Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Die-Cast Models of Terrible '70s and '80s Cars

You Can Buy These Die-Cast Models of Terrible '70s and '80s Cars

(Credit: All Photos by NEO Scale Models) 

Let's face it: The thrill of adding another bazillion-dollar supercar to your scale model collection faded in middle school. What your shelves need is some scale malaise, the American boats you saw on every street and driveway when you were a kid. The average toy company may not get that desire, but we do–and so does NEO Scale Models, whose 1:43 scale collection of 70s, 80s, and 90s American iron will take you back to your childhood cul-de-sac. 

NEO's collection is made of resin, allowing for sharper details and finer features than toy-grade die-cast models. They're too fragile to be playthings, but just behold the dedication to detail in these models. We haven't seen a K-Car look this good since dial-up was king. 

All this intricate detail comes at a price, of course: Each roughly smartphone-size model starts at around $60, and shipping from Germany can run the price of an individual model up into the triple digits. 

NEO's lineup includes the best of Europe and Asia as well. The usual suspects are all there–Porsches, Alfa Romeos, Maseratis–but you'll also find the run-of-the-mill Toyotas, Hondas, Rovers, and Volvos that gearheads worldwide will remember from childhood. Go ahead and peruse their catalog. We know you'll find some everyday vehicle that brings back memories. 

Neo Scale Models

Models 1:43

AC (7)Adler (3)Alfa Romeo (20)Alvis (1)AMC (2)Amphicar (2)
Arnolt (2)Audi (16)Austin (2)Bentley (19)Bitter (3)BMW (33)
Borgward (11)Bristol (3)Buick (24)Cadillac (23)Chevrolet (25)Chrysler (13)
Citroen (5)DAF (7)Daimler (2)Datsun (10)De Tomaso (2)Diamond Reo (1)
DKW (3)Dodge (23)Duesenberg (1)Facel Vega (6)Fiat (8)Ford (79)
Glas (8)Goliath (6)Hamann (8)Honda (12)Hummer (3)Imperial (6)
Infiniti (3)ISO (5)Jaguar (8)Jeep (6)Jensen (4)Kaiser (1)
Karmann (1)Koenig (2)Lagonda (3)Lancia (6)Lincoln (22)Lloyd (8)
Magirus Deutz (1)MAN (3)Maserati (15)Mazda (13)Mercedes (21)Mercury (5)
MG (6)Mitsubishi (10)Monteverdi (6)Morgan (2)Nissan (3)NSU (1)
Oldsmobile (2)Opel (45)Osca (2)Packard (4)Panther (1)Pegaso (1)
Peugeot (2)Plymouth (6)Pontiac (23)Porsche (15)Puma (2)Reliant (4)
Rieger (1)Rolls Royce (16)Rometsch (3)Rover (4)Saab (15)Seat (1)
Skoda (1)Steyr Daimler Puch (1)Suzuki (5)Tatra (1)Toyota (11)Triumph (3)
US (1)Volvo (16)VW (24)Waibel (1)Wiesmann (2)Wolga / GAZ (6)

Other Models

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