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Duesenberg Model J Willoughby 1937 Black & Silver 1:18
Sunbeam Tiger Le Mans 1964 #9 Blumer/Procter
Bugatti T251 France 1956 #28 Trintignant
Ferrari 750M Sebring 1955 #24 McAfee/Wheeler
Stutz DV32 Monte Carlo Sedan by Weymann 1933 Beige & Brown

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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16
Nov
Autocult: deliver its 1938 Dodge Barnes Streamlined Wrecker & 1942 Mathis VL333, more oddness from his great brand of resincast models...
Avenue 43: odd looking 1961 Chevrolet Corvette concept by Vignale is here and nicely modelled in 43rd scale...
Spark: delivery has arrived with plenty of new models but we have been left a little short of some stock whilst stray boxes are searched for by the carriers! Le Mans winning Alfa plus Sunbeam & Porsches, TdC Alpine, N24, Spa 24 & VLN BMW M6 GT3s, F1 Bugatti, Daytona Cadillac, IMSA Porsche JLP3, WRC Fiestas, Honda RC213s, street Mercedes, Pikes Peak Norma and Dakar Peugeot, now that's a good mix of subjects...
CMC: more versions of the 1:18 premium diecast Lancia Ferrari D50 are now released with the Peter Collins Nurburgring long nose, Collins/Fangio Italy short nose & Ascari/Pilette two car set...
Le Mans Annual: has arrived in stock! Get your copy of the new, interactive 'ACO Le Mans 24hrs 2018' before they are all gone...
15
Nov
Books: as we approach the last events of the year the seasonal annuals are being announced. You can now pre-order Autocourse, Porsche Sport, 24 Stunden Nurburgring and ACO Le Mans 24hrs (be quick as this will arrive in stock tomorrow) plus a few others of interest...
ABC Brianza: is to make 1:43 resin/metal kit & hand built models of the Delahaye 148N Presidenziale Lebrun Chapron 1939 and due sometime early next year...
Autocult: continues its theme of giving you the unusual this time offering the 1906 Adler 18-35 Prasidentenwagen, 1965 De Tomaso Vallelunga & 1935 Zbrojovka Z6 for December sale...
Avenue 43: exciting announcement of the pretty Lotus 11 Ghia Aigle plus VW T3 Traveller motorhome coming as 1:43 resincast models...
14
Nov
Hiro: is readying four 1:24 Le Mans Jaguar XJR detailed kits and two 2018 AF Corswe Ferrari 488 GTE kerb-side kits. Get your order in fast!...
Ixo: Jari-Matti Latvala's 2017 Sweden Toyota Yaris WRC & Valentino Rossi's Monza Rally Ford Fiesta are the latest two rally winning 1:43 diecast models to appear out of this brands future production catalogue...
Studio 27: will reissue 1:20 Lotus 81, Jordan EJ12 & Tyrrell 025 resin/metal kits plus various photoetched detailing sets during December...
Automodelli Studio: working on a series of 1:43 resin/metal kits of the Can-Am Mk2 Lola T70 Spiders...
Revell: will be making 1:16 Porsche 928 and 1:24 Martini Porsche 934 plastic kits for release early in 2019...
Faenza 43: delivers new 1:43 hand built selection of classic Ferraris all modelled on races in the 1950s USA...
Porsche Sale: all Porsche related stock now on sale with a minimum of 15% off the standard prices - resincast, diecast, plastic kits, resin/metal kits, books & accessories all reduced, some with huge savings. Sale ends 25th...
Marsh Models: there is a story doing the rounds that John Simons is retiring. This simply is NOT TRUE! Whilst John plans to rationalise his catalogue and move to a smaller workshop, he has no intention of quitting the business at this time...
13
Nov
Decalcas: a bright and colouful Phillips sponsored 1:24 decal set is now available made to fit the Belkits Opel Manta 400 plastic kits...
Komakai: 'Fiat 131 Abarth Fast Guide' photo detailing booklet is now in stock...
Modellismo 90: British lady Formula 1 racer Davina Galica's 1977 Race of Champions Surtees TS19 is now in stock as a quality resin/metal 1:43 kit...
Evrat: 1937 roof closed & 1940 roof open versions of the beautiful Mercedes Type 320 Cabriolet A are now on sale skilfully modelled as 1:43 hand builts...
09
Nov
Protomodel: (by Studio 27) delivers its first resin/metal 1:24 kit, the 2018 Le Mans winning Toyota TS050...
FFK Miniatures: introducing a new brand, the first offering is a 1:12 resin kit of the 1969/1970 Matra 650 making Le Mans, Paris 1000kms and Temporada...
FSW Weekly: this week's edition has news of new releases from Looksmart, Minichamps, Oxford, Beemax, Schuco, BBR, SMTS and Autocult...
BBR: is to make the #51 & #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488GTEs from Le Mans 2018 in both 1:18 & 1:43...
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