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The Ford in Miniature – Ford Cortina Mark iV, V and Taunus

By Dave Turner

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

“A Car that’s Built for Reliability”

Cortina Mk IV, Mk V and Taunus. 1976 – 1982

While Ford UK was enjoying the sales success of their best selling Mk III Cortina, Ford in Germany was going their own way with their similarly sized Taunus. There were a few family resemblances but they were noticeably different, the Mk IIIs ‘coke bottle’ shape having a decidedly transatlantic flavour while the Taunus from 1970 onwards featured quite restrained almost austere European lines.

Ford HQ had decided that it was time that their UK and German operations came together and a new Taunus and Cortina should be jointly developed. Germany simply tidied up the body that went back to 1970 and provided a new square-cut front end for it. By January 1976 the new Taunus II was on the market. It took Ford UK until September 1976 to get the same car in their showrooms as the Mk IV Cortina.

Despite these cars looking identical it was apparent that Ford had allowed each design office a little independence when the power units were compared. The Cortina employed a 1300 Kent unit for their base model and then 1600 and 2000 Pinto engines lead up to the big 2.3 V6 while the Taunus started with a 1300 version of the Pinto followed by 1600 and 2000 versions of it while their V6 came as either a 2000 or 2.3. Kits of the cars were sent for assembly in Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Portugal and the Far East.

Two and four door saloons and an estate car version were offered in various levels of trim, starting with the base, then ‘L’, ‘GL’ ’S’ up to the top level Ghia. The Mk IV simply continued the Mk IIIs dominance as the UKs best seller, the GL being the most popular version. By 1978 there were nineteen models from the base 2 door 1300 to the 2.3 Ghia Estate.

In order to give the Mk IV a ‘facelift’ for late 1979, Ford spent over £50 million although at first glance it is hard to see any difference. Ford tried to call this new car the Cortina ’80’ but it soon became known simply as the Mk V, the German version was still Taunus II.

The Mk V was 40lb lighter and easily identified by the new four bar grille with indicators that extend into the front wings, the rear lights are bigger and now include rear fog lights while all the windows extend upwards by 1” resulting in a flatter roof panel. Bumpers have plastic extensions, the ‘C’ pillars incorporate extractor vents while the front seats were 2” higher and a new facia was provided. Changes underneath had the service intervals increased from 6000 to 12,000 mile intervals.

While Ford made sure that the base model was well equipped, they contrived to add value to the ascending series of models – the ‘L’ “GL’ and Ghia. A couple of ‘specials’ were added late in production – the Carousel based on the 1.3 and 1.6 basic cars and estates and just 6,000 were made while the Crusader had a tie-in with the Daily Express and 30,000 were made along the same lines as the Carousel. A pick-up version, the P100 was made in South Africa some parts for which were locally made. Strangely, the P100 was launched in the UK during July 1982 just as the cars were being discontinued. However the UK P100s had a 10” longer wheelbase than the South African examples and proved extremely successful being produced well into the 1980s.

The Models.

Starting with the Taunus models, as the real examples came onto the market long before the Mk IV Cortina, and there is a lot more of them.

Looking rather strange to UK viewers is the Neo Models 2.0 Ghia in 2 door form, in 1:18 scale. There is a plain green painted version from BoS Models but the metallic gold version from Neo with dark tan ‘vinyl’ roof and black side window frames seems strange as a 2 door saloon – real 2 door saloons were only sold as basic versions in the UK. Quality of finish is outstanding, although these resin models are extremely heavy. This one has steerable front wheels. Neo also produced a number of ’76 Taunus models in 1:43 starting with a 2 door saloon and then used the same base but as an ’S’ version and then a Ghia – a scaled down little brother of their 1:18 model finally an estate in 2.0 GL guise.

The model spin-offs from the James Bond films have produced some interesting subjects, for example from The Spy Who Loved Me came a very nice shiny black four door Taunus II, the three passengers in which are all brandishing firearms in the expected fashion. Universal Hobbies claim the models origin and although there are no badges other than the Ford oval, the wheels suggest that it depicts a Ghia version.

