By Maz Woolley
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Matrix has announced a set of releases for July, all bar one are new releases which have not been announced before. The other has been previously announced but has now been produced. All are resin cast in China for the Netherlands with photo-etched and printed detailing and are to 1:43 scale.
MX40205-101 Bugatti T57SC Sports Tourer Vanden Plas Chassis #57541 metallic blue open 1938
The car that the model is based upon sold for nearly ten million dollars in 2016. It is powered by an eight cylinder 3.2 Litre engine with overhead valves and a Roots-type supercharger.
In addition this model will be produced with a raised hood as:
MX40205-102 Bugatti T57SC Sports Tourer Vanden Plas Chassis #57541 metallic blue closed 1938
MX41804-051 Stutz Model M Supercharged Lancefield Coupe black 1930
The car that this model is based on sold for over a million US Dollars in 2017. It spent its early life in the UK before being shipped back to thye US in late 1940s. The engine and chassis were developed during Stutz’ attempt to win Le Mans. The car was fitted with the M engine an overhead cam eight cylinder with a supercharger and reputedly capable of producing over 180 brake horsepower.
This model will also be available with an open ‘dicky’ seat as:
MX41804-052 Stutz Model M Supercharged Lancefield Coupe black w/open trunk 1930
MX50603-031 Ford Cougar II Concept #CSX2008 metallic red 1963
The 1963 Cougar was the third iteration of Cougar concepts and was introduced as a show model “from the company which pioneered the personal car.” in 1963. It was styled by Eugene Bordinat Ford’s stylist rather than Vignale who had styled the previous Cougar Concept.
To get into the car one needed to open the electrically-operated top-hinged doors. The fastback design was shown in candy red and used a fibreglass body fitted with a Ford 260 High performance engine pack and was built on an AC-Cobra tube frame. It was intended to reach speeds of around 170mph . Although handsome the design was not taken up by Ford who were content with the runaway Mustang sales and did not feel inclined to launch something so exotic even as a competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette. Perhaps the car was just not that suitable for sales as a rear panel had to be included that opened at speed to reduce air pressure in the car.
The car still exists today, I believe that it owned by the Detroit Historical Society and shown rarely.
MX40803-022 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck black 1938
The Horch 853 is equipped with a straight eight cylinder engine of 4944 cc and develops around 120 hp. It has a conventional four speed manual gearbox and rear wheel drive. During the Second World War Voll & Ruhrbeck’s works were destroyed by allied bombing and no records were left of the cars they had built.
The silver car which was the first release of this model was captured by the French and used by Marshal Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. In the post war period the car was to be found in Switzerland during which time it changed hands several times and was restored. Perhaps at one of these points it was painted black or perhaps there were more than one originals built?
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