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Auto World 1/64 "Wish Lists"
Topic Started: May 29 2013, 02:51 PM (22,114 Views)
zed300
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I am really looking forward to the upcoming Auto World line and would like to offer some "suggestions". Actually, my personal wish list of somewhat unusual choices that probably will never see the light of day (though who knows....The first release has some unusual choices). Still, it's fun to dream:



1964 Rambler Classic

1965-66 Oldsmobile Delta 88

1967 Ford Galaxie

1971 Ford Galaxie/LTD 4dr

1979-87 Mercury Grand Marquis

1979-87 Mercury Colony Park

1979 Pontiac Grand Am

1969 Chrysler Town & Country

1977 Pontiac LeMans 4dr

1957 Studebaker Scotsman

1976 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1971 Mercury Colony Park

1970 Chrysler 300 (Hdtp, Conv, Hurst)

1984 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

1968 Buick Electra

1969 Buick Wildcat

1965 Buick Wildcat

1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88

1977 Ford LTD

1977 Mercury Cougar 4dr

1965 Dodge Polara

1964 Imperial



And, if they decide to branch out into trucks:

Corvair Rampside

1970-72 Chevy Suburban 3dr.

So what are some items on your wish list?
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Piotr
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One of my dreams is that any of the companies producing models, released a series dedicated to one particular brand model but in all varieties of body. For example: series Caprice contain all body types and years. 2-doors, 4-doors, wagons.... first to six generation. My dreams...
and perhaps a series of models of the former Eastern bloc - but here I think more might think is M2.
Edited by Piotr, May 29 2013, 03:31 PM.
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I'd say you have a pretty good chance of seeing some of those, zed, as they are all from the big American time period that American collectors tend to love to buy. I myself would love to see some cars from high-end larger scale brands, such as classic Mercedes barges and cars from sports car endurance racing. Guess you can't sell those in a Walmart though...
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1975-83 Chrysler Cordoba
1978-79 Dodge Magnum (MGroothuis, I already showed you potential liveries, but the red & white "Bobby Joe Long" car should be avoided IMHO)
1952-53 Kaiser Manhattan & Dragon
1970 Chrysler 300-H
Colonnade-body GM coupes (especially 1974 Buick Century, 1974 Hurst-Olds, 1975 Chevy Laguna, 1977 Oldsmobile 442 and 1977 Pontiac Can-Am)
1979-85 Cadillac Eldorado
1986 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC
1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe
Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk
1957-59 Imperial Southhampton
1955 Imperial Newport
Any year factory Cadillac, Imperial, Packard, Checker or Chrysler limousine
1957 Devin SS
1961 LaDawri Castilian
1958 Kellison J4
1953 Woodill Wildfire
Checker Marathon

(these might be a stretch since they were foreign-made but American-branded)
Ford Capri II Black Cat Edition
Merkur XR4ti
Chevrolet Sprint Turbo
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I'm in favor of Zed's list actually. Love the 4 doors and wagons. They could also modify castings to do others, like the '71 Dart Swinger to a 4 door base model Dart, or, the '61 Dodge to a 4 door or wagon, etc. Anyway, glad to see them making some nice diecasts that won't break the bank. We know that they pay attention to the diecast boards, unlike some other companies.

Just saw Gothic's post...........he's got some winners on there too.
Edited by realgone58, May 29 2013, 04:44 PM.
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66alfa_gtv
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My wish list (done AW-style):

American

'69 Dodge Super Bee
'70 Dodge Super Bee
'67 Barracuda Formula S
'65 Barracuda Formula S
'66 Olds Toronado
'68 Cadillac ElDorado
'60s Jeep Gladiator
'55 Chevy Nomad
'67 Cougar GTE
'67 Buick Vista Cruiser Wagon
'72 Buick Riviera
'41 - 42 Chrysler Town & Country
'67 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon
'13 Tesla S
'63 Riviera


