Porsche Pink Pig: Models, mugs, art, banks, more

The Porsche Pink Pig, also known as the 917/20, sported unique experimental aerodynamics developed with the French company SERA. It featured widened bodywork designed to give more downforce with better top speed. The car was ungainly to say the least. Some said it looked like a pig.

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Gulf Racing models in 1:43 scale

The relationship between Gulf Oil and John Wyer began in 1966 when Gulf VP Grady Davis purchased a Ford GT40. So began what became the most iconic sponsorship in motorsport history.

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Other art car models in 1:43 scale

Let’s define art cars as vehicles used as a blank canvas for artistic decoration to draw attention. Most commonly, this is used for advertising and marketing purposes. High art on the original BMW art cars got noticed by the upper-income consumers BMW was working hard to attract as a “luxury” brand. This is about the not BMW art cars.

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The CMC Bugatti T35 France, Monaco 1930

The CMC Bugatti T35 is widely recognized as a fantastic piece of 1/18th scale modeling. Exquisite materials and finish make this a must-have for your collection. Some years back, I spent an entire weekend at Lime Rock’s Vintage Festival staring at a full-size Bugatti T35 just feet away.

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Dirty model cars in 1/43 scale

You can find many dirty models in 1/43 scale. Most are LeMans or rally cars. However, it’s the endurance cars we feature here. You’ll notice three distinctly different techniques for showing the effects of a 24 hour race. All merit a close look.

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BMW Art Car models in 1:43 scale

The BMW Art Car began with a simple idea in 1975. Paris auctioneer /sometime car racer Hervé Poulain wanted to compete at the LeMans 24 hour race. Not just compete, but compete in a car that was a rolling work of art, a very radical idea in motorsport. 18 BMW Art Cars later, you can get many as 1:43 models.

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BMW Art Car models in 1:43 scale, part 2

The BMW factory began the trend of decorating race cars as rolling art. Hervé Poulain, who first lured prominent artists to BMW, inspired more artists to join the party. Teams in other series’ liked the art car concept too. Many BMW art car models in 1:43 scale run by independent teams are available.

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Jim Hall, Al Unser, Indy 500 winner Chaparral Lola T500

Spare a thought for a car that had it all, and still has never been properly modeled EVER in any scale. Outside of an obsolete transkit in 1/25 scale, nothing. It also is the only car/driver/team to ever win the impossible-to-win USAC Triple Crown, consisting of the Indy 500, Pocono 500 and Ontario 500. The Jim Hall, Al Unser, Indy 500 winner Lola T500.

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The revival of Indycar models: 1/43 Replicarz Boyle Special Indy 500 winners

1/43rd Replicarz Boyle Special, both 1939 and 1940 Indy 500 winners, are incredibly nice. These are leap years better than an old Brumm model.

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5-4-U: Super-detail 1/43 diecast with full engines

Super-detailed 1/43 scale model cars exist with features common on 1/18th scale models, but not normally seen in the smaller scale. That said, there are many examples of opening features, full engines and extra detailing.

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