Various European markets took the Taunus and as a result there were a few inexpensive die cast toys to cash-in. From Spain came the Dicoys four door with opening doors and ‘speed wheels’ very much in the Matchbox flavour. Close study of the Guiloy die cast toy from Spain shows the same body, while the plastic base used the same tool as the Dicoys diecast base as all its details are the same.

Ford in Argentina produced a coupe version of the Taunus for ten years from 1974. Known locally as the GT it obviously inspired a few toy versions, one of which was in a range of 1:64 miniatures called Jet although this appears to have the earlier Taunus nose section rather than the ‘square’ pattern.

Schuco have produced a sometimes confusing selection of little Taunus models in their 1:66o series. Most helpfully in many cases they have assisted identification by including their catalogue number on the models licence plate. Their 2 door saloon is quite attractive despite the inclusion of relatively neat opening doors.

Vanguards from Corgi make a point of getting every mile out of their tooling with the result that most subjects offer multiple variations of the theme, an ideal situation for the serious collector. For example their Mk IV Cortina comes as a four door saloon, the initial issue in 2010 being the Ghia 2.0 and it has to be acknowledged that the quality of finish detail is superb – study the bright window surrounds on the Ghia. In complete contrast, their 2.0 ’S’ had the window frames effectively blacked along with the back panel and sills. The lower end of the range was not ignored as a very nice 1.6 ‘L’ came along with just as much care taken over the details. An opportunity not missed was to include a Taunus in the Vanguards range and a 2.0 Ghia duly appeared with lhd., German plates and subtly different window surround detail. Finally (or is it?) in 2016 the 3.0 ’S’ from South Africa came along. Have we missed the GL somewhere along the line?

Before the Vanguards saloons came on the scene the white metal miniature from Lansdowne had the Cortina Mk IV field to itself. Made from 2007-2010 in 1.6 ‘L’ four door form it obviously lacked all the finesse of finish that Vanguards were able to create but a part of the collecting population appreciated the ‘heavy’ feel of white metal models. Lansdowne followed their saloon with a 2.0 Ghia version of the estate that added some of the appropriate Ghia items such as the rubber bumper guards, side rubbing strips, ‘vinyl’ roof and sports wheels.

Back on the subject of toys, Matchbox produced a 1.6 ‘L’ Mk IV Cortina from 1979-83 and like most things Matchbox it came in various colours. The shape was ok if a tad on the wide side while the simple plastic interior, big plastic tow hook and opening front doors emphasised the toy character. The same casting subsequently came from Matchbox Bulgaria.

The only Mk V Cortina models, other than the corresponding Taunus, to have been recorded were a couple of polyester resin kits in 1:76 – 4mm model railway scale. This type of resin is extremely brittle with the result that things like mirrors don’t last very long. Even smaller and just as bizarre were the 1:87 solid resin shapes from BS Design that were produced from 1983 and into the early 2000s. The Taunus has sufficient detail to identify it as of the 1979-82 type. Apart from the solid one-piece resin body the kit consists of two axles, four wheels and four tyres.

The MIRA range of toys from Spain included a Taunus with a simple plastic interior and opening front doors and like the Matchbox is a trifle on the wide side. Still on the toys, but from Argentina came the Galgo 4 door saloon and coupe, the latter a unique product of Ford in that country. These have simple plastic interiors and generic ‘whizz wheels’ but are both fitted with the later grille. Another similar but not identical toy four door has a similar base without any marking and is assumed to be another South American product.

Leaving the late Taunus from the Ixo/Altaya/DeAgostini/Whitebox conundrum to last, it would seem the only way to identify these once out of their packaging is to note on their mainly blank base in pencil the name on the box. The model is an excellent depiction but comes in a variety of levels of detail quality depending on the distribution arrangements.

Models: Ford Cortina Mk IV and Mk V and Taunus II.

