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Top Marques 1:12 Scale

By Maz Woolley

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Top Marques models are resin cast with photoetched details in China for the Netherlands. They produce models in 1:18 and 1:12 scale. Here we look at some of their 1:12 scale models to be issued in 2019. Some of the models feature removable bonnets and super detailed engines and engine bays.

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with Alloy Wheels Black

Ferrari F40 Blue

Lancia Delta S4 1986 #7 Montecarlo Winner H.Toivonen/S.Cresto Dirty Version

Ferrerai 250 GT SWB Yellow

Ferrari 250 GT SWB #7 Black Race Version (RHD)

Ferrari 250 GT SWB #14 Silver

Lancia Delta 16V Integrale ‘Dirty Version’ Miki Biasion/Tiziano Siviero

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Some Forthcoming Releases

By Maz Woolley

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

News of models to be released from August onwards across many ranges is now being circulated. This round up looks at some ranges which we may not cover regularly but which offer some interesting models, particularly for those who like models in larger scales.

AUTOart

The AUTOart models shown are moulded in resin and built with photoetched detailing in China for Japan.

Aston Martin DB11 Skyfall Silver

This moulding will also be available in green metallic paint.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Flame Red

This will also be available as Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Championship White and Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.


McLaren 675LT Napier Green

Lamborghini Centenario Roadster Argento Centenario

Motor Max

These releases are expected July/August. All are diecast to 1:24 scale in China.


Corvette ZR1 2019 Orange 1:24

This will also be available in yellow.


RAM 1500 Crew Cab Laramie 2019 Black

This will also be available in silver


RAM 1500 Crew Cab Rebel 2019 Red

This will be available in white as well.


BMW i8 Coupe 2018 Blue

This will be available in copper and white as well.


Cult 1:18

These models are moulded in resin in China for the Netherlands to 1:18 scale. Models announced for later this year include the following, though few pre-production images are yet available.

  • Jaguar 2.4 MK I Black 1955
  • Mercedes-Benz 600SEC C140 Red/Met 1992
  • Fiat Dino Spyder White 1966
  • Jaguar XJR-15 Blue Metallic 1990
  • Jaguar XJR-15 Orange Metallic 1990

TSM Model Scale Miniatures

This range is True Scale’s 1:64 offering which has caused a great deal of interest as it covers vehicles which are popular with followers of tuned and fast cars.


Toyota Supra (JZA80) Super White (LHD)

This will also be available in RHD.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Artcar Manga 2018 Paris Autoshow

BMW M3 (E30) Alpine White (LHD)

This will also be available in RHD.


Toyota Supra (JZA80) Renaissance Red (LHD)

Also to be shipped in RHD.


Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 LB Works Rear Wing Version 2 (LHD)

Another that will also be available in RHD.


Pagani Huayra Roadster Rosso Monza (LHD)

RHD will also be available.


Honda NSX GT3 NO.30 24HR Spa 2018 Honda Racing (LHD)

Acura NSX GT3 NO.86 Uncle Sam 2017 IMSA Watkins Glen

Porsche 991 Turbo GT2RS GT Silver Metallic (LHD)

RHD also to be released.

Nissan GT-R35 LB Works Type 1 Rear Wing Version White (LHD)

RHD will also be made.


Honda Civic Type R (FK8) Championship White TE37 (LHD)

Technomodel

These Technomodels is an Italian firm producing resin models. All the models shown are made in small batches to a scale of 1:18 and are due for release in September 2019.

Ferrari 312 F1/68 French GP #26 1968 Jacky Ickx

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Dutch GP #10 1968 Jacky Ickx 1968

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Nurburgring GP #9 1968 Jacky Ickx 

Ferrari 312 F1/68 Watkins Glen GP #7 1968 Derek Bell 

Ferrari 312 B3 Winner Spain GP 1974 #12 Niki Lauda 

Ferrari 312 B3 German GP 1974 #11 Clay Regazzoni

Ferrari 312 B3 Test Monza GP Clay Regazzoni

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Matrix Releases August/September 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has announced its intended releases for August and September. These models are to 1:43 scale, cast in resin and with photo-etched detailing. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Again the releases feature rare or unique hand built vehicles. All are new models though some are new versions of existing mouldings.

In a few cases pictures of the real vehicle supplied by Matrix have been used to illustrate the nature of the model to come.



MX40604-051 Ferrari 500 Superfast Speziale 1965

This model is of the car owned by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. It was painted a metallic green colour, Verde PInto, because green was the Prince’s favourite colour. Inside it was fitted with extensive beige leather trim.

Only 37 Ferrari Superfast cars were built and Prince Berhard’s was unique amongst these in being fitted with a 4.0 litre engine at the Prince’s request rather than the usual 5.0 litre unit. The bodywork was designed by Pininfarina.

I understand that the car is currently to be seen in the Louwman Museum which is in Den Hague in the Netherlands.

MX40604-052 Ferrari 500 Superfast metallic blue 1965

Using the same moulding a metallic blue car will also be released.


MX41001-131 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Van den Plas black and red 1939

The car that this model is based upon sold for 1.4 million US Dollars in 2016. Based upon a Jaguar SS100 chassis it carries a body made by Carrosserie Van den Plas of Belgium, not the company of a similar name in England. Van den Plas were a leading Belgian Coachbuilder in the 1930s.

The bodywork was in a style pioneered by French coachbuilders, Figoni and Falashi in particular, with all the edges curved and wings and running boards in exaggerated rounded sweeping shapes.

Interestingly this 1939 chassis was exported to Belgium in 1939 but stored during the war years and the body was built when Van den Plas restarted business after the war using the only chassis they had to hand. It was shown at the Brussels show in 1948. At the time it was proposed that Jaguar‘s would be built for Europe in Van den Plas‘ Belgian factory.

This car was subsequently shipped to the US where it was restored in 1991 and where it is today. It has been seen at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

MX41001-132 Jaguar SS100 2,5-Litre Roadster Vanden Plas white 1939

The same model painted white which presumably Matrix has identified that it has been at some point in its life.


MX40108-071 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic green 1956

The Aston Martin DB3S was a sports racing car to replace the unsuccessful heavy DB3. Only two works Aston Martin DB3S fixed head coupés were built in an attempt to improve aerodynamics over the open cars. Sadly they were unstable at speed and both crashed in the 1954 Le Mans race later being re-bodied as open cars.

