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Oxford Diecast – Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn

By Maz Woolley


The latest Rolls-Royce from Oxford is now being distributed. It is a Silver Dawn which was a stablemate to the very similar Bentley Mark VI already included in the Oxford range.

Traditionally, most Rolls-Royces had been large and imposing limousines. But the post war years were a period of rationing and austerity and Rolls-Royce wanted to offer a car that was in keeping with the times. Thus the Silver Dawn was a compact Rolls-Royce, based on the standard steel body produced by Pressed Steel Fisher for the Bentley and fitted with a slightly less powerful engine. It was targeted at owners who also drove themselves.

The Oxford model is every bit as good as their Bentley Mark VI which was itself an excellent model. A first class paint job with great masking between the two colours is complemented by the flush fit windows with finely printed quarter light surround. The trafficators, door handles and bonnet catches are all nicely moulded and picked out with printed silver.

To the rear the boot handle and registration plate holder are nicely modelled too as well as the limited rear lights and reflectors which are printed on but are very effective. Even the spats fasteners are picked out in silver on the rear wings. Inside, the seats and door cards are all painted tan coloured with fittings picked out in silver. The door cappings and dashboard are in a darker “wood” shade and the instrumentation and switches are printed on. All is accompanied by a large steering wheel and column though this is without the gear change lever I might have expected to see.

To the front the radiator is excellent as are the lights. The flying lady mascot is typically slightly overscale for strength but is nicely moulded. Sadly the air intakes have been fitted wrongly. The line in the middle should be vertical and not horizontal other buyers may be luckier perhaps. Such issues are fairly common on Oxford models and I think that Oxford should design such fittings with a slot and peg so the parts cannot be fitted wrongly.

The wheels are moulded nicely and painted well but the centres seem round rather than hexagonal and I cannot see a printed RR in the centre which is clearly there on a  picture of the real car taken in 2010. Another curiosity is the aerial which was a thin silver coloured item in 2010 and not a thick black object which looks more like it is designed to fly a flag.

All in all this is an excellent model of the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and better than resin kits costing very much more money. Oxford should be applauded for making this model as it was neglected even by the contemporary diecast firms.

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Oxford Diecast 1:43 scale June 2017

By Maz Woolley


Oxford are now starting to catch up with models remaining from release 1/2017. The two featured in this post are new Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin castings. These models have been diecast in Oxford’s Chinese factory to 1:43 scale.

43EMP001 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Hooper Empress


The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was available to coach-builders as a long wheelbase chassis. In this case that car was built by Hooper on a 1957 chassis fitted with the final version of the straight six designed by W O Bentley. It was in the Empress style that they had used on Silver Wraiths and Daimlers previously. This time the front wings came to a peak to give the body a more up to date look than the earlier models.

Only 18 Cars were built by Hooper in this style on the Silver Cloud LWB chassis. It is one of the last creations made by the Hooper Coachbuilding Company before they ceased coach building in 1959.

This style of bodywork was captured by Quaralu, a French company in the 1960s in a diecast mode that has since been reproduced as a replica. Until now I believe that only ATC have produced it to modern standards in a rather more expensive resin model.

The Oxford model just shows how well they make this type of car. The flush fit windows are excellent as is the grille and all the separately fitted light lenses.

The wheels are good as are all the lovely tampo printed coachlines, badging and number plates. there is even a modest level of detail; on the baseplate. Inside there are wood effect dash and door cappings, a good steering wheel, and printed instrumentation and door fittings. The chrome fittings are excellent too. Bumpers, interior and exterior mirrors, number plate surrounds, grille and even the Spirit of Ecstacy are all neatly moulded and “plated”. The mascot may be a little overscale but this is common on models as otherwise it becomes vulnerable to breakage.

The colours it is painted are accurate for the car as it can be seen on the Internet, but for those who  do not like brown this car will be part of Release 2017/2 in two tone blue.

In summary an excellent model from Oxford at a very competitive price.

AMZ001 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV


The only way most of us will ever be able to own a DB4GT Zagato will be to buy a model. The last one sold at auction sold for over nine million UK pounds. An excellent return on investment as the car cost  £5,470 when new.

The DB4/GT was originally built to allow Aston Martin to take on Ferrari in the World Sports Car Championship, but with its Italian rival having a competitive edge Aston sent its car to Carrozzeria Zagato, with the instruction to maximise its performance. Ercole Spada at Zagato lead the work to lighten and streamline the car.  In search of weight reduction many steel components were replaced by aluminium parts and all non-essential elements like bumpers were removed. It was 100 pounds lighter, more aerodynamic and was fitted with a highly tuned engine and could reach around 153mph. 19 DB4/GTs were created by Zagato. The best known DB4 GT Zagatos are affectionately known by the registration plates they share, of ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’. These were raced under the John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable with assistance from the Aston Martin factory. Both the Zagatos raced in the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans. However a repeat of the 1959 Le Mans victory was not to be, with both cars retiring. In July 1961 at a British Grand Prix Support race the Zagato had its first victory. With ‘2 VEV’ taking the last lap lead from a Jaguar E Type. ‘2 VEV’, which is modelled here by Oxford, crashed heavily at Spa in 1962 and had to be rebuilt and was modified in the process however that process was reversed when after a road accident in 1993 it was returned to 1962 specification.

