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