Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
Illustration for article titled Malaise May: Daytona Turbo Z Rots in Diecast, as in Real Life

I’ve always loved this 1983 Matchbox cast which was passed down to me years ago. The hood opens to reveal the strong 146hp turbocharged 2.2L four and those red and black graphics over battleship grey never disappoint.

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Illustration for article titled Malaise May: Daytona Turbo Z Rots in Diecast, as in Real Life

Unfortunately, the metal quality does disappoint. It’s rotting all over right now, and from what I’ve read, that pretty much means the end of the line for this ole thing. Ironically, it seems to have been a major contributing factor to the near-extinction of the real cars.

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Illustration for article titled Malaise May: Daytona Turbo Z Rots in Diecast, as in Real Life

Farewell, old friend. Perhaps I’ll find another love Daytona Turbo Z someday.

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