Examining pictures on the Internet Oxford seem to have captured the profile of the car extremely well. I am particularly impressed by the lovely windows again flush fitted and with printed frames. The lights are all separate plastic inserts other than some small printed reflectors at the rear and are all nicely done. The grille and the tiny printed badging again deserves praise.

However, I have to point out three areas where I think that the model is not as good as it could be which lets down the otherwise lovely model. The first is the printed chrome surround for the headlights. As can be seen in the photograph below the printed line is actually quite some way from the plastic lens that the chrome is supposed to surround on the lower inner section and it is overscale as well which merely brings attention to the issue. Some Oxford publicity pictures showed the model without the printed chrome and that looks much better.

The second is that the model sits too high at the rear giving a “jacked up” stance as can be seen in the photograph below.

The third is the wheel rims which have bits of silver finish missing on one wheel which really needs to be resolved as this is not the first time I have seen this on an Oxford model.

My conclusion is that the faults mean that this model though still value for money is not as good as it could have been. It could have been as good as the Rolls-Royce with a little more care and attention.

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Matrix announcements for May/June 2017

By Maz Woolley

All photographs supplied by Matrix and are of prototypes not shipped models. Shipping dates shown are as forecast by Matrix

Expected in May


MX51705-272 Rolls-Royce Phantom Barker Torpedo Tourer

Car owned by HRH Maharaja of Kota #23RC with Canon “Tiger edition” red and silver 1925

Expected in June


MX41607-081 Singer Porsche 911 blue 2014 

MX41001-012 Jaguar XK140 Ghia 2-door Coupe red 1955 

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New model announcements from Matrix 4/17

By Maz Woolley


Matrix have announced new models to be produced over the next few months. These are resin models made to 1:43 scale in China for the Netherlands. All the models featured are luxury cars and fine examples of inter-war coach builders work and are expected to be available from June 2017.

MX50407-021 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe Letourneur & Marchand black 1937


MX50407-031 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster white 1933

MX51705-121 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer Nubar Gulbenkian Hooper #7RY metallic blue 1934

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Five Recently Acquired Classics

by  Harvey Goranson

These recent 1/43 resin models are by Neo, Matrix, and TrueScale (TSM).  Five of them showed up recently on my front porch!

Above and below, Matrix MX40201-111 is this 1932 Bentley Mayfair Close Coupled Saloon, on 8-liter Chassis No. YX5124. It is a beautiful model of a beautiful car, so typically Bentley. The real one fetched almost $1M at Amelia Island in 2007.

Similar to the above is this Neo NEO46680 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Windovers Coupe is shown below. I don’t believe it has been pictured often anywhere online.

Windovers clothed Chassis No. 81JS for Robert McAlpine, who took delivery at the Waldorf Astoria in October 1933 and then embarked on a tour of the US, ending up on the west coast. This included a stop at Pebble Beach, and the car returned there in 2011. Both the Neo and the Matrix Bentley have skillfully modeled the drizzle deflectors along the side windows, so that occupants could crack the side windows during muggy weather.

Another Matrix is No. MX41705-141, 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Continental Freestone & Webb Sports Coupe (below).

This is Chassis No. 42PY, built for Sir John Leigh, a Conservative MP (member of parliament). Note the razor-edge styling and absence of running boards.

Neo’s 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadster (No. NEO46520) is a great addition.

I can’t find info on the precise car this represents, but the burgundy-gray tones look great.

Finally, there is TrueScale TSMCE154315, the 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK of Count Trossi.

About 42 SSKs were made (per Hemmings), and Chassis 36038 ended up with Count Carlo Felice Trossi, who gave it a streamlined body in 1934 for competition, including entry in the Mille Miglia. It ended up in the Ralph Lauren collection, painted black like most of his cars, and won top honors at Pebble in 1993.

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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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Oxford Diecast 43RRCO01 Rolls-Royce Corniche

By Maz Woolley


Oxford Diecasts’s range of Rolls-Royce models continues to grow. Here is the first release of the Rolls-Royce Corniche to 1:43 scale. It is released initially in Indigo blue with light tan hood and seats. If Oxford follow their usual path this will also appear in the 1:76 range at some point.

It is easy to forget that this model retails for little more than a part work and for significantly less than models from Corgi. As the picture above shows a lot of attention has been paid to getting all the lighting, grilles and mascot modelled convincingly. The mascot is possibly overscale but that is common on Rolls-Royce models to ensure that the mascot is not easily knocked off when handled.

