There were without question, some pretty fascinating cars produced prior to WWII. While I concentrate on cars from the 1950's to the present, I can't help but bring some of these interesting cars into the collection. For lack of a better place of putting them, I have also included some of the Dinky and Corgi toy cars I had as kid, as well as cars that don't fit the other catagories in the collection.



1927 Bentley 3 Litre Sport (LE MANS WINNER): Dr John Dudley Benjafield and Sammy Davis dominated the Le Mans field in 1927. The Bentley Motors entry finished over 350 laps ahead of the secons place Salmson. Known as 'Old No. 7', the 3.0L 4-cylinder car in 'Sport' trim was capable of 90 mph. Bejafield and Davis drove this car in the 1926 race, crashing one hour from the end of the race. In 1927, their car alone survived the famous White House crash, which involved all three team cars,
Model by IXO 1/43
1928 Bentley 4.1/2 Litre (LE MANS WINNER): Replacing the 3.0 Litre, the 4 1/2 Litre Bentleys used a four-cylinder in-line four bored out to 4.4L and which produced 130hp.. Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin won Le Mans in 1928 in this car, setting a new record distance covered of 1,659 miles and an average speed of 111.2 mph. Its sister car driven by Sir Henry Birkin and Jean Chassagne finished 5th, setting fastest lap of the race along the way. Each of the Bentley race cars of the era seemed to have received names and this car was no fifferent. Barnato christened this car "Old Mother Gun". After Le Mans it was converted to s single seat racer and renamed the Jackson Special.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1929 Bentley Speed Six (LE MANS WINNER): Captain Woolf 'Babe' Barnato and Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin won the 1929 Le Mans in this car, setting fastest lap in the process. The Speed Six with its 6.5L straight-six engine was introduced in 1928 as a more sporting version of the Bentley 6 1/2 Litre. This car was affectionately named "Old Number One'. The Speed Six would dominate Le Mans in 1929 & 1930.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1930 Bentley Speed Six (LE MANS WINNER): Woolf Barnato teamed with Glen Kidston in 'Old Number One' to give Barnato a Le Mans win for the third consecutive year. The win in 1930 made four consecutive wins for Bentley. The Bentley era of dominance was coming to an end however, as smaller and lighter cars were giving the world's fastest lorries and increasingly harder run for the money.
Model by IXO 1/43

1931 Mercedes SSKL: 1928 saw the introduction of the SS or super sport model fitted with a 7-litre engine and finally the SSK the most famous version of all. 1931 saw a limited specially lightened super-charged model, the SSKL, producing an astounding 300 bhp (150 mph) with which Caracciola would win the Mille Miglia.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1935 Lagonda Rapide M45 (LEMANS WINNER): The Alfa Romeo team miscalculated their total number of laps and position, thinking they were in the lead, only to lose to this Laganda driven by Johnny Hindmarsh and Luis Fontès who were ahead on distance. Powered by a large 4.5L six Meadows engine, the Lagonda was capable of 100 mph. It was Lagonda's swan song before going into receivership. Ironically, both drivers would be killed in military plane crashes during WWII.
Model by IXO 1/43
1936 Bugatti Type 57G (LEMANS WINNER): Nicknamed the 'Tank', built on the 57S chassis, the 57G was one of the first envelope bodied race cars. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937, Jean-Pierre Wimille and Robert Benoist drove a Type 57G to victory at Le Mans at an average speed of 85 mph. It was powered by the 57S' 3.3L in-line eight cylinder engine and 135 hp.
Model by IXO 1/43
1936 Fiat 508CS MM Berlinetta: Launched in 1935, the 508 CS MM Berlinetta shared its mechanical elements,including the more powerful 1.0L four-cylinder engine (42 bhp) with the 508 S Balilla "Spider Sport". The body was a an aerodynamic coupe based on the Balilla and was intended for competition on endurance race such as the Mille Miglia. The CS was heavier than the 508 S and proved to be less competitive, although one won its class on the Mille Miglia in 1938 with a larger 1.1L engine. This car was driven by Aldo Marazza and C. Benetti on the 10th Mille Miglia in 1936. They finished 34th on the race run between Brescia and Rome.
Model by STARLINE 1/43

