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Readers Letter

Notes from another Lamborghini Lover


Further to the article on Lamborghini by Mick Haven of the South Hants Model Auto Club I would like to add a few comments/recollections.

As a late teenage boy from a small town in Gloucestershire I was absolutely bowled over at the first sight of the lime green Miura on the front of the Telegraph Magazine at the time of the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. I just had to learn as much as possible about this amazing ‘Supercar’ as it had been described by Car Magazine.

A trip to London by train specifically to visit Lamborghini Concessionaires in Alie Street, in London E.1. was called for. Mick Haven’s description brought the showroom back life. Unlike MIck’s my visit was made during the working day either late morning or early afternoon.

From memory I recall that there was no sales person around to speak to when I arrived. An inspection of the two cars revealed them to be a 400GT and…. a dark blue Miura with white interior. I learned that the Miura belonged to the Shah of Iran and was stored for him in London. The ski rack attached to the roof was for when he came to Europe in the winter to go skiing in Europe!

Before I left the showroom I was allowed to have an official brochure for the 400 GT2+2 and the Miura! A great finish to the day. I still have those brochures today. In autumn 1968 when I learned that the Miura S was to follow on from the P400 I wrote a letter to Alie Street enquiring when would they expect to have the ‘S’ in their showroom. I was amazed to get a reply on a postcard with a red Miura on the front from them saying they had no delivery date as yet. I still have that postcard too!

I only caught up with Lamborghini again in the late 1970s when I started working in London. They were imported by Porsche GB handled by Portman Garages in St George’s Square, W.1. I’d missed the Whyteleafe and Lower Thames Street chapters but met Del Hopkins who ran the servicing side of Lamborghinis out at a separate premises in West London.

My 1:43 die cast Lamborghini collection is of approximately 350 items and still growing. My brochure collection complements it and features factory catalogues up to Aventador.

Last year’s Salon Privé at Blenheim celebrated 50 years of the Miura and starred the 1968 Brussels Motor Show Miura Spyder. That was a must see. If the opportunity should ever arise I recommend a visit to the Lamborghini Factory Museum and the Tonino Lamborghini Private Museum. An eBay auction recently produced a large Lamborghini Factory produced poster for dealers showrooms showing Espada, Countach and Urraco which I’d only ever seen hanging on the wall of Tonino’s Museum.

The lime green ‘Twiggy’ Miura that Mick wrote about can be seen at various car events, and the lady who owns it has a LM002 which appeared at Brooklands Supercar Sunday this year.

Like Mick I’m a life long fan of the Lamborghini marque.

Ian Hunt,
Redhill. Surrey.

By email



Readers Letter – Atlas Editions Cadillac Ambulance

Atlas editions 7 495 002 Cadillac Miller-Meteor 1959

I definitely think that the 1959 Cadillac ambulance by Atlas is NOT a ‘Miller-Meteor‘, but is actually a ‘Superior‘, there’s even a script on the rear fender of the model telling us so.  I found a photograph of the real car on the internet. This one seems to be all white, but it is the exact same car even having the same air-conditioning intake behind the rear doors.

Nevertheless it’s a great model for a reasonable price, much cheaper than the same model made by Neo!

Roel Kuyper by Email

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Editor – Roel’s eMail prompted the Editor to look at the photographs of this model taken by our Consultant Editor in Germany. And yes there behind the rear wheels is a Superior script along with some rather poor tampo printing of the chrome embellisher visible when magnified (See below). A further search on the Internet shows that the 1959 Miller-Meteor had much more upright window frames on the rear passenger door and the rear door. The widely modelled Ghostbusters car is described as a 1959 MIller-Meteor and this has vertical rear passenger door frames and not the sloping ones seen on the Atlas model. Finally a quick comparison with the Neo Model which is described as a 1959 Cadillac S&S Superior shows that it is practically identical to the Atlas, see photographs lower down the page.

We would like to thank Roel for pointing out this error in description by Atlas.


Atlas Model

Neo Model

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Corgi 2017 – Reader’s Response

From Andrew Davies

From his Facebook post

My response to the Editor’s posting on Corgi’s 2017 Announcement


Correct, the 1:48 scale English Electric Lightning is the only new tooling announced in the Corgi ranges and by rights it shouldn’t even be in this catalogue as it has a due date of Q4 2017, i.e. within the scope of the next catalogue. The last new tooling in the Vanguards range was VA13800 released in June 2015, (Ed as shown above) , so it will be a gap of at least two years between new tooling in the range assuming that we see some in the announcements for the second half of 2017. Sad.