Illustrations: Ford Cortina Mk IV and V, and Taunus 1976-82

Neo 1:18 resin 18175, Taunus 2 Door 2.0 Ghia

Lansdowne 1:42 metal from UK: 56, Cortina Mk IV 4 Door 1.6 L

Lansdowne 1:42 metal from UK: 68, Cortina Mk IV Estate 2.0 Ghia

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 11903, Cortina Mk IV 4 Door 1.6 L

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 11902, Cortina Mk IV 4 Door 2.0 S

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 11900, Cortina Mk IV 4 Door Ghia 2.0

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 11910B, Taunus 4 Door Ghia 2.0

Vanguards 1:43 diecast from China: 11911, Cortina Mk IV 3.0 S

Unknown Make 1:43 diecast: Taunus 4 Door

Galgo 1:43 diecast from Argentina: 01, 1980 Taunus 4 Door Ghia

Galgo 1:43 diecast from Argentina: 02, 1980 Taunus Coupe

Beacon 1:76 resin kit from UK: Cortina Mk V 4 Door GL

Beacon 1:76 resin kit from UK: Cortina Mk V 4 Door L

Matchbox 1:59 diecast from UK: 55, Cortina Mk IV 4 Door 1.6 L

Matchbox 1:59 diecast from Bulgaria: Cortina Mk IV 4 Door 1.6 L

Schuco 1:66 diecast from Germany: 301837, Taunus 2 Door L

Universal Hobbies 1:42 resin from China: 75, Taunus 4 Door Ghia “The Spy Who Loved Me”

Neo 1:43 resin from China: 45140, Taunus Estate 2.0 GL

Neo 1:43 resin from China: 45137, Taunus 2 Door 2.3 Ghia

Neo 1:43 resin from China: 45136, Taunus 2 Door 2.3 S

Dicoys 1:55 diecast from Spain: 909104, Taunus 4 Door

Guiloy 1:55 diecast from Spain: 611004, Taunus 4 Door

IXO/Altaya 1:43 diecast from China: 1980 Taunus 4 Door 1.6 GL

IXO/DeAgostini 1:43 diecast from China: 1980 Taunus 4 Door 2.0 GL

B S Design 1:89 resin kit from Germany: 7 1980 Taunus 2 Door

MIRA 1:55 diecast from Spain: 172, 1980 Taunus 4 Door2

De Agostini Dinky Collection January 2019

By Fabrizio Panico

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.

It has been a while since I covered this collection in MAR Online but here is a listing and some photographs of the parts that have not yet been shared. The latest release at the time of writing is number 57 and it will be interesting to see how many parts are eventually released.

  • 23 5720CMC023 Auto Union racing car (DT 23 D copy)
  • 24 5720CMC024 BMW 1500 (DT 534 copy)
  • 25 5720CMC026 Borgward Isabella coupé (DT 549 copy)
  • 26 5720CMC027 Peugeot D3A furgone Esso (DT 25 BR prototype copy)
  • 27 5720CMC028 Ford France Vedette (DT 24 X copy)
  • 28 5720CMC029 Willys Jeep (DT 25 J copy)
  • 29 5720CMC030 Buick Roadmaster (DT 24 V copy)
  • 30 5720CMC025 Simca Cinq (DT 35A copy)
  • 31 5720CMC031 Ford Zephyr (DT 162 copy)
  • 32 5720CMC032 Dodge Royal (DT 191 copy)
  • 33 5720CMC033 Citroen 11 BL (1° tipo) (DT 24 N copy)
  • 34 5720CMC034 Renault Floride (DT 543 copy)
  • 35 5720CMC035 Chevrolet Corvair (DT 552 copy)
  • 36 5720CMC036 Simca Aronde P60 (DT 544 copy)
  • 37 5720CMC037 Peugeot 203 (1° tipo) (DT 24 R copy)
  • 38 5720CMC038 Austin A90 Atlantic cabriolet (DT 106 copy)
  • 39 5720CMC039 Opel Kapitan (DT 177 copy)
  • 40 5720CMC040 Jaguar XK120 coupé (bicolore) (DT 157 copy)
  • 41 5720CMC041 Studebaker coupé (DT 39 F copy)
  • 42 5720CMC042 Ford Vedette ’49 (DT 24 Q copy)
  • 43 5720CMC043 Morris Oxford (bicolore) (DT 159 copy)
  • 44 5720CMC044 Simca Vedette Versailles (DT 24 Z copy)
  • 45 5720CMC045 Renault Estafette miroitier (DT 544 copy)
  • 46 5720CMC046 Peugeot 403 Familiare (DT 525 copy)
  • 47 5720CMC047 Aston Martin DB3S (DT 104 copy)
  • 48 5720CMC048 Citroen ID 19 break (DT 539 copy)
  • 49 5720CMC049 Peugeot 402 berlina (DT 24 K copy)
  • 50 5720CMC050 Simca 9 Aronde Elysée (DT 24 U copy)
  • 51 5720CMC051 Morris Mini Traveller (DT 197 copy)
  • 52 5720CMC052 — triporteur (DT 14 copy)
  • 53 5720CMC053 Morris Oxford (monocolore) (DT 159/40 G copy)
  • 54 5720CMC056 Simca 1000 (DT 519 copy)
  • 55 5720CMC055 Peugeot 504 cabriolet (DT 1423 copy)
  • 56 5720CMC057 Panhard PL 17 (DT 547 copy)
  • 57 5720CMC058 Ford Taunus 17 M (DT 559 copy)
Parts 23 to 25
Parts 26 to 28
Parts 29 to 32
Parts 33 to 36
Parts 37 to 40
Parts 41 to 44
Parts 45 to 48
Parts 49 to 51
Parts 52 to 54
Parts 55 to 57