1938 BMW 328 : Entered by Frazer Nash (the British distributor for BMW) in the 1938 Mille Miglia, A. F. P. Fane and Bill James finished in 8th position overall and took the 2.0L class win. Frazer Nash raced this car at Le Mans and in the Tourist Trophy races (both DNF) before wsuccess in the Mille. It was raced in private hands in the 1940 Mille, finishing 6th. The 328 was powered by a 2.0L OHV six-cylinder engine, which gave it a top speed of 93 mph. Production of the 328 stopped in 1940 as WWII consumed Europe.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1938 Delahaye 135 CS (LEMANS WINNER): The CS stands for Competition Speciale and the car was produced for long distance endurance races and rallies. Eugéne Chaboud and Jean Trémoulet drove this big car to victory at Le Mans in 1938. With a 3.6L in-line six-cylinder engine, triple carburetors and long stroke, it produced 160 hp. Every surface of the engine was carefully machined to reduce excess weight. This is one of 16 135 CS' prepared for competition.
Model by IXO 1/43
1939 Simca Huit - Fiat : Amedée Gordini and José Scaron won the Index of Performance finishing 10th overall and 1st in class at Le Mans in 1939. Gordini had not yet started putting his names on the cars he modified for racing. This streamliner is perhaps the most famous of the pre-war specials made by Gordini and powered by a 1.5L Fiat engine in a Simca Huit chassis, with special body work. Gordini would go on to produce special cars in conjunction with Renault and Simca after wwII.
Model by IXO 1/43

1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre: Known as the Embiricos Special, it is so named for its first owner Andre Embiricos, who agreed to finance a low drag concept car for Bentley with an aerodynamic coupe body designed by Paulin in France. Its 4.3L straight-six engine produced 142bhp and it could reach 110mph. The car was soldto HSF Hay in 1939 and was used extensively as his personal car. Hay, also know as Jack or Soltan, entered the car in the first post-war Le Mans in 1949, with 60,000 miles on the clock. He finished 6th, with Tommy Wisdom. Back again in 1950 with Hugh Hunter as co-driver, Hay's Bentley finished 14th overall . It was enetered in 1951 again, with Tom Clarke co-driving, but did not finish. This is the 1950 Le Mans livery.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1939 Bugatti Type 57 C ' Tank'(LEMANS WINNER): Jean Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron drove this entry to victory at Le Mans in 1939. The car was entered in Wimille's name. A revision of the 1937 Le Mans winning 'Tank', this ca was based on the T57 C mechanicals, including the 3.3L inline-eight cylinder, supercharged engine which produced 160 hp. Shortly after Le Mans, Jean Bugatti was testing the car on a closed road and was killed when he crashed the car after swerving to avoid hitting a drunk bicyclist. WWII ended any further Bugatti racing car development and also put an end to Le Mans for ten years.
Model by IXO 1/43


1925 Ford Model T: Known as the Tin Lizzie and Flivver, produced from 1908 through 1927, the Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile came into popular usage. The T had a front mounted, 2.9 L four-cylinder, producing 20.2 hp, for a top speed of 40-45 mph. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that "put America on wheels". Laurel & Hardy used the T as a prop in many of their movies.
Model by POLITOYS 1/24
1927 Bentley 3.0L Super Sport: The 3.0 L straight-4 engine was large for its day, but it was its technical innovations that were most noticed. It was one of the first production engines with 4 valves per cylinder, and these were driven by an overhead camshaft. It was also among the first with two spark plugs per cylinder, pent-roof combustion chambers, and twin carburetors. A 3.0L Super Sport Bentley won Le Mans in 1927.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1929 Cord L29: Founded and run by E. L. Cord as a holding company for his many transportation interests, including Auburn, Cord had a philosophy to build truly different, innovative cars, believing they would also sell well and turn a profit. Cord innovations include front wheel drive on the L-29. Its drive system allowed it to be much lower than competing cars. Both stock cars and special bodies built on the Cord chassis by American and European coachbuilders won prizes in contests worldwide.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

1929 Lancia Dilambda Torpedo: The Dilambda was produced by Lancia between 1928 and 1935. The car was officially presented in Paris Motor Show in 1929. The car has 4 litre V8 engine, producing 110 bhp. They are elegant, fast motor cars in the Italiam tradition. Many were rebodied. Our lucky chap has a sporting flair, preferring open air motoring is his big touring car.
Model by RIO 1/43
1929 Lancia Dilambda: A more sedate sedan perhaps? Still fast and still Italian!
Model by RIO 1/43
1930 Bentley 6 1/2L Blue Train: "The Bentley Speed Six was introduced in 1928 as a more sporting version of the Bentley 6½ Litre. It would become the most-successful racing Bentley, claiming victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 with Bentley Boys drivers Woolf Barnato, ""Tim"" Birkin, and Glen Kidston. This Sportsman Coupe by Gurney Nutting was named for the famous race against the Blue Train, with Barnato beating the train to London before it reached Calais, both having set out from Cannes at the same time. It was not the actual car which took place in the race."
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43

