SPORTS CARS & GRAND TOURING CARS

The sports, GT and touring cars in this part of the collection all hold special significance for me as cars I have either owned and enjoyed, or would have liked to have owned. I have arranged them by year of manufacture and I think you will see by the notes which ones are my favorites.

Post-War to 1959
1949 MGTC: The TC Midget was the first post-war MG, launched in 1945. It was the car that launched the sports car craze, as returning GI's bought the nimble little cars they had fallen in love with while stationed in Britain. Powered by a 1.3L OHV four producing 54 bhp, the TC made up in fun what it lacked in straight line speed.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1951 Fiat-Abarth 205A Vignale Berlinetta: Only three of these cars were produced between 1950-1951, this being the third chassis and Carlo Abarth's personal car. Powered by an Abarth tuned Fiat 1.1L cc four-cyl. engine, and raced in major events such as the Mille Miglia, where a 205 finished 2nd in class and 6th overall
Model by M4 1/43
1951 Bugatti Type 101: The Type 101 was made between 1951 and 1952 to restart Bugatti production after World War II. Bugatti had lost its founder Ettore just after the war and his son Jean just before. They were the heart and soul of Bugatti, the company never recoved from those losses and the disruption of war. There were just seven chassis made, based on the pre-wat Type 57, bodied by four different coachbuilders. They were powered by the powered by the 3.3 L straight-8 from the Type 57 which produced 135 hp. This car is the Guillorê 2-door coach, the third Type 101 built.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

1952 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe: Twenty C-3 Vignale Coupes were built by Cunninghambased on the C-2R race car to homologate the Cunningham racing cars at Le Mans. Aside from the first car, the tube frame chassis for each car was built and prepared at Cunningham's shop in Palm Beach and then sent to Vignale for the Michelotti designed aluminium body to be installed, interior and finish work. Powered by a 5.4L Chrysler Firepower V8, the cars had a special manifold designed to handle four carburetors, which helped the hemi engine produce 235 bhp and a top speed of 130 mph. Slow production by Vignale, along with the stiff $11,422 price tag ended the idea of producing a road and race coupe.
Model by Brooklin 1/43
1952 Pegaso Z-102: Pegaso was a Spanish company know for its trucks and buses, but for a brief period, produced interesting sports cars. The Z-102 employed racing-car technology in its chassis and alloy body designed by Touring. Powered by a 3.2 litre DOHC V8 producing 360 hp with optional supercharger. With a top speed of 160 mph, the Z-102 was the world's fastest production car at the time.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
1953 Redele Speciale: Produced by Jean Redele who went on to found Alpine in 1955, these small sports cars were based on the 748 cc Renault 4CV engine, producing a robust 17 hp! The Pininfarina styling of these early "Alpines" carried over into the first production models. Redele raced one of these cars at Le Mans in 1953, but failed to finish due to engine problems.
Model by ELIGOR 1/43

1954 Arnolt-MG
: "Wacky" Arnolt was a Chicago industrialist, who imported foreign cars into the United States, collaberating with Bertone to make custom bodies for MG, Aston, Bentley and Bristol based cars in the 1950's. In 1953-54 he sold the MGTD based Arnolt-MG, which was a four-seat touring car, which used the MG chassis and engine. Even with ;ightened panels, the small 1250cc engine producing 54 hp was inadequate for the high price of the car. Only 102 were built, of which 35 were convertibles and only 36 Arnolt-MG's are thought to still exist.
Model by NEO 1/43
1953 Maserati A6GCS: Since these cars were designed primarily for races on open roads, Maserati did produce some street versions for select customers. A 2.0L straight-six (120 bhp) was used in the A6 GCS two-seater. These spyders were initially designed by Colombo and later refined by Medardo Fantuzzi and Celestino Fiandri. Fifty-two were made.
Model by da GRANI & PARTNERS 1/43
1954 Maserati A6G/54 Allemano: Also known as the A6G 2000 GT, 21 examples of the Allemano Coupe were made between 1954-56. Maserati placed the DOHC2.0L inline-six, derived from the racing engines of A6GCS and A6GCM in the A6G/54, fed by three twin-choke Weber DCO carburettors it put out 150 hp and had a top speed of 130 mph. Four body styles of the A6G/54 were produced, with body styles by Frua and Zagato as well as Allemano. There were 60 units made total.
Model by LEO 1/43
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Franay: The R-Type Continental was designed as a high-speed car, ideal for touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The R Type Continental was at the time the fastest production four seater car in the world, capable of 120 mph from its 5.6L six-cylinder engine. A total of 208 cars were built. One of five cars bodied by Franay (Paris).
Model by DINKY 1/43

1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Franay: The R-Type Continental was designed as a high-speed car, ideal for touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The R Type Continental was at the time the fastest production four seater car in the world, capable of 120 mph from its 5.6L six-cylinder engine. A total of 208 cars were built. One of five cars bodied by Franay (Paris).
Model by DINKY 1/43
1954 Volvo PV445 Duett: The Duett was produced by Volvo from 1953-1969 as either an estate wagon, or as a panel van. Rugged and dependable, the Duett has a 1.8L four-cylinder engine used in other Volvo sedans. Powerful enough to tow a small trailer, light racing car and spares!
Model by ATLAS 1/43
1954 Fiat Turbina: In 1954 Fiat was the first car manufacturer in Europe to introduce a car propelled by a gas turbine. The engine had two compressor stages, one turbine stage, power turbine was single stage with a geared reduction. The declared power was 300 hp at 22.000 rpm, and the estimated top speed was approximately 155 mph. The Turbina held the record for lowest drag coefficient on an automobile for 30 years.
Model by METRO 1/43
1955 Fiat Multipla: Then on the other hand... Produced between 1956-1965, the Mulitpla was based on the Fiat 600. It sat 6 people in a footprint just 20" longer than the original Mini Cooper. Its 633 c.c. engine gave it a top speed of 57 mph and a 0-60 speed of 43 seconds! Che cosa posso dire?
Model by NOREV 1/43

