Saturday, November 3, 2018

1935 Duesenberg JN 559-2587 Long Wheel Base Berline Rollston/Bohman & Schwartz by Matrix

In February of 1935 this particular Model JN, chassis 2587, would arrive from Rollston in New York with a new Berline body.
On the 9th of July 1935, Duesenberg Sales Corporation would sell this particular chassis to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson for the sum of S 17.500. Just like that, two graceful artists would be united.
By the following year, the JN would be in Pasadena, California at the coach builders of Bohman & Schwartz. It would be there to receive some updates, like the Cadillac bullet headlamps and special parking lights. Other additions would include a reworked windscreen,
 and one-piece bumpers.
Robinson and his Model JN were practically inseparable. Often the two wold be seen together, and, when Robinson returned to New York years later, the model JN was sitting at the famed New York garage Zumbach Motor Repair Company on West 53rd Street. The car would be to undergo service and repairs. As a $900 repair bill was still owed on the Duesenberg, Robinson’s widow sold the aging car to actor, singer, and nightclub entertainer Phil Regan. Regan keep the car until 1951, when it first passed into the hands of collectors and it was first restored between the years of 1966 and 1970. The car has since been carefully preserved and very well cared for.
Fortunately, this Duisenberg Berline still exists and Matrix has released a very accurate and beautifully made resin-cast model of the car in its current form that’s as gorgeous as the original. The brown metallic paint is excellent and in this color is painted also radiator and bullet headlamps and parking lights.Wheels are simply gorgeous, made exclusively for this model, which is uncommon for 1/43.
This is a beautiful model of a gorgeous car. Lovers of the Duesenberg, you must have.

 Manufacturer: Matrix
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2018
 Part Number: MX50406-021
 Material: Resin
 Limited No.: 167 of 299
 Rating: 10/10 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

1947 Cadillac Series 62 4-Door Sedan by Brooklin

BRK 184 1947 Cadillac Series 62 4-Door Sedan

Cadillac Series 62 4-Door Sedan 1952 and 1947

After World War II, Cadillac, like most manufacturers, returned to production with a modified version of its 1942 design and engineering. This basic formula would remain in production, with some detail changes, through 1947, and it was incredibly popular with buyers for its combination of power and luxury.

Cadillac in 1947 was poised to become America's luxury leader. Unlike Lincoln and Packard, which persisted with Depression-inspired medium-price cars, Cadillac returned to pure luxury to prosper in booming postwar America. Soon, Cadillac pulled even further ahead of rivals in both sales and prestige.

This is second generation of Cadillac Series 62 - full size luxury sedan with most massive grill ever. The Series 62 used the fat bullet fenders that were just coming into fashion in the early 1940s.  "Pontoon" styling, new for '42, was making its final appearance, and Cadillac's smooth 346-cubic-inch L-head V-8 was in its next-to-last year. 

Brooklin’s hand-built white-metal beauty is this very well-done model of the best-selling ’47 Series 62, the 4-Door Sedan. The Franch Gray paint is smooth and glossy and is set off by lots of separate bright chromed parts. Overall lines are right on the money, as are major dimensions. It’ll be a while before anyone else does one of these – especially this well. 

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2012
 Part Number: BRK 184
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 8/10  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1958 Edsel Bermuda Station Wagon by Minichamps

The vertical grille was the focal point for criticism of the Edsel. 

Nice detail - Ornament "E" 


Ford had its Country Squire, Mercury had its Colony Park, and when Edsel made its debut for 1958, it would have its own deluxe Bermuda Station Wagon. Like its counterparts from the other Ford Motor Company divisions, the 1958 Edsel 
Launched amid a colossal advertising campaign, Ford’s Edsel brand—named for the late son of company founder Henry Ford—was a short-lived venture intended to fill the price gap between Ford- and Mercury-branded cars. As one sales executive recalls, the Edsel was “the car for the young man on his way up.”

The Bermuda represented the highest trim level available within the Edsel brand for a station wagon,

In addition to deluxe interior appointments, the Bermuda also was outfitted with simulated wood panels and frames, a hallmark of premium station wagon models produced by Ford and Mercury. 
To separate the Bermuda from Ford models, the Bermuda received Edsel's front fascia and vertical grille assembly as well as unique boomerang-shaped taillights. The shape of the taillights posed a problem when used as turn indicators – the left hand taillight appeared as an arrow pointing right and vice versa from a distance.

The model from Minichamps displayed the signature Edsel horse-collar grille, au courant wood-grain side trim, and boomerang-shaped taillights—an ill-conceived design element found on real Edsel wagons.  The spectacular body’s lines are reproduced perfectly. Only 1,008 units produced, but still available on eBay.

