Monthly Archives: April 2016

1974 HOLDEN HQ SANDMAN PANEL VAN – ORCHID METALLIC

This model has been released and we have one available now.

The model number is A72452 and it is priced at $250.

 

You would be hard pressed to find many Australians who have never heard of the Holden Sandman. Whether it was the original HQ which was released in 1974, the HX or HZ which featured the now iconic Sandman writing across the rear tailgate or of course the more modern examples which have recently been announced by Holden, the Sandman has always had a remarkable appeal to motoring enthusiasts.

The Sandman was originally conceived as a car which would appeal to the sun, surf and youth culture which was beginning to grip Australia during the period and in January 1974, the first HQ rolled off the line. Both the Panel Van and Ute would fill holes in the consumer market with the van coming equipped with GTS style slotted front guards, GTS Rally wheels, bucket seats, GTS steering wheel, full instrumentation and Sandman decals and stripes. The main knock on the HQ Sandman was the soft suspension but that didn’t seem to deter the punters with many sources claiming that the introduction of the Sandman was the beginning of the end of the Monaro, with many young men of the time opting for the Sandman as their new favourite two-door model.

The 1:18 Scale HQ Sandman is another remarkably produced model car featuring numerous tooling modifications which have been made to accurately replicate the HQ compared to our previously released non-HQ Panel Vans in this scale. Some of these HQ specific features includes HQ specific gills in the canopy, and new seats, door trims and front grille. Similarly to our previously released 1:18 Sandman models, the Orchid Metallic HQ features exceptional paint finishing and will come with a set of removable roof racks and surfboards as an optional display feature.

1972 HOLDEN HQ MONARO GTS 350 COUPE – YELLOW DOLLY

1972 HOLDEN HQ MONARO GTS 350 COUPE - YELLOW DOLLY

1972 HOLDEN HQ MONARO GTS 350 COUPE – YELLOW DOLLY

This 1:18 scale model has been released and is available now to purchase.

It is model number A73385 and is priced at $250.

If you are after one grab it here as they are going fast.

 

It is worth noting that this is only the second 1972 HQ GTS 350 Monaro which features the iconic ‘350’ decal on the front quarter panels. The first was the very popular Brooklands Blue version which is now a highly sought after model on the second hand market.

The Holden Monaro could easily lay claim to being one of Australia’s most iconic and most beloved cars that has ever been produced. From its inception in 1968, to its modern evolution in 2001, the Monaro has, and always will have a place in the Australian motor enthusiasts heart.

The HQ Monaro was the first model series to make up the second generation of Monaro’s produced for the Australian market from 1971 to 1977. The new HQ series featured a new body design and the new coupe design wasn’t initially considered as sporty looking as the previously released HK, HT and HG versions of the car. Some attributed this to the overall shape with the rear window being larger and the rear quarter window being more square than previous versions. This affected the curve and slope of roof flowing into the rear of the car. However, these initial concerns were eventually dismissed with the HQ now being considered one of the best designs produced by an Australian manufacturer.

The HQ Monaro GTS was faced with some unfortunate competition from within its own ranks, which some argue hurt its progress at the time. The Statesman luxury sedan was also available with the 350 engine as an option and the replacement of the bigger coupes with the Holden Torana GTR XU-1 as Holden’s favoured machine for Touring Car racing both combined to detract some of the attention away from the Monaro. While it may have faced some minor problems back in it’s hey-day, if you’re lucky enough to still have one in your garage today then you’re most likely very pleased with yourself because a factory HQ GTS 350 Coupe is considered quite rare indeed, with pristine examples fetching prices up to $100,000.

This 1:18 scale replica of the Yellow Dolly GTS 350 is a remarkable example of such an iconic car. This model is a faithful replication of its 1:1 counterpart and some of the features include fully opening parts, realistic interior, high quality paint finishing, pose-able steering and will be an exclusive limited edition. If you’re a Monaro fan or a classic Australian road car collector then this is another model that should be added to your collection

 

1993 Bathurst Ford EB Falcon Dick Johnson and John Bowe

1993 Tooheys 1000 Ford EB Falcon Dick Johnson / John Bowe

1993 Tooheys 1000 Ford EB Falcon Dick Johnson / John Bowe

This model has arrived and we have some stock still available.

The model number is BNL0001 and it is priced at $250.

Limited to 1002 and available here.

This model features fully opening doors, bonnet and boot and full detail in and out.

The introduction of five-litre V8 rules to Australian touring car racing full-time in 1993 brought plenty of interest in the revitalised battle between Holden’s Commodore and Ford’s Falcon. A Falcon had not been seen in the top tier of the sport since the end of Group C regulations in 1984, so Ford fans were thrilled to see their hero Dick Johnson and teammate John Bowe compete in a pair of Shell EB models for the ’93 Australian Touring Car Championship.
After six years racing turbocharged Sierras, Johnson’s team constructed a pair of cars to compete under the new V8 rules, which of course today we now know as V8 Supercars. Come the Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst that year and Johnson and Bowe paired up in the lead #17 entry (Johnson’s regular car) while Kiwi Paul Radisich and Cameron McConville were signed to pilot the second #18 car, which had been raced for the season by Bowe. Late in the ATCC a change to the aerodynamics package of the Commodore had helped Holden runners become competitive with the previously dominant Ford teams of Johnson and Glenn Seton.