1955 Fiat Multipla: Another cute Multipla, this one is being used as a commercial vehicle either advertising or being in the business of selling Ramazzotti liqueurs. Perhaps stopped by the phone booth to call in an order?
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1955 Facel Vega FVS: The first Facel Vega production cars appeared in 1954 using Chrysler V8 Hemi engines, the overall engineering was straightforward, with a tubular chassis, double wishbone suspension at the front and a solid driven axle at the back, as in standard American practice. The FVS versions were fitted with a 4.5 litre Hemi V8, paired with either a two-speed automatic transmission or, a four-speed manual. The FVS was capable of 130mph.
Model by IXO 1/43
1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL: The 300SL Gull-wing was the world's fastest production car when introduced in 1954. Its distinctive gull wing doors have also made this one of the world's most recognizable cars. Powered by its six-cylinder 3.0L SOHC engine, the 300SL's 212 hp was good for over 160 mph. The Gullwing was based on the racing prototypes which won Le Mans in 1952. It was produced until 1957 and is today one of the most sought after collector cars.
Model by IXO 1/43
1956 MG ZB Magnette: Following up on the ZA which was introduced in 1954, the ZB had a slightly more powerful version of the 1.5L BMC B Series engine than its predecessor. This is a Varitone model, with two-tone paint and slightly larger rear window. I have always liked these cars and with a top speed of 90 mph, a nice Sunday cruiser on the back road two lanes.
Model by OXFORD 1/43

1956 Mercedes Benz 300SC: The 300SC was a handmade sports tourer, the pinnacle of the Mercedes line of their era. These cars were fast, elegant and expensive. The 300SC is powered by a 3.0L fuel-injected OHC straight-6 producing 173 hp. The exclusive SC was available in coupe, cabriolet and roadster versions.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback: The S1 was a update of the R-Type that it replaced. Powered by a larger 4.9L inline six cylinder engine, theS1 kept the R-Type,s beautiful body lines, but the car sat lower giving it a sleeker appearance. Fantastic touring elegance in a high performance luxury coupe. La vie est belle!
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1956 Morgan Plus 4: The Plus 4 was introduced in 1949 and by 1956, the 1.8L Vanguard engine gave way to the 2.0L straight-four from the TR3. The TR engine produced 100 hp and gave the Morgan a top speed of 102 mph. You have to love the classic Morgan styling with its steel body using a wooden framework, mounted on a rigid steel chassis. However, a lightweight aluminium body was available, which made those cars ideal for racing.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1956 VW (Beetle) 1100 : No collection would be complete without at least one Beetle and it is probably one car that needs little in the way of description. The car was originally known as Käfer, the German word for "beetle". It was not until August 1967 that the Volkswagen corporation itself began using the name Beetle in marketing materials in the US. With a modest 1100cc four (later up to 1600cc), these cars endeared themselves to the auto public from 1938-1980.
Model by DINKY 1/43

1956 Renault 4CV Coupe Autobleu: Autobleu was a small, short-lived French automobile maker based in Paris. They specialized in making parts to help owners make their Renault 4CVs go faster. In 1953, they introduced a a small stylish luxurious coupé with an aluminium body styled and built by Ghia. Stiull using the 4CV's small 747cc engine, they increased output to 25 hp and a top speed of 70 mph. Later cars used the Dauphine 845 cc unit. Rising aluminium prices killed the car (and the company) by 1957.
Model by ELGIOR 1/434
1956 Renault 4CV: My dad bought one of these new in 1957 in reaction to the Suez fuel crisis. He drove it for three years and traded it in on a 'Mercury wagon. Talk about night and day! A 748 cc engine producing 17 hp, which was coupled to a three-speed manual transmission, made these cars barely able to get out of their own way. I have it the collection for no other reason than nostalgia.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1957 Lancia Aurelia B24 Syder America: Only a handful of these cars were produced (240) between 1957-1958. With a Pininfarinia designed body, luxury interior, a lusty 2.5L V6, 115 mph top speed, superb road holding and handling, the open version of the B24 GT was more than a mere boulevard cruiser. The Lancia Aurelia is considered by many to be the first true Gran Turismo automobile and was designed by Vittorio Jano, of both Alfa and Ferrari fame.
Model by NOREV 1/43
1957 MG MGA : Produced from 1955-1962, the MGA replaced the dated T Series MG's. The "envelope" body was built with a body-on-frame design and used the straight-4 "B series" engine of 1489cc, producing 72 hp. Hydraulic drum brakes were used on all wheels and rack and pinion steering helped. It was a very popular car and naturally found its way into racing. In Sports Car Club of America competition the MGA has won numerous regional and national championships.
Model by DINKY 1/43