Later three customer road cars were built as fixed head coupes as modelled by Matrix.

MX40108-072 Aston Martin DB3S FHC metallic black 1956

Using the same moulding a version of the car in black will be available from Matrix and its dealers.


MX50108-111 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 open

This car was sold for over 250,000 UK Pounds in 2012. It will certainly looks different to the DB2 models we usually see with factory bodies. This car was one of three built on a DB2 chassis by the Swiss bodybuilder Graber. After years out of sight it was bought in ‘barnfind’ condition. It was eventually completely renovated in the 1990s and then upgraded in 2011.

MX50108-112 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC green 1952 closed

The same car modelled with its hood up.


MX41302-181 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 open

This car sold for in the US in 2013 for over eight million dollars. It is one of only three short windscreen models made, and the only one known to survive. The body was made by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik of Paris in 1928 although the original order was never collected by Charles Levine of Columbia Aircraft Company and the car was then sold to a director of the Standard Oil Company.

The car was totally re-built in 2010 and was 2012 Pebble Beach best of show winner.

MX41302-182 Mercedes-Benz 680S W06 Torpedo Roadster Saoutchik #35949 grey 1928 closed

The same car as above but with its hood up.


MX51705-091 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Shooting Brake #67XJ green 1930

A relative bargain when sold in the US in 2015 for just under 182,000 US Dollars. The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 and had a 7.9 litre six cylinder engine and servo assisted brakes on all four wheels. It used a lower chassis and looked sleeker than previous Rolls-Royce models.

This car was originally fitted with a Weymann fabric body as a saloon car. However the body proved to be less satisfactory than the engine and chassis so it was re-bodied as a Shooting Brake. In 1962 the Scottish car collector and sportsman, a descendant of King James V of Scotland, the Earl of Moray purchased it for his collection where it stayed until Charles Bickley of Florida acquired the car. It was then shipped to the United States where it was restored and repainted in its current dark green finish. It then joined other notable cars in his Woodie World museum.


MXR51001-021 RACE VERSION Jaguar XJ-S Coupe Group 44 Bob Tullius 1978

Bob Tullius won the 1978 Trans-Am Driver’s Championship giving Jaguar the Manufacturers Championship. It was sold in 2013 in the US for about 150,000 US Dollars. It’s five litre V12 Jaguar engine produced an estimated 500 bhp .

Jaguar US were aware of the muted response to the XJS as a replacement for the E Type Jaguar and supplied a stock XJS to the Group 44 racing team in 1977 which they modified and Bob Tulius won the Driver’s Championship. For 1978 it was decided that the car had to be even better to compete at the highest level so an acid dipped body shell was sent from the Jaguar factory in the UK and the car was hand built using lightweight components and a heavily tuned Jaguar V12 engine.

When last sold the car had been left cosmetically untouched since its outing at Daytona in late 1978.


MX41302-151 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 open

Corsica were an English firm of coachbuilders despite their Italian sounding name. Their works were in King’s Cross in London from 1920 onwards. The early 1930’s were highlights in the firm’s history with a stunning Daimler Double Six roadster and lots of bodies on the Bugatti 57 and 57C chassis. One of the Bugattis was even made for Sir Malcolm Campbell. Sadly the death of the companies founders in the Second World War meant that Corsica was closed never to re-open.

Here is one of the few cars that they built on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. It was purchased new in 1935 by Sir Max Aitken, a newspaper proprietor, before being sold on to the German Ambassador to Great Britain by 1938. In 1939 it was shipped to the US where it has been restored several times over the years. and even exhibited in the late 1990s at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, in Auburn, Indiana.

MX41302-152 Mercedes-Benz 500K DHC by Corsica red 1935 closed

This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.


MX41804-071 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 open

Sold in 2011 for over half a million US Dollars this car was created in the early 1930s a time of intense competition amongst US car makers to make the best cars. Less than ten of the Super Bearcat are thought to have been produced and the car was a swansong for Stutz as by 1936 the company was closed, indeed no more cars seem to have been assembled from about 1934 and the cars sold later seem to have been sold from stock.

In May 1931, the new DV-32 engine (DV for “Dual Valve,” “32” for “four valves per cylinder”) updated the old Vertical Eight and power output increased by 40 percent to about 150 bhp. Performance and efficiency which was only bettered by the Duesenberg Model J. This engine powered the new Bearcat, a name associated with Stutz from its early days. The Super Bearcat was fitted with an ultra-light Weymann fabric bodywork and a short 116-inch wheelbase and had a tight convertible top, roll-up windows and an advanced integral luggage trunk.

This car has been in several well known US car collections over the years, the Harrah collection for example.

MX41804-072 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat green 1932 closed

This is a model of the same car with its hood raised.


MX50406-031 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / red 1931

Figoni built three bodies for Duesenberg chassis. The car modelled represents one which was built as a true speedster with no side windows. The cars designer was Gordon Buerig also famous for Cord and Auburn designs in subsequent years.

This car took part in the Nice to Paris rally and shown in the 1932 Cannes Concours D’Elegance.

MX50406-032 Duesenberg J SWB French True Speedster by Figoni #J-465-2509 black / blue 1931

The same car as above but in a different colour scheme.


MX50108-011 Aston Martin DB2-4 Allemano Coupe #LML/761 maroon 1953

This chassis fitted with a DB3 engine was bought by Mr J. O’Hara and shipped to the Italian coachbuilders Carrozzeria Allemano based in Turin in Italy. It was fitted with a unique Berlinetta body designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi .

The car was shipped to the US in the late 1970s after which it was restored and shown at Pebble Beach and placed on display at the Blackhawk Collection, Danville, California.



MX11302-192 Crayford Mercedes-Benz W116 450SE Estate red 1977

This is a new version of a previously used moulding. An estate car conversion carried out by the UK bodybuilder Crayford on the Mercedes W116 Saloon.


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News from the Continent June 2019 – M4 Group

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Modelcars have three brands: Art Models, Best Models, and Rio. The models shown were scheduled for release in April and May and should available. All models shown are designed and diecast or made in resin in Italy to 1:43 scale.

