1966-70
ROLLS ROYCE
Silver Shadow

Many still consider Rolls Royce the ultimate luxury car. In late 1965, Rolls Royce introduced one of their best-recognized models, the Silver Shadow. It came with a V8 motor of 'adequate' power and was a hand-built motorcar in the great British tradition. While only the richest could afford a Rolls, every child had the opportunity to buy toy examples from the likes of Matchbox, Impy, and others. In 1969, Hot Wheels offered a Rolls Royce for the orange track.

Cabbin' Fever Combo

by Doug

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Ready for vintage stock car races (above and below)

There is something about a black Cadillac that says, "going in style". Since 1902, owning and driving a Cadillac has meant something special. With four Cadillacs in their 1:18 scale line-up, Anson is quickly becoming the 'diecast of Cadillac', with every intention of also being the 'Cadillac of 1:18 scale diecast." Their latest efforts include two Cadillac Eldorado models, a 1953 (to be reviewed later) and the 1973 shown here.

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I initially wrote the article in February 1999.

One of the delights of diecast collecting is finding truly wonderful examples of cars we all enjoy. The two cars represented here are at the same time common and quite unique. They are common in that they represent two production cars, albeit in rally trim, the Suburu Impreza and the Ford Escort RS Cosworth. They are delightfully unique in that they represent the MOL Rally Team from Hungary.

     

 

In small-scale diecast there are hundreds of stock cars, Formula 1 and Indy cars and sport GT race cars. Professional rally cars are far fewer in number even though rallying is one of the most popular motor sports in many countries. One country where rallying is not as popular happens to be the United States and that explains why rally cars are scarce. Toy car makers are forced by economic realities to serve the US markets first. Perhaps this explains why every NASCAR team variation is reproduced in diecast of all scales.

1941 Lincoln Continental #218, Racing Champions