1959 Mercedes Benz 300 SLS: Not as well known as the Gullwing coupes, the 300SL roadster produced from 1957-63 are great cars in their own right. With the same mechanicals as the coupe on a tube frame chassis, the fuel-injected 3.0L six-cylinder capable of producing 222 bhp, moved the car along to a top speed of 160 mph. Aerodynamics played an important role in the car's speed. The 300SLS was a light weight version of the 300SL roadster which was for special racing customers.
Model by TEKNO 1/43
1959 Talbot-Lago America: The final Talbot-Lago production car was the America, made between 1957-59. The cars were powered by a BMW 2.5L V8 until the company was taken over by Simca in 1959 and were then powered by a Simca 2.4L V8. Production of cars stopped shortly after the Simca takeover and Simca itself was sold by Fiat to Chrysler. Despite the high quality of the Talbot-Lago cars, they could not compete in a post-war world, the Suez oil crisis in 1957 and lack of demand created an economic slide from which it never recovered.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1959 Porsche 356A Carrera de Luxe Coupe: Produced from 1948 through 1965, the Porsche 356 was produced in several coupe, roadster and cabriolet versions. The 356A version appeared in 1955, with a revision of the 356A occurring in 1957 (Type 2). Powered by a 1.6L GS four-cylinder engine, which produced 105 bhp. the de Luxe version of the 356A was a more refined and comfortable touring car; even though it was heavier and gave up some of its performance and handling ability.
Model by HIGH SPEED 1/43
1959 MG MGA Twin Cam: The MGA Twin Cam was MG's much-anticipated, and valient, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempt at offering a more powerful version of the MGA. Powered by a 1.6-liter engine with 80 hp and though cylinder size was unchanged from the ohv unit, the Twin Cam had its own alloy head with hemispherical combustion chambers and a high-for-the-day 9.9:1 compression ratio. These and assorted other tweaks added 28 hp, boosting top speed to at least 110 mph. Only 2111 examples were built.
Model by STROMBECKER 1/24

The 1960's
1961 Triumph Herald 1200: The Herald was introduced in 1959 and over 300,000 were sold before production ceased in 1971. Powered by a 1147cc OHV four cylinder producing 39 hp. The Herald is a plucky little touring car, with the heart of a sports car. A smart chap would have one of these over a Morris 1000.
Model by DINKY 1/43
1961 Maserati 3500 GTi: The 3500 GTi and 3500 GTis was introduced in 1961 as the first fuel-injected Italian production car. Powered by a 3.5L in-line six producing 235 bhp, a A 5-speed ZF S5-17 gearbox was standard, as were four wheel disc brakes. The 3500 GT was good for 145 mph. 2000 examples were made between 1958-1964, with most bodies coming from Touring.
Model by da GRANI & PARTNERS 1/43
1961 Mercedes Benz 300SL: The "SL" stood for "Sport Leicht" (Sport Light) and even in the early 60's, the 300SL was still a highly sought after roadster. With very few changes since its introduction in 1955, the 300SL's body was mainly steel, except for the aluminum hood, doors and trunk lid. It had a very aerodynamic shape and even the horizontal "eyebrows" over the wheel openings helped to reduce drag.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1963 Mercedes Benz 230 SL: The 230 SL was introduced in 1963 to replace the 300SL and was produced until 1967. With a 2.3L in line six-cylinder engine producing 150 hp, with the optional 5-speed manual, this could be a proper GT car capable of 120 mph. Most cars were fitted with an optional hard top. The 280 SL was replaced by the 2.5L engined 250 SL.
Model by IXO 1/43

1962 Facel Vega II: Facel Vega was a French builder of luxury cars. Their advertising slogan: "For the Few Who Own the Finest". Using Chrysler V8 engines, the overall engineering was straightforward, with a tubular chassis, double wishbone suspension at the front and a solid driven axle at the back, as in standard American practice. Performance was brisk, with an approx 118 mph top speed.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1962 Facel Vega II: The bodywork was beautifully styled, making the Facel Vega an enduring classic. Most cars were 2-door hardtops with no centre pillar, but a few convertibles were built. The Facel ll was powered by a 6.3L V8 which produced 390 hp and could reach over 135 mph. Produced from 1962-64, the Facel ll is now amongst the rarest and most sought-after of all 1960s Grand Tourers
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1963 MG MGB: The MGB was in May 1962 to replace the MGA and manufactured until October 1980. The 3-bearing 1798 cc B-Series engine produced 95 hp, giving the light car brisk performance and handling via rack and pinion steering. The preferred transmission was the four-speed with electric overdrive. I have owned a number of B's and they are cars I have a great fondness for.
Model by KYOSHO 1/18
1963 Chevrolet Corvette: I remember the sensation the split-window Corvette created when introduced in 1963 as the Sting Ray. Its 327 cu. in V8 produced 360 bhp. I have never been much of a Corvette fan except for the second generation cars made between 1963-67 and their excellent Larry Shinoda styling.
Model by CORGI 1/43