The Ford Car in Miniature – Mustang 1999-2003

By Dave Turner

All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

“Definitely Racy” Ford Mustang 1999-2003

When the 1999 Mustang appeared it looked very similar to the preceding 1998 at first glance but closer inspection showed it differed in almost every detail. Models of the 1994-1998 Mustangs were featured in Model Auto Review online for May 2016. This second version of the Fox4 series had the headlamp/indicator assembly and grille aperture subtly deeper while overall it was 1½ inches wider. A central ‘scoop’ towards the rear of the hood was new while the Mustang logo in the grille now had a plated surround. The wheelbase remained the same but the cars length was increased by 2”. The sides were slightly less bulbous but the ‘intake’ in front of the rear wheel opening was considerably deeper.

The rear end was somehow sharper, the triple rear lights each side were taller and no longer in distinctly separate sections while the rear bumper was much heavier and featured a row of small slots just above the lower edge. A slightly more aggressive character had been created with the general styling, Inside the layout of the facia was basically along the same lines as the 1998.

A 3.8 litre V6 and 15” wheels came with the standard model while a 4.6 V8 and 16” or 17” wheels came with the GT versions. In addition there were the inevitable ‘specials’ such as the 5000 35th Anniversary editions in black silver white or red plus some Cobras that boasted independent rear suspension.

For 2000 a Cobra R intended for competition use arrived complete with 5.4 litre Roush engine accompanied by a higher rear wing and a massive front spoiler. The following years cars can be identified by having a deeper scoop on the hood while a special run of 6500 commemorated the film Bullitt based on a lowered standard GT finished in the same shade of Forest Green as the 1968 car from the film, together with special 17” alloy wheels.

The Mach 1 name returned for 2003, again limited to just 6500 and was a colour stripe exercise on a ½” lower GT with a de-rated 32 valve Cobra 4.6 V8 while paying homage to the Mach 1s of previous years down to the ‘shaker’ hood. It was created as a step up from the regular GT but below the up-rated for 2003 Cobra that got a supercharged 4.6 motor with more aggressive looking front and rear spoilers. From mid 2003 just 2003 coupe and convertible 10th Anniversary SVT Cobras were made sporting two-tone leather seats and special 17” wheels with red brake callipers.


There have been so many models of this particular series of Mustang that it may be easier to take them year by year.

Ford Mustang 1999

1999 and Johnny Lightning did a small series of models from the US TV series VIP. Among them was a well detailed GT convertible with the top up in a non standard yellow with white stripes as well as a Cobra front spoiler and plated six-spoke wheels that don’t appear in the Ford brochure. A second series had this GT with the top down.
Maisto also offered a 1999 in this scale but although the shape was excellent there was very little detail, and no interior. However Maisto also issued some 1:24 and 1:18 1999 Mustangs tha,t at the inexpensive end of the price range, were excellent value. The 1:24 models were an open GT and an SVT Cobra Coupe. The larger Maistos depicted the GT in both coupe and open convertible form and lack nothing in detail down to the optional 17” argent painted five spoke alloy wheels.