 Manufacturer: Minichamps
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2007
 Part Number: 400082014
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 8/10 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1941 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible by Brooklin Models

1941 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible by Brooklin Models

Art Deco styling

1941 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible and 1937 Lincoln Le Baron Convertible Sedan

The Chrysler New Yorker is an automobile model which was produced by Chrysler from 1940 to 1996, serving for several years as the brand's flagship model. The New Yorker name helped define the Chrysler brand as a maker of upscale models priced and equipped above mainstream brands like Ford, Chevrolet/Pontiac, and Dodge/Plymouth, but below full luxury brands like Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard. During the New Yorker's tenure, it competed against upper level models from Buick, Oldsmobile and Mercury.
Chrysler’s signature sporting open car for 1941 was the New Yorker Convertible, of which production was limited to only 1,295 units.  This model had a base price of $1,548, which put it at the upper-end of the medium priced cars of the day. Like all 1941 Chryslers, styling was quite dramatic.
Art Deco styling was the theme of this cars design, where streamlining was paramount. and this release in Brooklin’s  series makes it easy to see why. Steeply-raked vee windshields were complemented by sharply pointed hoods. Grilles blended into the bodywork’s sculpted fenders with bright beltline moldings and chrome parking light housings atop the front fenders. The grille consisted of five horizontal chrome bars which wrapped around the front, reaching all the way to the leading edge of the front wheelhouses. Legible relief-cast Chrysler script is painted over, but everything else is here - lot of chrome-plated pieces, matt black stone guards and wide whitewall tires.
Brooklin model is a 1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible finished in Tacoma Cream with a black convertible top.

 Manufacturer: Brooklin Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2000 - 2005
 Part Number: BRK 085
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 9/10 

Monday, April 25, 2016

1946 DeSoto 6 Suburban by WhiteBox

1946 DeSoto 6 Suburban by WhiteBox

The DeSoto (sometimes De Soto) is an American automobile marque that was manufactured and marketed by the DeSoto Division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1928 to the 1961 model year.
Due to the outbreak of World War II, all United States automobile production stopped in February of 1942 and car manufacturers shifted to building items for the war effort. Domestic car production did not resume until March of 1946 with cars that appeared little changed from the 1941-1942 models. A surprise newcomer to the field was the eight-passenger DeSoto Suburban, which arrived in November of 1946 and was produced unchanged through mid-1949. It was designed as the ultimate in stylish transportation for hotels, airports, and large families. Its unique folding seats allowed for several combinations of passengers and cargo, much like present-day mini vans.

The 1946-1948 DeSoto Custom Suburban was the most expensive of the 1946-1948 DeSoto line. The grille had "Teeth" that would remain a DeSoto trademark up to 1955.
This model DeSoto is from WhiteBox line. WhiteBox is apparently a house brand from Model Car World, a retailer in Florsheim, Germany.
WhiteBox is low budget model line, on this model it is evident. Under a white top also shines through red base color. Very thin chrome on bumpers, chrome sometimes completely missing (see photo). Generally chrome trim is replaced with only a cheaply looking silver print strips. Weaknesses completes askew-glued crest on the rear lid and simple interior. The only advantage of this interesting model is a nice color combination Royal Maroon / White.
Sorry, this is the second model WhiteBox that disappointed me, and I'm not going into other WhiteBox in the future invest. 

 Manufacturer: WhiteBox
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2015
 Part Number: WB098
 Material: DieCast
 Rating:  4/10 

Friday, April 15, 2016

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible by Franklin Mint

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible by Franklin Mint

"More Chrome, Bigger Fins!"

Bullet-style twin tail lights

The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002. This model is third generation of the most expensive GM car.

The nameplate Eldorado is a contraction of two Spanish words that translate as "the gilded (i.e., golden) one" — and also refers to El Dorado, the mythical South American "Lost City of Gold" that fascinated Spanish explorers.
The top-of-the line Cadillac Eldorado, this model marked a significant change in style for the Cadillac. There were two different roof lines and roof pillar designs. The grill featured a jeweled styling with matching deck lid beauty panels, and of course there were the distinctive taillights and tail fins. - David Holls's famous tailfins, the largest ever installed on an American production car.
Biarritz models had the Eldorado name spelled out behind the front wheel opening and featured broad, full-length body sill highlights that curved over the rear fender profile and back along the upper beltline region.
The Eldorado featured the ultimate Cadillac engine for 1959, the enlarged 390cid V8, topped by three two-barrel Rochester carburetors. This produced 345hp and was mated to a 3-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission as standard equipment.  The Biarritz Convertible was Cadillac's most expensive open-air car for 1959, and just 1,320 examples were built.
There can be no doubt that the world of aviation had a profound influence on the designers at Cadillac. Cadillac was the first to introduce fins on a car, with the P-38 style tail fins of the late 1940s models. In 1959, airplanes had become an every-day thing, and the space program and rockets were now big news. The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado boasted the tallest tail fin ever found on a production vehicle at 45 inches in height, and the bullet-style twin taillights, all reminiscent of rocketry. 
It's time to introduce Eldorado Biarritz in 1:43 scale from the Franklin Mint. All the characteristic attributes of a classic American cruiser are here - size, shape, and wow effect.
This model has very good finish, extremely bright high quality chrome parts.
Body with Biarritz unique sweeping chrome trim that decorated the side of the car. Nice detail - Eldorado lettering on the sides of the front fenders, just behind the headlamps. Opening hood with big V8 engine and detailed chassis.
This is an absolute American icon. Cadillac 1959 model Eldorado Biarritz with the largest fins. Awesome model in color Olympic White and Red interior made by Franklin Mint in the year 1987 in the range Classic Car of the 50‘s. Ultimate Five stars model!

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1987
 Part Number: KE21
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 9/10