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Okay, so a month or two ago, I get this Maserati 151 body in the mail, and I'm a little disappointed, you know? Doesn't look too great, sloppy painting, and molding isn't really the best, even wondered if it was a recent repro. So I toss it in a box and don't think about it much. But turns out that the Bordo theme next year is Le Mans, and I've always really liked the 151, a real man's car, that handles like carp and falls apart after an hour, but is really fast, so we're doing that as a team with Yves - maybe even the Franco-American team, because there was one, with Lucky Casner and some French guy, Tringtignant or another real Frenchy.

So I takes the body out of the box, and since I learned a little more in the meantime, realized that it wasn't the usual Cunningham model from 62, white with blue stripes, but the one run by that Trintignant guy in 63, red like a Maser should be, with a big hump on the hood, or the boot, or whatever you call that thing over the motor... And it really doesn't look so bad, the bod, so I bring it over for cocktail hour with Yves and Pierre-Yves, our body man, and his eyes kind of bug out of his head...

Now, why's that, I ask him, but in French of course, cause I'm polite, and anyway his kids are sitting around being obnoxious teenagers.

Well, take a gander at that he says, only he don't know how to say gander in Frog, so he says "Zut Alors", just like in our 6th grade French dialogues, really, I swear. And he shows me this...







That little Aston Martin DB3 (Pierre Yves, PYL, is a big Aston fan) is a Lancer, as shown by the label, and what's more it seems to be a factory painted model - and it has a very rough paint job and that funny yellow pin-striping, just like my Maserati 151 - which also has the model and number stamped on the inside, on the paint, like a factory-painted DuBro.

You may also notice a hard plastic toy Aston Martin next to the vac body - that's a Minialux, a 1/32 French friction drive model, and it turns out the Lancer body was molded right over it - just like that Gordini next to it!

Bizarre, non?

So, what exactly do we have here? I haven't had time to do a document search yet, but did Lancer do a Maserati 151, factory painted and stamped in this particular model? And where is Colonel Mustard?

Don
 

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very interesting post Don - we can also have a quick check on my blog posting with the 'available bodies' lists from the old mags - i am going to guess we might see it listed there

will check -

cheers, Ron
 

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Hi don
Whats Happening ?Have you been eating too much Pie and mash ,and studying a book on rhyming slang ,only your last post sounds like it was writ by a Franglais Mockney!!!
any way re the shell ,and I am much in agreement with you about the masers, these 151/152 variants were real macho beasts ,in fact I did a racer of the 152 coupe with the slogan "Last of the red Hot Masers" emblazened on its flat back
Re the manufacturer My guess ,and thats all it is ,was DUBRO only because they seem to specialize in the quirky shells no one else did
Guess you are going to have to get some of those 60s mags out and have a look at the adverts

Cheers tony
 

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Hi Tony,

Actually, I was channeling Damon Runyon last night, which I guess is pretty much the US equivalent of English rhyming slang... spoken by NYers and Cockneys in the showbiz and gangster trades - at least in old Peter Sellers movies...

According to Philippe over on SlotBlog, this was in fact part of the early run of Lancer bodies, but before they made their own, which would jibe with the evidence from the Aston Martin. Not sure if Dubro was making bodies that early - will have to go into the Bat-Library and study a bit...

What I find incredible Ron, is that Lancer (or anybody) would be copying a Minialuxe body! I know the manufacturers "shared" molds a lot, but that seems a long way to go, even for an Aston Martin - or did an American serviceman in France happen to pick up a Minialuxe toy at NATO HQ in Paris and bring it back home to LA, where his friend happened to own Lancer? (or Shark, or DuBro...?)

We'll try to uphold the "red-hot" reputation of the Masers Tony!

Don
 

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MRRC were featuring some Minialuxe bodies in ads in the early '60's. I can't remember seeing reference to an Aston though, just a D-Type and a Gordini, also maybe a Merc. I'm surprised the Aston hasn't warped to heck.
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I've come across a couple of blatant "mold overs" the past couple of years; 1/24 Lancer Cobra coupe was pinched from the Lindberg body, Pactra XKE is a straight copy of the Revell kit, the Dubro Cobra from the K&B - there's got to be tons more that were similarly created and I imagine no-one said much as no one back them was paying licensing anyway (?)

Nice to see this was happening on an international level also.

That Maserati will make a nice car - What's going underneath it ?

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Great cars those big Masers, here is mine (not quite finished, wheels to paint, spinners to add, clearcoat etc.)

 

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It is great to see that Maserati 5000GT, it has always been a favorite of mine and I did one in HO back in the mid '60s. Lancer always did a good job with their bodies, I don't ever recall seeing any of the 1/32nd bodies and the pre-painted ones are new to me.
 

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Rich Dumas
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Thanks for the picture, I saved it in my vintage slot car bodies folder for future reference. I also have a bunch of pictures that someone lifted from old AutoWorld catalogs.
 

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Some nice reference shots of the 151 here

Maser 151
 
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