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Classic Cars (UK) - - Books & Models -

1:43-scale Con­naught A Spark, £53.99 We can’t re­mem­ber the last time a model Con­naught was avail­able, so Moss’ car from the 1952 Ital­ian Grand Prix is most wel­come. De­tail­ing is sparse but well­cho­sen, but a shame Moss him­self isn’t as well-ren­dered as his car.

1:18-scale Porsche 944S Turbo LS Col­lectibles, £151.99 Brings back me­mories of Eight­ies Polis­til and Ma­jorette. But LS’S big-money resin falls short, with too low a stance on its wheels, a glazed-over B-pil­lar and heavy heater de­cals block­ing a de­cent view of the in­te­rior through the rear wind­screen.

1:18-scale Jaguar XJ6 SIII Cult, £160.99 Cult’s BL fix­a­tion ditches beige nos­tal­gia for a real gem – Jaguar’s XJ6. From its pep­per­pot al­loys and lus­trous ma­roon paint to the spindly chromed gear lever and sub­tle wood-ef­fect dash­board, it’s an evoca­tive model. Just a shame it lacks car­pets at this price.

1:43-scale Ex­cal­ibur Phaeton Neo, £108.99 Neo usu­ally makes ex­quis­ite resin mod­els of pre-war cars, so this 1977 pas­tiche is a charm­ing in-joke. At­ten­tion to such de­tails as a padded steer­ing wheel and over­done chrome work as both com­edy and art.

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