By Maz Woolley
Oxford Diecast have now released their XK150 in Carmen Red which somehow looks more exciting than in white as it was before. This model is to 1:43 scale and diecast in Oxford’s China plant for the UK.
The XK150 roadster was the last development of the original XK shape before the E Type replaced it in 1961. It is beautiful classic car and the Oxford model is welcome especially as a Roadster as the Drophead Coupé was made in the Matchbox Dinky range.
The car Oxford based this model on can be seen on the web and the model is largely correct, though I think the interior may be in red or tan leather and the dashboard should probably be red with a sliver inset panel. However, this is not an issue on a model in this price range as the interior is generally accurate with items picked out on the door cards and for a budget priced model the dash detail has been nicely done with white panel printed instruments. There is a lovely steering wheel with chromed spokes and wooden rim too.
The Oxford model has with lovely paint and excellent “chrome fitments” for the most part. However, when you look close at the model I bought you can see issues which really shouldn’t exist.
Firstly you can see above the chrome number plate surround is miss-shaped and shorter on one side. Secondly when supplied one of the rear light clusters was at an angle which I have carefully corrected for the photographs, and finally the printing of the rear lights was badly offset.
It really is a shame that these faults should exist as it does mar what is otherwise excellent model from Oxford Diecast.