Back to the small scale and Matchbox did no less than 17 versions of their little diecast in coupe, convertible and ‘glasstop’ form in numerous finishes. Mattel produced even more of their 1999 Coupe, at least 20, and unlike most Hot Wheels they are reasonably ‘stock’ in appearance.

If it’s a plastic kit you like then Revell/Monogram did a 1:25 1999 Cobra while a range that was sold through regular leaflets was National Motor Museum Mint and they also included a 1999 GT.

Welly did their GT Coupe in no less than four sizes, and while they are firmly in the toy end of the spectrum – spray painted with doors closed so bare metal in aperture – they represent quite acceptable miniatures of the subject.

Johnny Lightning China 2000 235B GT Convertible  top up from VIP 76mm 1:61 diecast
Johnny Lightning China 2001 235B GT Convertible  open from VIP 76mm 1:61 diecast
Maisto China 15044 Hardtop 75mm 1:62 diecast.
Maisto China 2007 31946 SVT Cobra Coupe 1:24 diecast
Maisto China 2007 31961 GT Convertible 1:24 diecast
Maisto China 2007 31860 GT Coupe 250mm 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 2007 31861 GT Convertible open 250mm 1:18 diecast
Matchbox China 2002 92203 GT Coupe  “35th Anniversary’ 76mm 1:61 diecast
Matchbox China 2002 97345 GT Convertible open “Coca Cola” 76mm 1:61 diecast
Matchbox China 2002 177EA GT Coupe Plastic top 76mm 1:61 diecast
Mattel Malaysia 1998 21056 GT Coupe      (20 versions) 72mm 1:65 diecaast
Monogram 2535 Cobra Coupe 1:15 plastic kit
National Motor Museum Mint F99MUS GT
Welly China 2041 GT Coupe 77mm 1:61 diecast
Welly China 9399 GT Coupe 1:43 diecast
Welly China 9753 GT Coupe 119mm 1:39 diecast
Welly China 9878 GT Coupe 1:24 diecast


Ford Mustang 2000

Auto Art entered the 1999-2003 series in 2001 with their excellent SVT Cobra R 2000 featuring all the detail one could imagine including the twin exhausts and slender 5 spoke wheels. Maisto also did the self-same subject in the same scale and while it lacks to subtle quality of the Auto Art it can stand proudly in any 1:18 cabinet.

Irwin did a range of projectile plastic toys in 2000 called “Blazin’ Key Cars” fired from a catapult type creation during which a plastic ‘flame’ appears from the rear panel of the car. A simple 2000 Coupe in the range captures the basic shape quite well.

The Johnny Lightning casting appeared in Coupe form and well detailed as an SVT Cobra complete with opening hood and simple engine detail and now correct 5 spoke wheels. A 1:25 plastic battery powered GT Coupe came from Empire Inc. This was apparently based on existing tooling, the sunroof and hood being stuck down the latter revealing a printed circuit where the ‘engine’ had been. Compartment in the underside accepts 3 x AA batteries while control buttons are located on the left side door but the general appearance is spoiled by the over wide rear track, the otherwise acceptable rear wheels projecting from the body sides Carlos Fandango fashion. “GT 4.6L’ badges are printed on the front fenders despite what looks like a Cobra spoiler on the trunk lid.

Labelled “Toymax” on its plastic base a 1:44 diecast Coupe that appears to have lost its rear wing could have been a Cobra – the rear licence plate does in fact have that name on it. A compartment in the base takes a couple of AAA batteries while a three prong connector is located under the rear.

Auto Art China 2001 72771 SVT Cobra R 2000 Coupe 255mm 1:18 diecast
Irwin China GT Coupe 74mm 1:62 plastic
Johnny Lightning China 2001 235 SVT Cobra Coupe 76mm 1:61 diecast
Empire Inc. China 1999 GT Coupe 187mm 1:25 plastic
Maisto Thailand 2007 31872 SVT Cobra R 2000 Coupe 255mm 1:18 diecast
Toymax China 1998 Cobra coupe 105mm 1:44 diecast.