When the annual October classic at Bathurst rolled around it quickly became apparent that the lead Gibson Motorsport Commodore of Mark Skaife/Jim Richards and the Castrol Commodore of Larry Perkins and the late Gregg Hansford were the class of the field. The Ford runners, including both Shell cars, simply didn’t have the speed to match it with the Holdens and that was instantly apparent early in race week. In those days, on-track activity at Bathurst began with unofficial practice on Wednesday and the #17 Johnson/Bowe car ended the day third fastest with a 2m15.021s lap thanks to Bowe.

Qualifying began on Thursday and the duo backed up their previous days’ efforts with a time only a tenth slower before Bowe dipped into the 2m14s bracket in the afternoon to be seventh overall. “It’s obvious we’ve been out-homologated by Holden,” Bowe told The Great Race book covering the annual endurance classic. “We worked real hard to get every bit of speed out of the car today.” Final qualifying on Friday saw #17 book a place in the Tooheys Top 10 Shootout, fifth fastest with a 2m14.763s.

As was customary, Johnson took the controls for the Saturday morning sprint for pole position, which initially saw him miss running sixth in order against the clock (the order was slowest to fastest based on qualifying times) due to an engine problem later traced to two bolts coming out of a rocker and turning the V8 into a V7! He was able to run last against the clock and carded a 2m15.386s to put he and Bowe fifth, and best Falcon runner, on the grid. Worryingly for the Shell team and all Ford runners, Perkins’ pole time was a whole 2.3-seconds faster than Johnson.

On race day it was Johnson who took the first stint in the #17 Falcon and the then-two-time winner found himself stuck behind the Holden Racing Team Commodore of Wayne Gardner, which was struggling with quickly blistering tyres. The frustration was too much and the Queensland ace made a lunge at the 1987 World 500cc Motorcycle Champion at Forrest’s Elbow on lap 11. It didn’t work and the Falcon pirouetted, forcing Johnson to reverse backwards down the first part of Conrod Straight into a driveway (which in fact leads to the clubrooms of the Bathurst Light Car Club) to help him turn around and re-join the race back in 12th. He was soon pit-bound to replace a set of flat-spotted Dunlops and resumed back in 19th spot.

The incident would set the tone for a difficult day at the Mountain. Bowe took over after 43 laps but was back into the pits a lap later to correct a bent tie-rod end bolt, which cost #17 over four minutes and dumped them back to 14th and well off the leaders. Johnson later climbed back aboard and had recovered to sixth place and a lap off the lead before it all went wrong on the run across the top of the Mountain on the approach to Reid Park. Canberra privateer Bill O’Brien lost control of his Everlast Commodore on the rubber marbles on the edge of the track while looking to let him through and speared back across the road at Johnson, who was trying to take avoiding action.

A collision was inevitable and the yellow Commodore sent the yellow Falcon cannoning off into the concrete wall and out of the race with just 96 laps to its name. The accident set off a tidal wave of emotion about ‘once a year drivers’ with Johnson and Bowe leading the charge. “It beats me how some of these guys get an international licence to race once a year,” said Johnson. “We’ve got to get the rest of the system up to the speed of our cars. It’s frustrating to try so hard, get so far then have something like this happen.” It was a crushing (and expensive) way for Johnson’s first Bathurst in a V8 Falcon in nine years to come to an end.

Forming part of the Biante Dick Johnson Collection and coming with a signed Certificate of Authenticity by both Johnson and Bowe, this is yet another model that is a must have for DJR and Ford fans alike.

 

1971 Holden HQ Monaro GTS Custom Orange Tang

 

This model has been released and is available now to purchase from our site.

The model number is 18592 and it is priced at $230.

We only have one available so if you want one grab it now.

Features fully opening doors, bonnet and boot and full interior detail.

 

1973 Ford XA Falcon RPO83 Sedan Polar White

1973 Ford XA Falcon RPO83 Sedan Polar White

1973 Ford XA Falcon RPO83 Sedan Polar White

This 1:18 scale model has just been announced and is available now to preorder.

It is model number 18615 and is priced at $250

This model features fully opening doors, bonnet and boot and full detail interior and engine bay.

This model is due for release in the 3rd quarter and you can Preorder Now

Please include your phone number on all preorders.

 

2015 BATHURST 12 HOUR AUDI R8 BAUMGARTNER / HAASE / ORTELI

2015 BATHURST 12 HOUR AUDI R8 BAUMGARTNER / HAASE / ORTELI

2015 BATHURST 12 HOUR AUDI R8 BAUMGARTNER / HAASE / ORTELI

18S16A $255

Preorder Now and include your phone number.

