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Just picked these up from the post office, and I don't know what they are. Different variations of the same car?? Anyone??


It's a nice follow up on the all metal cars I posted a while back, these are entirely made of plastic card (not motorised though)

Pictures of the slot cars will follow shortly

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Hi Joel
back in the 60s ,onw of the major car manufacturers ,i think vauxhall ran a design competiton that was advertised in modlecars,for talented amateurs to do a design and there was a prize for the winner
The fact that these are not slot cars ,tends to indicate that this competition could have been the source of these bodies

cheerr tony
 

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whatever they are, their pretty good, just being built with plasticard. shows what can be done with skill and patience. i tend to screw up on shut lines headlamps ect. john
 

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Tony

I am convinced they are based on a real car (I am so sure I once saw a picture somewhere, but I could be deluded).
The colour could indicate they are British.

Here is the nearest I could find


Ugly or what?

Joel
 

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QUOTE back in the 60s ,onw of the major car manufacturers ,i think vauxhall ran a design competiton that was advertised in modlecars,for talented amateurs to do a design and there was a prize for the winner

This was the Vauxhall Craftsman Guild competition which ran for three or four years in the mid to late sixties.
I entered it a couple of times and still have the drawings for the models I built somewhere, but the models have long since gone.
They were 1/12 scale, not 1/32 or 1/24 so I doubt these cars are anything to do with it.
One of the years winners went on to become a famous car designer. (so famous I can't remember his name!)
 

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I knew that picture would attract the wrong sort of crowd.

As promised above, here are more cars from the same builder. All use Ks motors, Airfix steering, and all have a plastic chassis (in sharp contrast to the metal cars I previously posted).
2 or 3 of the complete cars went to other buyers, if you have one, please post it here.

Ferrari 312P, it is a bit too narrow.


The chassis is all plastic card, built with a main part and a separate floating motor pod with rubber band suspension.


A couple of F1s, the Ferrari is part Supershell, part platic card, the Honda is all scratch.


Porsche 908/3, this is the most accurate of the cars, may be a bit small overall, but with the correct proportions




The back end of the chassis has broken off (I have got the bits), there is an weakness with the design and the plastic card has become very brittle


Last car is this unfinished Ferrari 512S.




Forgot to take a picture of the chassis, but it is essentially the same as the one above.

Also in the parcel were a couple of spare chassis and Ks motors.

This is the best of them.


Joel
 

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Ey Up Guys,

Tony is correct in the fact that there was a Vauxhall design competition.

I entered such, and won a prize which, somewhat surprisingly, was an Tamiya 1:35 remote-control tank !!.

Still got it, my father recently dumped it on me as a gift !!??.

Appreciative, but never worked out the relevance.

vbr Chris A.
 

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Well done Chris, you weren't the famous designer, who won, whose name I can't remember are you?

I entered twice, well that is I joined the Guild and got all the info packs and the wheels and built two cars, the first I didn't finish on time, the second I finished but discovered girls before I could send it in!, so that was the end of that.
As I said I still have the drawings for them somewhere (they are stored in the loft but can't find them) ) along with a lot of other car designs I did then, I wanted to be a car designer but never got around to it due to bad lifestyle choices


btw this was known as the Fisher Craftsmans Guild in the USA.

Nice cars Joel
 

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Ah, was it linked Phil, or just the same kind of contest?

I remember reading a lot of articles about the Fisher contest and the model car mags always published the results. There were some real prizes too, somthing like $1,000 to $5,000 college scholarships, back when that would actually get you a college education, instead of just a dorm room for half a year...

Don

PS: great cars Joel and thanks for sharing; saw these on last day and thought I'd get them for a song - ha ha ha! If the seller had had the intelligence to publish photos of the underside, they would have gone higher I believe...
 

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Joel,
That ugly car is an Alfa Romeo special built in Sicily and that actually raced in the Targa Florio in the late 1960s. It actually went quite well!

 

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hi phillippe
That has to be the worst looking Alfa i have ever seen!!!

Cheers tony
 

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QUOTE (TSRF @ 11 Sep 2012, 16:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Joel,
That ugly car is an Alfa Romeo special built in Sicily and that actually raced in the Targa Florio in the late 1960s. It actually went quite well!


Perhaps the inspiration for this Lada-based Russian self-build:

 
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