April Releases

ART Models

ART207/2 Ferrari Dino S Coupe

Le Mans 24h 1966 – Salmon/Hobbs


ART403 Ferrari Dino 206 S

6th in Grand Prix of Brands Hatch 1966, 1st in class; Mike Parkes


ART404 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta

Winner of Palm Springs 1951 M.Lewis


BEST Models

BEST9743 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

Targa Florio 1969; drivers Maglioli/Pinto


BEST9744 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole 1982

In classic red.


RIO

RIO4596/P Alfa Romeo P3

Winner of Coppa Ciano 1932 – Tazio Nuvolari


RIO4597 Mercedes-Benz SSK

Mille Miglia 1932 – Broschek/Sebastian


RIO4598 Mercedes-Benz SSK

1st Grand Prix of Monaco 14.April 1929; Rudolf Caracciola 3rd.


RIO4599 Isotta Fraschini 8A Torpedo 1925

Blue with White bonnet accent


Releases May 2019

ART Models

Photograph supplied by M4 Modelcars to show car that the model is to be based on.
ART405 Ferrari 375 Plus

Winner of Carrera Panamericana 1954 – U.Maglioli . NB this model will be cast in resin.

BEST Models

Photograph supplied by M4 Modelcars to show car that the model is to be based on.
BEST9745 Ferrari 512 BB – Le Mans Classic 2010

Driven by Paul Knapfield


Photograph of car that the model will be based on
BEST9746 Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4

Winner of CI Vallelunga 1978 – Carlo Facetti


Photograph of car the model is to be based on supplied by M4 Modelcars
BEST9032/2 Porsche 908/03

Winner of 1000 km of Nurburgring 1970. Elford/Ahrens Jr.

Photograph of car the model is to be based on supplied by M4 Modelcars
BEST9132/2 Alfa Romeo TZ1

13th in Le Mans 194 – 1st in GT 1.6 Litre class – Businello/Deserti


RIO

RIO4600 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B

Ruote gemellate 1935


RIO4601 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B

Winner of Grand Prix of Montreux (CH) 1934. Carlo Felice Trossi (The racing debut of Alfa Romeo)


RIO4252/2 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina

Scuderia Ferrari 1932 – Chinese Red


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Autocult Releases 4/5 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

This article looks at the last two releases of models by Autocult. These are cast in resin to 1:43 scale with photoetched details, and are made in China for Germany. As ever they represent rare of unusual vehicles from across a wide time frame.

Release 4


This release features:

  • Steyr 100 “Asien Stey – from the category ‘past brands
  • Benz 35/40 Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen – from the category ‘the early beginnings
  • Thompson House Car – from the category ‘camping vehicles’
  • Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato – from the category ‘prototypes
#02018 Steyr 100 ‘Asien-Steyr’  (Austria, 1934)

Max Reisch was born in Kufstein in the Austrian Tyrol in 1912 and made a name for his long distance motorcycle journeys. Using the reputation he had earned he approached Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG in 1934 for material and financial support for his next trip.

Instead of a motorbike they offered him the recently launched Steyr 100 so that the trip would be combined with a major promotional tour for the new car. Max Reisch accepted and the first step was to get the expedition car changed to his suggestion of a pick-up version.

The trip began in April 1935 and Max Reisch along with his partner Helmuth Hahmann left Vienna and travelled to Palestine, Syria and Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. From there they went via Pakistan, India, Burma, Thailand and Laos to Vietnam and China. After 14 months they arrived at their final destination Shanghai.

When they arrived in Shanghai instead of finishing they decided to continue their journey and took a passage on a ship to Japan and to the USA. After a brief pause the men and their Steyr headed to Mexico from where they sailed back to Bremerhaven.

Circumnavigating the world would be an amazing feat now but in 1935 with minimal engineering and spares back up it was an incredible achievement.

#01001 Benz 35/40 Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen (Germany, 1906)

The Benz 35/40 was the pinnacle of the Benz company output early in 1900. It was powered by a 3,380cc four cylinder engine producing 35 to 40 horsepower which could power the car up to 55 MPH via a leather lined clutch and chain or cardan drive. It was one of the fastest vehicles on the public roads at the time.

This was an expensive chassis and was generally fitted with a luxurious bodywork.

Albert Wilhem Heinrich of Prussia; the brother of the German Emperor Wilhelm II, was an early motoring enthusiast and Benz owner. His Benz 35/40 double phaeton modelled here participated in the 1,700 kilometers long-distance race “Herkomer-Konkurrenz” on 6-12 of June 1906.

#09010 Thompson House Car (USA, 1934)

Little is known of Arthur Thompson, who was said to have been a watchmaker from Ontario in California, the creator of this vehicle.

This 1930s vehicle took seven years to develop and build. It was based upon a Studebaker chassis fitted with a six-cylinder engine. Onto the chassis he formed a car body, passenger and camper compartment, all made out of aluminium. Over the conventional, solid structure he fixed another almost identical structure, which could be lifted like the popup campers of today. It was connected to the body by a combination of rods and fold-able fabric parts and was driven by an ingenious series of gears. Once in place it was possible for an grown person to stand upright.

It is not clear how many of these campers were built some references quote four, others no definite figure. One still existed in a museum in Sacramento in 2007 as photographs on the web show.

#06032 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato (Italy, 1974)

In 1968, the last year of production of the Ferrari 330 GTC, chassis number 10659 was shipped to the USA. The buyer was the US-American Ferrari importer and former race driver Luigi Chinetti.

The car was first sold to Robert V. Kennedy of Cambridge, Massachusetts who sold it on to an unknown owner before it was accident damaged and ended back the hands of the US importer in the early 1970s. Instead of simply reconditioning the car he gave it to Zagato for a completely new design. Elio Zagato and his team created a new body for the Italian sportscar in the new style, without any curves and with several extravagant design features, which were new on a Ferrari. The most prominent feature were the front lights behind plexiglass covers, but the rear to had special features. Beside the eye-catching body there were new safety features built in underneath that could not be seen.And the whole car was topped off by a removable targa top.

This unique car was exhibited by Zagato at the Geneva Motor Show in 1974 and was shown at the Concour d’Elegance in Pebble Beach in 1996.


Release 5

This release features:

  • Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe Figoni & Falaschi – from the category ‘past brands’
  • BMW 340/1 Roadster – from the category ‘prototypes’
  • Bedford SB3 Mobile Cinema – from the category ‘buses’
  • Mercedes-Benz 150H Sport-Limousine from the category ‘racing cars’.
#02019 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé (France, 1949)

In the years following the Second World War things were hard for most people and the pre-war days of outrageous spending and glamour were replaced by a more serious and less frivolous era. In such a market pre-war bodybuilders such as Figoni & Falaschi found a lot fewer takers for their extravagant designs.