1932 Duesenburg SJ: E.L. Cord, owner of Cord & Auburn Automobile, saved Dusenburg by buying the company in 1926. Hiring Fred Duesenberg to design the chassis and an engine that would be the best in the world, the newly revived Duesenberg company set about to produce the Model J. From a dual overhead camshaft straight 8 that was capable of a top speed of 140 mph, the supercharged SJ version was one of the first "supercars". The Great Depression killed the cars off in 1937.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1932 Rolls Royce Phantom: The Phantom was Rolls-Royce's replacement for the original Silver Ghost. Like the famed Ghost, the Phantom was constructed both in the United Kingdom and United States from 1925-1931. The engine in these cars was an aluminum head 7.7L OHV in-line six. This Brewster bodied roadster was made in the USA, and doubt this was an actual RR color.
Model by RIO 1/43
1933 Talbot T23: The French Talbot company was reorganised in 1935 by Anthony Lago and after that, the Talbot-Lago name was used but on the home market the cars bore a Talbot badge. The T23 used an inline 4.0L six-cyl. engine producing 115 bhp. After 1936, many famous Talbot-Lago cars with elegant Figoni et Falaschi teardrop designs were made and have their origins in this car.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

1934 Fiat 508S Balillia: The 508S Balilla Sport competition version was inspired by an original design by Carrozzeria Ghia. The Coppa d' Oro (Gold Cup), was named after Fiat's success in that long distance race. The Balilla was powered by a tuned version of the Fiat 995cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine which produced 46 bhp and the car was successful in classic events in the pre-WW2 era, including the Mille Miglia, Monte Carlo Rally, Targa Florio, Spa 24-Hour, Ulster TT and Le Mans.
Model by DUGU 1/43
1937 Cord 812: The body design of the Cord 812 was the work of designer Gordon M. Buehrig. Nearly devoid of chrome, the new car was so low it required no running boards. Pontoon fenders were featured with headlights that disappeared into the fenders via dashboard hand cranks. A super-charged Lycoming V8 engine powered the car capable of doing 112 mph. Supercharged 812 models were distinguished from the normally-aspirated 812s by the brilliant chrome-plated external exhaust pipes mounted on each side of the hood and grill. '37 was the last year for Cord.
Model by DUGU 1/43
1938 BMW 327 Cabriolet: The BMW 327 was produced by the Bavarian firm between 1937 and 194, and again produced after 1945 in two-door sedan and cabriolet form. It sat on a shortened version of the BMW 326 chassis, with which it also shared the 1971 cc straight 6, with a modest power increase to 55 bhp and top speed of 78 mph. A higher-powered model, the 327/28, was offered with the BMW 328's 80 hp (60 kW) engine. 569 of these high-powered 327s were built up to 1940.
Model by IXO 1/43

NEW 1937 H.J. Mulliner Rolls Royce Phantom III Saloon: This beautiful car was originally ordered to the specifications of Alan Samuel Butler, the chairman of the de Havilland Aircraft Company. Coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner, who set about creating a body that would satisfy Mr. Butler's nuanced understanding of aerodynamics. Their design included aeronautically inspired features such as the forward-sloping V-split windscreen, a swept tail, an internally contained spare tire, and a dash console highlighted by a Smith Aneroid altimeter.
Model by ILARIO 1/43
1937 H.J. Mulliner Rolls Royce Phantom III Saloon: In 1940, Mr. Butler presented his one-off Phantom III as a gift to Britain's War Department for use by the chiefs of the British General Staff. In 1944, it was allocated to General Bernard Montgomery, known affectionately as "Monty," Montgomery used the car to triumphantly enter Berlin after the defeat of the Germans in WWII. This model is handmade by Ilario and is one of one hundred made. It was driven extensively by Monty's chauffer, Sergeant Cedric Parker.
1937 H.J. Mulliner Rolls Royce Phantom III Saloon: During its use under government service the car was driven over 300K miles. "Monty's Rolls" has carried dignitaries such as Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower, and royalty such as King George VI. Monty purchased the car after the war and owned it until 1962, when it became a part of the Leake museum in America. It is now in private hands. Chassis 3AX79 has consistently been said to be the finest running original Phantom III in existence

