Classics’ Newsletter #68

Latest news and information from Classic Carlectables in Newsletter #68 (April-June 2017). The only 1:43 scale items are the 2017 Supercars from Triple Eight Engineering – the Red Bull duo of Whincup and van Gizbergen, plus the Vortex machine of Lowndes. These models will be made in all three scales.  

Concept Cars: The Lincoln Futura

1955 Lincoln Futura by Minichamps in the original pearlescent white colour

I was browsing through the latest Minichamps Newsletter “Announcements for the next six weeks” when this thing took my attention – the Lincoln Futura concept car. Concept cars would make a great theme for a model collection, but that’s not what caught my attention. It’s the fact the original Batmobile was based on this car. … Read moreConcept Cars: The Lincoln Futura

American Formula 5000s To Use Aussie Tooling

Danny Ongais Lola T332 1975 Formula 5000

ACME Diecast will release two Lola T332 Formula 5000 racers later this year, modelling cars that Brian Redman and Danny Ongais drove in the US F5000 series in the mid-1970s. Acme has reached agreement with Australian company Classic Carlectables to use Classic’s existing tooling they designed and developed several years ago to produce 1:18 scale … Read moreAmerican Formula 5000s To Use Aussie Tooling

Minichamps to model 80% of the 2016 F1 Grid

Minichamps will model 9 of the 11 Formula 1 teams contesting the 2016 World Championship. Only Ferrari and Manor will not be produced by Minichamps. The company has announced it will produce 1:43 diecast versions of the Mercedes and McLarens, while Williams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber, Renault, Force India and the new HAAS team will … Read moreMinichamps to model 80% of the 2016 F1 Grid

HRT Star Wars Racers

Holden Racing Team’s special “Star Wars” Bathurst 2015 liveries have been modeled by Biante. 1:43 scale versions broke cover at Mount Panorama across the weekend of the 1000. In a deal arranged some time prior to the event, the cars featured the liveries created to promote the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. However, … Read moreHRT Star Wars Racers

Classics Confirm 2015 Bathurst winner In All 3 Scales

Classic Carlectables has confirmed the 2015 Bathurst winning Red Bull Commodore of Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards will be produced in all three scales – 1/64, 1/43 and 1/18. Additionally, all 3 will be manufactured in diecast and include certificate of authenticity.

Apex Falcon & Ferrari Announcements

Late last month, Apex Replicas announced they were ready to produce the 2015 range of Prodrive Racing Australia FG-X Falcon V8 Supercars, plus the 2014 Bathurst 12-hour winning Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. 2015 Prodrive Racing Australia – Ford FG X Four versions of the PRA Ford FG X V8 Supercar will be made – the … Read moreApex Falcon & Ferrari Announcements

Ayrton Senna Collection Re-Issues & Expansion

Ayrton Senna Racing Car Collection items

A number of models in Minichamps’ famous Ayrton Senna Collection are set to be re-issued. They are all Formula One cars from stages of his his illustrious career, being items #1 (1988 McLaren MP4-4 Honda), #5 (1991 McLaren MP4/6 Honda), #7 (1994 Williams FW16 Renault), #9 (1985 Lotus 97T Renault), #12 (1986 Lotus 98T Renault) … Read moreAyrton Senna Collection Re-Issues & Expansion

Craig Lowndes Commemorative Models

Classic Carlectables has announced a range of models to commemorate Craig Lowndes’ 100 ATCC/V8 Supercars race wins. Red ‘100 Wins’ and gold ‘Red Bull’ version Holden Commodores are available in 1:18 scale, while just the gold version is being done in 1/43, and only as part of a twin set. There is no Falcon model, … Read moreCraig Lowndes Commemorative Models

F1 Announcements From Apex – Spark & Minichamps

Australian distributor for Spark and Minichamps, Apex Replicas, recently advised of new product planned from both manufacturers. Alarmingly, there has been significant prices rises which will surely impact sales. From a personal perspective, it’s going to reduce what I’m buying. $100 for a 1/43 scale model (or $140 for some of the Minichamps!) is out … Read moreF1 Announcements From Apex – Spark & Minichamps

Leo Pruneau To Attend Diecast Model Expo

former Holden designer Leo Pruneau

Former Holden designer Leo Pruneau will be attending the 2015 Diecast Model Expo. Pruneau penned the look of a bunch of Holden’s hero cars, having a hand in the styling of the Torana GTR XU-1, A9X, HQ-HX Monaros, Statesmans and the early Commodore. Leo, who was Holden’s chief designer from 1969 to 1985, will be … Read moreLeo Pruneau To Attend Diecast Model Expo

Classic Carlectables April-June Newsletter

A number of 1:18 announcements are contained in the latest Classic Carlectables newsletter, #60 April-June 2015. The company plans a run of 1000 Jamie Whincup Red Dust Darwin BA Falcons from 2008!?! The Brock items will surely prove popular, while the only 1:43 news is some info about the 2015 Triple-eight Red Bull Commodores. Newsletter … Read moreClassic Carlectables April-June Newsletter