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Togi History – Part III

by Koen Beekmann and Karl Schnelle

In Part II of this series, we looked at the #3  Giulietta Sprint and the #4 159 Formula One car.  Now, we will examine the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS. NOTE: Koen Beekmann took the photos or acquired them from other collectors, unless otherwise noted.  He also conducted all the research which we are compiling here. Without his enthusiasm for Togi, these articles would not have been possible.

The fifth car in the Togi lineup, the #5 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS, or Sprint Speciale, was introduced right after the 159  in 1960 or so (see advertisement below).  As with the previous Togi’s, the number is cast on the baseplate (No 5).  Rampini says it was based on the 1957 model, so perhaps it also took several years to develop as with the previous Togi models.  However, it is not quite clear which model was the starting point for the Togi: 1957 was the prototype and the first production series was 1959-1960, with a re-introduction a year later.

Here is an un-dated Togi catalog illustration.  As with other Togi’s, both built and kit versions were available:

This model car went through three generations (listed in order):

  1. Without bumpers and with smooth wheels. Very rare and short lived.
  2. With bumpers, closed side windows and cast-in rear lights.  No interior, just a deck that hides the rear axle.
  3. With bumpers, open side windows, a real interior and separate rear lights. As with other newer Togi, these are made of zamac and much heavier than the previous generations.

The three versions are shown below in a scan from an old Quattroruotine magazine (No 206, Nov/Dec 1997): left is the very rare and oldest bumper-less version, in the middle is the  version with bumpers and side windows, and on the right is the latest version:

Incidentally, the bumper-less version is not just a model without bumpers; the two body parts lack the front and rear holes for mounting the bumpers.   The lack of bumpers suggests that the oldest Togi model was based on the first Giulietta production version, but why was there no back bumper while the 1: 1 had one?  Or was it meant to be a sports car version where the ‘sportiness’ was enhanced by leaving the bumpers off?

Also, the wheels of the first version do not have any round holes. These wheels are made especially for the SS and no other Togi, for some reason.

Both the authors love the Sprint Speciale, so here are photos from the 2016 Alfa Romeo Owners Club meeting in Nashville, TN, USA:

{Photos by Karl Schnelle.]

The last two are Giulia SS’s, which were produced for a couple years right after the Giuliettas (same car with a bigger engine).

The 1st generation car is very rare in comparison to the other two.  Perhaps this bumper-less version did not last long at all.  It does seem to look a bit more like the 1957 Alfa prototype.  The photos below show that there were no holes for the bumpers in this version.

Here is a 2nd generation where you can see how the bumpers are attached:

The  older version (2nd generation) with box is shown on the left below;  the current version (3rd generation) with nickel-colored chrome parts on the right. The key for the wheel hub was standard on many Togi’s.  Notice that SS is spelled out on the box as Sprint Speciale!:

The older model (blue) has cast rear lights, while the later version (red) has the separate, chromed lights:

Here is a closeup of the blue one, the 2nd generation:

Maybe the windows were deleted so one could see the new interiors?  🙂   Here is a rare green version with interior; the wheels are silver colored but not chromed so it’s a later 3rd generation:

With three generations, many colors, and with and without race numbers, someone could collect a large number of just these Alfa Sprint Speciales!


Postscript – A French advertisement from September 1961 shows the Togi SS.  In France, Togi’s were imported and distributed by Safir, another toy car company.  The SS pictured below looks to have bumpers so it is not the first version!  This seems too early, so perhaps the Togi model was introduced in 1960 or 61, and not in 1962 as commonly thought?

Next time in Part IV, we will continue the Togi story with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina.


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Togi History – Part II

by Koen Beekmann and Karl Schnelle

In Part I of this series, we looked at the founding of Togi and its first 2 cars.   #1 Cursor and #2 Turbo Special were introduced around 1958.  NOTE: Koen Beekmann took all the photos unless otherwise noted.  He also did all the research which we are compiling here.

Here is a little more information on the Turbo Special. They are still made today and accompanied by a drawing in the box.  The current castings are diecast using zamac alloy, but the original ones were  aluminum or some other light-weight alloy. Two versions of the drawings are shown below with the different front steering mechanism. The curved arms are the earlier design on the left are Photoshopped from the original on the right.   To determine if the original design could easily fit into the newer drawing, Koen tried it (and it does)!