1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV: Presented at the 1963 Turin Auto Show, the 350 GTV was Lamborghini's first prototype and the precursor to the 350 GT. With distinctive fastback styling by Franco Scaglione and built by Carrozzeria Sargiotto, the beautiful body sat on a tube frame chassis and was to be powered by a 3.5L V12 racing engine producing 385 bhp. Alas, the body panels did not fit properly around the engine, so it was always shown without, using bricks for ballast!
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
1965 Lamborghini 350 GT: Produced from 1964-66, the 350GT, its Touring Superleggera body framework of small steel tubes, skinned with aluminium was Lamboghini's first production car. The 3.5L DOHC V12 produces 280 bhp, which is good for a top speed of 160 mph. This was a smooth-running, sophisticated high-performer that was generally faster and technically ahead of everything Ferrari had been offering up to that time. One of our favorites!
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1965 Fiat 1600S Cabriolet: Seldom seen on the US side of the Atlantic, the 1600S is an attractive Pininfarinia designed convertible containing Fiat mechanical components with a racing heritage. The Maserati brothers at OSCA engineered the 1.6L four-cylinder, DOHC engine and it produced 90 bhp, for a top speed of just under 100 mph. With four wheel disc brakes, a five-speed transmission and decent performance, it is a very nice four-seat open touring car.
Model by NOREV 1/43
1965 Shelby Ford AC Cobra: The Cobra was losing its supremacy in racing, so a new chassis was developed and designated the Mark III. A whole new chassis was built which featured 4" main chassis tubes and coil spring suspension all around. The new car also had wide fenders and was powered by the famed "side oiler" Ford 427 engine (7.0 L) developing 485 bhp, with a top speed of 180 mph. Production of the 427 Cobra was from 1965-1967.
Model by ERTL 1/18

1964 Lancia Flaminia Supersport Zagato: Lacia built the luxury Flaminia in its different variants from 1957 to 1970. In 1964 the Supersport with its aluminium Zagato body was introduced. Only 150 Supersports were built. A great two-seater powered by a 2.8L V6 that put out 152 hp. continental touring at its finest!
Model by NOREV 1/43
1965 Triupmh TR4A IRS: About 75% of the TR4A's produced between 1965 and 1968 had Triumph's new independent rear suspension (IRS). The 2.1L four-cylinder produced 104 bhp and made it one of Britain's best small sports cars. The TR4A retained the Michelotti styled body of the TR4. At Sebring in 1966, the three works TR4A IRS cars finished 1-2-3 in class. A TR4A was also raced with great success by Bob Tullius' Group 44 in SCCA racing.
Model by DINKY 1/43
1965 Renault Dauphine Gordini: Over 2 million Dauphines were produced worldwide in eight countries between 1957-67. Powered by a 845cc, 34 hp air-cooled 4-cylinder, the Dauphine could do 0-60 in a whopping 30 seconds with its turned Gordini engine! With a rear swing-axle which promoted bad handling characteristics at speed, how this young French couple made it into the Alps for a picnic is a wonder! Still, a French classic.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1965 Triupmh TR4A IRS: With wire wheels, the TR4A looks every bit the proper sports car it is. TR4A IRS models were also raced extensively and finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in class at the Sebring 12-hour race of 1966. The model shown here has a conventional soft-top, but the TR4A was also available with the "Surrey Top" hard top system; with a rigid rear section including the rear window and removable fabric section over the cockpit.
Model by VITTESSE 1/43

1965 Shelby Mustang GT350: Street versions of the GT350 were produced to homologate the car for racing. Producing 306 hp with its High Performance V8, the Shelby Mustang was a "vision" to me as a lad and seeing one in the dealer show room as I walked home from school. For a time, our Ford dealer had a Cobra, a GT350 and a GT40 in their big show room, nirvana! This blue is actually a 1966 model year color.
Model by KYOSHO 1/43

1965 Ford Mustang: Back in 1965, the Mustang was Ford's most successful auto launch since the Model A. Lee Iacocca championed the project as Ford Division general manager and with the Mustang's launch, the "pony car" class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks, was born. This is a GT version powered by a 4.7L V8 (289 cu. in.) engine. They were never great handling cars, but the Mustangs of this era have always been a favorite of mine.
Model by PREMIUM X 1/43
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL: Calling the Galaxie a sportscar would be a stretch, but it was a great touring car and happened to be the car I cut my automotive teeth on in the early '70's. Ford introduced an all new design for the Galaxie in 1965, with suspension modifications gave the car more road feel without sacrificing ride comfort. It came in a variety of V8 engine sizes from 4.9L to the massive 7.0L used in the NASCAR racers. Ours was a peppy 5.8L "352" V8, which could do over 100 mph!
Model by AMT PROMO 1/25

1966 Lotus Elan: The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupé version in 1965. The two seat Lotus Elan replaced the Lotus Elite. Powered by a Lotus-inspired Cosworth alloy twin-cam head of 1558cc, it could produce 126 bhp and a top speed of 120 mph. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now famous steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. It is credited as being the design inspiration for the Mazda Miata.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1966 Lotus-Cortina: In 1963, Ford approached Lotus to help them build 1,000 cars for homologation to race in Group 2. Produced from 1963 to 1970, the Lotus-Cortina was a high performance sedan with a 1.6L twin-cam four-cylinder engine that produced 110 bhp and had a top speed of over 100 mph. The 1558 cc unit was the same as the Lotus Elan, coupled with the Elan's close ratio gear box. The Lotus-Cortina had great success as a road car, as well as a race and rally winner.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Fitch Sprint: Legendary driver and engineer John Fitch improved the original Corvair design. Using the Corvair Corsa as a basis, the power train, suspension and steering were modified to turn the car into a grand touring machine. There were also cosmetic changes including a unique top which became a signature Sprint item. Engine tweeks boosted the performance of the six-cylinder engine to 155 hp. Suspension modifications significantly improved the cars handling and responsivness, aided by a quicker steering ratio. Lucas Flamethrower driving lights are mounted in the high beam position for greater visability.
Model by AUTOMODELLO 1/43

