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  1. Matra Simca 680 1974 The MS680 was the last sports car developed by Matra. The only MS680 made was based on a modified chassis of the MS670C. Powering the car was the 3.0 L Matra V12 engine. It produced between 395–520 hp. The MS680 was used in the first pre-race tests and in the race at the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was driven by Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jean-Pierre Jarier. Grid: 2nd (3:36.800) – 1974. During the race Matra suffered from engine overheating problems, causing the car to break down after 104 laps of the race. Matra retired from international motor racing in late 1974 and the car was no longer used. The only example of MS680 is kept inside the Matra Museum in Romorantin-Lanthenay. The model is made by Polistil scale 1:55 and detailed by me. Enjoy the pictures.
  2. 1-75 story 12 Buick Y-Job 1939 –Lincoln Futura 1955 Buick Y-Job 1939 Produced by Buick in 1938, it was the auto industry's first concept car designed by Harley Earl. The car have a line 8 engine, 5247 ccm, 141 hp with a 3 speed manual gearbox and based on a lengthened 1937 Buick Century chassis. The „Y” in the name has two explanations: all experimental cars were called „X” but Earl choosed the next letter „Y”, or because in the aviation industry the „Y” was used for the most advanced prototypes. The car was driven for a number of years by Harley Earl. The model is made of wood with rubber tires and red plastic rear lights. The lenght of model is the „result” of a wrong data in a book. Lincoln Futura Concept 1955 The design is by Ford but was hand-built by Ghia in Turin - only one car . The Futura is one of the exeption between concept cars – it had a complete powertrain with a 300 HP, 6.0 L V8 engine and push-button transmission controls. The concept was a success as a show car, garnering favorable publicity for Ford. After two film roles was sold to Georg Barris. Having originally cost $250,000, for $1 only. As the showcar was not insurable, it was parked behind Barris' shop for several years. In 1966, Barris was asked to design a theme car for the Batman television series. Barris thought the Futura might work well. Its unusual winged shape would be an ideal starting point for the Batmobile. The car was full functional but had not the speed - specialy in cornering – which was required for Batmans supercar. The speed in film is a film trick. The model is made of wood with rubber tires and plastic lights. The double-bubble canopy is formed with deep drawing.
  3. Lamborghini V12 Vision Gran Turismo Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Lamborghini commented “The Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo is created to provide the ultimate virtual car for young fans and gamers, and also mirrors Lamborghini's push on future technologies, particularly in the arena of lightweight materials and hybridization”. The car is „instaled” with the drivetrain of the Sian FKP 37: 6,5 litre V12 785 PS + a 48 volt e-motor 34 PS, 7-speed ISR automated manual transmission. The driver enters the cabin like a jetfighter pilot, from the front of the car. The main driving controls are located in the futuristic steering wheel and all driver information is projected virtually in front of the driver. A real-life full-size model have been shown at motor shows in Japan, Canada, Germany, England, the US and Switzerland. The model made by Double Horses/China scale 1:22. Enjoy the pictures.
  4. Maserati 300S #15 Le Mans 1955 The straight 6 racing engines were popular with Maserati from the early 1950s. So the 300 S was powered by a such engine with twin plugs, 245 bhp, 4-speed transaxle gearbox and the car arrived 290 km/h top speed. The aluminium body was designed by Fantuzzi. Its debut made at the 12 Hours of Sebring 1955. The best result - third place - arrived a privat driver with his 300 S. The #15 started in Le Mans 1955 but was out of competition with overheated engine. The season was full of mechanical malfunctions and development problems. After steady development the 300S won its category at the Nürburgring in 1956 and finished second overall. In the following years drivers as Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Fangio arrived good reults. Mark Knopfler, originally of Dire Straits, is a long term owner of a 300S and has raced the car in historic competitions. Additionally he featured the lines "If I was a Maserati, A red 300s, I'd ride around to your house, baby, Give you a driving test." in the song Red Straggerwing on his 2006 album All the Roadrunning. The model made by Grani&Partner (7-Eleven) in 1:64 scale. Enjoy the pictures.