And here is the mold for the Turbo Special; it looks like the earlier casting before the wrap-around windshield and is from the original owner, Mr Lorenzini.


The rest of Part II will concentrate on the next two models that came out.

After the first two cars, Togi moved on to reproducing actual automobiles.  All were Alfa Romeos in 1:23 scale (except for a Lancia).  Perhaps to keep the cars in the same size range as the first two, Mr. Lorenzini  chose the unusual scale of 1:23.  In the late 1950’s, there weren’t any 1:24 or 1:25 scale cars, so why not 1:23?

Thus, the third model was a 1:23 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint. The development of this first Alfa model was delayed due to funding until 1959 or 60 and was finally on sale by 1962 (Rampini).  The earliest casting might not have Togi in the bottom and could in fact be a Trilor, Mr Lorenzini’s first company.  An Italian collector has one in his collection that he thinks is a Trilor (no name on the baseplate).   If this is the case, then Rampini could be mistaken and perhaps the first three cars were all made as Trilors first?   We may never know for sure…

Two generations of the #3 Giulietta Sprint are shown below.  The box calls it a Sprint Veloce (the higher horsepower version):

The first generation (in green on the left) has no interior, tight side windows, large wheels and metal headlights. The second generation (white) has interior, no side windows, silver lower side body trim, clear headlights, and smaller wheels with wheel nuts. Look and compare.  That beautiful box belongs to the old model.  Here is the green model again:

This first Alfa seems a little toy-like and rounder than it should be,  maybe that was the influence of their first two streamlined cars.  Here is a drawing included in the box of a later version:

The Giulietta Sprint was really not a very accurate model. Perhaps this was the best that Togi could do at the time.  The next Togi models will get better and better as they learned how to create more accurate model cars and still keep the toy characteristics (take-off wheels, suspension, and steering).  Togi was the abbreviation of Tonino GIocattoli  – Little Tony’s Toys –  after all!


According to Rampini, both the the 159 Formula One car and Giulietta SS  were introduced in 1962.  These two Alfa Romeos are beautiful model cars and a big improvement on the Sprint.  We will examine the 159 next.

The 159 ‘Alfetta’ raced in Formula One and a few other races during the 1951 season.  Coming out 11 years later did not matter, as this was an iconic race car.  However, Koen believes the #4 Togi 159 was developed earlier than 1962, sometime in 1959 or early 1960.  After the Corsar, the Turbo Special and the Giulietta Sprint, this was the fourth model from the Milanese manufacturer.

Simple spoke wheels were developed for this model, which were then carried over to the first two Togi’s.  Furthermore, it is still evident that it is just an old-style toy car: the design has been carried out very broadly, with some remarkable details such as operating steering wheel that moves the front wheels and working wing nuts on the wheels. The Togi, like the real 159, was only made in red, although the color differed over the years. The three 159’s below each have a different red color (and different wheels).

Like the other Togis, this Alfa was also available as a kit: nice for a model from the early 1960s but very simple as a kit!  What’s more fun than having a copy of the famous Fangio’s race car with racing numbers?  However, this model used fantasy race numbers, placed in the correct location on the body. The oldest versions are shown below:

The old 159 has never disappeared from the Togi range and is still being produced. Somewhere in the early 1970’s, the model was fitted with new open spoke wheels. These chrome wheels were still very simple and similar to the spoke wheels on Dinky’s at that time. In fact, the much nicer Revival race cars, from back then, still do not command the high prices that these Togi’s do now.  Here are closeups of the two older ones:

Apparently, Togi looked to see what low-cost improvements could be made to the 159.  A new perforated protective plate was added to the side exhaust pipes, but the metal exhaust was no longer chromed. The new spoke wheels were changed to black as well.  A unusual choice because the wheels of the real 159 were always silver.   Here is the newer version, bought in 1995 (photo by Karl):

Also, here is the original mold for the 159 from Mr Lorenzini; no reason for Togi to update that!

In 2011 or just before that, Togi announced a chrome 159, actually a nickel-plated model.    The prototype is shown below.