1966 Alvis TE21: Produced between 1963 and 1966, the TE21 replaced the TD21 from 1958 and in turn was replaced by the TF21 in 1967. Made in both saloon anddrophead versions, the TE21 had Park Ward body construction and is distinguished by having twin headlights mounted one above the other. These cars epitomize the low production sporting British saloons of the day, intended for an upwardly mobile buyer, keen on a car with classic styling. Powered by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine, the TE21 had decent performance for a heavy car and was capable of 110 mph.
Model by NEO 1/43
1967 Porsche 911R: Porsche developed a racing version of the 911, the 911R lightweight racers were the first among a series of 911s that would dominate GT racing for over 40 years. Most of the body panels were fabricated in lightweight fiberglass, for a total weight reduction of 500 lbs from the standard production car. It was powered by the 2.0L flat-six 210 bhp engine from the 906. One of 20 customer cars built.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1967 MG MGB: In 1967, the Mark II version of the B was introduced. Changes included synchromesh on all 4 gears with revised ratios, a new rear axle and an alternator in place of the dynamo. The engine had already been upgraded in 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft in an effort to improve reliability. To meet US safety regulations, B's received a plastic and foam rubber covered "safety" dashboard, dubbed the "Abingdon pillow".
Model by JOEAUF 1/43
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400S: The Miura was a trendsetter, the one that made the mid-engined layout de rigueur among two-seater high performance sports cars. Early Miuras, were powered by a version of the 3.9 L Lamborghini V12 engine used in the 400GT at the time, only mounted transversely and producing 365 hp. About 338 P400S Miura were produced between December 1968 and March 1971.
Model by RIO 1/43

1968 Ford Mustang Fastback: Marketeers hyped the 1968 Ford Mustang as "The Great Original" and "the most exciting car on the American road." Its 390 cu in. V8 produced 330 hp in this great icon of the muscle car era. Not a Shelby like we once had, but it reminds me of Bullitt's car. Long live the memory of Steve McQueen!
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1968 Ford Mustang Fastback: This model reminds me a great deal of the '68 Shelby 350 we used to have. Not much good at making fast corners, but very good at making fast straight lines! I was always amused at the wanna be racers that would want to find out if it was a true Shelby. They sometimes did to their displeasure! 1968 is my favorite year of the Mustang.
Model by ROAD SIGNATURE 1/43
1968 Ford 'Bullitt' Mustang Fastback: Two 1968 390 CID V8 Ford Mustangs (325 bhp) with 4-speed manual transmission were used for the chase scene, both owned by Ford Motor Company and part of a promotional loan agreement with Warner Bros. The Mustangs' engines, brakes and suspensions were heavily modified for the chase by veteran car racer Max Balchowsky. The director called for speeds of about 75 to 80 mph, but the cars reached speeds of over 110 mph on SF surface streets!
Model by ROAD SIGNATURE 1/43
1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7: Mercury's answer to the pony car wars was the Cougar, introduced in 1967 on the Ford Mustang platform. The Cougar, while never as popular as the Mustang, offered a slightly upscale alternative. A deliberate effort was made to give the car a more "European" flavor than the Mustang to American buyers. The Cougar XR-7 was top of the line, with a standard 4.9L V8 (230 hp) up to a 7.0L (427 cu in) V8 putting out 390 hp. bhp. Like the Mustang, the Cougar was also raced in the Trans Am series.
Model by VITESSE 1/43

1969 Porsche 911S: Porsche introduced the more powerful 911S model in 1966 and from that time forward, the 'S' designation mean't the fastestl version of the 911 production car range (not counting the cars produced primarily for racing.) In 1969, the 911 was given a slightly longer wheelbase to improve handling. The 2.0L engine was displacing 178 bhp and was capable of a top speed of 140 mph. The 911S became a racing and rally favorite and led to many victories for the little car maker from Stutgart.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza: The Corvair received a face lift in 1965 and the new design would last until production eneded in 1969. The Monza was the top of the Corvair model range except for the years 1965 & 1966 when the turbo-charged Corsa replaced the turbo Monza. The non-turbo Corvairs had two engine horsepower options for its 2.7L air-cooled flat-6, a base 98 hp, or optional 110 hp. Only 531 Monza convertibles were made in 1969 as production wound down. Sales of the Chevy Nova cut deeply into the Corvairs' intended market which brought a halt to an American car ahead of its time.
Model by ROAD SIGNATURE 1/43


The 1970's
1970 Renault-Gordini 8 : Produced from 1962-1973, the Renault 8 (R8) and was based on the Renault Dauphine. It borrowed styling cues from Alfa Romeo, who Renault partnered with to make the Dauphine. Powered by a 1.3L 4-cylinder engine with a cross-flow head producing 100 hp, the Gordini wersion was always the sporty variant of the R8 range and usually finished in French Blue.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1970 Porsche 914/6: By the late 1960's, Porsche was looking for a replacement for their entry level 912. In a collaborative effort with VW, they produced the 914. The 914/6 is powered by a 2.0 L flat-6 engine from the 1969 911T, placed amidships in front of the gearbox. 914/6 models used a similar suspension and brakes to the 911, giving superior handling and braking superiority over the 4-cylinder 914.
Model by HIGH SPEED 1/43
1970 Triumph TR6: The TR6 is one of Triumph's best selling sports cars between 1970-76. Powered by a 2.5L in-line six cylinder engine,the TR6 was capable of 120 mph. Not as nimble, or as good looking as the TR4/TR250 that it replaced in my opinion, they were very popular "boulevard" sports cars (and women seem to love them!)
Model by DETAIL CARS 1/43
1970 Triumph GT6 Mk3: The GT6 is a sports coupé based on the popular Triumph Spitfire convertible. Production of the GT6 ran from 1966 to 1973 and covered three model variations. All GT6 cars had the same 2.0L OHV six-cylinder engine which produced 104 bhp and a 112 mph top speed. See our Group 44 GT6 race car.
Model by VITESSE 1/43

