The following editorial reflects the personal thoughts of Doug Breithaupt relating to our common hobby of miniature cars.
Articlle initially published by James Price, image by Doug Breithaupt, in Mar. 2003.
The Lincoln "Mark" Series of cars began in 1939, with Edsel Ford, who had commissioned Ford designers to construct a custom Lincoln in the "Continental" style for use as his personal car. So popular was this new design with Ford's Florida neighbors that the car entered limited production. Two 1:64 scale examples of the first Continentals exist. The first is a lovely model of the 1941 pre-war production car from Racing Champions' Mint Edition series. With opening hood and great detail, this is an excellent miniature. The second Mark I model is a post-war 1946 Continental from LJN Toys of Hong Kong. It was produced in 1978 as part of a Spiderman series, hence the color scheme. The casting is basic but solid and the grill clearly represents the post-war Continentals that were built in small numbers.
Article initially published by David Cook and Doug Breithaupt in Mar. 2003.
1968 MS 11 - Champion
Article initially published by Dave Weber and Christian Falkensteiner in Jan. 2005. Images by Doug Breithaupt.
Surprisingly, there are only a few "R" marques that have been made available in small scale! This study is developing some interesting trivia. For example, the family trees in the history of the automobile appear from time to time. Rambler existed off and on for over 50 years and can now be recognized as being a predecessor to DaimlerChrysler after many mergers and buyouts over the years! Other marques have similar histories.
Article by Craig Mueller.
Article initially published by Dave Weber and Christian Falkensteiner in Feb. 2005. Images by Doug Breithaupt.
We have almost completed this series! It appears that we should wrap up this project with about 3 more sections. It has been an interesting and challenging undertaking. We hope you the readers also are getting some value from it!