Month: October 2014

JUST ARRIVED: The 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale in 1:43 scale, by TSM

TSM43 Alfa Office Rear QtrThe inexplicable absence from the marketplace of a premium-quality scale model replica of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, widely considered one of the most beautiful automobiles ever conceived, has come to an end. TSM’s 1:43-scale resin version is now available from Carriage House Models.

TSM43 Alfa Office Front 2A longtime favorite of well-informed enthusiasts, the Tipo 33 Stradale represents the pinnacle of Alfa Romeo’s engineering prowess during the 1960s. Based on their still-gestating Tipo 33 racer, the Stradale was Alfa’s attempt to introduce their track-bred technology to a road car. Featuring aluminum skin stretched over an aluminum tube frame, the Tipo 33 Stradale employed a high-revving 2-liter V-8 and one of the world’s first 6-speed transaxles. With 270 horsepower on tap, a top speed over 160 miles per hour was available, making the Tipo 33 Stradale one of the fastest cars of its day. Only 19 cars were completed, with later examples featuring evolutionary improvements such as brake cooling vents carved out of the front and rear fenders.

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TSM have chosen the later, updated Tipo 33 Stradale as the subject of their 1:43 version, which they have executed with their typical level of precision and attention to detail. Flawlessly finished in Rosso Corsa, the Stradale comes with an acrylic dust cover and padded base embossed with the Alfa Romeo badge. At $75, the TSM Tipo 33 Stradale is not only one of the best model cars to be introduced in 2014, but also one of the best values.

For more information and to secure your copy, please visit http://www.carriagehousemodels.com.

 

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SHAMELESS PLUGGING: SELECT AUTOART MODELS ON SALE THROUGH 12/15

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With the holidays bearing down on us like a tacky decoration-filled asteroid, it’s time to start checking a few items off our shopping lists…or at least, to buy ourselves an amazing model car to take into our soundproof bunker and admire until we come up for fresh air after the new year begins. At Carriage House Models, we’re kicking off the season with a fall sale on Autoart models, with special discounts on a selection of 1:18- and 1:43-scale cars from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality diecast. The black beauty pictured above is Autoart’s 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT in 1:18 scale. Regularly priced at $109, we’re offering this new take on the classic ponycar for only $69.

AA Espada Pass IntIf exotic cars are more your style, check out Autoart’s Lamborghini Espada S2, also in 1:18 scale. Often overshadowed by its mid-engined supercar brothers, the Miura and the Countach, the Espada finally seems to be getting the recognition it deserves as a handsome, slightly offbeat way to carry four passengers in style at 155 miles per hour. Regularly $109, during our fall Autoart event we’re offering the Espada for only $89.

C63frontqtrBlackFor fans of contemporary Euro-muscle, we offer the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG in 1:18 scale. Elegantly finished in satiny black and featuring genuine leather upholstery, the C63 exudes a subtle menace…think of it as the Liam Neeson of your model car collection. Regularly priced at $150, the Autoart C63 AMG is now available for $135 (and by the way, all orders over $99 from Carriage House Models qualify for free shipping within the 48 contiguous states.)

 

AA43 Gallardo RQ
For enthusiasts with lighter appetites, we offer the 1:43-scale 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, normally $35, now $25. Not pictured but equally awesome, we also have the 2005 Ford Mustang GT in fire red metallic; regularly $35, a special buy from Autoart allows us to offer the Mustang for only $19.

To take advantage of any of our special fall Autoart offers, please visit http://www.carriagehousemodels.com and click on the “Sale” tab.