Foreign

'66 Alfa GTV
'65 Porsche 356C
Jenson Interceptor
Aston Martin DB5
Gordon Keeble GK1
Volkswagen Brasilia
Bugatti Type 35
Auto Union Silver Arrow Hill Climb racer
Alfa Romeo Montreal
D-Type Jaguar
1970s Lotus Elite
1970s Mazda RX3
Pagani Huayra
'80s Martin Lagonda
'13 Fiat 500 Abarth
Edited by 66alfa_gtv, May 29 2013, 09:08 PM.
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Pagani Zonda. Maybe a few Lamborghini's too.
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1970 Chevy Impala
1958 Chevy Impala Wagon (Wednesday)
1956 Chevy Impala (concept)
1960 Chevy Brookwood
1961...1968 Chevy Impala Wagon
1962 Galaxie
1961...1966 Galaxie Country Squire
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...my dream wishlist is pretty simple... I'm into the every day cars so I would love to see the more common cars... and I would call it the "Daily Drivers" series... my favorite cars as a kid were my Matchbox Dodge Daytona, Dodge Caravan, Mercury Sable wagon, Chevy Camaro IROC-Z, Nissan 300ZX and my Hotwheels Pontiac J2000 (my mom actually owned a real one!)... for me, the reason why I loved them was because those were cars that I could see in my town growing up and that just made my imaginary diecast world more fun...

But I do have two particular cars I would love to see in 1/64... the 1989 Chrysler LeBaron convertible... and I'd like it in red haha... and the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT sedan in black... the LeBaron because I've always loved that car and the Grand Am because it was my first brand new car ever! :)
Edited by Buddhaa1, May 29 2013, 08:36 PM.
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jedimario
May 29 2013, 04:05 PM
Guess you can't sell those in a Walmart though...
Probably not, but in some sense maybe that's the point.

Make the bread and butter stuff in gargantuan quantities to sell to Wally and keep the company afloat, but make shorter run hobby shop exclusives and sell outside of Wally...and there you could dabble a bit with fringe makes and models. And if the idea is to take the company global (Auto*World*), then foreign makes and models need to be included at some point, preferably fairly early on. Two seater sports cars are a natural, I can think of several Limey cars and even one or two Eastern Bloc cars right off that I suspect would have a cult following even here in America if done right, but they would never support the sales numbers if only sold in America. Now, if you make them for sale overseas (Europe, in this case) to their equivalent of Wallys (Tesco, is it?), you could likely get the sales there to support the effort to make them while diverting say 10% or so of production to Hobby Shops in America for limited and exclusive editions. It can be made win/win, but it would require a little bit of juggling. But that would be one way to actually compete with the likes of Tomica.

Don't get me wrong, I'll eat up old American cars all day long (within reason, I only need just so many 69 Camaros and 65 Mustangs, but I can't get enough 68-70 Chargers). But I do like a wide variety of cars from around the globe, and I don't think I am alone. I think there is a wide enough selection of previously untapped automobilia out there, even the quirky and fringe stuff would attract certain extreme hobbyists, but never in the kinds of mass quantity production numbers that most makers try to shoot for. Even the tried and true have a place, but there needs to be a continuation of product differentiation...I don't think scale alone is going to cut it for very long, especially if this thing takes off like a rocket. If it does, you can be sure Matty and others will be right behind with copy cats. The other part of the equation is low production numbers, we (advanced collectors) love our low number limiteds. Not practical through Wally, but there are outlets through which limited editions would be welcome, even with a wee bit of a premium attached...that is, if they actually are limited. 10K is not limited. 1K isn't limited, although that is an acceptable number for many collectors. Limited is more like 500 copies or less...and the closer to 100 copies, the better. Yes, it's a challenge to achieve economies of scale with such low production numbers, but I bet with some creative juggling it *can* be done if the company was willing to do so.