The model made by Autocult is one of their last designs based on the chassis of a Talbot Lago T26 . The car was ordered by the ‘Zipper King’ Mister Fayolle and featured a zipper-like string of horizontal chrome strips on its front hood. The car then made its way to the United States, where Lindley Locke bought it in 1960. But Locke’s interest in the exclusive French car was passing and soon the car was garaged and forgotten.

47 years later the car saw the light of the day again. After its restoration it was presented for the first time at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach in 2018; exactly 70 years after its creation. The Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe was one of the highlights of the show.

#06029 BMW 340/1 Roadster (Germany, 1949)

In August 1946 the BMW plant in Eisenach was taken into the state owned AWTOWELO AG. In the spring of 1948 the first prototypes of a new car were finished, and in October 1949 series production of the new BMW 340 sedan began. After international legal battles between West and East German companies over the right to use the BMW name the East Germans changed the name of their cars to EMW, after their place of manufacture Eisenacht Motoren Werke.

Whilst the saloon version was being developed designer Hans Fleischer designed a sporty two-seater. The BMW 340/1 was a prototype based on the 340. It was a convertible with a sleeker body and lower bonnet line and greatly modified grille. The sports car was fitted with the 55 hp six-cylinder engine from the 340.

The project was taken seriously by the Soviet dominated German industry and it was publicly exhibited on the AWTOWELO stand at a trade fair in Leipzig in 1949. Long distance testing and some road racing were all undertaken to prove the car but it never went into series production. This is thought to be because there was little place for a sports car in the planned economy of a war ravaged country struggling to rebuild itself and which needed utilitarian vehicles much more.

#10004 Bedford SB3 Mobile Cinema (Great Britain, 1967)

In the early 1960s the then Prime Ministerof the UK, Harold Wilson, made a speech about the “White heat of Technology”, and the challenges that faced the UKs industries to adapt and exploit the new developments in science and engineering. A Ministry of Technology was created and its role was to inform manufacturing industry about new production techniques and opportunities.

Nowadays this outreach would be done by a team of consultants creating web sites, emails, and tweets and hoping that people round the country would interact with them. But in the 1960s the officials realised that they had to get out and visit Industry face to face round the country to spread the message. One way to do this was to take films and lecturing staff to visit key staff at industrial companies.

To allow this to take place the Ministry of Technology ordered seven trucks and trailers in 1967. The equipment was produced by Coventry Steel Caravans (CSC) a company based in Warwick which was famous for the trailers they had produced in the war, for the MInistry of Agriculture, and for industrial customers, as well as for making Caravans. CSC also built the bodywork for a cinema on wheels on a Bedford SB 3 coach chassis. With a capacity of up to 24 seats managers could watch the films on a cinema screen that was located at the rear end of the interior. The cinematic equipment was controlled from a Plexiglas dome above the driver’s cab. Inside the trailer displays were fitted to complement the films.

Seven Bedford trailer combinations were on the roads across the United Kingdom between 1967 and 1974 managed by the state and Industry sponsored Production Engineering Research Association (PERA).

#07015 Mercedes-Benz 150H Sport-Limousine (Germany, 1934)

The 1934 Mercedes-Benz Type 150 was unusual with its mid-engine. After the W30 the Type 150 was the second Mercedes-Benz which had its engine positioned as far as possible toward the centre of the vehicle. Never suited to mass production it was however very suitable for racing. The influences of Tatra and others are clear in the styling of this car.

Six such sports cars were built by Mercedes-Benz all built to compete in the class “V” in the second ‘2000 km durch Deutschland’ (2000 km of Germany). On July 21, 1934, at 5:35 am, all six were positioned on the starting line. All models were fitted with a 1.5 litre, water-cooled ohv four-stroke engine with a power rating of 55 hp. The engine closely related to that fitted to the Type 130. Four drivers finished their race with a gold medal. After the 2000 km of Germany the cars competed in another race in August 1934; the rally Liège-Rome-Liège. The driver Hans-Joachim Bernet led the field between Rome and Pisa and completed the section perfectly with the score of “zero penalty points”.

Despite this racing history Mercedes-Benz had no use for the six cars and in the end all the vehicles were destroyed. Several parts of the bodies and the chassis were reused for the development of a conventional front engined roadster which was launched in 1935.


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Matrix Models April 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Matrix has recently announced last release in April and future releases for May 2019. As ever a fascinating mix of models with a significant number of historical sports cars in addition to the coach built specials we expect to see.

All the models announced are moulded in resin to 1:43 scale and finished with photo-etchings. They are made in China for the Netherlands. Unfortunately there are only a few illustrations of the models available, most being illustrated by photographs of the real car which do not give us any chance to evaluate how good the model is.

Most of the models shown are new mouldings and announced for the first time, whilst others are new models that have been announced previously.

Expected April 2019

MX40604-062 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red / black 1953

Another version of the 212 Inter in well chosen colours and with Matrix good wire wheels. The interior models the tan leather seating well.

Expected May 2019


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-022 Bugatti T40 Roadster yellow / black 1921

MX40205-071 Bugatti T55 Roadster yellow / black 1932

A nice model of a classic Bugatti with typical nice Bugatti wheels well captured and the yellow stripe round the wings and running boards well applied.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-072 Bugatti T55 Roadster black / red 1932


MX41001-021 Lister – Jaguar racing green 1958

A British motor racing classic. Designed around the straight six Jaguar engine that had powered the D Type.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41001-102 Jaguar Pirana Bertone green metallic 1967


MX51001-061 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept silver 1990

This is a design study that looks to the Author like a stretched Rover 75 and it was yet another attempt by an Italian designer to clothe Jaguars in a newer style of body in an era where they were determinedly traditional.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX51001-062 Jaguar V12 Kensington Italdesign concept green 1990

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier


MXR41001-021 Lister-Jaguar Daily Express Silverstone Moss #29 first green 1958

Malcolm Campbell was fond of fast cars for private use as well as for setting records. He had raced Type 37A Bugatti cars in grand prix races in France before he set his sight on world record breaking. His private cars were painted the same colour as the Bluebird record cars. A tradition his son, Donald Campbell, kept up. The model looks like it captures the Bugatti lines very well and the colour is convincing.