1971 Lamborghini Ghibli SS: The Ghibli famous for its low, shark-shaped nose body, was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The car is powered by a 4.7L, 330 hp V8 engine, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph. The slightly more powerful Ghibli SS (335 hp) was released in 1970. The Ghibli outsold its two biggest rivals, the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura.
Model by IXO 1/43
1971 Lamborghini Indy: Named to celebrate Maserati's two victories at the Indy 500, the Indy was sold alongside the Ghibli as a 2+2 alternative GT car. The Indy was offered only with a 4.2 Litre V8. For the 1970 model years, the Indy started sporting a 290 bhp 4.7 L V8 engine, adding the Ghibli SS's 4.9 Litre V8 to the range, albeit downrated to 320 bhp compared to the Ghibli's 335 bhp. From 1973 to 1974, both the 4.2 and 4.7 Litre engines were supplanted by the 4.9.
Model by IXO 1/43
1971 Lamnborghini Miura P400 SV: The P400 SV version of the Miura had revised rear body work to handle the wider rear tires, a limited slip diff and better cam timing and carburetion. The result was an engine which now produced 385 hp and the Miura 4.0L V12 was capable of propelling the car to 180 mph. A total of 150 P400 SV models were made from 1971-1973, before production of the Miura gave way to the Countach..
Model by MININCHAMPS 1/43

1970 Citroen DS21 Break: Citroen produeced the DS from 1955-75. The influential design and features of these cars led it to be named one of the top cars of the 20th century. The DS advanced achievable standards in automobile ride quality, handling, and braking. Powered by a 2.4L four-cyl. engine, with its hydropneumatic automatic levelling suspension system, it was a great race/rally support vehicle.
Model by NOREV 1/43
1971 Datsun 240Z: The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z) was the first generation of Nissan/Datsun Z GT two-seat coupes, sold from 1970-1973. Powered by 2.4L in-line six cyl. Engine producing 151 hp, the 240Z was a success due to its relatively low price compared to other foreign sports cars of the time.
Model by NOREV 1/43
1972 Volvo P1800 ES: For two years Volvo produced this attractive hatchback version of its venerable P1800S sports car. With a 1985 cc, four-cylinder OHV engine, it could easily top 110 mph, while carrying two adults and several bages of groceries. With a four-speed and overdrive, disc brakes on all four wheels, these are nicely styled touring cars with rugged Volvo components. Only 8,078 units of the 1800ES were produced.
Model by ATLAS 1/43
1972 Citroen SM: The Citroën SM high performance coupé was produced by Citroën between 1970 and 1975. Powered by a 3.0L Maserati V6 producing 180 hp, The SM was Citroën's flagship vehicle, competing with other high performance GTs of the time from manufacturers such as Jaguar, Lotus, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo and Porsche. I saw one in a Vancouver, BC dealer window in 1972 on a dark rainy day, the white car dazzling in the light and was captivated; but never enough to want to own one of these quirky cars.
Model by AUTO PILEN 1/43

1972 Rover 3500S: The 3500 was produced from 1968-77. Rover saw Buick's compact 3.5 L V8 as a way to differentiate the P6 from its chief rival, the Triumph 2000. They purchased the rights to the innovative aluminium engine in 1965 and it continued in production for 40 years in several British cars. The V8 produced 200 hp. This is a Series II model and it benefitted from updated interior and exterior styling.
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43
1973 Fiat-Abarth X1/9: The Fiat X1/9 is a mid-engined sports car designed by Bertone. It was built by Fiat from its introduction in 1972 and until 1982 when Bertone took over production. The Abarth X1/9 Prototipo used an 1840 cc engine with a custom 16v cylinder head fed by twin 44 mm Weber IDF carburettors. Abarth built this car as a prototype rally car to replace th Fiat-Abarth 124. Fiat based their next rally cars on the 131 platform instead and only five of these cars were built.
Model by METRO 1/43
1973 Lotus Europa Special: The Europa was introduced in 1966 as a replacement for the Lotus 7, clubman racer. It featured a modified Renault 1.4L four-cylinder engine, producing 82 hp. In 1968, the Series 2 version of the Europa was introduced, eventually using a Renault1.6L engine and was capable of just under 120 mph. As Lotus continued to develop and look for ways to extend the life of the Europa, in 1971 a 1.6L Ford-Lotus Twin-Cam version producing 105 bhp was introduced. It was replaced by the Special in 1972, which had a bigger valved engine aspirated by Dell'Orto carbs and a top speed of 125 mph, which was pretty good performance for that day. The first 100 Specials were done in the Players black & gold livery to honor the F1 Championship for Lotus, but subsequent cars such as this one were avaialble in other colors.
Model by KYOSHO 1/43
1974 MGB GT V8: MG began offering the V8 in GT form only 1973 and produced the car through 1976. Featuring the 3.5L Rover V8 with aluminium block, the V8 GT finally gave the MGB the performance it deserved. Producing 137 bhp, the V8 engine was actually 40lbs lighter than the MGB 4-cyl., which also improved handling and braking. The MGB GT V8 was never intended for import to the North American market, although some have been brought over since.
Model by DINKY 1/43