Several years later, it came to production and is listed on their website currently.  Three versions are shown: gold, ‘black’ nickel, and ‘white’ nickel.  This is a photo from Togi before it was released:

Many of the later Togi came with a plastic display case inside the outer box.  Similar to the Turbo Special,  a nice drawing was also included in the box, in case an enterprising kid wanted to take apart the 159 and hopefully put it back together:

Koen did an internet search and found at least five box types (not in any particular order):

  • nice red drawing of the 159 (original silver wheels)
  • color stripes on cardboard box (black wheel version)
  • yellow box with small window on the edge (silver or black wheels)
  • Styrofoam box with red/yellow sticker, inside is a clear plastic display box with brown base (black wheels)
  • Togi in white letters inside a red stripe on a sticker on a thin cardboard box (silver or black wheel versions)

Next time in Part III, we will continue the Togi story with the Giulietta SS.


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Togi History – Part I

by Karl Schnelle

All photos by Koen Beekmann, unless otherwise noted.

NOTE: Six years ago, I ran into a fellow Togi collector online and joined a conversation with him about the history of this small Italian toy car manufacturer.  As an Alfa Romeo fanatic, I discovered Togi many years ago because they mostly make Alfas, in a strange 1:23 scale. The fellow collector, Koen Beekmann, had amassed many of them and gathered their history.  That was a while ago, and he has since then sold off all his collection. So I thought it was time to gather together in English the history he had pieced together.  Most of the story was posted on alfabb, planet diecast, and in his native tongue, Dutch, on modelautoforum.nl.

In the 1950’s, Alberto Lorenzini was an engineer at Alfa Romeo in Milan, Italy.  He also started to make a  streamlined toy race car of his own design.  The company name for his futuristic model car was called Trilor, which is very rare today.  The well-known Italian collector, Rampinisays Trilor started in 1954.    Koen did find a photo of it online. Note the smooth wheels with take-off hubs!  Rampini also shows one with smooth hubs in his pdf book.  Then in 1958 or so, Lorenzini changed the name to Togi and modified this racer to be a Corsar, #1 in the Togi lineup.  The new Corsar now had a side exhaust and restyled windows.  Early ones are seen without the window glass. The name is a contraction of  Tonino (his nickname) and Giocattoli (Italian for toys)! He setup the company in Bareggio, an area just west of Milan center.   At some point, he must have stopped working for Alfa because many models were designed and sold after #1.

A yellow Corsar is shown below. (Photo by the author.)

From a Togi poster, this photo shows Mr. Lorenzini in the back of the workshop , circa 1970.

At some point in the late 1960s or 70s, the Corsar was discontinued. The tooling must have been lost or discarded at some point because, when Togi was sold to new owners in the early 1990s, the Corsar tools were not found (along with the Giulia Berlina).  The parts were cast for Togi by an outside company.  More on this in Part II.

Here is the Corsar in an undated Togi catalog. Most  if not all Togis came as factory-built or as kits, as illustrated by the two box types below.

The #2 Turbo Special came out soon after the Corsar.  This was  a similar streamlined race car but had a more detailed casting.  Both early Togi’s had the smooth wheels from the Trilor, which were improved upon to represent wire wheels around 1960.  Both models had front suspension and steering though!  No scales were mentioned for these two fantasy cars.

The red Corsair is on the left and the silver Turbo Special on the right. A typical box is shown.

Here are the two Turbo Specials with both smooth and later wire wheels.

In addition to the newer wheel style, the front suspension/steering was also redesigned on both the Corsar and the Turbo Special. The curved arms on the right are the older style, shown on the Turbo below.

The red Turbo below has the older smooth wheels below. The glass was broken in this example.

Finally at some point, the Turbo was modified slightly to give it a ‘modern’ wrap-around windshield and separate rear bumpers!  A 3rd wheel style was also produced. (photo by the author)

And here is a rear view with the added bumpers!

The revised Turbo also came with a driver, just visible through the windshield (above and on the left below).

This is only the beginning of the Togi story.  In Part II, we will begin to see their 1:23 Alfa Romeos appear!  Stay tuned.


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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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Milena Rose Models

By Maz Woolley

 

All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

 

 

1:43 scale resin models of interesting subjects have been released by Milena Rose, a French company owned by Frederic Cros. Frederic is well-known for his 1:43 scale Silas models of British cars and his Milena Rose dioramas, but the French cars branded Milena Rose are a new direction for his business.

The cars modelled are examples of French cars made under licence in other countries with realistic detailing for the local version. They are resin models made in China for France.

