Category Archives: Alfa Romeo

Togi History – Part IV

by Karl Schnelle and Koen Beekmann

In Part III of this series, we looked at the #5 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS.  Now, we will examine the Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina.  This is the 4-door sedan (or berlina) made by Alfa from 1962-1978.   This must have been when Togi stopped numbering the baseplates on their new releases.  From online photos, the baseplate only reads 7/63 with no #6 anywhere.

NOTE: Koen Beekmann took the photos or acquired them from other collectors, unless otherwise noted.

Some Togi History

The original founder and owner of Togi, Alberto Lorenzini,  sold the company in the early 1990s; he passed away about 1995.  An article on Togi in the Italian magazine, Quattroruotine N°206, Nov. 1997, stated Togi had a new owner, so it was definitely sold sometime before 1997.  The original company used some small local factories to make all the casting for them.   The new owner, Alberto Lanzani,  was one of them (he made the Alfa 164 castings) and took two years or so for him to find all the molds and tools for all the toy cars from all the other factories.  The tools of the Giulia Berlina were lost, because the small company who produced the castings was long gone by then.

Giulia Berlina

In 1963, Togi brought out the Giulia TI Berlina model as a toy car with four doors, bonnet, and boot lid that all opened. That was quite special at the time. Mr Lorenzini had to find out for himself how to make all the openings work and how the hinges attached.  Was this the first toy car with all opening parts?  Edil Toys  did not make their 1/43 Giulia with 6 opening parts until 1966.

The early hinges on the Giulia look very different than later models.  The doors were hinged at a single point that was clamped between the bottom of the door and the floor of the interior, perhaps a strange way to do it, but Mr. Lorenzini was covering new design territory!  After the Giulia, a different method of hinging was chosen. You can see the low hinges on the disassembled early version below.

These models had a steerable front axle and front and rear suspension. A wheel key was supplied so the customer could disassemble the wheels;  with a screwdriver you could easily disassemble the whole model and then hopefully reassemble it.

Rampini (Automodelli Alfa Romeo 1910-1993, 1993) reports that  Carabinieri, Polizia, and Vigili Fuoco (Fire) versions came out in 1965.    Here is a catalog page from that time:

Then in 1967, the mold was modified to improve the lines of the model. After that, two new grills were available with clear headlight lenses:  Giulia 1600 Super (4 headlights) and a year later the Giulia 1300 (two headlights). The rear lights were no longer cast as part of the aluminum body but attached using separate red plastic parts.  Rampini also says the Super version has the two police and one fire versions as well.

Here are the three versions: cast front lights, 2 headlights, and four headlights:

The second author found this proof sheet for the Giulia TI kit several years ago – a collector had acquired it in the 1970s:

Here is the box it was for, as well as the box for the assembled model:

Finally, the Giulia TI came in a rare gift set with 2 other Togis, shown here from a 1960’s catalog:

Next time in Part V, we will continue the Togi story with the Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint.


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Neo’s baby Alfa Romeo GTV6

By Maz Woolley

Photographs are by, and copyright of, the Author.

I recently review Neo‘s model of the Alfa Romeo Alfetta in 1:87 scale.  Here is another of Neo’s Alfa Romeo models the GTV6.  The Neo 1:87 range is obsolete but a limited number of models may still be in stock at some suppliers.

The GTV6 was built on the same Alfetta bodypan as the more conservative saloon and was introduced two years later in 1974. The fastback coupé style started with the Alfetta GT using a 1.8 Litre four cylinder engine and extended up to the top of the range GTV6 fitted with a V6 2.5 Litre engine. The GTV 6 is easily identified as the bonnet had to have a bulge pressed in to clear the larger engine. The GTV6 in stripped touring car form won the European Touring Car Championship four times which undoubtedly helped encourage sales even at a time when Alfa Romeo’s reputation for reliability was poor.

The Neo model captures the shape of the car very well and has a lot of fine detail modelled and printed. The 1970s were a period where matt black finishes replaced chrome and the black printed window frames, air inlets and outlets, windscreen surrounds and wipers are all very neatly done. The wheels have also been well modelled and nice rubber tyres are fitted.

The rear lights are painted which is a pity as plastic lenses might be more effective. The rear badging is printed in some detail but is slightly wobbly. However this only shows when heavily magnified as it is so small you can scarcely see it with the naked eye.

The front end is very good with indicators printed into the bumper, a neat German number plate, lovely small headlights in plastic and the Alfa grille neatly made but slightly crooked. Again a defect scarcely noticed unless looking at enlarged photographs.


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Neo’s baby Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1.6

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The Alfetta saloon was Alfa Romeo‘s answer to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and other makers of Executive class saloons. The 1.6 modelled was the base engine in a range that also featured 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines. The Alfetta lasted in production from 1972 to 1984 selling over 400,000 cars. It was well used by both the Italian Police and Carabinieri,  and also as Government Ministers and Officials transport. The car’s classic Alfa Romeo De Dion rear axle with gearbox in unit helped balance the weight across the chassis and went on to be used in the later Alfa 90.

The model is by Neo in their now obsolete 1:87 range. Model Car World has now stopped making Neo 1:87 models but still have a few obsolete models in stock at the time of writing. All their 1:87 models are now released in the Best of Show (BoS) range to a lower standard of finish, with less photo etching for example. This was presumably because the Neo 1:87 models were considerably more expensive than even the top of the range Brekina or Herpa models. Curiously although Neo made an Alfetta in 1:43 scale that was a of the later version of the Alfetta with black bumpers. Here we have the car with the chrome bumpers fitted until a facelift later in its life.

Neo did the car in a number of colours: grey, beige, and very dark blue.

The use of Photoetch on this model is limited. The front and rear window surrounds are etched with the front wipers modelled into the screen etched sheet so they are quite small and discrete even in this small scale. In addition the Alfa grille central section at the front, the drivers door mirror,  and the ventilation grilles on the rear three quarter pillars are also photo etched.

Inside the seats and door cards are a tan leather colour and the dashboard is a mix of black and brown components with some instrumentation moulded in and a delicate steering wheel in left hand drive position.

As the photograph above shows the rear badging, lights, and the number plates are finely printed. All over-riders on the bumpers are picked out in matt black. The door handles and the tiny indicator repeater on the front wing are also printed delicately. The wheels are neat moulding capturing the wheels fitted to many Alfettas.

There are virtually no base details apart from a somewhat overscale partial exhaust system.

This is a nice model of a car which is seldom seen nowadays as it, like many vehicles of the 1970s and 1980s, has not been widely preserved, as it takes a lot of upkeep and was out of fashion until recent years.


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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