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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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