Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1935 Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster "Maharajah Holkar of Indore" by TSM Models

Surprisingly, one of the most beautiful bodies of Duesenberg was not created in the US but was made to order in England.
This speedster with chassis number  2614 J-585 has a really interesting history. The voluptuous speedster body was designed by A. F. McNeil and built by J. Gurney Nutting & Co. Ltd. in the fashionable Chelsea district in London for Maharaja Holkar of Indore, India and commissioned through a British sales agent R.S.M Automobiles Ltd of London.
Now about that futuristic master dandy (which he really was!), Maharaja Yeshwantrao Holkar II.  He ruled Indore State from 1926 to 1961. Yeshwantrao Holkar was known as a true automobile connoisseur with probably the most extraordinary collection of cars in India! Not to forget that he was also a major international collector of the finest art, such as architecture, artefacts and jewelry, all designed in the futuristic ‘Modern style’ or Art Deco, which was also to be found in his cars.
Maharaja always had a passion for the best cars. His stable include several Rolls Royce's , Bentley's, Delage D8S by Figoni, Pierce Arrow, Bugatti, Bentley, Hispano Suiza etc. In 1936 at the age of 27, the Maharaja ordered three superb cars, a 4.5-litre V12 Lagonda drophead coupé,  a Bentley Aerofoil coupé, and this open SJ Duesenberg, all finished in the striking Holkar colours of Sunglow orange and Black.
Destined for a life of royalty, the Gurney Nutting Speedster was built with unique, lavish features including a like chrome flagsticks, as well as red and blue lights on the front fender to indicate whether the Maharaja (red) or Maharani (blue) was driving the vehicle.
Upon its completion, the Duesenberg was delivered to the Maharaja’s mansion in Santa Ana, California due to fears of Japan invading India. After the tension in the region dropped, the automobile was shipped to India, then disappearing over time and thought to be lost until its rediscovery in 1959. The outstanding car was brought back to the U.S., eventually acquired by General Lyon and now resides in the Lyon Air Museum - Santa Ana, CA.

TSM (True Scale Models) 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 two-tone paint is excellent and every piece of trim, even the tiny Maharajahs flags, is done with plated or photo-etched parts. If it’s visible in photos, its visible—and to scale—on the model! Interior detail is done to the same level, with accurate upholstery, black-painted relief interior handles, fully detailed instruments, pedals, built-in license plate holder, dual fuel tanks, and single-bar bumpers.  This is a beautiful model of a drop-dead gorgeous car. The only inaccurate detail is a little bit oversized Duesenberg ornament on the radiator.

Unfortunately this beautiful model is sold out. TSM also produces this type in Silver Old-Time livery, but it's not pretty at all. The Duesenberg collectors must have this Maharaja Sunglow orange and Black. Happy collecting!

 Manufacturer: TSM Models
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2012
 Part Number: TSM134302
 Material: Resin
 Rating: 10/10 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

1935 Duesenberg SJ 572-2596 Convertible Coupe SWB Bohman & Schwarz by Matrix

This wonderful one-off Duesenberg SJ was built for Barbara Hutton, the heiress to the Woolworth fortune. Hutton was well known for her extravagant generosity, and the car presented here is a fitting example of her remarkable largesse. It was a gift for Serge M'Divani, the brother of her lover Alexis M'Divani.
The famed M'Divanis were the children of Soviet Georgian nobles who fled Russia during Wold War One. Prince Serge M'Divani had settled in the US and his brothers were connected to some of the wealthiest women in America and were known to marry each other's former lovers and even former wives.Such was the situation that led to the construction of this magnificent Duesenberg.

Every coachbuilder has a design that clearly stands above the others for its use of proportion, daring construction methods and harmony of theme and detail. Among Duesenberg enthusiasts, coachbuilding connoisseurs and designers, this one-off SJ Roadster is hailed as the most successful Bohman & Schwartz design for the Duesenberg chassis and an absolute triumph in the art of coachbuilding.

This car gem is beautifully replicated by Matrix. We can only congratulate on the result. All the details are here including beautiful lines and an impressive deep maroon color matching the original.
Unfortunately, hardly accessible model (only 400 produced pieces), as well as the original from coach builder Bohman & Schwartz.

 Manufacturer: Matrix
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2017
 Part Number: MX40406-021
 Material: Resin
 Rating: 10/10 

Monday, August 26, 2019

1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 4-door Sedan by Brooklin

The Oldsmobile 88 is a full-size car that was sold and produced by Oldsmobile from 1949 until 1999 and became the top-selling line for twenty-four years.
This Oldsmobile 88 is the 3rd generation. Styling highlights were more evolutional than radical overall with three-piece rear window styling utilized on this car.
Oldsmobiles from 1957 are instantly, profoundly fascinating, no matter what model range you mean because every single one of them turned its back on the fin frenzy, instead bringing to market a luxuriantly rolling tunnel of sheetmetal resting atop each rear fender, proudly crowning a creased-in character line, the pipeline for an imaginary surfer, it almost seems to appear. It’s only the most immediately obvious trait of a continuous, ovoid styling theme that also incorporates the enormous, chromed bumper and grille combination, the headlamp surrounds, and, after a fashion, the three-piece backlight. The Oldsmobile shared its hardtop styling with Buick's Caballero. Sedans and coupes had twin ridges that ran each side of the roofline and onto the rear deck. These divided opinion at the time.
Rose Mist Poly paint matches Alcan White perfectly, and there’s lots of separate chrome-plated trim, right down to the strong side curves that are slightly recessed into the body. That trim was often used to separate eye-grabbing two-toned schemes, like this. Brooklin also made a single color Jade Mist Poly, which is not nearly as nice.

 Manufacturer: Brooklin
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 2013
 Part Number: 163 A
 Material: White Metal
 Rating: 9/10 

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