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12:00 AM, December 07, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 07, 2016

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Classic road racing in scale

Alfa Romeo made cars that were meant to seduce before they had broken down or rusted away. The Giulia is an especially enticing model with the perfect wheelbase,  wrapped in a body that could only be described as petite and graceful.

Today we have the most beautiful castings to come out of Matchbox. It’s a little rare and most people haven’t heard of it. The 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA model was offered in red and white only. The red version from Matchbox is a little difficult to find and commands premium prices. The interior is chrome which detracts from the beauty a bit but the casting is so superb, you forgive the glare. In 1:59 scale, it looks a little bigger than it should.

If scale bothers you, head over to Kyosho. They have a perfect 1:64 of the GT AM version. That means wider body, quad headlamps and dished magnesium wheels. The details are perfect with separate plastic lenses for the lights. Available in three colors red, white and black. The GT AM is reported to have produced 240bhp and won quite a few road races.

Continuing with the race theme, we have a Lamborghini Jota. Now this is where things fall apart a bit. While the casting looks terrific at first glance, the proportions are just a little bit off. The hanuches of the rear quarters are just a little too squared off. But really, I’m nitpicking, if you haven’t noticed it you never will. Both Kyosho models cost an average of $10. Check out the local buy/sell group where these go for 1000-1600 taka.

I’m not a fan of Kyosho 1:64 models. They charge premium but finish carries from model to model. Most of the times the paint is just too damn thick which surprisingly isn’t the case with these two cars. In the end, you get what pleases you.

Words & photos: E.R. Ronny

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