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Bentley S1 Continetal Park Ward 1956 Bronze/Maroon
Peaked Helmets/Bare Face 66->
Toyota C-HR 2017
Lamborghini Diablo SVR 1996 Blue
Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S 1996 Yellow

Visually a Hybrid, technically a Swabian  

The International Motor Show in Berlin 1939 – from February 17 until March 15 – marked the public birth of the Mercedes Benz Type 230-W 153. Due to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the potential success of the new Mercedes in convincing the customers was limited in time. Nevertheless some car enthusiasts saw the potential of the Mercedes, with a modified car body, to be a real luxury car from the beginning.   The Swiss industrialist Ernst Rufener, owner of a textile company based in Langenthal, also held this opinion. He had the wish for a special design according to his ideas and employed the renowned Swiss company Carrosserie Graber. Rufener envisioned a two-door convertible with four seats. The rear was supposed to resemble the Bugatti Type 57, which was designed by Graber in 1937. Distinctive feature of the French car was its long and pointed rear that also completely covered the rear wheels. The Swiss engineers adopted this design for the rear end of their new car body, whereas the whole front end was designed matching the look of the Stuttgart original. Contrary to the rear-hinged front doors of the standard Mercedes it was decided to mount two large front-hinged doors, which was quite uncommon in 1939. The pointed rear end did not only elongate the car visually, but also gave the car the flair of a large sedan. It remained a matter of taste whether an open or a closed top additionally strengthened the long-drawn-out silhouette of the car. The feature to countersink the soft top completely into the car body was also a quite an uncommon at that time.

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The Open Sports Built around a Len Bailey designed aluminium monocoque, the Open Sports Ford was the last car raced by Alan Mann Racing in its original form and used many suspension parts from the F3L project. Initially tested at Goodwood by Frank Gardner and Denny Hulme with the Weslake small-block, the car posted a blistering time of 1.07, showing its potential. The car was powered by various engines, including a bored-out small-block Ford engine, and an aluminium 8-litre V8 both using Lucas fuel injection and was driven by Jack Brabham to 3rd place in the Texas round of the 1969 Can-Am Championship.

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22
Oct
Le Mans Miniatures: the two 1:18 hand painted pit lane figures we said last week were on the way are now her and in stock...
DMC: one new 1:24 decal just arrived, Ford Escort Mk2 Portugal 1977 team of Waldegaard, Clark & Vatanen perfect for the new Italeri kit...
19
Oct
Ebbro: tentative release date of April next year for the 1:20 plastic kit of Jochen Rindt's 1970 Lotus 49C - yipee!...
Ebbro: in transit are several 2017 Super GT Lexus and Subaru, WTCC Honda Civics, Datsun SPL213 and Subaru 360 resincast models later...
Masterpiece: hot on the heels of its 1968 Alfa (not 1953 as previously recorded) will be the Porsche 901 Karmann Cabriolet in 43rd scale...
Avenue 43: shown off at the Paris show in 1961 was this interpretation of the Chevrolet Corvette by Vignale coming next month in 43rd scale...
FSW Weekly: edition #42/2018 was published yesterday evening - why not subscribe to the emailing list delivered to your inbox without delay?...
18
Oct
BBR: Vettel/Raikkonen Ferrari SF70H Brazil 2017 hand made 1:43 models are now in stock...
Minichamps: this week bring us its 2018 Stroll/Sirotkin Williams FW41 & Hulkenberg/Sainz Jnr Renault RS18 1:43 resincast Formula 1 models...
Masterpiece: new 1:43 resincast model release is a rather good looking 1953 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sport Coupe...
Books: the 'ACO Le Mans Annual 2018' is expected here middle of November. Get your orders in to take advantage of our online 5% discount...
17
Oct
Looksmart: set to deliver its 1:43 1963 & 1964 Ferrari Le Mans winners along with their team cars too...
16
Oct
Le Mans Miniatures: two new 1:18 hand painted pit lane figures are on the way with a French Fire Marshall and TV Cameraman both represented...
CCC: is reissuing several more of its early 1:43 resin/metal Le Mans kits with hand built models now available too - DB Panhard, Gordini T15S, Panhard Dyna X84 & new Alpine A110 Meyrignac concept car...
Hiro: how to resist fully detailed resin/metal 1:12 Porsche 962 kits, especially the 1986 & 1987 Le Mans winners and 1988 Shell/Dunlop car?...
Belkits: pull together Tamiya & Shunko to bring us the Delecour 1994 Monte Carlo Ford Escort RS as a 1:24 plastic kit in stock...
Italeri: 1:24 Ari Vatanen's 1981 RAC rally Ford Escort RS1800 plastic kit is now in stock...
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