• 6 Jan
    2009

Hot Wheels’ Goodwill Ambassador

At first glance, Bruce Pascal looks exactly like what he is: a respectable middle-aged commercial real-estate agent with a wife and family. But get him started on the subject of Hot Wheels and you can almost see the years peel away to reveal the little boy in a man’s body who hasn’t outgrown his love […]

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  • 22 Dec
    2008

Hot Wheels—Still Blazing at 40

Mattel’s Hot Wheels, the ultimate stocking stuffer, turned 40 this year and is still the king of die-cast collectibles, with a staggering two cars sold across the globe every second of the day. Detroit’s Big Three automakers, eat your hearts out! According to Mattel’s Web site, more than 15 million boys in the 5-15 demographic […]

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  • 5 Jun
    2008

Model Car and Toy Car Collectibles

As auto companies lay off employees and reduce the models they produce, and the price of gas has us wondering if that van or SUV was worth buying, we might begin to ponder where the auto industry is headed. It seems like fuel efficiency will be the priority in modern car design.

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  • 11 Feb
    2008

The El Camino in 1:64

by Doug Breithaupt For many years, fans of Chevrolet’s El Camino have had little to collect in small-scale diecast. That has changed recently as the El Camino finally joins the 1:64 scale parade. Up until the 1990’s, only one El Camino was available to toy car collectors. The original Johnny Lightning series by Topper offered […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2007

A Survey of Chevrolet Nomads in 1/64 Scale

by Dave Weber, images Doug Breithaupt The year was 1954 and was the first time a Chevrolet Nomad was introduced to the public. It was one of the experimental cars in the General Motors Motorama styling show that toured the country. This showcar was actually a modified Corvette body that had been introduced the previous […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2007

The Less-Than Fairlady: Nissan’s 280ZX

by Brian Willoughby For almost 10 years, Nissan’s original Z car had dominated the American sports car scene, becoming, along the way, the biggest selling sports car ever made by anyone, anywhere. It was little wonder why: it was a first-rate performer that looked great and was reasonably priced and to top it all off […]

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  • 11 Feb
    2006

Military Vehicles Past and Present

Military Vehicles Past and Present by Ivan Delgado images by Ivan Delgado and Doug Breithaupt WC54 Ambulance (WWII), Johnny L. DINKY TOYS 22f Tank22c Motor truck 151a Medium tank 151b Covered wagon with cooker trailer (151c) 153 Military jeep 152a Light tank 152b Reconnaissance car 162a Light Dragon tractor 162c 18-pounder gun 161a Lorry-mounted search […]

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  • 11 Feb
    2006

1973 – A Glorious Time for Grand Touring Cars

By Doug Breithaupt To the French, they are the ‘Grand Routier’, to the Italians, ‘Gran Turismo’, and to the English speaking world, ‘Grand Touring’ cars. The definition of a GT car is that it is a fixed ortarga-top 2-door coupe with rear seats and sporting power, adequate to spirited driving. While the rear seats of […]

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  • 11 Feb
    2006

The Original Jeep: 50 Years in Miniature

By Doug Breithaupt One of the most-recognized of all vehicles, the original Jeep has been a popular choice for diecast producers. First built by Willys for use in WWII, it has also built under license by Ford, and later, Mitsubishi, as well as others. Willys became part of American Motors, which was bought by Chrysler, […]

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