Sunday, February 22, 2009

Diecast car wish list...or as I like to put it, playing with toy cars!

While posting on the great site Diecast-pub.com I was going over the fact that I have a "wish list" of cars I wish some company would do.  My favorite two diecast car companies are GMP and the Danbury Mint, but I pretty much buy diecasts due to a combo of what the car is and the
quality of it.

Anyway, here are some cars somebody really needs to do an awesome job with.

Wish One:  The Swindler II Stone, Woods, and Cook 41 Willys.  This car and Big John's are the cars most people think of when somebody says gasser.  These cars were show, shine, and drag cars that won trophies at the strip and at the car shows.  This car and Big John's truly deserve a high class and high end treatment.  I do not like the later dark blue car that started out as a clone of this one when they were the A and B cars.  I never cared for how the front fenders were cut up on it.  This light blue car is the original and one of the best looking cars to ever grace a strip.  It was recently restored and is missing the original tube grill because whoever owns it today wanted a stupid amount of money for it.  If I owned it I would have given to the current owner/caretaker...they need to be reunited!


Wish Two:  Big John Mazmanian's 41 Willys.  Perhaps the more striking of the two famous gassers, and lord knows because of this car many of the Willys you see today are candy apple red.  The real one vanished without a trace, but a killer clone is out there now.  A really nice diecast of his vette was made, but that car by no means was ever as popular as the Willys and I don't think that diecast sold that well.  Why the lesser known vette was picked for a high detail treatment is a mystery to me.  The same company did the "so so" Willys mentioned below used the aftermarket headlights off the Swindler, a big blah mistake IMHO and lazy.  They were cool on the Swindler, but did not belong on Big John's car.



Both cars above were given "so so" treatments by Precision but really good (but smaller treatments) by Motor City USA.  Any of the gassers Motor City did are very rare and super expensive and the Precision cars also bring good money and sold out pretty quickly showing once again the potential of these cars.  Precision did a pretty good job overall considering they used the sorta blah Yat Ming as a basis.

These cars done at a higher level to me are a winner all the way. 


Wish Three:  The Tom McMullin 32 roadster is an over the top car in many ways but screams hot rod.  A couple of generations of car lovers know this car well because it was featured in several magazines and it graced the title/letterhead/cover of Street Rodder Magazine for years. This is another car screaming for a good treatment!




Wish Four:  The recently restored Sam Barris merc is the one other merc that deserves the treatment the Hirohata has gotten.  The Hirohata has been done by several companies, but for some reason this car has been ignored and yet it ranks super high on just about every single persons list of greatest mercs ever.



Wish Five:  Several companies keep doing black 32's with many of the key elements of the Spencer roadster and yet not a single company has gotten it totally right.  The exhaust treatment alone is incredible on this car (It comes out through the frame on the side).  So Cal Speed Shop restored it several years ago and I wish it could be done right.  Probably this is one of my worst suggestions because so many diecast cars already are similar.


Other Wishes:  I don't have pics handy but the Project X 1957 Chevy as it appeared in the movie Hollywood Knights that for years was the rolling test lab for Popular Hot Rodding is a car many people have asked for including myself. 

John Athan's A-bone roadster is often called the Elvis Roadster because Elvis drove it in his movie "Loving You."  That car would hook hot rodders and Elvis fans.  You can see it here at Street Rodders web site.


The Iskederian T and Ivo T's are also as worthy subjects as Norm's Kookie car...and one could argue the early version of Ed's car, the Lightning Bug, could also be done.

Once again I have no handy pics but two cars have also stood out in the mind of most hot rodders for years because the famous artist Robert Williams put them into posters that just about everybody has owned at one time.  They are sinister black Westergard kustom Ford and the infamous Rudy's Green Flame merc from the great poster "Hell With A Torch."

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