  5. 1-75 story 11 Ferrari Mythos Concept 1989 The Pininfarina Ferrari Mythos Concept is one sexy car. The car is based on theTesta Rossa with the engine 390 hp, 4.9-liter flat-12. Top speed is 290 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h 6.2 sec. The body panels are built in carbon fiber, the dashboard, instrument panel, door panels and seat shells are covered in leather. The five-spoke rims are exclusively designed for Mythos. The integrated active rear spoiler was a very unusual and high-tech feature in 1989. It had the ability to raise and tilt 12° to front, offering extra downforce when needed. Pininfarina tested the Mythos in a wind-tunnel where it performed better than the Testarossa. Although not intended to be sold to the public, the current Sultan of Brunei is known to have commissioned two Mythos, one in red and the other in turquoise. Mc Laren F1 Coupe 1992 The F1 sport coupe was the world fastest road car 12 years long. The legendary Gordon Muray designed the car with the 6.1 L BMW V12 . The engine gave 618 hp for the 1138 kg car. The result is a top speed 391 km/h and the acceleration is 3.2 sec for 0-100 km/h. The car is a 3 seater, midst the driver and the two other slightly back. Niki Lauda joked: Very practical, you can take your wife and girl friend too. Only 64 road-going examples were made. Not much of a sooooo practical car. The models are curved from wood, wheels are with rubber tyres and the lights are inserted plastic ones. Enjoy the pictures.
  6. Nissan GT-R50 2018 The Nissan GT-R marks its 50th anniversary this year, so the Japanese automaker decided to celebrate in style. Nissan teamed up with legendary design firm Italdesign — which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — to create a one-off custom GT-R, appropriately named GT-R50. The handbuilt car based on the GT-R Nismo with its 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V6 but now produces 710 horsepower. Unveiled at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The car made other appearances around the world. Reaction from the public was so positive that Nissan and Italdesign decided to put the GT-R50 into production. Price was $1.1 million. The price tag is around 10 times the price of a base GT-R. The little model made by Tomica in 1:63, the greater is 1:24 made by Miniauto, China. The front wheels are positionable, the caliper and breakdisc don`t turn with the wheels, the side mirrors are foldable. Enjoy the pictures.
  7. Maserati Levante 2016 Italian sports car makers aren’t famed for their SUVs. The first was Maserati to bring one to market while Ferrari has committed to never building a jacked-up 488 GTB. But there was an Alfa Romeo around the corner and Lamborghini is worked too. The Maserati Levante is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV based on the Kubang concept carthat debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Levante featured Ferrari's 3.0L V6 twin turbo 350 PS engine, in two states of tune. A diesel model is also offered for RHD market. It has an undeniable charm that other SUVs don`t have in this market segment. Despite its bulky body, this is a car that has Italian DNA in its veins, and is pleasingly agile given its size. The model made by Grani&Partner (7-Eleven) in 1:64 scale. Enjoy the pictures.
  8. Hi John, I don`t know about any other scale model in plastic but I can show you my one-off Sabres in 1:75. You can find more about these and a diecast Franklin Mint 1:25 in My Rare Auto Models post in the Diecast Corner Forum. Enjoy the pictures.
  9. 1-75 story 10 Lotec C 1000 1995 A United Arab Emirates citizen want to own the fastest, individually owned car in the world in 1994. He contracted Mercedes which in turn also contacted Lotec for the body design. The car was powered by the 5.6 liter V-8 Mercedes engine, with Garrett twin turbo chargers and 1000 hp. The „C” in the name is for the Lotec body material, carbon fiber and completed in 1995. The car accelerated in 3.2 s 0-60 mph and 8.08 s 0-125 mph and arrived 268 mph top speed. The total production cost was over $2,200,000 but the final price was around $3.4 million. In 2013 the car was sold on an auction in the United States for $650,000. the odometer was showing merely 1,600 miles on the clock. Lotec – Colani Testa d`Oro 1992 There have been many speed record attempts in a Ferrari at the Bonneville Salt Flats, but none of tham was as stricking as the Lotec-Colani Testa d`Oro. Colani and his team brought the Testa d`Oro, along with three other cars, to Bonneville in 1991 to compete in the Speed Week. The project based on a Ferrari Testa Rossa 1984 with a cooperation the two of tham. The car was fitted with a Colani-designed body. The Ferrari Twin Turbo Flat 12 engine with 4942 cc displacement was tuned to 750 bhp. The car arrived 351 km/h that time a record of a modified production car. Later was equipped with a more radical Colani body and sold in 2015 for $1.7 million. The models are made of wood with rubber tyres, head and rear lights are inserted or painted. Enjoy the pictures.