The ‘Crocodile’ Audi was driven by Felix Baumgartner, Laurens Vanthoor and Christoper Haase in the event with the R8 decked out with probably the best looking livery carried by an R8 at the mountain. This car will definitely stand out in your collection.

Spark have previously produced the 1:43 scale model of this as an Audi dealer exclusive release. It was not offered to the general Spark distribution network. We spoke with Spark about a 1:18 release and they have asked us to call for orders for this model and if we get enough interest they will put it into production so please, if you want to add this car to your collection place your pre-order with your us ASAP. Without pre-orders this item may not be produced so please lodge your expression of interest so we can get this awesome model onto your shelves.

Biante April New Announcements 1:18 Scale Diecast

The following models have just been announced and are all available now to preorder.

Preorders close 20th April.

1972 Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop - Summer Gold

1972 Ford XA Falcon GT Hardtop – Summer Gold

A72725 $250

3rd quarter 2016

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1975/76 Holden HX Panel Van Holden Dealer Team Service Vehicle

1975/76 Holden HX Panel Van Holden Dealer Team Service Vehicle

A73339 $250

3rd quarter 2016
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This particular replica is of one of the service vehicles used by HDT around the 1975 / 76 seasons and essentially features an exact copy of the iconic livery featured on their cars during that time. The race livery on the Panel Van actually works really well and it would have been fantastic to see the service vehicle and the race car sitting next to each other at the track back in what is now considered a golden era of Australian motorsport.

For collectors of Australian Touring Car Championship cars from the mid 70’s, this is a model that would fit nicely in your collection. While we can’t see the cars at the track any more, this model will look awesome alongside a 75 / 76 HDT Torana, particularly once the missing Marlboro logos are applied next to the HDT logos on to the sides of the car, bonnet and rear tailgate.

Produced by Autoart, this model will be an exceptional replica featuring high detail, fully opening parts and beautiful finishing. It shouldn’t be missed.

 

2015 Gold Coast 600 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG - Erebus Motorsport Will Davison / Alex Davison

2015 Gold Coast 600 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – Erebus Motorsport Will Davison / Alex Davison

B18E15A $170

3rd quarter 2016
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2015 Gold Coast 600 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG - Erebus Motorsport Ash Walsh / Jack Le Brocq

2015 Gold Coast 600 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – Erebus Motorsport Ash Walsh / Jack Le Brocq

B18E15B $170

3rd quarter 2016

Preorder Now

 

 

1976 Bathurst Falcon XB Hardtop Goss/Richards

This model has just been announced and is available now to preorder.
Email Us to place your preorder and include a phone number please.

It is model number 18611 and priced at $250.

It is due for release in the 3rd quarter 2016.

This model features fully opening doors, bonnet and boot.

1976 Bathurst Falcon XB Hardtop Goss/Richards

1976 Bathurst Falcon XB Hardtop Goss/Richards

For the 1976 Bathurst 1000race, John Goss teamed up with New Zealander
Jim Richards. The race looked promising with the pair qualifying fifth on the grid.

Prior to the start of the race, Goss came down with an illness, this left most of the driving to be done by Richards. Their race was hampered by early clutch problems and a lengthy pit stop was taken to replace it.

Unfortunately the second clutch also failed forcing their retirement on lap 129.

 

1965 Ford Falcon XP Futura Hardtop Green Velvet & Palomino Interior

1965 Ford Falcon XP Futura Hardtop Green Velvet & Palomino Interior

1965 Ford Falcon XP Futura Hardtop Green Velvet & Palomino Interior

Model number 17001

$195.00

Email Us to place your preorder and include your phone number please.

This model has been announced by Classic Carlectables under their new brand name Diecast Replicars.

The first model to be released under this new brand is a Ford Falcon XP coupe. Below are the key features of the model:

– 1/18 scale sealed body Diecast

– Fully detailed exterior body

– Fully detailed chassis

– Chassis production number

– Exterior color Green Velvet

– Interior color Palomino

– Limited production of 1,000 pcs

– Printed Certificate of Authenticity

– Release date June 2016

Introduced in March 1965, the XP Falcon was the last face-lift of the
original Falcon and featured an aggressive, squared off look to the
front end and more solid styling overall. Ford were determined to finally
produce a Falcon suited to Australian conditions.
It won Wheels Magazine’s “car of the Year” award in 1965.

2014 Erebus Motorsport Lee Holdsworth

I know that I have already told you that the 2014 Erebus models have arrived but we were very surprised on checking the Lee Holdsworth Model that It had this decal on the roof.

This makes it a very special model and would be a great addition to your collection.

We have some available here!

2014 Erebus Motorsport E63 AMG Lee Holdsworth

2014 Erebus Motorsport E63 AMG Lee Holdsworth

B18E14A $170