1938 Mercedes Benz 770K: Erroneously known as Hitler's parade car, this car was in fact that of Gustaf Mannerheim, Marshall and later President of Finland, hardly a Nazi. Powered by an inline eight cylinder engine of 7655 cc with overhead valves and aluminium pistons, it produced 200 bhp with a Roots type supercharger, which could propel the car to 100 mph.
Model by RIO 1/43
1938 Talbot Lago T150SS: The "Teardrop" is one of the most beautiful automotive designs ever created. Based on a T150SS chassistand bodied by Figoni et Falaschi, the Teardrop was one of the most expensive cars of its time and only sixteen were completed. One was raced in stock form at Le Mans in 1938 and placed third. As powerful as it is beautiful, these cars are powered by a 4.0 L six-cylinder engine, which produces 140 bhp and a 115 mph top speed. This car was raced in Algeria, Morocco and in France during its early life. It won Pebble Beach in 1997.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1938 Alvis 3.8 Litre Drophead: Alvis began making cars near Coventry until 1967. In the pre-WWII era, they were noted for their luxurious and highly innovative coach built motorcars. Powered by a six-cylinder engine, the Alvis also had independent front suspension, all-synchromesh gearbox (world's first) and servo assisted brakes.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1939 Rolls Royce Phantom II: The Phantom II replaced the Phantom in Rolls-Royce's offerings in 1929. It shared the 7.7 L (7668 cc/467 in³) pushrod-OHV straight-6 engine from its predecessor, being the last large six-cylinder Rolls. This Brewster bodied car in Coupe de Ville style is
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1939 Rolls Royce Phantom II: As a more sporty version to be fitted with particularly light coachwork the Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental distinguished itself from the basic model. Henry Royce believed there was a market for a self-driven luxury car and the success of this model proved him right. 281 Continental Phantom II's were produced. These cars were usually bodied by either Park Ward or Mulliner.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1939 Rolls Royce Phantom II: The Continental was a short wheelbase version of the Phantom II and was also lighter, consequently offering more performance, plus a better ride thanks to stiffer spring ratings and high speed handling qualities. The name particularly meant that it was well-suited to be driven on the continent. A very nice Drop Head Sedanca Coupe with H.J. Mulliner bodywork.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

1939 Bugatti 57S: The Bugatti Type 57 was an entirely new design by Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. Most Type 57s used a heavily modified in-line eight cyl. twin-cam 3257 cc engines. Type 57s were built from 1934 through 1940, with a total of 710 examples produced. The Atalante was a two door coupe body built on a lowered chassis. Only 17 Atalante cars were made.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1939 Delage D8-120: This French beauty is powered by a 4.3L straight 8-cyl. engine, which produced a top speed of about 100 mph. Delage established stellar racing success in the 1920's, winning Indianapolis and several Gran Prix, including the first British GP. Hard times befell the company however, being purchased by Delahaye in 1935 and cars produced luxury cars under the Delage name until 1953.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1939-41 Lincoln Continental: Edsel Ford commissioned the design for his personal car to be used on vacation in 1939. It proved so popular with his well to do friends, the company pressed the cars into production. Powered by the Lincoln-Zephyr 4.8L V12, the first model Continental is often rated as one of the most beautiful automobile designs from the pre-world war II era.
Model by IXO 1/43

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Galiber: Named after the famous pass in the Alps, the Type 57 Galibier was Bugatti's four-door sports saloon and a nice compliment to the Type 57 coupes. Built between 1933-39, the Galibier used Bugatti's twin-overhead camshaft 3.3L inline-8 which was good for 135 bhp and capable of 95 mph. The coachwork was done at the Bugatti factory, although it is estimated that of the less than 70 Galibier cars built, a quarter are now wearing different coachwork as more sporting roadsters, coupes or cabriolets.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1941 BMW 327 Cabriolet: First introduced in 1937, the 327 was built in both cabriolet and coupe versions, with the open car being shorter and lower than the coupe. Based on 326 mechanicals and built on a 328 chassis, the 327 produced 5 hp more than the 326 and had a top speed of 78 mph from it 2.0L inline-six cylinder engine. Only 500 cars were built before war halted production in 1941. After WWII, the part of Germany where the 327 was produced fell to Soviet hands. The East German EMW continued to produce 327's after the war.
Model by DETAIL CARS 1/43


1940 Ford Deluxe Woody Wagon: Surf's up! and Wally is on his way to hang ten. The '40 was a continuation of the same basic model from 1937, the 239 V8 produced 95 move this 3,260 pound beauty and its 8 passengers to the beach. The wood came from maple. ash and basswood grown in Ford's own forests in Northern Michigan!
Model by SUNNY SIDE 1/36
1948 Ford Super Deluxe V8: Wood bodied cars became very popular after WWII, with most manufactures outsourcing production. Ford instead grew, harvested and produced the wood in its own forests and mills, building the cars in their factories. Powered by a 100 hp, 374 c.i. V8, about 9,000 were made, the last year for wood bodies.
Model by ROAD SIGNATURE 1/43
1949 Ford Custom Woody Wagon: With three bench seats there is room for all your sufer dude friends and gear, with the long boards on top. Using the same flat-head V8 as the 1940 model, the 1949 Fords were completely redesigned, more contemporary looking and using hybrid steel-wood bodies, which is exactly what their customer's wanted.
Model by SUNNY SIDE 1/36