Ford Mustang 2001

Auto Art again and they did the 2001 Bullit in both green and black featuring all the expected detail from that range. In the smaller 1:64 scale a record exists of a 2001 Cobra from Tiger Wheels.

Auto Art China 2002 72851 Bullit coupe 244mm 1:18 diecast
Tiger Wheels Cobra 1:64
Ford Mustang 2003/4

So far no miniature Mustangs have been found that are described as 2002 but a few for 2003 (and 2004) have been noted.

Auto Art did several Mach 1s listed as 2003 and 2004 in their catalogues. Close study reveals only one difference – the 2004 example has a circular Mustang design on the front fender while the 2003 has the more familiar horse in front of a red, white and blue sash. Regardless, the models are superb in every way down to the exclusive 17” ‘Heritage’ design five spoke wheels and buckles on the seat belts.. Also listed as 2004 by Auto Art were their 40th Anniversary GT Coupes and these look just like their Bullit models with the same wheels, and even have the “Bullit” name on the tail.

Maisto were in there too with Coupe and Convertible versions of the 2003 SVT Cobra that look a bit more civilised than the R version with its aggressive front spoiler etc. To Maisto’s credit they have reproduced the 32 valve supercharged V8 – different to the ‘engine’ in their 2000 Cobra. The absence of the unique Fork-spoke 17” wheels suggest that these weren’t intended to be 10th Anniversary version.

Auto Art China 73002 Mach 1 Coupe 244mm 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 73006 Mach 1 Coupe  (2004) 244mm 1:18 diecast
Auto Art China 72856 GT Coupe 40th Anniversary (2004) 244mm 1:18 diecast
Maisto Thailand 2007 31646 SVT Cobra Convertible 245mm 1:18 diecast
Maisto Thailand 2007 31647 SVT Cobra Coupe 245mm 1:18 diecast

Illustrations Ford Mustang 1999-2004



Johnny Lightning 1:61 diecast from China: 235B, 1999 GT Convertible top up from VIP TV Series.

Welly 1:61 diecast from China: 2041, 1999 GT Coupe

Welly 1:39 diecast from China: 9753, 1999 GT Coupe

Maisto 1:62 diecast from China: 15044, 1999 Coupe.

Maisto 1:18 diecast from Thailand: 31860,1999 GT Coupe

Maisto 1:18 diecast from Thailand: 31861, 1999 GT Convertible open.

Matchbox 1:61 diecast from China: 92203, 1999 GT Coupe 35th Anniversary.

Matchbox 1:61 diecast from China: 97345, 1999 GT Convertible open Coca Cola.

Matchbox 1:61 diecast from China: 177EA, 1999 GT Coupe glasstop.

Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: 21056, 1999 GT Coupe.

Irwin 1:62 plastic from China: 2000 GT Coupe “Blazin’ Key Car”

Johnny Lightning 1:61 diecast from China: 235, 2000 SVT Cobra Coupe, two slightly different wheel patterns.

Empire Inc. 1:25 plastic from China: 2000 GT Coupe.

Maisto 1:18 diecast from Thailand: 31872, 2000 SVT Cobra R 2000 Coupe. Toymax 1:44 diecast from China: 2000 Cobra Coupe

Auto Art 1:18 diecast from China: 73002, 2003 Mach 1 Coupe.

Auto Art 1:18 diecast from China: 73006, Mach 1 Coupe (2004)
The circular fender insignia on the 2004 Mach 1


Auto Art 1:18 diecast from China: 72856, GT 40th Anniversary Coupe (2004)

Maisto 1:18 diecast fromThailand: 31647, 2003 SVT Cobra Coupe.

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Danbury Mint Pewter Car Collections

By Jerry Broz

Text and Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise acknowledged.

You might already know that Danbury Mint – the company known for its quality, highly detailed, 1:24 scale replica, die-cast, classic model cars – has discontinued the die-cast line of model cars due to rising production cost and retail prices, along with the closing the main factory in China, that produced the die-cast cars. Unfortunately, this led to the decision to discontinue the die-cast model cars business.

