By Stephen Bresnehan
The 'Bone Blazers' 1957 Chev coupe recently appeared on the local shop's Hot Wheels pegs. This is the first time this casting has been released in Hot Wheel's main line, after its previous showings in the Classics and Ultra Hots premium ranges.
by Brian Willoughby
images by Doug Breithaupt
and Brian Willoughby
Love it or hate it, no one can exclude the amazing Lamborghini Countach
from any list of influential automotive designs. With dramatic looks, performance
and sex appeal, the Countach was one of the most desirable cars of the 1970's
and 1980's. Many consider the original LP 400 to be the best version.
DOHC 4 litre V12
With 375 h.p. and weight of 2,860 lbs., the Countach has a top speed of
185 mph. Later, a 5 litre V12 was offered in the LP 5000 QV model.
'E' type V12 S3
weather on the way, convertible owners are ready to bring the rag-tops out
of Winter storage. For diecast collectors, every season is top-down weather
in the toy room. Big American convertibles of the late 1960's and early
1970's are as some of the hottest among collector cars. Johnny Lightning
has taken the lead in offering these cars in 1:64 scale. None of the convertibles
shown below had been done until Johnny Lightning offered them to hungry
collectors. The following selection includes two representatives from Ford,
Chrysler and General Motors.
The 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible is a very rare car with only two
being produced. One recently sold for $425,000. The toy car represents the
automotive star of the Nash Bridges TV show and is a beautiful diecast model.
The 1970 Dodge Challenger was the 1970 Indy Pace Car and has the dubious
distinction of being the only pace car to be involved in an accident during
Several recent additions to my Tomica collection have made it impossible to resist the urge to offer another installment of 'Then and Now.' As regular readers know, I never resist such urges.
Hats off to Tomica for offering the new 2000 Honda S2000 Roadster even before it hit the showrooms. Diecast manufacturers are seldom able to beat their big brothers into production. Hot Wheels did it with the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette and it certainly led to future success for Mattel.
The new S2000 is a response to cars like the BMW Z3, Z Roadster and Z8, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Porsche Boxter. Of course, the Mazda Miata really gave re-birth to the roadster. The S2000, through it's name, demands comparison with Honda's roadster of the 1960's, the S800. Tomica allows us to make a side-by-side comparison of both cars. These two yellow roadsters span over 30 years of automotive design and engineering but they both share a common 'come drive me' look. The S800 was never exported in large numbers and only Playart and Tomica offered small-scale examples.