  10. Lamborghini Essenza SC V12 2020 Automobili Lamborghini presents the Essenza SC V12, the track-only hypercar in a limited edition of 40 units. Developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile. The 6.5 litre V12 engine without catalysts can deliver 830 hp, top speed is over 340 km/h. The power is handled by a new X-trac sequential 6-speed gearbox, situated transversely at the rear and combined with rear-wheel drive. The aerodynamic shape of the Essenza creates 1,200 kg of downforce at 250 km/h, that’s more than the current GT3 cars. The body is a unique carbon-fiber tub without integrated roll cage developed with FIA prototype safety rules in mind. The price is $2.4 million. The model is made by Jiglifang/China 1:24 scale. The engine compartment is decorated highly but has very few analogy to 1:1. Enjoy the pictures.
  11. Maserati Alfieri Concept 2014 Maserati unveiled the Alfieri, a 2+2 concept car to celebrate the Maserati ’s centenary at the Geneva Palexpo. The name of Alfieri, the most prominent of the Maserati brothers, and the engineering genius who founded “Officine Alfieri Maserati” in Bologna a century ago. The full functioning concept was powered by a 4691 cc, 450 bhp engine, connected transaxle to a ZF 6-Speed automatic gearbox. According to Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Group Chief of Design at Fiat: ”I sincerely can’t say that we’ll see this car in production in two years-time, but I’m certain we’ll see something very similar.” Alas the car didn`t went in production. The model is made by Grani & Partner (7 Eleven) 1:64 in the Maserati line. Enjoy the pictures.
  12. Hi Zenon, use cotton stick with nail polish remover. First test the base colour on a not exponated area. If one - two light wipes don`t solve the colour you can go to the tampo-print. Again with light wipes you can remove it. Possibly you will need to correct the shine of the area.
  13. 1-75 story 09 Cizeta-Moroder V16T Concept 1988 Claudio Zampolli ( his monogram CZ – pronounced in Italian: chizeta ) - an automotiv engineer - built the conceptcar in a joint venture with music composer Giorgio Moroder. The front part of body is designed by Marcello Gandini after dislike the blunt Diablo in his prefered style. The rear section is by Zampolli. The car was developed by Zampolli and a group of ex-Lamborghini employees and introduced in Los Angeles in December 1988. The car was powered by a V16 engine which based on 2 integrated Lamborghini Urraco 90° V8 in line and a single output in the center of the 2 engines to the five-speed transaxle box. Vector W2 Concept 1978 Jerry Wiegert a young engineer presumed to dream big. He designed a car; the body,the chassis, the instrumentation, even the paint. Everyting state of the art and high tech.. He said in 1977 to his W2 as a GT. It was powered by twin-turbocharged 5.7 litre Chevrolet V8 engine with more than 600 hp. The car was claimed to arrive 389 km/h top speed. There was built totally 19 pc lightly modified and named W8. Wiegert said 40 years later it was the world’s first supercar. They are all hidden in garages, polished and well-maintained, always driven as antique pieces of art. The models are made „traditionally” from wood. Enjoy the pictures.
  14. General Motors LeSabre Concept 1951 The model is made from a GlenCoe Models kit 1:72 scale. The colour is the same as the prototype was painted in the workshop and never showed publicly. The kit needed some correction at the rear and a transparent windshield in place of the solid plastic block.
  15. Thank you guys the nice comments.
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