But let's get this baby off the ground first.
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Welcome aboard, road.vulpes!
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My list:

1993-1997 or 1998-2002 Camaro. *No die cast company has done that car justice, yet.
1982 Pontiac Trans Am (enough with the '85-90 GTA's with ground effects).
1968-1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass hardtop.
1988 Monte Carlo
1987 Buick Grand National
1984 Pontiac Grand Prix
1979 Chrysler Cordoba
1970 Chrysler 300
1980's and 90's wood paneled station wagons!!
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Oh, and a 1977-78 International Scout done up like my Dad's... Cuz Johnny Lightning failed me.
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Good words, Wes. I'll keep buying old American cars that would add value to my collection as well, and I also think you're right in that it hasn't been quite long enough to make a big deal out of the model selection. We'll just have to wait and see, and keep making a small deal about it ;)

Since we're talking economics, here's a number for the AW guys if they're watching: If some of these niche cars are done that line up with my interests, I would gladly spend twice what you're asking for the premium cars for them (assuming they look as good as that Hennessey Camaro, of course). I know I'm just one person, but I don't think I'm alone in being willing to pay a premium for something fresh.
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66alfa_gtv
May 29 2013, 05:42 PM
'66 Alfa GTV
'65 Porsche 356C
Jenson Interceptor
Aston Martin DB5
Gordon Keeble GK1
Volkswagen Brasilia
Bugatti Type 35
Auto Union Silver Arrow Hill Climb racer
Alfa Romeo Montreal
D-Type Jaguar
1970s Lotus Elite
1970s Mazda RX3
Pagani Huayra
'80s Martin Lagonda
'13 Fiat 500 Abarth
I like your "foreign" list, Alfa. I could add a few, but they are in the other thread already. I'm sure I'll find more as time goes on.

Besides two seaters, I think Capris are a shoe in, stock and rallye trim. Escorts are pretty popular, some of which were even released in the states at one time. Astons are fairly well loved in America because of the tie to both Carroll Shelby and Evil Kneivel. Panteras and other exotic wedges of the late 60s through mid 80s (I'm thinking particularly Lambo Miura, Countach and Diablo, although Triumph TR7 and TR8, Toyota MR2, Subaru XT and Fiat X1/9 are full of potential as well) would have a great chance among American collectors. Since it is presumed on my part that Ferrari and Rolls-Royce are off the table for licensing reasons, I would lean towards classic Bentleys (personally I like the '47 "baby Bentley") and Mercedes barges and limos for a European balance to American Caddys and I hope Lincolns and Chryslers. I will always extend hope for classic 30s cars, especially those with dual sidemounts, as they are just such beautiful examples of rolling automotive art...and here I am equally appreciative of American and Foreign work, and European models typically exude a great deal of class and style. The 1930s truly are unmatched by any other era for automobiles. As ever, specialty vehicles are going to have special prominence; emergency vehicles (police and small fire trucks), classic ambulances, hearses and flower cars, military staff cars, taxis, limousines, wreckers and such will always have a devoted cult following as long as the casting model choices and finishes are accurate or believably so.
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jedimario
May 29 2013, 09:45 PM
I know I'm just one person, but I don't think I'm alone in being willing to pay a premium for something fresh.
You know...the penny pincher in me balks if we are talking yet another rendition of a 69 Camaro...but if we are talking a short run (version or variation) of a 30s luxury car like a Lincoln V12 Zephyr or a Caddy V16 limousine or a 38 LaSalle Opera Coupe...I would not hesitate to plunk down that kind of money if it were in proper 1/64 scale, and as tastefully done as the premium line.
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I would 2nd all on Zed's lists.

My own want list:

'57 Mark II Continental
'65 AMC Marlin
'63 Ford Country Squire
'64-'73 Imperials coupes, sedans or hardtops
'64 Ford Thunderbird hardtop
'68 Lincoln Contiental sedan
'74 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
'75 Chrysler Cordoba
'75 Checker A12 Marathon
'75 Impala Sedan
'76 Buick Estate Wagon
'83 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Wagon
'89 Ford LTD Crown Victoria sedan


Trucks:
'37 Hudson
'46 Diamond T
'57 Dodge Sweptside
'61 Ford F-100 long bed version
'62 Jeep Gladiator
'65 IH Travelall
'73 IH 1110 Travelall
'74 IH Pickup
'75 Ford F250
'79 Ford Bronco

I'd vote yes on the Jensen Interceptor and add in the '75 Ford Granada coupe and defer to others who have more interest/knowledge in non USA makes.


Above all, I want to see sedans, wagons and large lumbering land yachts produced. That's where my interest most lies in. There's plenty of other late 60s through '78ish sedans and wagon I'd like to see. Basically any full size American sedan/wagon from '65-'95 would work for me.