1946-1953 Armstrong Siddley Hurricane: Armstrong Siddley is famous for its Sphinx logo and producing quality luxury touring cars. The make also was involved with the aircraft industry in England, so its no wonder that its first two post-war models the Lancaster and Hurricane, were named after WWII planes. Produced from 1948-53, the Hurricane is a four seat drop head coupe. From 1949 the Hurricane received a stronger 75 bhp six-cylinder A.S. OHV engine. A.S. production ceased in 1958.
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1946 Armstrong Siddley Hurricane: This was the personal car of Sir Malcolm Campbell, with performance modifications and is painted in his famous Bluebird Blue. It was a fitting motorcar for someone of Sir Malcolm's stature. Unfortunately, he didn't get to enjoy it long, he passed away in 1948 at age 63 after a series of strokes.
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1950 Mercury Monterey: The styling of the Mercury Eight, when it was released in 1949, was successful in both breaking from pre-war styles and differentiating Mercury from its comparable Ford cousin. Powered by a 4.2L flat-head V8, the Monterey introduced in 1950, gave the Mercury line a high-end model. Popular with customizers, the first "lead sled" was a Mercury Eight
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43

1950 Mercury Monterey: Hod Rodders of the mid to late 50's loved the Mercury with its flat-head eight cylinder engine, which lent its self well to performance modifications. They also loved the styling which allowed great customization such as chopping and channeling. This car has received slight modification, but still subtly says, 'bad ass'!
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1950 Austin A40 Devon: The A40 Devon (and similar 2-door A40 Dorset) were made by the Austin Motor Company in England. from 1947 to 1952, they were the first post-war saloons to be produced by Austin. The A40's were powered by a 1.2L straight-4 OHV engine producing 40 bhp. They were popular cars in a post-war car starved England with over 450,000 made.
Model by DINKY 1/43
1951 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Club Coupe: One of these great looking coupes carried me home from the hospital as a baby. Known as the Futuramic Club Coupe, it was an early example of fastback styling and it was a car my Dad was always proud to have owned. Sometimes referred to as America's first muscle car, the Futuramic (stood for wider body) was the first post-war body styling for Oldsmobile. The Rocket 88 OHV V-8 engine with a 5.0L displacement and 135 bhp was good for over 100mph, a magical number for the time. Ours was traded in 1957 for a Renault 4CV, but that's another story.
Model by NEO 1/43
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air: Part of the second generation of Bel Air's launched in 1955, the newly restyled car earned the nickname "The Hot One". For '55 Chevy's gained a V8 engine option. The new 265 cu. in. V8 was rated at 162 hp and the "Power Pack" option featured a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades yielding 195 bhp. See the USA in a Chevrolet!
Model by COLLECTOR CARS 1/43

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air: A hardtop version of the Bel Air, the 1955 "shoe box" styled Chevy's were the last before the large tail fin era really took off.
Model by ROAD SIGNATURE 1/43
1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk: Produced between 1956-58, the Golden Hawk's raised hood and grille were added to allow space for a larger engine. It initially used Packard's big 5.8L V8, but in '57 a 4.7L super-charged Studebaker engine producing 275 bhp. It was one of the fastest cars in the world at the time it was new, second onlt to the Chrysler 300B.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1959 Chevrolet Impala: The Impala was Chevrolet's top of the line model and it became the best selling car in the United States. With all new styling, the 1959 Impala featured tail fins that curved outward rather than up. The base V8 was the carryover 4.6L with 185 hp. Performance fans could select larger engines with outputs between 290 hp and the big-block 5.7L V8 with 315 hp.
Model by CORGI 1/43

1960 Rolls Royce Phantom V: Based on the Silver Cloud II, the Phantom V was a large, ultra-exclusive four-door saloon produced between 1959 and 1968. For those that need to know, the Phantom V was powered by a 6.2L V8. Customers for the Phantom V included the Royal Family and were used as state cars. Perhaps the most famous one though is John Lennon's psychedelic painted one.
Model by DINKY 1/43

1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II: Introduced in 1955, the Silver Cloud is the image that pops into my head when I think of Rolls Royce. Stately and elegant, these cars have a commanding presence. The Silver Cloud II was introduced in 1959 and produced until 1963 when the third and final variation was introduced until production ended in 1966.
Model by VEREM 1/43

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