Unfortunately, according to Hornby PLC’s beancounter turned CEO, new tooling spend across the group is being cut to a third of previous levels (and Hornby Trains & Airfix will be first in the queue for what there is). Only model lines that meet a defined level of profit contribution will continue to be produced in the foreseeable future (see Hornby PLC 2016 annual report) hence the discontinuation of the Haulier range and the older buses. Ed – of course recoloured models from existing moulds give a higher contribution to profits as there is no tooling cost but only as long as anyone wants to buy them.

Just to show how out of touch they are, they will produce Vanguards models using Lledo 1990s tooling (Anglia, Mini, Beetle, Imp) with its moulded-in detail like tail lights, door handles, etc., and expect collectors to pay £28 to £30 for them! It is sad to think about the money Corgi wasted in recent years by investing in tooling for the Formula One cars, the Lotus cars, the Bentley cars, and the oddly-scaled static trains, all of which were remaindered and discontinued. That money could have been spent on new tooling in the core ranges for a far greater return.

Maz. I just hope the last line of your introduction does not turn out to be prophetic …

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Readers Comment from Jim McLachlan

Jim McLachlan posted this comment on Facebook when he heard of Vic Davey’s passing. Jim is an authority on Volkswagen Models who ran the Volkswagen Model Club for many years. 

So sad to hear that Vic has passed away. He was a friend and was also involved with the Volkswagen Model Club that I used to run. When Vic was in Hong Kong I was lucky to add some very interesting models to my collection that he supplied. Back in 1980 he even managed to do a deal with Playart in Hong Kong to supply the club with a batch of VW Beetle models which we used for a club model.

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North East Diecast Collectors Club is closed

From Eddie Hill

North East Diecast Collectors Club

Eddie Hill has shared the news that the North East Diecast Collectors club, based in Chester-Le-Street in County Durham in the United Kingdom, was closed down earlier this month. Formed in February 1985 it brought together collectors of all types of diecast model toys with monthly meetings and it had also sponsored Toyfairs in Chester-le-Street from time to time.

It is perhaps a sign of the times that clubs are closing as the number of members declines. Younger collectors do exist but they seem to be happier joining “virtual” clubs on Facebook and other Social Media platforms rather than joining established clubs.

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The Fine Line Between Same and Different

Dear Editor:

It is very embarrassing to admit but my husband is much better at picking colors than I will ever be.  Whether for a new bed duvet, picture mats & frames or even what trim paint to put on the mailbox –he wins hands down.

I think this skill comes from being able to ID collector model car colors with just a glance.   I will admit that in my uninformed eyes a red 1963 Tekno looks exactly the same color as the  red 1983 Alfa Romero [sic].   My wise husband just shakes his head and points out the ‘obvious’ difference: the lighter cast in the Tekno and the much redder undertones in the Alfa.    I really do stare intently, but sorry red is red.  I think my internal color wheel has probably 15 maybe 20 definitive colors but his must be infinite.   So I am always a little puzzled on the collecting mindset.  Do you want one in every color that was ever produced or just your favorites?   Is it the small variation that is most interesting or just the different body styles?  I cannot predict his choice.

Just don’t get him started on all the different colors of chrome.

Margie, the color blind spouse


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Charleston USA

Charleston, SC, USA, is a very old port city and a a wonder defying both time and convention, It is very, very old for the US with over 1,000  homes built prior to the US Civil War.  You can spend a lovely weekend wandering cobblestone streets where horse-drawn carriages and walking are the norm and look at homes that survived the Civil War, a couple of hurricanes, and the devastating earthquake of 1886.


So what does this have to do with model cars?  Karl and I went on a celebratory weekend (having honeymooned in Charleston 30 years ago) and it struck me how we enjoyed the city in totally different ways.  When I peeked thru hedges and over brick facades to see hidden courtyards, Karl was perusing the street.


I would wonder how you could restore a 250 year old wooden structure between the swampy ground and termites, and Karl would ask instead “how could anyone park their new BMW i8 on the street”!