 

#MR43002b Renault 12 Alpine 1978 (Argentine)

 

The R12 Alpine made in South America was an expensive car with the added cost of imported components. It was a sports version primarily intended to add some glamour to the whole range. The imported parts were also sometimes added to the more basic TL version when prepared for rallying. The car was certainly sporting with a top speed of about 109MPH from a 1397cc engine as used in the R5 Alpine which was built locally but from imported parts. The handling was also reported to be excellent too. Only 439 of these cars were made between 1977 and 1980 as they were essentially hand built and Renault Argentina had no capacity to increase production.

The Milena Rose model captures the special characteristics of this model well. The strange wheels are particularly well represented as is the bonnet bulge and the Alpine striping and script.

The photos suggest that a lot of effort has been made to capture the large number of dials on the dashboard and the special seating fitted. The registration plates are also in an Argentinian format.


 

 

#MR43003a IKA Renault Gordini DA-2V

Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) produced nearly 100,000 Dauphines and Gordinis under license from Renault License in the Santa Isabel factory between 1960 and 1970. The strange front bumper was required by laws in Argentina and give the car a very different look from its French equivalent.

 

The photo above shows clearly the very different bumper unit as well as the local badging which has been faithfully reproduced.

The front and read have realistic local registration plates and the lighting is all separate lenses neatly fitted.

The Renault and Gordini badges are separate parts fitted neatly to the side. My one criticism is that the chrome window surrounds on this model look a little heavy.


#MR43003b Alfa Romeo Renault Dauphine

 

Alfa Romeo built the Dauphine under license between 1959 and 1964 in Portello, Milan. Differences from the French model are limited apart from Magnetti-Marelli 12 volt electrics and the logo “Dauphine Alfa Romeo” or “Ondine Alfa Romeo”. It is said that this model was produced to broaden the Alfa Romeo range and it sold quite successfully for a time.

The photo above shows clearly the special badging as well as the Milan registration plate.

 

And the special Alfa Romeo badge has been reproduced at the from of the car as well. The front wing has the Dauphine Alfa Romeo script as well to complete the local features.


#MR43003c Henney Kilowatt (Renault Dauphine)

The Henney Kilowatt was an electric car made in the United States and launched for the 1959 model year. It was based upon a Renault Dauphine body and had batteries and electric motors fitted. It was built by Henney Coachworks for the Eureka Company.

The 1959 models all ran on a 36-volt system of 18 two-volt batteries in series. The 36-volt cars had a top speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) and could run approximately 40 miles (64 km) on a full charge. After the 36-volt system was proven to be inadequate the Kilowatt drivetrain was redesigned by Eureka Williams as a 72-volt system for the 1960 model year. It employed 12 six-volt batteries in series. The 72-volt models were much more practical than the 1959 36-volt models. The 1960 Kilowatt boasted a top speed of nearly 60 mph  with a range of over 60 miles on a single charge.

According to the official Eureka Company corporate history there were a total of 100 Henney Kilowatts manufactured during the entire two year production run, but of those 100 cars only 47 were ever sold. Few examples exist today.

 

The Milena Rose model replicates key features such has the Kilowatt badging and the heavier bumpers for the US market.

A New York City number plate has been included as has the special badge on the bonnet.


An interesting set of models of less common versions of very popular French vehicles. It will be interesting to see how this range develops.

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News from the Continent Oct/Nov 2016 – M4 Modelcars Italy

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

This posting covers the releases for  September/October 2016 by M4 companies: ART, BEST and RIO. All models are to 1:43 scale and diecast unless stated otherwise and photographs have been supplied by M4.

ART Models

 

ART352 Ferrari 375 Plus – Winner of Le Mans 1954 – Gonzalez/Trintignant #4 – Chassis #036 (Resin)

ART353 Ferrari 850S – Tourist Trophy 1955 – Maglioli/Trintignant #5 – Chassis #0578 – 8th

ART354 Ferrari 750 Monza – Tourist Trophy 1954 – Hawthorn/Trintignant #15 – Chassis #0440

ART355 Ferrari 250 California – Winner of 2 hour Relay Marlboro 1961 – A.Wylie #2 – Chassis # 1085

BEST Models

 

BEST9637 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 – 1965 – Saratoga white


BEST9638 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.2 HF – Tour de Corse 1965 – Cella/Gamenara. #119 – Amaranto Montebello (Official debut of Lancia in Rally Racing)

