Mini mus­cle

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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usu­ally con­cen­trate on the top shelf mod­els in this mag­a­zine, but most col­lec­tors like to check out the bar­gain base­ment as well. Th­ese 1:64 scale cars were found in Big W and we have to ad­mit they are very cool. And very cheap.

The mint green 1969 Dodge Charger Day­tona is part of Hot Wheels 2013 HW Work­shop se­ries, priced at $2.25 in my lo­cal store. The rad­i­cal Day­tona was a limited-edi­tion of 500 road cars built to ho­molo­gate this de­sign for NASCAR rac­ing.

Other clas­sics in the Work­shop se­ries in­clude a 1968 Ply­mouth Bar­racuda For­mula S, 1969 Mer­cury Cougar Elim­i­na­tor, 1971 Dodge Chal­lenger and 1969 Ford Torino Tal­ladega. Not a bad col­lec­tion to park in your 1:64 fan­tasy garage.

Matchbox, now owned by Mat­tel, has tra­di­tion­ally pro­duced a more con­ser­va­tive range of mod­els but there are signs that they are also af­ter a slice of the mini mus­cle mar­ket. A 1971 Pon­tiac Firebird For­mula is part of the MBX Adventure City se­ries. Th­ese also re­tail at $2.25.

Also spot­ted was a new brand called M2 Ma­chines, made in Cal­i­for­nia by Cast­line Inc. Th­ese are $10 each but in­clude open­ing bon­nets and doors with re­al­is­tic en­gine and in­te­rior de­tails, plus rub­ber tyres. Th­ese are small toys for the big boys.

The M2 ‘Wild Cards’ se­ries in­cludes this 1968 Ply­mouth Bar­racuda Su­per Stock drag car with or­ange Hemi mo­tor. Also in­cluded is a 1969 Pon­tiac GTO and 1968 Firebird.

Each store seems to have a dif­fer­ent range of mod­els so you’ll have to hunt around to find the ones you want. in 1952 when it was op­er­at­ing as Coote & Jor­gensen in Fair­field, Syd­ney.

It was a sad day although the com­pany sup­plied plenty of Jim Beam, which may ex­plain why the group seen in the last day photo ap­pear to be fairly happy. Let’s hope they got good re­dun­dancy packages.

Also seen in the photo are the last two Borg Warner boxes to come off the pro­duc­tion line. Th­ese were made for a Ss­sangY­ong and a Lon­don taxi­cab.

When the doors closed an­other sig­nif­i­cant piece of Australia’s once boom­ing car man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try was lost.

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