Edited by craftymore, May 30 2013, 12:12 AM.
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I do have an engineering question.

Is it possible to engineer a tooling to be able to convert a model from say a four door to a wagon with some alternate pieces of tooling rather than having to start from scratch? Case in point might be a '60-63 Ford Falcon...for instance. Could a two door tooling be modified from the beginning with alternate tooling pieces to create a two door ranch wagon and / or a ranchero, and with base/grill modifications differentiate the years? I'm thinking kind of a "more bang for the buck" or "stretch out what you have" type engineering, so that a tooling isn't strictly limited from the beginning, but also isn't changed so radically with a simple modification that it can't be used for it's original purpose again. In theory it also means you could run two different versions (or more if you have the alternate tooling) at the same metal pour.

Just a thought I've had from time to time over the years...
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MGroothuis
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"AW-style" ...love it.

I'm copying down all of these. Great stuff.
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I didn't read everyone's posts so I don't know if these have already been posted.
Here's some cars/trucks I get asked for quite a bit at car shows:
'65 Mustang Coupe
'56 Chevy
Ford Falcon - any year
Ranchero - any year
El Camino - any year
'40 Chevy
Any 30s - 40s Sedan
70's Chevy Stepside
'63 - '64 Impala
Early T-Birds (baby birds)
Henry J
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1967 AMC Ambassador coupe or conv
1977-8 AMC Hornet AMX
1967-68 AMC Rebel coupe or conv
1976 Buick Electra 225 HT Sedan
1968-69 Buick Sportwagen
1976 Cadillac Sedan DeVille HT Sedan
1991-93 Cadillac Brougham
1977-8 Chevy Caprice Classic Coupe or Sedan
1964-65 Chevy Greenbrier 8 door Van
1961-62 Chevy Corvair Lakewood
1972 Chevy Impala HT Sport Coupe or Conv or 4 dr HT
1965-67 Chevy Corvair Monza 4dr HT
1973-76 Chevy Chevelle Laguna S3
1975-77 Chrysler Cordoba
1979 Chrysler Cordoba 300
1978-79 Dodge Magnum
1980-81 Dodge Mirada
1964 Dodge 880 4dr HT Wagon
1964 Dodge 880 any other
1974 Ford Country Squire
1977-79 Ford LTD II Coupe
1973-75 I-H Travelall
1977-79 Lincoln Town Car or Coupe
1977 Mercury Cougar Villager
1969-76 Opel Diplomat
1970 Pontiac Executive Safari
1970 Bonneville HT Coupe/ HT Sedan/or conv
1976-77 Pontiac Grand Prix

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1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe
1956 Buick Century-California Highway Patrol Car
1958 Edsel Villager Station Wagon
1959 Edsel Ranger or Corsair (to me, it doesn't matter if it is a hardtop or convertible but somebody needs to make a '59 Edsel in diecast!)
1958 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon
1959 Buick Electra
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1986-87 Pontiac 2+2. I need about 30 of them. Maybe more. It's never been done by anyone, ever. The street version is almost the same as the NASCAR version (why I need 30+ of them) and R2 already has the Petty license so that is a natural fit!
1959 or 60 Edsel. Neither has ever been done before.
1981 Chrysler Imperial.
Anything Pre-WWII. Except 1932 Ford, which is done to death already. Any car show you go to these take up half the field, yet they are almost totally ignored in scale, other than the 1932 Ford.
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I apologize for my entries, as they're mainly modern. I know Auto World is mainly a classic car diecast company, but for the modern cars you make I hope these could fill a spot.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
2013 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
2014 Jaguar F-Type
2014 Bentley Flying Spur
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

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1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (Cliche, I know, but Auto World would knock out all other 1:64 versions of it)
1987 Chevrolet Silverado
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL




Edited by mbx64, May 30 2013, 05:06 PM.
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May 30 2013, 07:18 AM
"AW-style" ...love it.

I'm copying down all of these. Great stuff.
Thanks for considering these! Hopefully we'll see w few of these in the line soon!

Keep up the great work over there! I love all the models that you've shown so far!
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