX50108-111 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 open
This car was sold for over 250,000 UK Pounds in 2012. It will certainly looks different to the DB2 models we usually see with factory bodies. This car was one of three built on a DB2 chassis by the Swiss bodybuilder Graber. After years out of sight it was bought in ‘barnfind’ condition. It was eventually completely renovated in the 1990s and then upgraded in 2011.
MX50108-112 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 closed
The same car modelled with its hood up.
MX41302-181 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 open
This car sold for in the US in 2013 for over eight million dollars. It is one of only three short windscreen models made, and the only one known to survive. The body was made by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik of Paris in 1928 although the original order was never collected by Charles Levine of Columbia Aircraft Company and the car was then sold to a director of the Standard Oil Company.
The car was totally re-built in 2010 and was 2012 Pebble Beach best of show winner.
MX41302-182 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 closed
The same car as above but with its hood up.
MX51705-091 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Shooting Brake #67XJ green 1930
A relative bargain when sold in the US in 2015 for just under 182,000 US Dollars. The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 and had a 7.9 litre six cylinder engine and servo assisted brakes on all four wheels. It used a lower chassis and looked sleeker than previous Rolls-Royce models.
This car was originally fitted with a Weymann fabric body as a saloon car. However the body proved to be less satisfactory than the engine and chassis so it was re-bodied as a Shooting Brake. In 1962 the Scottish car collector and sportsman, a descendant of King James V of Scotland, the Earl of Moray purchased it for his collection where it stayed until Charles Bickley of Florida acquired the car. It was then shipped to the United States where it was restored and repainted in its current dark green finish. It then joined other notable cars in his Woodie World museum.
MXR51001-021 RACE VERSION Jaguar XJ-S Coupe Group 44 Bob Tullius 1978
Bob Tullius won the 1978 Trans-Am Driver’s Championship giving Jaguar the Manufacturers Championship. It was sold in 2013 in the US for about 150,000 US Dollars. It’s five litre V12 Jaguar engine produced an estimated 500 bhp .
Jaguar US were aware of the muted response to the XJS as a replacement for the E Type Jaguar and supplied a stock XJS to the Group 44 racing team in 1977 which they modified and Bob Tulius won the Driver’s Championship. For 1978 it was decided that the car had to be even better to compete at the highest level so an acid dipped body shell was sent from the Jaguar factory in the UK and the car was hand built using lightweight components and a heavily tuned Jaguar V12 engine.
When last sold the car had been left cosmetically untouched since its outing at Daytona in late 1978.
MX41302-151 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 open
Corsica were an English firm of coachbuilders despite their Italian sounding name. Their works were in King’s Cross in London from 1920 onwards. The early 1930’s were highlights in the firm’s history with a stunning Daimler Double Six roadster and lots of bodies on the Bugatti 57 and 57C chassis. One of the Bugattis was even made for Sir Malcolm Campbell. Sadly the death of the companies founders in the Second World War meant that Corsica was closed never to re-open.
Here is one of the few cars that they built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. It was purchased new in 1935 by Sir Max Aitken, a newspaper proprietor, before being sold on to the German Ambassador to Great Britain by 1938. In 1939 it was shipped to the US where it has been restored several times over the years. and even exhibited in the late 1990s at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, in Auburn, Indiana.
MX41302-152 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 closed
This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.
MX41804-071 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 open
Sold in 2011 for over half a million US Dollars this car was created in the early 1930s a time of intense competition amongst US car makers to make the best cars. Less than ten of the Super Bearcat are thought to have been produced and the car was a swansong for Stutz as by 1936 the company was closed, indeed no more cars seem to have been assembled from about 1934 and the cars sold later seem to have been sold from stock.
In May 1931, the new DV-32 engine (DV for “Dual Valve,” “32” for “four valves per cylinder”) updated the old Vertical Eight and power output increased by 40 percent to about 150 bhp. Performance and efficiency which was only bettered by the Duesenberg Model J. This engine powered the new Bearcat, a name associated with Stutz from its early days. The Super Bearcat was fitted with an ultra-light Weymann fabric bodywork and a short 116-inch wheelbase and had a tight convertible top, roll-up windows and an advanced integral luggage trunk.
This car has been in several well known US car collections over the years, the Harrah collection for example.
MX41804-072 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 closed
This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.
MX50406-031 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / red 1931
Figoni built three bodies for Duesenberg chassis. The car modelled represents one which was built as a true speedster with no side windows. The cars designer was Gordon Buerig also famous for Cord and Auburn designs in subsequent years.
This car took part in the Nice to Paris rally and shown in the 1932 Cannes Concours D’Elegance.
MX50406-032 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / blue 1931
The same car as above but in a different colour scheme.
MX50108-011 Aston Martin DB2-4 Allemano Coupe #LML/761 maroon 1953
This chassis fitted with a DB3 engine was bought by Mr J. O’Hara and shipped to the Italian coachbuilders Carrozzeria Allemano based in Turin in Italy. It was fitted with a unique Berlinetta body designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi .
The car was shipped to the US in the late 1970s after which it was restored and shown at Pebble Beach and placed on display at the Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California.
MX11302-192 Crayford Mercedes-Benz W116 450SE Estate red 1977
This is a new version of a previously used moulding. An estate car conversion carried out by the UK bodybuilder Crayford on the Mercedes W116 Saloon.
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