1973 Toyota Corolla SR5: In 1973, Toyota introduced the SR5 as part of the Corolla range. SR5 stood for "sport racer 5-speed" and the cars produced in 1973-74 were all out boy racers. With bolt-on fender flares and stiffer suspension, they were the grandfather of today's high-performance Japanese cars. US versions received the 1.6L OHV four, which produced 105 bhp.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1974 Toyota Corolla SR5: This is a picture of my trusty SR5. I bought the car new in early 1974 and used it through the next few years in rallies and even some track racing. I learned competitive driving in this car, which was pretty forgiving and only bit me a couple times when I out drove its capabilities. New, mine cost just over $3,000 USD or approximately $16K in today's money; still great value! Truly a sentimental favorite and often wish I had it back.
Model by TOYOTA 1/1
1973 Levin J TE27: The 'home market' name for what was known as Corolla in the USA, was Levin J. Home market cars had the 1.6L twin-cam and dual side-draft carbs and were good for over 120 mph. In this age of renewed interest in older Japanese sedans, theese cars are now selling for several times over their original price. I cut my teeth in racing with a '74 SR5 and wish I had a 1/1 scale one still today - great fun!
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1974 Monica 560 V8: Monica is a French company that specialized in the manufacture of raiway equipment and like Italian counterparts, founder Jean Tastevin was an auto enthusiast who longed to build his own car. In 1966 he set up the car company to build a French luxury/sports counterpart to Jaguar and Aston Martin. Various prorotypes appeared through the years with Vignale coachwork, modified by James Young. In 1973, the decision to use a Rolls-Royce engine was abandoned in favor of the more reliable (and cheaper) Chrysler 5.6L "340" V8, which produced 285hp to propel the light tube frame car to 150 mph. Six production Monica's were made before production ceasedin 1975. The car was too expensive, costing almost as much as a Rolls-Royce and being the fastest sedan in the world was not enough to attract customers.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

1976 Mercedes Benz 280E: Produced for ten years between 1975-85, these 2.8L six-cylinder cars with all the refinements of the larger MB sedans were immensely popular. Fuel injection, four wheel disc brakes, 177 bhp, good for 120 mph on the Autoban, makes these early performance sedans from Stuttgart worthy of inclusion in our collection.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1976 Jensen Interceptor SIII: The Interceptor was a Chrysler V8 powered touring car which was designed by Touring and built by Jensen between 1966-1976. The SIII cars introduced in 1971 had a 7.2L Hemi-V8, producing 340 hp. The Interceptor is a RWD car, but is closely related to the Jensen FF 4WD car which looks similar.
Model by NEO 1/43
1978 Porsche 928: A break from the rear-engine, air-cooled Porsche 911 variants, the 928 broke convention for Porsche with its water cooled front engine 4.5L SOHC eight cylinder engine. Porsche's flagship model, the 928 fir Ferdinand Porsche's vision of a luxury touring car. I have never been a fan of the styling.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

The 1980's to present
1980 BMW M535i: Produced by BMW Motorsports, the M535i, featuring a 3.5L engine producing 215 hp, with special styling such as Motorsport front and rear spoilers, Recaro-brand sport seats, a close-ratio transmission and limited-slip differential, larger brakes, and other styling cues such as Motorsport striping down the sides of the car and on the front airdam, was available between 1979 and 1981 with 1410 cars produced.
Model by NEO 1/43
1982 Porsche 911SC Targa: In 1978, Porsche introduced the new version of the 911, called the '911SC', which was a cheaper alternative to the 911 Turbo (930). Its 3.0L flat-six cylinder fuel-injected engine produces 204 bhp and its 5-speed transmission allowed a top speed of 140 mph. The 911 SC included options like the rear whale tail, 16 inch wheels and sports seats.
Model by DE AGOSTINI 1/43
1984 Lamborghini Countach LP550 S: Often included as one of the top sports cars from the '70's & '80's, the Countach pioneered the angled look in exotic sports cars, as well as cab forward design which allowed a larger mid-mounted engine. The LP 500 S was the development of the original LP400 S, which while outwardly similar, the LP500 S had a 4.8L V12, which produced 375 bhp and had a top speed of 160 mph. Production started in 1982 and 321 total LP500 S models were produced.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Clubsport (CS): Powered by the 3.2L horizontally opposed flat 6 cylinder, producing 231 bhp, the 911 Carrera Club Sport (CS) is a reduced weight version of the standard Carrera that, with engine and suspension modifications, was purpose built for club racing. The CS had a blueprinted engine with hollow intake valves and a higher rev limit, with enough equipment and material removed to save an estimated 155 lb in weight. A total of 340 examples were built.
Model by HIGH SPEED 1/43

1989 Aston Martin Virage: Produced between 1989-94, the Virage was the first new Aston in 20 years. Featuring a powerful 5.3L V8, producing 330 hp, it was intended as the company's top model. While the DB7 V12 ultimately had better performance, the Virage remained the exclusive, expensive, and hand-built king of Astons. It was replaced in 2000 with the Vanquish.
Model by UNKNOWN 1/40
1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four: The Celica GT-Four is a high performance model of the Celica liftback, with a potent 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 190 bhp, and full-time AWD. It was created to compete in the World Rally Championship, whose regulations dictate that a manufacturer must build road-going versions of the vehicle in sufficient numbers.
Model by TROFEAU 1/43
1997 Lister Storm GTL: Until recently, the road going version of the Storm GTL was considered the world's fastest four seater. Only four road going versions of the Le Mans GT1 class competitor were built. Powered by a Jaguar 7.0L V12 used in the Jaguar XJR race cars, which produced 546 hp. Its $350K price tag limited sales.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