BEST9639 Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Test 1000 km Nürburgring 1971 – Von Hohenzollern/von Bayern #5

BEST9640 Alfa Romeo 33.2 – 6 hours of Watkins Glen 1968 – Kwech/Martino #33

BEST9641 Ferrari 308 GTB4 LM – Test Fiorano 1976 – Niki Lauda

BEST9642 Porsche 908/02 Flunder – Le Mans 1973 – Wicky/Cohen Oliver/Carron #52

BEST9643 Abarth 1000 SP – Rovereto/Asiago 1971 – M.Baldo #364

BEST9644 Lola T70 Coupe – 12 hours of Sebring 1968 – Bonnier/Axelsson #10

RIO Models

RIO4511 Fiat 1500 6C – Guardia Nazionale Republicana 1941 (Police)

RIO4512 Fiat 1500 6C – Fire Brigade 1948 – red

RIO4513 Volkswagen Beetle 1949 Cabriolet closed – grey

RIO4514 Citroen DS21 – Rally Monte Carlo 1970 – Pouderoux/Vincent #27

RIO4515 Fiat 1500 C6 – Taxi Milano 1940

RIO4516 Fiat 238 – Service car Lancia Rally Team

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Alfettas from 1950 to 1972 to 2016

by Karl Schnelle

This year has been  full of coincidences. I found two 1/43 Alfettas that I heard about years ago but never did buy.  They are not too rare but not easily had for a good price in the US.   Both are  part of different partworks from Europe.

It all started with Brian Owen’s article on  post-WWII pre-F1 race cars, in the July 2016 issue of Model Collector.  He mentioned that only Brumm and Altaya, a Spanish partworks company, made the 158, the famous #2 ‘Alfetta’ in which Farina won the British Grand Prix in 1950.   Of course, the Alfettas won every race they entered in 1950 with their drivers, Farina and Fangio, winning 11 races!

I had a few BRUMMs so I went searching for the Altaya and found the #4 car of Englishman Reg Parnell.

ixo-1950-158-f

Only at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix did Alfa run the four Alfettas with race number 1-4.  So this had to be the car.  Maybe Altaya made the other two as well.  An easy change to make!

ixo-1950-158-b

Check out Fangio driving the Alfetta at Monza in 1970!    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Uj-GuFQF0

Then, the same seller had another Alfetta for sale in 1:43, albeit slightly more modern and pedestrian.  Alfa cashed in on the fame of the Alfetta and named their 4-door car after it, sold from 1972 to 87 (from 75-79 in the US).  I drove the 1976 US-spec version, so I had to get this one as well.  Also, the cow-catcher in the front and roof rack attracted my attention! Unlike the original Alfetta, I had no idea what this contraption represented. Google rescued me because the base it was mounted on had a lot of info.

alfetta-raid-1972

This partwork was released by Fabbri and made by Metro for the Alfa Romeo Sport Collection. This 72 Alfetta participated in the 1973 Raid Capo Nord – Capo Sud according to the base.  Of course you could easily read this on the side of the model as well. This car ran 26,000 km from North (Norway) to South (Cape of Good Hope).

Some photos of the real Alfetta Raid: http://www.mondoalfetta.it/alfetta-gt-26-v8/  http://www.theitalianjob.gr/blog/?p=3153  http://www.vintagegarage.ru/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=290 https://alfetta116.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/alfa-romeo-alfetta-capo-nord-capo-sud-raid/

More Alfetta Coincidences – Both these partworks had rusty screws attaching them to their black plastic bases.  No amount of WD-40 and wrenching would release them.  Do I need to drill them out? Your ideas are welcome.

Also, I attended the US National Alfa Romeo Convention this year, bringing the Alfetta connection up to the present time.   I saw a blue Alfetta there just like the one I had – mine was a 76 and the one below is a 77…  Close enough.  In 22 years, the 1950 Grand Prix Alfetta was transformed into a 4-door sport sedan in 1972.   And now it is 44 years later, and I run into a blue Alfetta again!  Amazing coincidence!

77-alfetta


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Alfa Romeo – Back to the US with the 4C!

by Karl Schnelle

 

4C 3 times

3 of the 4C’s Described Below

Post-war Alfas were sold in the US for many years up to 1995 when they stopped importing the 164.   Then,  in the 2000’s, rumors started about their return to the US market.  Every year it seemed it was the same story:  next year Alfa will be back ran the headlines!

