By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All text by, and copyright of the Author. Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer.
Here is a look at the September and October releases from M4 Model car group. These models are made in Italy and are diecast to 1:43 scale unless otherwise noted.
ART392 Ferrari 860 Monza
3rd at 1000 km of Nurburgring 1956 – drivers Hill / De Portago / Gendebien
ART393 Ferrari 500 TR
3rd in Grand Prix of Rome 1956 – Paul Frere
BEST9721 Ferrari 308 GTB – American Version 1976
Red standard road car finish
BEST9722 Porsche 550 RS – 12 hours of Sebring 1957
8th overall and 1st in Class S1.5 – Bunker /Wallace
BEST9723 Ferrari 512 BB 1976
Bi-colour yellow and black
BEST9724 Ferrari 512 BB LM
1000 km of Fuji 1981 – drivers Griswold/Bond
RIO4572 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Police 1961
From the collection of the Museum of Rome
RIO4573 Volkswagen Beetle 1953 “Police”
Another strangely inaccurate model from Rio. There is an oval rear window but no triangular ventilators in the front doors and the bumpers and tail lights are from a 1948 car.
RIO4574 Citroen DS 21 saloon 1969
In Paris Taxi livery.
ART394 Ferrari 290 S
15th at Watkins Glen 1964 – J. Flynn
ART256/2 Ferrari 860 MONZA
Winner of 12 hours race at Sebring 1956 – Drivers Fangio /Castellotti
BEST9725 Ferrari 250 GTL
Here modelled as the car of Jay Kay in blue
BEST9726 Porsche 908/02 Flunder
10th at Nurburgring 1000 km 1971 – drivers Wicky / Cabral
BEST9727 Porsche 550RS
Winner of 10 hours race at Messina – drivers Heinz / Strahle
RIO4575/P Mercedes-Benz 770
In German Wehrmacht Africa Corps camouflage markings from 1941. Figures of Field Marshall Rommel and driver. The authenticity of this model is questionable as no photo exists of the large Mercedes-Benz 770 in khaki camouflage, In the many photographs of Rommel he is in a captured British armoured vehicle or a KdF Kubelwagen.
RIO4576 Fiat 18 BL
Here this early Fiat truck is in the livery of the Peroni beer company.
RIO4577 Citroen DS 19 Break
Here the DS Break has been fitted with the trappings of a hearse.
RIO4578 Fiat 238 1972
Here the 238 van with a high roof extension has been fitted with a roof mounted loudspeaker and liveried for the “Italian Police”.
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