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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Verem Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, 1:43 scale

A Verem, made in Fance, Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, in 1:43 scale.  This was a gift for me from a very special friend. 

Some facts from Wikipedia:
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was the core model of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
range from April 1955 until March 1966. It replaced the Silver Dawn and was, in
turn, replaced by the Silver Shadow.
The J. P. Blatchley design was a major change from the pre-war models and the
highly derivative Silver Dawn.
As part of a range rationalisation the Bentley S1 is very similar, apart from
its radiator.
Silver Cloud I.  The chassis was a simple steel box section, welded together and very rigid.
Construction retained the traditional split between chassis and body, which
facilitated the provision of special bodied versions though in practice the
overwhelming majority of cars were delivered with the standard steel body shell,
produced by Pressed Steel, and employing light weight aluminium based alloy for
the doors, bonnet/hood and boot/trunk lid. The car was 5.38 m (212 in) long,
1.90 m (75 in) wide, and massed 1.95 tonnes. The engine was a 155 hp / 4000 rpm
4.9 L six-cylinder unit with inlet over exhaust valves: twin SU carburettors
were added in September 1957. The standard transmission was a four-speed
Brakes were hydraulic and assisted by the Rolls-Royce mechanical servo with 11
in (279.4 mm) drums and suspension was independent coils at the front and
semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Twin brake master cylinders were incorporated
from April 1956.
Power steering became an option in 1956 along with air conditioning.
A long wheel base version, lengthened by 4 in (101.6 mm), was also made
available in September 1957, outwardly very similar to the existing car, but
offering improved leg space for rear seat passengers.
The British Motor magazine tested a standard wheel base factory bodied Series I
in 1956 recording a top speed of 102.9 mph (165.6 km/h) and acceleration from
0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 13.5 seconds and a fuel consumption of 14.5 miles per
imperial gallon (19.5 L/100 km; 12.1 mpg-US). The test car cost £5078 including


Solido 1931 Cadillac V16 Police car in 1:43 scale

A Solido, made in France, 1931 Cadillac V16 Police car in 1:43 scale. One of my favorite vintage automobile from the 1930s, this Cadillac V16, from the gangster era.

Ertl 1970 Ford Torino Cobra, 1:43 scale

An Ertl 1970 Ford Torino Cobra, in 1:43 scale.

Ixo Seat 1430 Rallye de Monte Carlo 1977, S.Servia/ J. Sabater, 1:43 scale

An Ixo Seat 1430 Rallye de Monte Carlo 1977, S.Servia/ J. Sabater in 1:43 scale. Great looking classic race car from the 1970s.

Reference from Wikipedia:
SEAT's first serious attempt at a World Rally Championship (WRC) title was
burdened on the small SEAT Ibiza, a 1.6L normally aspirated front-wheel drive
car with its roots in the Volkswagen Polo. The Ibiza allowed the company to
start building its rallying experience, and was officially engaged in some
European national championships. The years went by and little success followed
until a 2L version of the Ibiza was homologated as a kit-car, and extra wide
tracks, larger wheels, brakes, etc, were fitted to it as the Fédération
Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) kit-car regulations allow. With these
attributes, the car won the 2L World Championship three times ('96, '97, '98).
SEATs three conquests of the 2L FIA title, and the sport's popularity in Spain,
convinced Volkswagen Group management to go further, and allocate sufficient
budgets to the SEAT Sport department so as to allow it a chance to reach its
goal. SEATs project to build a WRC-spec car was officially announced during the
1997 San Remo rally. It was in 1998 that the SEAT Córdoba WRC was first enrolled
by the company to compete at the highest level of WRC racing. The Córdoba was
based on the family saloon of the same name but was, naturally, a WRC class car.
It had a 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, permanent four-wheel drive, and
active differentials were involved in its transmission. However, the short
wheelbase and high-mounted engine (compared to its rivals) worked against the
Córdoba, and results weren't impressive. The main drivers were ex-WRC champion
Didier Auriol, along with Harri Rovanpera and rising Finnish star Toni
Gardemeister. They did achieve three podium finishes; at the 1999 Rally New
Zealand (Gardemeister), the 1999 Rally of Great Britain (Rovanpera) as well as
the 2000 Safari Rally (Auriol). SEAT pulled out of international rallying at the
end of 2000.