In 2008 finally the low volume, high cost 8C was imported in very low numbers.  I have never seen one so far!  But the real return happened in 2014 with the US launch of the more ‘affordable’ 4C. Then the Spider was launched as a 2015 model in the US.

If you backup a few years, the 4C Concept was introduced at the Geneva and then Frankfurt auto shows in 2011.   I saw it first at the Chicago auto show in 2015, and by then, both production versions were shown.

4C

The Spider was shown in bright yellow (Giallo Prototipo) to contrast the Alfa red coupe!4C Spider

 

The Models

After the European introduction in 2013, the scale models and toys have trickled out from various manufacturers.   Starting with the big boys, AUTOart makes them in six colors in 1:18 scale.  At more than twice the price, BBR has both the coupe and Spider in multiple colors.   They also have the coupe in red or white in 1:43 scale.  More my size, but not my budget!

With other  1:43 resin makers at half the price, I can not justify a BBR at this time.  So the following are now in my collection!  First up was the Spark coupe in red.

Spark 4C

If you can see the detail, the Spark is a model of the original concept car with exposed projector beam headlights and a different side vents.

More recently, TSM introduced their Spider version. Their website labels it a 2014 concept but the box says 2015 concept and the base says 2014!  So I am very confused (not too unusual!)…

TSM 4C

But they are great models and nice to compare.   Both come in an outer box and inner clear plastic display case.  The  red Spark has the projector beam headlights of the concept car.  The wheels and mirrors are also different on the two 1:43 cars.  The edges of the Spider’s grill seems to be less defined when you examine it closely.  Overall, they are both great models of this new Alfa.

Going down in size is the 1:55 scale SIKU, which is really more of a toy but very nicely done.  SIKU does weird scales but are very nice toys, I think.

Siku Alfa 4C

And finally, the small 1:64 scale 4C from Matchbox:  another fine toy Alfa.  The overall shape represents the real car very well, but those generic wheels do bother me a little.  Much less detail than the others is present, but at this scale it still looks very nice.

4C Matchbox

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Resin Roundup – Matrix

By Maz Woolley with contributions from Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

The marketplace for 1:43 scale resin models seems to be growing all the time. Once the preserve of small specialists making small batches of highly detailed models it now dominates the middle grounds of the collectors market and white metal models are much less common in this scale than they were. This article takes a look at some of the latest resin releases in this scale, and future releases, using pictures supplied by Matrix.

As ever Matrix mix a few standard vehicles like the Riley RM with a selection of other vehicles with rare or in some cases unique bodies. The models also cover a wide period from the 1930s through to the 1980s. The models are made in resin to 1:43 scale in China for Matrix.

MX40201-091 Bentley MkVI Pininfarina Coupe blue and blue 1952MX40201-091 Bentley MkVI Pininfarina Coupe blue and blue 1952

MX50407-011 Delage D8 105S Aerodynamic Coupe maroon and white 1935MX50407-011 Delage D8 105S Aerodynamic Coupe maroon and white 1935

MX51311-011 Maserati V4 Sport Zagato green 1929MX51311-011 Maserati V4 Sport Zagato green 1929

MX10304-041 Citroen CX Heuliez Corbillard Hearse maroon 1986MX10304-041 Citroen CX Heuliez Corbillard Hearse maroon 1986

MX11705-101 FLM Panelcraft Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Estate brown metallic 1980MX11705-101 FLM Panelcraft Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Estate brown metallic 1980

MX41604-011 Peugeot 604 Heuliez green metallic 1980MX41604-011 Peugeot 604 Heuliez green metallic 1980

MX30905-022 ISO IsettaCarro Furgon green 1957MX30905-022 ISO IsettaCarro Furgon green 1957

MX32105-051 VW Thing Limousine white 1979
MX32105-051 VW Thing Limousine white 1979

MX40406-021 Duesenberg SJ 572-2596 Convertible Coupe SWB Bohman & Schwarz Maroon 1935
MX40406-021 Duesenberg SJ 572-2596 Convertible Coupe SWB Bohman & Schwarz Maroon 1935

MX41704-021 Riley RME green and black 1952
MX41704-021 Riley RME green / black 1952

MX40102-071 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodynamica Jankovitz blue 1934MX40102-071 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodynamica Jankovitz blue 1934

