As cars get more and more technologically advanced each year, there’s one thing that seems to have some staying power. The hubcap.
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It’s not every day a car gets edged out of a particular marketplace due to legislation, but you are looking at one example right here. The Volkswagen Type 2 pickup. After World War II, France and West Germany placed a duty on imported US chicken. The US government’s response: tax a bunch of goods imported from Europe, including light duty pickups. Thus, in 1971, it would be the end of the road for this workhorse of a people’s car, the likes of which would never been seen in dealers this side of the Atlantic again. Thankfully, the T1 and T2 VW vans are a bit of a cult car, with the pickup variants enjoying a bit of the popularity. As a result, it’s not terribly uncommon to come across one of these trucks stateside. This 1969 Double Cab pickup has undergone a complete restoration, which begs the question: do you dare mess up a good thing and test its utility?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab on eBay
The Eurovan may be the least-loved generation of VW vans, but it’s grown on me. Similarly, non-poptop campers have become a new object of desire, bringing simplicity and sleek looks while still providing significant capability. This teal van has a convertible bed out of the rear seats as well as a table in the middle, with a rare drivetrain combo in the inline-5 and manual. All told, it looks like a great deal to be able to tackle all kinds of adventures for well under $10k.
Click for details: 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan on eBay
Our feature on 1:18 scale model vehicles at the beginning of the month seemed rather popular, so we decided to follow up with another scale model post, albeit this time focusing on something even smaller: 1:43 scale. More specifically, 1:43 scale cars from Minichamps, who arguably have one of the most vast product portfolios and produce some of the most detailed cars in this scale.
Below are some of your 1:1 favorites as usual. If you don’t have a lot of space for 1:18 scale vehicles, these 1:43 models might be a good option, as they pack a lot of detail for the dollar. The holidays are right around the corner. These small cars would make the perfect gift for your favorite petrolhead.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW 507 by Minichamps on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi Sport Quattro by Minichamps on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 911GT2 RS by Minichamps on eBay
For years, yours truly has been keeping up a hobby rather quietly: slowly building up a collection of the very best 1:18 scale models out there. With the amount of money invested in my collection, I probably could have paid for a second 1:1 toy of modest means, but that’s beyond the point. For people like fellow writer Rob and myself who live in a big urban environment, space is at a premium. So then, what to do to sate your automotive appetite? Well, have a look at the following 1:18 scale German vehicles below.
I started collecting 1:18 scale cars in my formative years, when one of the few players in the market was Italian manufacturer Bburago. The art of scale models has come a long way in the last two decades or so, with makers such as Kyosho and AutoArt bringing incredible detail to ever expanding product portfolios of both vintage and modern cars. I’ve gathered up a few choice 1:18 diecast and resin models below that I felt would appeal to most GCFSB readers.