So Small Scale Sydney put up his Auto World ‘71 Dart Swinger, and after passing it up many times I finally gave in and bought one. I noted during this trip that I spotted a Ford F-100 Australian version, and ended up buying one myself. Little did I know, this would send me into an M2 and AW buying spree.
Both Auto World and M2 have ridiculously awesome tire and wheel detail, one thing that puts them in another timezone versus the competition.
Here’s the ‘71 Swinger by AW:
Amidst my search I stumbled upon another AW I couldn’t go home without, the ‘66 Chevrolet Impala SS. I wonder what motor and transmission were fitted...
This car holds a special place in my heart because my grandpa used to have one. It was a 396 big block car with a 4-speed on the floor, although both were since removed by the time this photo was taken, and the car was actually sold two years ago.
Here are the two AWs together. The front ends were even in the second pic, showing just how much longer the ‘66 SS is than the ‘71 Swinger.
The ‘69 Australian Ford F-100 by M2. It comes replete with right hand drive and a driver side tool compartment that I’m unfamiliar with. Was this fitted to all period F-series trucks?
The ‘67 Mercury M-100 from the likes of M2. I had to look these up because I never realized that Mercury sold versions of Ford trucks, but apparently (according to Wikipedia), they sold some in the fifties and sixties in Canada due to some smaller towns having either a Ford dealership or a Mercury-Lincoln, but not both, and this was an attempt to not lose trucks sales in that locale.
The Ford and Merc together:
I never realized that Ford made camper versions of their old Econoline minivan, but I suppose this was to compete with the VW Type-2 version of the same, so it all makes sense. A fantastic addition to have in diecast, and all thanks to M2.
I did my best to get a shot of the interior, replete with typical booth seats and table as well as storage compartments. So neat in small scale.
Next are two muscle cars from M2. The ‘69 Pontiac GTO and ‘70 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30. The interesting thing about these cars is both had sportier versions available in the store in the same colors, but I opted for the sleeper type models, because they don’t get near the love in 1:64 form. The wheels here are some of the best, most memory and fantasy inducing examples I’ve seen in this scale...
The plain white roof, lack of a rear spoiler, and the rally wheels on redlines completely set off the subtle muscle look.
In the same vein, the distinct lack of a rear spoiler, as well as body colored steelies and chrome dishes sitting on white letter Goodyears make this car an incredible presence.
Lastly, I finally found some new Matchbox on the pegs, although I’m still in search of the Alfa 4C.
BMW’s F10 M5 Polizei: (#MB966)
Porsche’s Typ-981C Cayman: (#MB979)
Thanks for reading, and hanging in until the end!