2004 Lamborghini Murcielago: Lamborghini's flagship model until 2010, the Murci'elago is an all-wheel drive, mid-engine sports car. Sporting a 6.5L V12 engine, it is capable of 211 mph and a night in jail for trying to prove it! This is the first modern Lambo design that I like, less angular and severe in appearance.
Model by AUTOART 1/43
2004 Maserati Coupe Cambriocorsa: "The Coupe Cambriocorsa was introduced in 2002 and produced until 2007. Cambriocorsa means ""racing shift"" and together with its 390 hp 4.2 liter V8, designed and built by Ferrari, a driver can launch the car from a 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. This car features a tribute to Fangio and his F1 World Championship in 1957.
Model by IXO 1/43
2004 Maerati Spyder Cambiocorsa: The Cambiocorsa (Italian, meaning "race change")is an electrohydraulic manual transmission that uses a Formula One-type gearbox with hydraulic operation and electronic management operated by F1-style paddles behind the steering wheel, similar to the system used in Ferrari vehicles.
Model by IXO 1/43

2005 Ford GT: Drawing inspiration from the GT40 and designed as a concept car for Ford's 100th anniversary year, just over 4,000 GT's were built for the 2005-2006 model years. Powered by a supercharged 5.4L V8 coupled to a six-speed tramsmission, the GT produces 550 bhp and does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Deja vu, like the original GT40, Caroll Shelby was brought in by Ford to help develop the Ford GT; which included performance testing of the prototype car.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
2005 Caterham Super 7: The Caterham 7 is the direct evolution of the Lotus Seven which was launched in 1957. Caterham who had been a Lotus dealer purchased the rights to produce the 7 from Lotus in 1973 when Lotus planned to discontinue the model. A 1.6L Ford engine producing 150hp powers this iconic sports car, which has been popular with club racers for over 50 years.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
2005 Lotus Exige Series 2: The Lotus Exige is a two-door, two-seat sports car made by Lotus since 2000. It is a coupé version of the Lotus Elise, a mid-engined roadster in production since 1996. Powered by a 1.8 L 16-valve DOHC Toyota/Yamaha engine through a six-speed transmission, the Exige produces 190 bhp and has a top speed of about 150 mph. In 2006, Lotus introduced the S version of the Exige, which has a supercharged engine and produces 218 hp. This reduces the Exige S' 0-100 mph two seconds to 9.98.
Model by AUTOART 1/43

2005 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren: The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is an Anglo-German sports car jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive, Mercedes owns 40% of the McLaren Group. This is MB's entry into the top echelon of GT cars with SLR standing for "Sport, Leicht, Rennsport" (sport, light, racing). Mercedes-Benz has stated that they will build 3500 SLRs in a span of 7 years, with an annual production of only 500 cars. The SLR sports a hand-built 5.4-litre, supercharged, all-aluminium, SOHC V8 engine which produces 617 hp and a top speed of 210 mph.
Model by IXO 1/43
2006 Lamborghini Gallardo: The Gallardo has been Lamborghini's most produced model with over 10,000 units made between 2001-2011. For 2006, the Gallardo underwent several changes to the exhaust,steering, suspension, gearing, but also, the 5.0L V-12 engine power was increased to 513 hp. The result was a much improved car; it handled and turned better, sounded better under full throttle and the extra power and lower gearing made an already fast car into a much faster one. The Gallardo has a top speed of 200 mph.
Model by AUTOART 1/43
2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT: With a Ferrari-designed and built 4.2 liter V8 engine to further exploit the exceptional handling and balance of this sensational Pininfarinia styled sedan. Producing 400 bhp, the V8 engine pushes the Quattroporte Sport GT to a top speed of 170 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 5.6 seconds. A six-speed dual mode ZF transmission with paddle shifters, 20"" wheels, Brembo brakes and an interior trimmed in rich leather with carbon fiber accents, who wouldn't want to own one?
Model by IXO 1/43

2009 Porsche 911 Targa: The 997 series of 911 production began in 2005 and while keeping a similar profile of its predecessor, its revised shape brought the drag coefficient down to 0.28. The Targa is the 4WD version with dual, sliding glass tops. Powered by a 3.8L flat-six cyl. engine, the 350 hp engine easily propels this version of the iconic 911 to well over 190 mph.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
2009 Cadillac ELR: The Cadillac ELR is a future plug-in hybrid sports car first shown as a concept car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the Cadillac Converj. Incorporating the propulsion system from the Chevrolet Volt—the battery pack, the 120-kilowatt electric motor, and the four-cylinder engine-generator, the Converj concept has an all-electric range of 40 miles and a top speed of 100 mph. It is expected to go into production as a 2014 model.
Model by LUXURY 1/43
2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo: The Panamera is Porsche's first four-door coupe, aimed at the luxury sedan market. It is front-engined with rear-wheel drive, or with four-wheel drive. The Panamera's name is derived, like the Porsche Carrera line, from the Carrera Panamericana race. Its 4.8L Twin Turbo V8 produces 550 hp and moves its 4,000 lbs along nicely!
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
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Model by ALTAYA 1/43


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