By Maz Woolley
All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.
Matrix Models continue to release news of new models very close to the date of release presumably in an effort to make sure that their small batches of models sell before similar models can be produced by competitors. This removes the sense of anticipation that some other ranges offer, though sometimes the awaited model from others never arrives! It replaces it with releases that have more impact as their choices continue to find nice new prototypes for collectors. All Matrix models are highly detailed based on resin mouldings produced in China for the Netherlands, models are usually in 1:43 scale though a smaller number of 1:18 scale models are also made
Here we have two different versions of the classic 1958 Ferrari 250 GT which is a highly collectable car with real ones costing hundreds of thousands of US dollars at auction.
These are new models and this is a new announcement by Matrix.
MXL0604-031 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Pininfarina silver 1958
MXL0604-032 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Pininfarina red 1958
1:43 Scale Models
Daimler cars have often appeared in the Matrix range and here Matrix present some of the most outrageous coachbuilt cars form the years when Lord Docker owned the company and his publicity seeking wife exerted a great influence on the top of the range cars shown at motor shows.
MX50402-041 Daimler DK400 Stardust Lady Docker Hooper blue 1954
This model was announced last month but is now available. The shape is similar to the Empress already made by Matrix but the faired-in front lights and massive grille of this car are distinctive.
MX10402-022 Daimler DE36 Hooper DHC Green Goddess red metallic/silver
Only a photograph of the real car has been supplied by Matrix so we cannot judge the standard of the model to come. Here we have a car which has already been modelled beautifully by Pete Kenna in white metal and supplied with parts to show it hood up or down. This is the first time Matrix have announced that they will be modelling it and they appear to have chosen to model it with a two tone paint finish which disguises the sheer bulk of this car. It will be a large model as the Kenna is.
MX51705-171 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coup de Foudre #3BU184 blue 1937
Here is a new model of a coachbuilt Rolls-Royce, another type of vehicle Matrix have specialised in producing. This is a new moulding and this is the first time that it has been announced. The vehicle itself has the rather staid and upright Rolls-Royce front end grafted on to a rather extreme coupe body influenced by the contemporary French styling mode. Whether one views the result as a complete success seems irrelevant as it captures the days of coachbuilt cars so well.
MX50304-051 Citroen DS Safari BBC Camera Car green 1973
This model has been announced before but we now see the model for the first time. The camera car shown was featured on some BBC footage in the 1970s and it was created for the sole purposes of filming horse racing. It would run round a track round the outside of the course filming the horses as they ran. A Citroën was chosen because of the levelling settings and compliance built into the hydro-pneumatic suspension system. The model has caught the period green and grey colour scheme and Logo very well.
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