Danbury Mint was founded in 1969 and began producing the die-cast and pewter model cars in late 1970s. During the next 40 years the Danbury Mint produced hundreds of different vehicles in both 1:43 and 1:24 scale.

Back in late 70s and early 80s, the Danbury Mint introduced a few
PEWTER* Car Collections of Classic Sports, Rolls-Royce, Famous and Greatest Motor Cars of the World. The cars were hand-cast in fine pewter, hand-crafted, and hand-assembled for Danbury Mint in England by British craftsmen. The cars in collections are approximately 1:43 scale, ranging from about 3 inches to 5 inches in length, allowing the craftsmen to duplicate authentically all details of each car, wheel spokes, hood straps, tire threads, levers, radiators, unique ornamentation, etc. The cars are true replicas of the original cars and are highly regarded by collectors for their elegance and sculptural authenticity.

Issuance and cost of the cars in each collection were different – the cars of the Classic Sports cars were issued once every two months and payable in two monthly payments of $24.50. The cars of the Classic Rolls-Royce collection were issued once every two months, and payable in two monthly payments of $19.50. The cars of the 25 Scale Replicas of World Famous Cars were issued once every month and payable in one payment of $38.00. The cars of The 50 Greatest Motor Cars were issued once every month and payable in one payment of $31.50. This was an exceptional value when you considered that these were hand-crafted replicas of famous cars. The hardwood display cabinet was available for each collection either at no additional cost or for a reasonable price.

Sadly, the Collections are no longer available by subscribing directly to Danbury Mint; however, the individual cars and incomplete collections can often be found on eBay, or similar sites.

Each car in the Collections came with a card describing the history of the car. Introduction of each collection was announced with a colour photo brochure with Reservation Application form. The Collections were issued only by advance reservation. Subscribers to any or to all collections received the Certificate of Registration.

The Classic American Motor Cars, the first collection of Danbury
Mint pewter model cars, issued in the late 70s,was described in
Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application as:

“Authentic Scale replicas of twelve American Classics Cars hand-crafted in fine Pewter”.

The model cars included in this collection are:

  • 1907 Thomas Flyer Convertible
  • 1909 Stanley Steamer
  • 1909 Ford Model T
  • 1914 Stutz Bearcat
  • 1928 Lincoln Convertible Silver Arrow
  • 1930 Packard
  • 1931 – Cadillac Phaeton
  • 1932 Chevrolet
  • 1933 Pierce
  • 1934 Duesenberg SJ
  • 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster
  • 1937 Cord 812.

The Classic Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a pewter collection of the twelve greatest  Rolls-Royce cars, The collection was the first ever to be authorised by Rolls-Royce Motors Limited. The Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application describes the collection as:

“Authentic scale replicas – crafted in fine pewter – of twelve of the greatest cars the world has ever seen”.

The collection consists of the following cars:

  • 1905 Rolls-Royce 10 HP
  • 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1907 Chauffeur driven Silver Ghost
  • 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1913 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle
  • 1916 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle Cabriolet
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Springfield
  • 1928 Rolls-Royce Doctor’s Coupe
  • 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
  • 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedan De Ville
  • 1936  Park Ward Baby Rolls-Royce
  • 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

The Classic Sports Cars of the World, a collection of eighteen internationally famous sports cars. The Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure describes collection as:

“A collection of authentic, meticulously detailed hand-crafted pewter
replicas of world famous sports cars”.

The cars in this collection are:

  • 1912 Isotta Franchini KM
  • 1913 Iotta Franchini Tipo M
  • 1914 Ford Model T
  • 1931 Alfa Romeo C1750 Zagato Spider
  • 1935 Mercedes Benz 500-K Special Roadster
  • 1952 Ferrari 212 Barchetta
  • 1952 MG
  • 1952 Allard J2X
  • 1957 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing
  • 1957 BMW 507
  • 1960 Austin Healey
  • 1963 Corvette Sting Ray
  • 1962 Ferrari 259 GT
  • 1964 Aston Martin DB5
  • 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
  • 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto
  • 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
  • 1969 Maserati Ghilbi 4.7