MX40205-091 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX40205-092 Bugatti T57S Corsica Roadster Malcolm Campbell #57531 blue half open 1937

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX41607-082 Singer Design Porsche 911 orange 2014

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MX50205-022 Bugatti T101 Antem Coupe green 1951

A curious beast! Campers seem to be very popular models at the moment with a continental partwork given over entirely to them. Here Matrix do not credit the maker of the camper section and a whilst a search of the internet showed up a photograph of this camper at a show it did not give details of the maker. Perhaps the printed details to the rear of the caravan might give the maker away but the photograph’s resolution is not detailed enough to see what it says.


MX50304-061 Citroen ID Camper blue / gold 1973


MXR41302-011 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Mille Miglia Jenkinson / Moss #722 winner 1955

The famous winner of the Mille MIglia modelled here with tyhe passenger area covered and with what looks like two flyscreens. This is curious as the car run in the race had a single one piece full with screen and was open on passenger and driver’s sides as Denis Jenkinson sat there alongside Stirling Moss.


No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-012 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR RAC TT Moss/Fitch #10 first silver 1955

No photograph of Model issued by Supplier

MXR41302-013 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR GP Sweden Fangio #1 winner silver 1955

M4 Model Cars Italy March 2019

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

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

M4 Group in Italy both design and manufacture in Italy. Models are diecast to 1:43 scale unless stated otherwise.

February 2019 Releases

We start with the releases made in February across their ranges.

ART Models

ART400 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

As run at the Grand Prix of Luxemburg, Findel in 1949 – driven by Luigi Villoresi – R.R. Winner


ART401 Ferrari 857 S

As run at the 1000 km Paris/Monthlery in 1956 – 5th position driven by De Portago and Hill


BEST Models

BEST9738 Lancia Beta Montecarlo

This is a Group 5 test car Varano 1979 this was driven by Riccardo Patrese and has been issued in a limited edition of 79 pieces with figurine.


BEST9739 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1200 HF

As driven in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally by Cella and Lombardini. It finished 5th over all and 1st in their class.


BEST9294/2 Ferrari 275 LM

A driven at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1968 by M.Gregory and C.Kolb


RIO Models

RIO4588 Fiat 1500 – 1936

Here the existing Fiat 1500 Casting is fitted with a roof rack carrying skis and a container for their fittings.


RIO4589 Ford 999

As used in Baltimore in 1904 to set a world speed record by Henry Ford. This is one of the early speed record holders produced by Rio over the years.


RIO4590 Lamborghini Miura P400S 1969

Another release of the Muira 400S. Here painted gold.


RIO4591 Mercedes-Benz 20-35 Landaulet 1909

Here the model is based upon a car featured at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. However, the Rio product manager has had the name stated incorrectly. This car is a Daimler as it was produced before the company merger that formed Mercedes-Benz took place in 1926..


March 2019 Releases

ART Models

ART034/2 Ferrari Dino 246 SP

Here modelled as the winner of 1000 km Nurburgring 1962 driven by Hill and Gendebien.


ART402 Ferrari 212 Export

Here the car is finished as first in class winner and fourth in class and second overall at SCCA Pebble Beach in 1952 driven by A. Stubbs


BEST Models

BEST9740 Porsche Carrera Abarth

Finished as the car which finished 7th at the 12 hour race at Sebring in 1962 driven by Gurney and Holbert.


BEST 9741 Lancia Fulvia F&M Special HF

A very unusual open Fulvia as entered in the 1000 km at Nurburgring in 1969. It finished 1st in the 1.6 class driven by Munari and Aaltonen.


BEST9742 Ferrari 308 GTS 1980

The Best 308 GTS finished in the colours used in the US TV series Magnum.


RIO Models

RIO4592 Fiat 128 Rally 1971

Another release of the 128 Saloon from Rio. Here in a pale blue and in Rally trim level. Looking at the photograph I hope that production models are not as heavily painted as this as the shut lines seem to lack crispness on the photograph. The front sidelight created by simply tampo printing a silver square also looks like a compromise that reduces the quality of the model.


RIO4593 KdF (Volkswagen) Cabriolet

Here is a KdF modelled after the car given as a gift to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday on 20.April 1939. And accompanied by a period publicity photograph.


RIO4594 Fiat Balilla Ambulance car Africa 1935

This must have been of limited use as a military ambulance as it is a very short van body. It would also have been limited use off road as it was a conventional two wheel drive chassis.


RIO4595 Mercedes-Benz SSK

The Rio SSK casting here finished as a car that ran at Le Mans in 1932 driven by Foucret and Foucret. This wire wheels on this model reflect the age of the casting and need upgrading to meet current standards.


BoS 1:87 Resin Models

By Maz Woolley

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

BoS (Best of Show) is one of the car brands owned by the owners of ModelCarWorld retail outfit in Germany. They have had BoS models made in many scales but this article looks at some of the 1:87 scale models moulded in resin in China for Germany and released over the last few months.

The BoS 1:87 range was introduced to replace the Neo 1:87 range, which was also owned by ModelCarWorld. The Neo range was beautifully made and finished but it proved to be too expensive for its target market and the BoS range was introduced at a lower price point with fewer details. However, these are still premium models being priced at twice the price of a Brekina Model in Germany for example.

The photographs below are supplied by the maker and show the models at greater than life size which may show up limitations not seen when looked at a normal distance.


Amphicar 770 Polizei 1961

The Amphicar was built with a Triumph Herald engine which drove either the road wheels or propellers. Production in West Germany ran from 1961 to 1968 and less than 4,000 were made.

They were seen in police livery in the 1962 film Le spie uccidono a Beirut and were actually used by the Hamburg Police.

The model is not painted to match Hamburg’s cars or those in the film and seems a little out of proportion with the real car.



Atkinson 8 Wheel Truck 1950 with cover

A famous British Truck producer and a favourite with diorama builders. These models will presumably appeal to those with OO (1:87) scale British outline railway layouts set in the 1950s. For HO collectors there are already a wide range of 1:76 Atkinson models selling much cheaper than this.

The model seems generally good but the starting handle looks very overscale, perhaps it is made larger as it is so vulnerable to breakage. The chassis seems to be very simplified and the headboard seems to have been bent!