For Charleston is also a “car city”.  Because of the age and lack of garages, street parking is the only option sometimes with your home from 1789.  Over the weekend we (or rather Karl) saw new BMWs, a pristine Datsun 510 (the poor man’s BMW 2002!), a hidden MGB GT and Model A’s.


 — (CCW) Car Collector Widow

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Something Sharp

I am walking through the kitchen and IT happens.  I misstep as something sharp lodges in my instep.  Without the benefit or the first cup of coffee or my reading glasses, I reach down and scrutinize the offending inch long piece.  Before marrying a model car collector I would have skipped this step and thrown it in the nearest trash can – assuming one of my JRT (Jack Russell Terriers) had sabotaged my path with a recently demolished stick.   Now I have been trained to find aforementioned glasses and confirm it is not a valuable fragment such as the front bumper of a Dugu Duesenberg Scoperta.

Other valuable marital life training includes not assuming a Kleenex is conveniently placed on the entry table for my personal use (more likely it is holding a broken side mirror or gearshift waiting to be reattached).   As models come and go, miniature automobile repair requires the best lighting and a large horizontal surface (thus our dining room table).  I have accepted that short of a dinner party nothing can be relocated until all is reaffixed.   If only my real rear bumper was as easy to repair after being rear ended last week by a Tesla!

(CCW) Car Collector Widow

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Readers Letter – Wanting Big BMC Saloons

From: Mel Orange by Email

Mel says: I am a collector of 1/43rd scale police die-casts. I am impressed with the price and quality of the deAgostini models.
I have many models from sources like Vanguards yet no one seems to produce a police model in the Wolseley 6/90, 6/99, 6/110 series which were very popular police cars.

Any chance that deAgostini might look at producing them ?

Editor:  Those big BMC cars were a feature of many British films of the 1960’s with sequences shot showing them chasing villains and going round corners at speed leaning at alarming angles.  They would certainly seem to be prime candidates for production as the the two tone standard cars were very attractive too. It seems odd that they have never been made in any modern classics diecast ranges.

For those who really want a model Brooklin made the Lansdowne Models LDM. 6b 1961 Wolseley 6/110 Police Car and the Lansdowne 1954 Wolseley 6/90 both of which are keenly sought as they have been deleted from their range. They also produced an Austin A99 Police Car whose chassis and much of the body work was shared with the Wolseley but that is discontinued too.

Easier to get hold of are the current K&R white metal kits of the Austin A110 and the Wolseley 6/110 which are available from their eBay store and which could be finished as Police Cars.

I think that it is possible that at some time in the future Oxford Diecast might consider making both Wolseley 6/100 and Austin A110 and if they did they would certainly make police versions. But that is pure conjecture and it may never happen.

But Mel’s question is will DeAgostini sell a large Wolseley Police Car? I think that this is unlikely, though not impossible. DeAgostini and its associate companies like Atlas have had various police car series and a Wolseley never appeared.  It appeared as a background car in the James Bond film “Thunderball” but it wasn’t chosen to be made in the James Bond Model Collection either. But what DeAgostini and its associated companies will produce is a closely guarded secret . if they do sell big Wolseley Police cars it will be because PCT Industries (IXO’s parent) think that they can sell it in many versions and decide to take the risk of making the mould.

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A Car Collector ‘Widow’

To the Editor:

Today was a scorching hot Sunday best spend on the couch lazily watching old black and white movies. To my delight Sabrina was on. Not the 1995 version with Harrison Ford and Julia Roberts but the 1954 version with Audrey Hepburn and  Humphrey Bogart.  Sigh… great actors, beautiful sets and witty dialogue.

I even managed to coax my CC (car collecting) husband away from his online editing of this magazine to watch it half way through.   And then it happened,   IT always happens at some point when we are watching an old movie.  Audrey and Humphrey are coming up the sweeping drive after a night on the town only to be confronted by William Powell.  Karl sits up and stares intently at the pivotal scene.  And then it happens “I don’t recognize that car” and he is gone. Off to his office to log onto THE WEBSITE., The Internet Movie Car Database. I’ve lost him for the duration.  So I smile and call my dog Elijah Doolittle (yes I am a big Audrey Hepburn fan) on to the sofa with me and together we finish watching Bogart get the girl.  The car??  It was a …

1953 Nash-Healey with body by Pininfarina

Margie Schnelle

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