Hubs are just missing Kev.
The brass chassis came with the Porsche and the Dino, these two cars were designed to take this chassis although VIP also sold it with the inline.
It has mounting posts front and rear, if you look at your picture you can see the rear mount, but VIP cut off the front mount when the bodies were fitted with the normal inline chassis.
So you can tell a genuine brass chassis body as it has the two mounting posts intact.
I have a yellow Porsche in stock but it is missing the extremely rare VIP can motor, this one has a 13uo fitted.
You can see the two mounting posts in this picture showing that this is a genuine brass chassis car, albeit not in tip top condition!
The brass chassis is quite easy to find on it's own as it was sold as an aftermarket part and seemed to sell in quite large numbers.
Ok here are the rest of the pictures I have of Malcolm's collection, these were the ones he sent me to show what was there before I bought it from him, but there was very much more than shown here.
Sorry about the picture quality but these were taken over ten years ago.
VIP also made some other interesting stuff such as larger scale plastic cars, cranes and boats.
I am worried that one day Malcolm's VIP history website might one day disappear from the internet and to this effect I have downloaded it on to my computer and will host it on my own website as well, I am sure Malcolm would not mind this and it will ensure that this important information is kept intact.
QUOTE Amen! Thanks for all this Phil, and excellent idea to save Malc's website, just in case... Do you know what he's up to these days?
Now, if you only knew how to straighten out all those Sharknose bodies, you'd be a real miracle worker!
At the time I bought the collection Malcolm had sort of 'dropped out' living in the country with his hair long, a complete contrast to the smart and dapper young man you can see on his website!
Actually some of the Sharknose Ferraris were reasonably straight, but these did not make it to the stock list as they were sold, along with a lot of other stuff, before I could list them and hence no photos.
What great pics! I have a soft spot for VIP.Many years ago, I picked up some cars cheap from a local bike shop (Walvale) who couldn't shift them. They weren't the fastest cars around but were beautifully smooth. I would like to see a modern version of the Dino spyder.......
Many thanks for the photos, etc, Phil - and Kev + Don.
I have one or two of each of the grand prix cars but have never bought any of the sports cars. Wish I had.
Does the front suspension unit pivot / rock as in the open-wheelers?
Great that you're preserving the history on-line, Phil. I look forward to hearing from you on the other matters.
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