Atkinson 8 Wheel Truck 1950

This is essentially the same truck but with an empty flat bed rather than with a sheeted load. The tampo printing is well done. Again a simplified chassis and oversized starting handle.


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The latest in Russian Presidential transport. A V8 powered armoured limousine to show off the power of the Russian State and its industry. Any resemblance to a Rolls-Royce or Bentley is, I am sure, entirely intentional.

The model does not seem to capture the complex curved panels on the side of the car and the front end seems too sloped from this photograph as the radiator on the real car is fairly upright. The chrome bumper elements either side of the radiator also seem to be rather heavier and to lack the multiple curves featured in the real car.

Still if you want a model of a Aurus then there don’t seem to be others available yet.


Cadillac Fleetwood 75 1941

A classic American car. And one available in 1:43 scale made by GLM.

The model has a lot of detail but some, like the window surrounds, does seem to be too large and flat in this scale. However this may not seem t be the case when seen from a normal viewing distance. The front grille, lights and badging all seem good.


Ferrari 512 BB 1976

Widely modelled in 1:43 scale from BBR to Mattel. Here it is in 1:87.

The wheels seem nicely replicated and the printed black side window framing is effective. However the bonnet seems to be curiously wavy with the light shutlines large and much too rounded. Again a feature than may look less obvious in the flesh.


Ferrari 308 GTS 1977

Another modelled by Italian makers like Best and BBR in 1:43 scale as well as Ixo and others. Here shrunk to a smaller size.

The photograph suggests that the model is not as long, or as low as the real car. Though the grille and wheels seem rather well done, the bonnet and light shutlines seem too rounded and large. The moulding also seems to lack the sophisticated lines of the original car which mixes smooth surfaces with slight ridges emphasising its sleek form.


Ford Transit Mark 1 German Fire Service 1965

A neat Mark One Transit here in twin wheel long wheelbase form. The Transit grille has been printed in quite fine detail a solution also adopted by Oxford Diecast for their slightly larger Mark One models.

The headlights have been well picked out with the cowling getting the correct highlighting and the vehicle has fine mirrors fitted that would need care when handling the model. The overall shape looks good as do the wheels .

A small ladder is fitted to the roof, though the original vehicle would I am sure have an extending ladder as the modelled one is not big enough to even get a cat down from a tree.


Lotus Esprit S1 1977

A car best remembered from the James Bond Film The spy who loved me. Models of car this abound in many scales. A Miber model was issued many years ago in 1:87 but that is now scarce and not up to modern standards.

Here the BoS follows the Oxford Diecast example of printing window frames on the body shell, and it is looks no better, with the body casting thickness immediately becoming obvious and spoiling the effect.

The over large bonnet and front pop up light panel lines do not seem as oversized as the Ferraris and the bonnet seems to have a less wavy surface. But maybe that is just the effect of the thick non metallic white paint.


Mercedes-Benz 770 (W150) Tourer 1938

The large parade car gets an outing in a small scale. Here the windows and the pillars look very effective and the body chrome seems very well applied. The Grille and lights seem to lack the shiny finish you might expect but a tiny Mercedes-Benz star sits on the top of the radiator.

The wheels and tyres seem to be very well done, and the huge folded roof is nicely matte and wrinkled. Just visible is a finely modelled steering wheel.


Morris Minor Van Royal Mail 1960

This model seems ‘dumpy’ from all angles. Like the Oxford Diecast it is not the best model of this car. If I am truthful the moulding seems to be vague with pressed in shapes blurred by a lack of definition. If it were diecast one might think the mould was wearing out, here it is clear that the master was far from crisp.

The front end is much poorer than the Brekina Morris Minor car in this scale and the wheels look almost like Hornby Dublo ones.


Reliant Regal Supervan III 1969

At first sight I thought that this was another Royal Mail vehicle but in this case it is liveried for Jim’s Toy Store. Sadly the address is unconvincing as here in the UK we put the street number before the name and not after.

The model seems to be similar in construction to the Oxford, and the bigger Vanguards, with button lights painted silver and a one piece body. Again the moulded body seem very blurred and rounded. In addition the rear wheels seem to be mounted too low and too far way from the body.

It would seem to me the only reason to buy this is if you are modelling a 1:87 scale UK railway scene as there are better 1:76 alternatives at a much cheaper price.


Renault Fuego 1980

The French answer to the Ford Capri. A car very much of its time and now the real ones are becoming very collectable. Solido do a very nice 1:43 model, as did Ixo in the James Bond Collection.

This model again suffers from externally printed black window frames and would have been much better with flush glazing and the frames printed directly on the window fitting.

The shape of the real car seems to be well caught in this case and body shut lines crisper than on some of the others.


Zil 111 1958

The Zil 111 was nicely modelled by Ixo for Ist, and the various partworks of Russian cars, as well as the James Bond Collection. But these were all 1:43 scale models.

The Zil 111 was introduced in 1958 and was clearly influenced by US cars of the early 1950s, Packard is often claimed as the primary influence. A large six litre V8 powered the heavy limousine and it was only provided for use by key party figures.

The model captures the car pretty well though the front grille has been simplified from the very ornate one used on the real car. The large printed chrome areas seem slightly dull in the photograph from the makers, but perhaps this is not the case when the model is held in the hand.


Merit 1:24 Scale Racing Car Kits

By Aldo Zana

All text, photographs and models by, and copyright of, Aldo Zana.
Reprinted with permission of VeloceToday.com on-line magazine
.

When the editor of Veloce Today was collecting Merit kits in the late
1950s, he could not have known that another writer-to-be was doing
exactly the same thing, at the same time, but in faraway Italy. His
Italian counterpart, Aldo Zana tells us all about these British models.

The whole range of the Merit 1:24-scale plastic kits assembled and painted in period liveries: mid-Fifties. Front line: British F1 and the Jaguar D-Type. Mid row: Italian F1 and Grand Prix racers and the Lotus 11. Rear row: French racers, Mercedes W196, Cooper 500 MkIX and Aston Martin DB3S.

