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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vitesse Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman 1965, six door, 1:43 scale

A Vitesse 1965 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman, six door, in 1:43 scale.

Some facts fromWikipedia:
The Mercedes-Benz 600 is a large luxury automobile. When introduced in
September, 1963, it had very few competitors, these being Rolls-Royce, the
Cadillac Fleetwood 75, the stretched Lehmann-Peterson Lincoln and the Crown
Imperial Ghia. Generally, the long wheel base 600 was intended to be
chauffeur-driven; many of those 600s featured a central divider incorporating a
power window between the front and rear compartments. The short wheel base 600
was designed to be owner driven.
Production began in 1964 and most 600 variants were built until 1972. The oil
crisis, as well as the introduction of new S-Class models, slowed demand. Modest
production continued until 1981. During this time, 2,677 vehicles were made.
The 600 featured many luxuries, including a complex hydraulic system which
powered everything with a pressure of 150 bar, from the windows and seats to the
automatically closing doors, sun roof and trunk.
Apart from the Pope and governments, famous owners of the 600 include
celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Hugh Hefner, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon,
George Harrison, Jay Kay, Aristotle Onassis, Jack Nicholson, Simon Spies, Bob
Jane, Frank Packer, Elvis Presley, Rowan Atkinson, and Jeremy Clarkson,
Communist leaders include Nicolae Ceauşescu, Josip Broz-Tito, Fidel Castro, Pol
Pot, Enver Hoxha, Leonid Brezhnev, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-Il also owns a
landaulet (both seen in the 65th anniversary parade in Pyongyang on October 10,
2010) and religious leader Guru Maharaj Ji. African revolutionaries Idi Amin
Dada, Jomo Kenyatta and the former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos had
four 600s including a Landaulet, a 1981 bulletproof and a six-door

Vitesse Mitsubishi Carisma MSX in 1:43 scale

A Vitesse Mitsubishi Carisma MSX in 1:43 scale, color "flame red".

From Wikipedia:
The Mitsubishi Carisma is a large family car produced for the European market
by Mitsubishi Motors from 1995 to 2004. The model name was derived from a
combination of the English car and the Greek kharisma, meaning "divine gift".
It was co-developed with Volvo, sharing its chassis with the first generation of
the Volvo S40, and built at the NedCar factory in Born, Netherlands, which the
two companies co-owned at the time. Over 350,000 were built during its
production run.
Available as a 4-door saloon or a 5-door hatchback, it featured gasoline engines
from 1.3 L (introduced later in life) to 1.8 L, a 1.8 L gasoline direct
injection engine, and 90 hp (67 kW) Renault F8Q 1.9 L turbodiesel powerplants
sourced from Renault, later with the 100 hp (70 kW) 1.9 DI-D common rail diesel
F9Q engine, the same as used in both Volvo and Renault cars.
In spite of its name, the Carisma had a fairly neutral design as a result of
being Mitsubishi's first attempt to target the traditionally conservative
European company car market. Even when receiving a midlife facelift in 2001
that characteristic was not improved. The car was placed between the Lancer and
the Galant, although after production ended, the Lancer took its place in
Mitsubishi's European range.
In several markets where the Lancer was not available, the Evolution version was
rebadged as a Mitsubishi Carisma GT.
The chassis was also used by Proton to develop the Proton Waja.

Autoart Volkswagen New Beetle RSi in 1:43 scale

An Autoart Volkswagen New Beetle RSi in 1:43 scale.

From Wikipedia:
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a small family car, introduced by Volkswagen in
1998, drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle.
Unlike the original Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front driving
the front wheels and luggage storage in the rear. In May 2010, Volkswagen
announced that production of the current body of the New Beetle will cease in
2011. A redesigned model will replace it.
The VW RSi is a limited (250 units) version of New Beetle. It included
a 225 hp 3.2 litre VR6 engine, a 6-speed gearbox, and Volkswagen's four-wheel
drive system 4motion, Remus twin-pipe exhaust. It was rumoured Porsche tuned the
suspension but this was carried out in-house at VW Individual. The suspension
was greatly altered at the rear, with geometry more geared to the race track and
a rear cross brace behind the rear seats, 80 mm (3.1 in) wider fenders, unique
front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, large rear wing, and 18x9 OZ
Superturismo wheels with 235/40ZR-18 tyres. Inside, it was trimmed in carbon
fiber, billet aluminum, and bright orange leather. The front seats were Recaro
racing buckets. Notable disadvantages found were loud cabin noise and low rear
tire life.