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This will be my second topic with everything other than Ferraris. 

Let's start with some British madness. A car not legal on the roads in US, but an absolute masterpiece of weird awesomeness.

I don't remember the manufacturer, but it is 1:18 diecast, which I have repainted.

TVR SAGARIS

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4 hours ago, Gramps46 said:

Very nice Mercedes.  Kyoso?  Is it 1/18?  Up top is a nice feature.

Thank you Gary.

Yes it is a Kyosho and all cars that I am about to show will be 1/18 scale. 

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Here is a nice affordable model. A Maisto. This has been released many years ago, but it is still in their current catalog and in the months before Christmas can be found in Costco for under $15. For the money it is a great model. 

1:18 MERCEDES-BENZ CLK GTR - Maisto

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The Countach was followed by the Diablo. A completely new design, looking considerably more modern, but not much different car underneath the body. 

 

LAMBORGHINI DIABLO - AutoArt

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On 8/11/2022 at 6:17 AM, Gramps46 said:

Hand me a napkin my mouth is watering.

 

You like Diablos? There's more coming.

Here are a couple of Roadsters by AutoArt

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If you want to stay on a budget, Maisto also makes a decent variety of Diablos. This is their SV, as a comparison to the last one by Autoart.

LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SV - Maisto

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And here is the Ultimate Diablo - The GTR. This is one of the the cheapest models in my collection. It is a Welly, which I found at Ross I believe, for something like $9. The only thing done to itis that I masked and painted the black trim around windows and doors. I think it looks really good and holds it's own next to the vintage Autoart Diablos, which go for stupid money our days. 

 

LAMBORGHINI DIABLO GTR - Motor Max

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I enjoyed taking some new photos yesterday.

The last of the Diablos. This particular model is basically the car that marked a huge change in Lamborghini. While the Sant'Agata company was owned by Chrysler, it produced some good looking cars, but their quality was not synonymous with any nice words. Lambos were the epitome of "don't meet your heroes" kinda car. And the Diablo line was pretty much the worst. At the time the Diablo 6.0 came out, I was working for F.C Kerbeck in New Jersey. We were official dealers for Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini amongst others. If a Countach or Diablo was been brought in for service, all mechanics ran for the door and requested days off. The Diablo's transmission was referred to as "the garbage disposal" and one client brought his with vise-grips for a shifter, because the shaft on his broke. The 6.0 however marked the change of ownership of the Bolognese automaker. This Diablo was the first car made under the VAG Group ownership of Lamborghini. Read Volkswagen-Audi. And altho on the outside everything remained pretty much the same, the quality standards to which the Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 was built were on a completely different level. 

    Funny enough, the diecast model itself marked a step in the right direction for AutoArt too, with its better overall quality, photo etched grilles, hood supports and still reasonable pricing. These were things that were almost unheard of in the 1/18 scale diecast world, back in 2000. And all for about $50. 

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Carrying on with the Lamborghini theme.....

In 2001, Kerbeck imported the very first Murcielago on the East Coast. We had a booth at the (laughable) Philadelphia Auto Show, where we displayed it. I have a picture somewhere with it, three piece suit, tie and all. 🤪 Just like the model bellow, except I believe it was yellow metallic. 

 

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The Murcielago came in convertible form too. And Maisto did a mighty fine job with their model. Especially considering the price point. 

 

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Lamborghini didn't miss the opportunity to milk the Murcielago range with a SV model too. What is more interesting about this Super Veloce tho, is the AutoArt model of it. This was probably one of the bigger turning points in Autoarts quality and detail. The paint was way more consistently applied, there was more photo etched parts everywhere. The interiors were greatly improved. and finally, they figured a way to keep those iconic doors staying up. My model was a Christmas present from my wife (her favorite color is purple) and it is Viola Ophelia. A very interesting color, that the pictures do no justice. It goes from almost black to burgundy, to what you see on the outside pictures. 

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