It was hard times in the second half of the Fifties for European kids in love with Formula One and longing to become part of its world by collecting and playing with model racers. We Italians faced especially limited choices: the hard-to-find die-cast Nigam, the elusive Zax, or the old Mercury racers of the Forties: oddly scaled, with questionable faithfulness and tires fit for an all-terrain army truck. The rise of globalisation brought from the UK to the best Italian toy shops the die-cast Dinky Toys and the first Corgi Toys. The former listed obsolete F1/F2 single seaters of the early Fifties in its catalogue. Corgi featured more updated models of British production: however, merely two, already non-competitive in real life against our all-conquering Ferraris and Maseratis after Mercedes-Benz’ withdrawal in 1955. And they looked too small alongside the Dinkies and Mercuries. And then, out of the blue, cameMerit, although quite difficult to locate among the contemporary fast-growing and highly visible offerings of plastic (polystyrene) kits dominated by the leading US brands of Monogram, Revell, and Aurora.

Italian racers of the Forties and Fifties. From the left: Maserati 250F, Maserati 4CLT/48, Lancia Ferrari, Alfa Romeo 158.

In 1957 Merit produced precise 1:24 scale models of current Formula One protagonists: Lancia-Ferrari V8, Maserati 250F, Gordini T-16, as well as milestones of the pre-1952 F1 seasons: Alfa Romeo 158, Talbot-Lago T26, Maserati 4CLT/48 San Remo”. And thanks to a flurry of new offers in a few months’ span, we could also buy and build the emerging British single-seaters striving for the limelight after a decade of playing second fiddle to the Italians in the form of the Connaught B-Type “Syracuse” 1956, BRM P25 1956, and the Vanwall VW4 1956.

It became easier for Italian kids to become loyal to Merit’s growing offer of racing cars. The company enlarged its range with three sports car icons, all made in the UK: the well-known multiple winner
Jaguar D-Type, the lesser known Aston Martin DB3S and the as yet unknown Lotus Mk XI, a name on the verge of becoming a leader.

All British: the three sports cars in the series. From the left: Aston Martin DB3S, Lotus 11, and Jaguar D in Ecurie Ecosse livery.

The Merit kits came from a company called J & L Randall Ltd., based in the town of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, north of London. They were all sold in a standard, nondescript box, the same for every model: small and unappealing at a time when competing US brands already showcased their products on box-lids with colourful and attractive art to win the prime spots in shop windows . The only way to select the right Merit kit was a small label glued on one of the narrower sides.

The Alfa Romeo 158 with the standard box in the background. The box was the same for every kit.

They were quite expensive for the period, too: 1,100 Liras, when
the average monthly salary of a worker was about 45,000 Liras.
By comparison, a Mercury die-cast model racer cost 180 Liras and a Dinky 230-250 Liras.

The kits were moulded in flawless plastic; the surface was so clean and regular that it was possible to skip painting the body. It wasn’t a simple task for a kid to smoothly hand brush the Humbrol enamels; airbrushes for modellers were still a long way into the future. The solvent used at that time by Humbrol allowed, nevertheless, a clean and uniform finish even when working with the brush.

The instruction sheet of the 4CLT/48 Maserati. The front side tells in short the history and the races of the real car, the back side presents a clear illustration of the easy assembly procedure.

Assembly was quite straightforward too: the body was split in two halves, top and bottom. Axles and driver seat had to be glued to the bottom half, other details (exhaust pipes, windscreen, dashboard, steering wheel) to the top section, before joining these two sub-assemblies. Each wheel/tire was moulded in two halves and the tire had to be carefully painted matte black. The spokes were a decal (transfer, in British parlance) to be applied on a little transparent celluloid disc, subsequently set onto the outside of the wheel prior to gluing the hub cap. The quality of the decals was only fair and I preferred to avoid them.

The racing number decals were usually quite hard and dry, prone to
cracking. Yet, it was possible to soften them using highly diluted vinyl glue, given the lack of softening liquids on the market. The instruction sheet had a pedantic list of building steps on the front, ending with the painting scheme, but a clear assembly drawing on the back. More interesting was, at the top of the first page, a short presentation of the real car, a summary of its main successes as well as a basic description of its technical characteristics and performance.

Talbot-Lago T26, 1949, one of the two “super” kits featuring engine detail. The body was left unpainted. Note the smoothness of the plastic injection.

Two kits were super-detailed to include the engine and a removable engine bay cover: the 1950 Alfa Romeo 158 and the 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 4.5 litre. Both were probably made so detailed because the moulds were already available when pressure to launch new models forced the company to simplify and shorten the production cycle.

The whole range of 1956 F1 and Sports cars went on sale in 1957,
a remarkably short time to market: Lancia-Ferrari, Maserati 250F,
BRM P25, Connaught B-Type “Syracuse”, Gordini T16, Vanwall VW4. A very British choice was the addition of the Cooper 500 Mk IX, 1956.

A tribute to the former German dominance was the kit of the Mercedes-Benz W196, the 1954 road-racing version mistakenly presented as the 1955 model. The Maserati 4CLT/48 was another obsolete racer in the series. The kit didn’t have the inner details of the Alfa Romeo and the Talbot-Lago. It was an unusual selection of a car that wasn’t a winner, yet it was well-known being driven by Thailand’s Prince Bira and Brit Reg Parnell.

A real piece of history outside F1 and sports cars, the Cooper 500 Mk IX, 1956, recalls a glorious period of British racing. Body unpainted.

A final touch of class was the colour of the ink used for the instruction sheets: dark red for the Italians, British Racing Green for the British, blue for the French. The Mercedes sheet fell outside the paradigm, printed in dark blue as the historically correct white or silver would have been impossible to read.

The boxes of the later kits contained a small multi-page
educational leaflet on Motor Racing, a more detailed description of the prototype, and a promotional bottom line advertising the brand of motor oil used in races by the car. The leaflet on the Vanwall doubled to eight pages and ended with a tribute to Tony Vanderwell who “raised the prestige of British Automobile Engineering throughout the world”.

