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Maserati Mystery

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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?

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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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