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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Bay-window years

They don't make them like they used too - series

The Kombi is the VW Bus that I have seen more often when I was a kid.
The name even became a house-hold name during the 70’s and was highly popular.

I’m very fond of these two versions of the Bay-window (VW T2) bus.
The early version as modeled by that of Matchbox, from their Superfast transitional years.
Note the front signal markers lights located below the headlamps.

Tail lights are smaller, similar to that of the T1 bus

The latter version’s as done quite well by Tomica, from their F-Series range.
Note the front signal markers lights were located along side the headlamps.

taillights are now larger.

I’m not sure though, which exact model year were these 2 versions modeled after?
What is sure nonetheless, that these are my from my childhood era!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Tale of Two Gamas

Side-by-side feature

1969 is a peculiar year.
For one it has two numbers flipped.
That year was the release also of two peculiar cars;
the quad-lamped VW 411 and the VW Porsche 914.
Noticed too, that two of their numbers are similar,
yet flipped in arrangement. Coincidence?

The mother of peculiarity is that these two shared the same
4-cylinder Type4 engine!

The VW 411, the very first 4-door VW mid-size sedan

Very first VW to sport MacPherson front strut/rear coil
suspension and first to use monocoque body.

Love the opening features of old 1:43.

When Gamas were still labeled ‘Western Germany’ products.

The 914, the very first official joint venture car of VW & Porsche.

Very first mid-engined production car for Porsche.

Operable parts are appealing in 1:43, including pop-up lamps and removable top.

Made, prior to the unification of Germany. So Cool.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Vintage Galgo Racer Find

Holy Grail Series

This has been on my want list,
since 4 years back.
It was very elusive and all the more,
made me crave for one very bad.
Reasons being;
1st it’s a legendary Porsche.
2nd a delightful 3” Can Am 917-10.
3rd painted in German racing silver.
4th the Martini livery is a favorite.
5th a driver is on board.
6th it’s made in Argentina.
7th a not so common brand.
8th I just yearn for vintage stuff!

Mint in box…

Martini Porsche 917-10 by Galgo.

Appealing chunkiness

old stuff is...

way cooool!