Scaled down: Hot Wheels’ Lancia Stratos
1970s / Hot Wheels / Italian / Lancia / Scaled down

Scaled down: Hot Wheels’ Lancia Stratos

Hot Wheels has re-released the Lancia Stratos for 2015 with a metallic blue, orange and black paint job. Continue reading

Scaled down: Tomica’s 1/50-scale Subaru 360
1960s / 1970s / Japanese / Scaled down / Subaru / Tomica

Scaled down: Tomica’s 1/50-scale Subaru 360

Japan’s Tomica has manufactured several 1/50-scale replicas of the Subaru 360 over the past couple of decades. Some of the company’s earlier 360s were offered in bright colors like yellow and lime green, but the later examples like the fire patrol car pictured below generally wore special liveries. Tomica cars have always been fairly realistic … Continue reading

Scaled down: Corgi’s 1/32-scale Mercedes-Benz 240D rally car
1970s / Corgi / German / Mercedes-Benz / Scaled down

Scaled down: Corgi’s 1/32-scale Mercedes-Benz 240D rally car

Corgi built several 1/32-scale replicas of the Mercedes-Benz 240D (w115) in the middle of the 1970s. The lineup included a fire chief car, several police cars, a host of different taxis (including the quintessential beige German taxi), a couple of stock sedans and even a rally car. W115s occasionally participated in rally events across the … Continue reading

Scaled down: Majorette & Matchbox Renault 5
1970s / 1980s / French / Majorette / Matchbox / Renault / Scaled down

Scaled down: Majorette & Matchbox Renault 5

Rival die-cast manufacturers Majorette and Matchbox each built a replica of the Renault 5 over the course of the 1970s. While Matchbox only sold the three-door version of the 5, Majorette built both the three-door and the five-door and it even added the potent, mid-engined Turbo model to its catalog shortly after the real car … Continue reading

Scaled down: Norev’s 1/18-scale Fiat 500 Giardiniera
1960s / Fiat / Italian / Norev / Scaled down

Scaled down: Norev’s 1/18-scale Fiat 500 Giardiniera

Norev’s 1/18-scale replica of the Fiat 500 Giardiniera stands out as one of the best-detailed 500 scale models manufactured to date. The fact that they chose to reproduce a Giardiniera, the wagon variant of the 500, adds to the model’s desirability because 1/18 and similarly-sized 1/16 500 sedans have been replicated countless times over the … Continue reading