If you want a supercar based diecast model collection, what cars should be included in it?
Much of the fun is putting your own collection together and deciding your own collection boundaries but it is also interesting to see lists that you can agree or disagree with.
What Is A Supercar?
I’d better start with a definition of what is a supercar.
I believe it has three qualities that sets it apart from the good, the bad and the ugly:
- It is extremely fast. The fastest production cars is a good place to start looking for likely candidates.
- It looks great. It’s the kind of car that makes people go “Wow” when they see it or even photographs of it.
- It is so expensive that most of us can only dream of owning the real car.
When Did Supercars Start?
Many people credit the Lamborghini Miura as the first supercar. It certainly filled all three criteria.
I disagree. I think we should go back another decade and start with the Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing.
The Fastest Production Cars
Let’s start the nomination process for a supercar based model collection by looking first to the fastest production cars:
1955 – Mercedes-Benz 300SL = 140
1958 – Aston Martin DB4 = 141
1959 – Aston Martin DB4GT = 152
1963 – ISO Rivolta Grifo = 161 (the first car over 250kmph)
1967 – Lamborghini Miura P400 = 171
1968 – Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona = 174
1984 – Ferrari 288GTO = 188 (the first car over 300 kmph)
1986 – Porsche 959 = 195
1987 – Ferrari F40 = 202.687 (the first car over 200 mph)
1991 – Bugatti EB110GT = 209
1992 – Jaguar XJ220 = 212.3
1993 – McLaren F1 = 240.1 (first car over 350kmph)
2005 – Bugatti Veyron 16.4 = 253.81 (first car over 400kmph and 250 mph)
2010 – Bugatti Veyron Super Sport = 267.857
The Mercedes is there so that’s a good start. I’m going to ignore the two Aston DB4s because I think of those more as grand tourers than supercars and I’m planning to have a recommended GT model collection as well. The other fastest cars need to be considered.
Our supercar criteria are extremely fast, great looking and expensive.
I’m adding in for consideration:
That’s quite a list of cars to carry forward for consideration in Recommended Supercar Diecast Model Collection Part 2
A comparison of length, width and size may be of general interest but it is of particular interest to car model collectors.
One model company in particular is well known for selling a car as 1:18 scale but making it to 1:19 or even 1:20 scale.
That doesn’t sound much of a difference but it is surprising. A 4800mm car produced to 1:18 scale is 266.7mm long but only 240mm long in 1:20. Since this is a three dimensional issue, teh cars are noticeably smaller. Continue reading How Big Is A Front-Engined Sports Or GT Car?
This article looks at the relative sizes of mid-engined sports cars. Whilst there are practical issues with the real cars, it is also important in terms of model collections since a badly scaled car can look very strange. Continue reading How Big Is A Mid-Engined Sports Car?
I’d like you to imagine that you wanted to buy a supercar like a Lamborghini Aventador or a Ferrari F12berlinetta, perhaps even a Bugatti Veyron but it just wasn’t special enough.
That’s where Mansory, the German company can come to your rescue.
The First Customised Mansory Aventador
Shmee150 and GTspirit.com
The Lamborghini Aventador becomes the Mansory Carbonado GT Aventador
Shmee150 – FIRST LOOK: 1600hp Mansory Carbonado GT Aventador at Geneva 2014
The Bugatti Veyron becomes the Mansory Linea Vincero d’Oro Bugatti Veyron
BrianZuk – Ride in the Mansory Linea Vincero d’Oro Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron becomes the Mansory Vivere Bugatti Veyron
Shmee150 – FIRST LOOK: Mansory Vivere Bugatti Veyron at Geneva 2014
British TV programme Top Gear have a section where to check the speed of the cars around a track at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey. It was originally designed for Lotus Cars to test its Formula 1 cars. It is designed to test various attributes of the cars including oversteer or understeer in its 1.75 mile length.
This is one way to discover which cars are the fastest. Continue reading The Fastest Cars Around The Top Gear Track – The Power Laps
The world famous motoring show called Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May had much humbler origins.
Instead of its focus on supercars and adventures, what’s now referred to as Old Top Gear took itself much more seriously, even with a young Mr Clarkson involved.
There are some good videos available on YouTube of classic cars. Continue reading The Best Of The Videos From Old Top Gear
I’m biased towards supercars but I think these are the most interesting videos produced by Autocar. Continue reading The Best Of The Autocar Videos
I’ve collected the most interesting classic and exotic car videos from Car magazine and arranged them in alphabetical order by marque and model.
Continue reading The Best Of Car Magazine Videos
I have put together polls so that readers can vote on what are the sexist cars of all time.
What is Sexy In Cars?
I understand the difference in people but is there a difference between the beauty of a car and its sexiness? Is a beautiful car automatically sexy and vice-versa?
Perhaps instead of looks, it’s the excitement of the speed and power of a large throbbing engine that makes a car sexy or exceptional handling and responsiveness.
It defies logic. Somehow, you just know when you see a sexy car. just as you do when you see a sexy woman or man.
I have to admit that, for me, size matters. I love to see a long bonnet like you get on an E-Type Jag. I also love curves that go in and out.
Splitting The Voting For Sexy Cars
To make it fairer, I thought I’d split the voting into Time categories and the period of 15 years seems to work well: Continue reading The Sexiest Cars Of All Time
The car reviews are listed in alphabetical order by marque and then model.
You will see from the list that I have little interest in classic American cars.
Continue reading Best Of Jay Leno’s Garage