The four-page leaflet in the Jaguar D-Type box. A good recap of the car’s history. Britain still ruled. And the following year it also became true in F1.
Below, all fourteen of the Merit models in individual photos. You won’t see this often!
Vanwall VW4, 1956, when the Brits knocked at the forefront of F1. Decals are original.
1956 Lancia Ferrari. The Merit kits was on sale early 1957, a remarkably short time-to-market.
Gordini six-cylinder F2, 1952. Humbrol paint (“Enamel” on the original British tin) to cover the body.
Alfa Romeo 158 with engine cover removed to show the inner details. The other “super” kit together with the Talbot-Lago
Alfa Romeo 158, 1950, hood in place.
Talbot-Lago T26, 1949. A good representation of the engine.
Mercedes W 196, 1954, open wheel version. Decals are original including the chequered cover of the driver’s seat
The diminutive Cooper Mk IX, 1956. The silver exhaust was easier to paint.
Maserati 4CLT/48 in Argentinian livery, as raced by Fangio in Europe.
Aston Martin DB3S, 1956. The yellow trim is an addition of the kit builder.
Connaught B-Type “Syracuse”, 1956. Quite a rare bird in real and scale model worlds.
Lotus 11, 1956. Airbrush repainted after 60 years when the plastic suffered signs of shrinking.
Jaguar D-Type, 1954. The gap at the rear end of the front section of the body is due to having modified the part to make it tilting forward like the real thing.
Maserati 250F, 1956 version.
BRM P25, 1956. To use the brush for the semi-metallic finish was quite a brave endeavour over- sixty years ago.

Matrix March 2019

By Maz Woolley

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

Here are the details of the latest releases from Matrix. These models are all moulded in resin to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All are produced in limited quantities and two have already sold out on dealer’s pre-orders so may be particularly difficult to obtain.

Matrix prices have risen very considerably over the last few years but they seem to have steadied a little in recent months. I hope that this continues as I feel that sales must have declined as some Matrix models crossed the 100 UK pounds price point.

New Models

MX10108-031 Aston Martin DB6 Volante grey metallic 1966

The DB6 was an in-house styling exercise with the major emphasis upon wind tunnel testing to stop the back end lift that was experienced on the DB5, and re-engineering the height to give more space inside. The solution was a Kamm tail with a small lip spoiler at the rear. It was in production from 1965 to 1970 when it was replaced by the DBS. The convertible was made as the ‘Volante‘ from 1966 and only 140 were made.

This model is in silver with the hood down.


MX10108-032 Aston Martin DB6 Volante red metallic closed 1966

Here is the same model painted red and with its hood up. A neat presentation of the hood. It follows the earlier Matrix DB6 coupe which was painted a bright yellow.


MX 40108-011 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt red 1953

This DB2/4 was a one of its kind Bertone bodied fixed head coupe commissioned by Stanley H ‘Wacky’ Arnolt. There is also speculation that the lost Arnolt chassis, LML/503, may also have been bodied in this style. The car was delivered by Arnolt to a French customer in 1955. The design was by Franco Scaglione, It is powered by the later DB2/4 2.9 litre engine.

This model is painted red the colour that the car was in when delivered from Bertone.


MX40108-012 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe Bertone Arnolt white 1953

The same car as above, literally in the case of the 1:1 scale car. Bertone was proud of this styling work and the car was seen in white at a Turin Motor Show. In more recent times the car made its way to the US where it currently resides. The car never went into series production because David Brown decided to stop supplying Aston Martin rolling chassis to Coach Builders.


MX40604-011 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe “Bumblebee” Vignale #0197EL black / yellow 1952

This model is another that dealers have taken up the whole output already clearly expecting this unusual variation to sell out quickly.

Vignale built about 153 Ferraris from 1950 to 1954. Not all were stylistic successes. The 212 Export Lungo modelled here by Matrix is known as ‘bumble bee’ due to the yellow and black colours used. They have vestigial rear fins and the classic Ferrari egg crate grille.

This car was originally delivered to a French customer, then was exported to the States before ending up in the UK where it was fully restored to its original finish before travelling back to the US again.


Another version of the same VIgnale Ferrari. This time in classic red. Less distinctive than its sister model but perhaps more typical of the colour selected by customers.

MX40604-012 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe Vignale red 1952


New Versions

MX20302-372 Chevrolet Suburban K10 brown metallic 1978

Dealers have pre-ordered the entire run of this model so they obviously anticipate them being popular with collectors.

The model is of a seventh generation Suburban which was the longest lasting being in production from 1973 to 1991 though there were considerable changes in styling and engine line up over the long run. The Suburban was a truck like full sized SUV typical of the time.


MX20303-072 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon black 1942

The Town and Country wagon was introduced in 1941 and production was suspended in 1942 as the US turned to full scale war production after their entry into the Second World War.

The Matrix model captures the original well with the narrow chrome strips making up the grille and on the rear wing neatly added. The pictures suggest that the wooden panels have been simulated well too.

The Town and Country returned to production in 1948 but only as a sedan or convertible. The pre-war eight passenger wagons were the last of their kind.


MX40201-062 Bentley 4.25 litre Pillarless Saloon Carlton grey metallic 1937

Editor: Reader Kenneth Hodges has kindly pointed out to the Editor that the Coachbuilder is Carlton as stated by Matrix and that the car is not Carlton grey as the editor had incorrectly assumed. So the original non-italicised text in the paragraph below is incorrect. Carlton were an English Coachbuilder based in London. They were noted for building modern looking cars and were quite productive until the Second World War. After that, staff previously involved with Carlton, had a business re-bodying pre-war Rolls-Royce chassis in a more modern style but as demand for that fell they faded away.

Matrix do not tell us which coachbuilder the car was made by. From the styling a continental coachbuilder seems more likely than a traditional UK firm. The lack of a running board and the way that the rear wings have been handled suggest a French origin perhaps?

In any event the model is excellent with the dramatic lines around the faired in rear wheel being very crisply captured.

The grey seems to suit the model better, in my opinion, than the blue and white colours used on its previous appearance in the range.


MX51311-041 Maserati Mexico Speciale by Frua red metallic 1967

The Maserati Mexico was derived from a 2+2 prototype shown on the Vignale stand at the October 1965 Turin Salon. It used a 4.9-litre 5000 GT chassis which had been damaged. After the show the prototype was sold to the Mexican president Adolfo López Mateos so the model became known as the Mexico. Vignale’s prototype was so well received that Maserati put it into production debuting in August 1966.

The car modelled by Matrix is not a standard Maserati Mexico. In May 1967 a German Maserati importer had a special Mexico  made by Maserati and bodied by Frua.  Appearing like a 4-seat Mistral but built on the 3500 GTs tubular chassis this prototype ‘Mexico’ was fitted with the Mistral’s six-cylinder 3.7-litre Lucas fuel-injected engine. Its dashboard came from the Quattroporte.