MX50205-031 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet VanVooren Shah of Iran black 1939MX50205-031 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet VanVooren Shah of Iran black 1939

MX50303-021 Chrysler Imperial Custom Five-Passenger Phaeton #7803657 green metallic 1933MX50303-021 Chrysler Imperial Custom Five-Passenger Pheaton #7803657 green metallic 1933

MX50408-011 Delahaye 235 Coupe Chapron creme and blue 1953MX50408-011 Delahaye 235 Coupe Chapron cream and blue 1953

MX51302-011 Mercedes-Benz 230SLX Frua Combi white 1962MX51302-011 Mercedes-Benz 230SLX Frua Combi white 1962
MX51705-181 RR Phantom III Sport Torpedo Thrupp & Maberly #3BU86 blue 1938MX51705-181 RR Phantom III Sport Torpedo Thrupp & Maberly #3BU86 blue 1938

July to September releases

Matrix have announced new releases and where trial castings have been made they are shown below. The expected month of release is shown after the model description.

MX20301-211 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine red metallic 1970 July

MX40102-061 Alfa Romeo 6C Pininfarina gold metallic 1946 JulyMX40102-061 Alfa Romeo 6C Pininfarina gold metallic 1946 July

MX40402-041 Daimler DB18 Empress Convertible Hooper light green and green 1951 July

MX41302-081 Mercedes-Benz G4 Kastenwagen blue 1939MX41302-081 Mercedes-Benz G4 Kastenwagen blue 1939

MX41311-051 Maserati 150GT Spider by Fantuzzi white 1957MX41311-051 Maserati 150GT Spider by Fantuzzi white 1957 July

MX41607-061 Porsche 356 Zagato Spyder silver 1958 JulyMX41607-061 Porsche 356 Zagato Spyder silver 1958 July

MX50307-011 Cord L-29 Speedster Brook Stevens black and white 1930 JulyMX50307-011 Cord L-29 Speedster Brook Stevens black and white 1930 July

MXLM02-1311 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider metallic blue 1956 LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION AugustMXLM02-1311 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider metallic blue 1956 LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION August

MX41311-021 Maserati A6G Grand Sport Spider Frua metallic blue 1957 SeptemberMX41311-021 Maserati A6G Grand Sport Spider Frua metallic blue 1957 September


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Resin Roundup – ABC, Looksmart, Technomodels, BBR

By Maz Woolley with help from Hans-Georg Schmitt

ABC

ABC Brianza models are made in resin to 1:43 scale in Italy. Some are available as kits as well as ready built.  Pictures from the manufacturer of some of their latest releases are shown below.

ABC232M - ROLLS ROYCE SILVER WRAITH INSKIP 1947ABC232M – Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Inskip 1947

ABC328S - ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH CHASSIS WXA106 CARR. ERDMANN and ROSSI 1938 SilverABC328S – Rolls Royce Wraith chassis WXA106. Carr. Erdmann and Rossi 1938 Silver

ABC329 ALFA ROMEO 2300 GRABER 1939ABC329 Alfa Romeo 2300 Graber 1939

Technomodels

1:18 Scale resin cast in China for Germany.

The latest car to bear the Disco Volante name is being made in this large scale in their Mythos range.

Technomodel Alfa Romeo Disco Volante 1 18 Scale Metallic GreenAlfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring

Looksmart

This German based firm which has its 1:43 scale resin models moulded in China has announced two versions of the Ferarri SF16 Formula 1 car.

  • LSF104  Ferrari SF16-H No.5 Australia GP 2016 – Sebastian Vettel
  • LSF105  Ferrari SF16-H No.7 Bahrain GP 2016 –  Kimi Raikkonen

BBR

BBR continue to release models in 1:43 and 1:18 scale resin. All are mastered in Italy.

BBRC1801 Ferrari 250 Testarossa Winner Targa Florio 1958BBRC1801 Ferrari 250 Testarossa Winner Targa Florio 1958

These cars were introduced at the end of the 1957 season in preparation for the regulations restricting sports cars to 3 litres for Le Mans and World Sports Car races from 1958. This car is to 1:18 scale.


BBRC1811B ABARTH 695 Biposto Record 2015BBRC1811B ABARTH 695 Biposto Record 2015

Created to celebrate the 133 records Abarth hold. The 696 Biposto Record has a self-locking differential and is highly tuned. This car is to 1:18 scale.


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