The interior has been modelled to a high standard with wood effect dashboard and door cappings as well as printed instruments, switches and radio. I think that the column mounted gearshift seems a little short and it would have been nice to have the gear display seen through the steering wheel picked out but all in all a very good level of detail. Even the door cards have printed switches on them for the electric controls of door mirrors, windows etc.

To the rear the badging and lights are all well printed. The use of printed red and amber on silver for the rear light cluster is neatly done, though inserted chromed plastic and with plastic lenses would have been nice the printed lights are an acceptable alternative.

The wheels are very nicely done with RR printed on the centre of the hubs and the rim embellisher being realistically wide.

Once slight criticism is that the blue paint though a nice glossy coat is a little thick and has blurred the panel lines a little.

A little investigation shows that the number plate UTU 353 is real and is fitted to a 1972 Corniche last auctioned in 2013. It is one of the 1,233 Series I Corniche Convertibles made by Rolls-Royce and was originally owned by John Boulting a film director who made films like Brighton Rock and Lucky Jim.

Another excellent new casting from Oxford and I am sure we can look forward to seeing it with the hood up later this year.

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More Matrix Announcements for delivery in November 2016

By Maz Woolley


Matrix have recently announced the models expected to ship in November. Where Matrix has supplied a photograph of a sample of the models I have included it below. All are to 1:43 scale moulded in resin in China for the Netherlands.



MX51302-051 Mercedes-Benz 300D W189 Visser Ambulance VZA “Dora” white 1961


MX41302-071 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL W109 Long Vatican black 1967

The remaining models expected are:

  • MX40102-111 Touring Disco Volante Spider blue 2016
  • MX41311-081 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Prototype 1959
  • MX41705-041 Rolls Royce Phantom II Barger Boattail Maharadja of Rewa 1930
  • MX50108-091 Aston Martin Jet 2 Bertone 2013

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Oxford Diecast – James Young Rolls-Royce Phantom V

By Maz Woolley



The second Oxford Diecast Rolls-Royce made to 1:43 scale is now on sale. The model is diecast in Oxford’s own Chinese Factory.


The Phantom V was a very expensive and exclusive four door saloon made by Rolls-Royce from 1959 to 1968. Just 516 were made in all before production ended. It was based on the Silver Cloud II, and shared its 6,230cc V8 engine and General Motors Hydramatic automatic gearbox. with its smaller sibling. It was the last generation of Roll-Royces using a separate chassis which allowed it to be fitted with bodies made by coachbuilders like H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward, and James Young.


The model is based upon a James Young bodied car as shown at the head of this article and is a 1964 car having the quad headlights introduced in 1963. It has been restored to a high standard and has navy blue over silver paint,  blue leather seats and blue carpet all of which can be seen on the Oxford model.  is based on a real car as shown at the head of the article and available to hire from Ultimate Classic Car Hire of London.


Comparing the Oxford model to photographs of the real car shows that Oxford has captured it very well right down to the GB plate and elaborate boot handle at the rear. The model is excellent overall with a nice radiator and spirit of ecstacy mascot, good lights front and rear, the massive bumpers well modelled, and tiny RR symbols printed where needed. The wheels and tyres are suitably large and heavy like those on the original car.  Inside the leather seats are well modelled and the door cards are in matching blue finish with the wood trim and dashboard neatly represented. The windows are flush fit items with chrome surrounds printed in a realistic manner.


There are one or two niggles with the model. One rear wheel hub is not chromed right up to the rim, the C pillars have a faint mould line showing, and the silver paint is a little thick making the panel lines a little “blurred”.

Despite the few negative comments this really is an excellent model from Oxford especially when you consider the price point that it is sold at.

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Oxford Diecast – Rolls-Royce Phantom III

By Maz Woolley


This is the first of the Rolls-Royce models announced recently by Oxford to reach the shops. It is a very substantial model and is sold at a very competitive price. It is diecast to 1:43 scale in Oxford Diecast’s own Chinese factory.


Rolls-Royce Phantom III SdV HJ Mulliner

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large pre-war Rolls-Royce. Produced between 1936 and 1939, only 727 were manufactured. It was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the 1998 Silver Seraph. Many of the original chassis have survived. Ace wheel discs were often fitted as accessories as shown on the model.  This model is is based on TYJ 716 and is fitted with HJ Mulliner bodywork. It is a Sedanca de Ville with an open driver’s section and covered rear passenger seating.


The model is finished with deep and regular black paint and the trim lines are neatly printed. The grille is imposing with a tiny RR logo printed finely and there is a battery of separate front lights.  The bumpers are good if a little “plasticky”. The Spirit of Ecstacy is well moulded and although overscale looks like it will stand up to handling.


A lot of attention has been given to the interior where the door cappings, printed ash board and neat slightly matt salmon coloured seats are well moulded. Sadly the roof lining is not moulded which would have set the interior off beautifully.

The only slight fault I can see is that the front number plate is rather obscured by the bumper and should be lower.

I hope that Oxford will use this vehicle as the basis of a closed saloon at some point since there were different and many attractive bodies on the Phantom III chassis.

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