The Classic British Motor Car Collection, a collection of twelve classic cars, the best cars in the world. The Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application describes the collection as:

“A collection of authentic scale replicas of Classic British Cars hand-
crafted in fine pewter”

The collection is made-up of the following cars:

  • 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1912 Isotta Franchini KM
  • 1913 Isota Franchini Tipo M
  • 1930 Bentley Barnato Coupe
  • 1936 Jaguar SS100
  • 1937 Lagoda Rapide
  • 1948 MG-TC
  • 1948 Jaguar XK-120
  • 1958 Austin Healey Sprite
  • 1961 Jaguar E-Type
  • 1962 Lotus Elan
  • 1969 Triumph TR6.



The Classic World Famous Motor Cars, a collection of twenty-five
handcrafted pewter replicas of world famous motorcars. Issued in early 1980s, the Danbury Mint Promotional Brochure/Reservation Application introduces the collection as:

“An outstanding collection of the cars from around the world”

The collection includes the following cars:

  • 1906 Itala Targa Florio
  • 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1912 Hispano-Suiza
  • 1912 Packard
  • 1912 Simplex
  • 1913 Cadillac Roadster
  • 1924 Vauxhall
  • 1926 Fiat
  • 1926 Isota Fraschini
  • 1927 Bugatti Royale
  • 1929 Lancia Dilambda
  • 1930 Bentley Barnato Coupe
  • 1931 Daimler Double-Six
  • 1932 Alpha Romeo
  • 1932 Chevrolet Phantom
  • 1932 Chrysler LeBaron
  • 1932 Delage Cabriolet
  • 1934 Voisin 17 C V –
  • 1936 Jaguar SS100
  • 1937 Lagoda Rapide
  • 1938 Delahaye
  • 1939 Mercedes-Benz
  • 1941 Lincoln Continental
  • 1948 MG-TC.

The 50 Greatest Motor Cars of All Time, a collection of pewter
scale replicas of outstanding cars from around the world. The Danbury Promotional Brochure describes the collection as:

“The 50 Greatest Motor Cars of All Time”

The complete list of the cars in collection follows:

  • 1898 Mercedes-Benz
  • 1903 Oldsmobile Runabout
  • 1903 Panhard
  • 1906 Renault
  • 1907 Itala
  • 1907 Napier
  • 1908 Lanchester
  • 1909 Thomas K6-70
  • 1910 Stanley Steamer
  • 1912 Isotta Franchini KM
  • 1914 Ford Model T
  • 1914 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle
  • 1914 Stutz Bearcat
  • 1914 Vauxhall Prince Henry
  • 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48
  • 1922  Peugeout Quadralite
  • 1923 Austin Seven
  • 1925 Austro Daimler ADM/BK
  • 1926 Chrysler Imperial 80
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 43
  • 1928 Lancia Lambda
  • 1929 Daimler Double Six
  • 1929 Hispano-Suiza H6B
  • 1929 Packard 640
  • 1930 Bentley 4-1/2 litre supercharged
  • 1931 Cadillac V-12
  • 1932 Lincoln KB
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300
  • 1934 Aston Martin 1-1/2 litre Mk II
  • 1934 Duesenberg/Phaeton
  • 1934 Talbot 105 Sports Saloon
  • 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster
  • 1935 Fiat 508S
  • 1935 Tatra 77
  • 1937 BMW 328
  • 1937 Cord 812
  • 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe
  • 1946 MG-TC
  • 1947 Delahaye 135 MS
  • 1949 Jaguar XK120
  • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1953 Citroen 15-6
  • 1954 Porsche 356
  • 1954 Triumph TR2
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
  • 1959 Maserati 3500GT
  • 1961 Facel Vega HK 500
  • 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III
  • 1968 Ferarri Daytona
  • 1983 Lamborghini Countach.

*PEWTER – is an easy to cast metal alloy. It has a low melting point
and is adaptable to a mold’s very small details. A typical casting alloy
is composed of tin, copper, and antimony. Pewter was used since the
Bronze Age, throughout the ancient world, and as mugs and other
dishes in 17th and 18th centuries. In the late 19th century, pewter
became a popular material for decorative and collectible objects
including the model cars.

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