01 February 2017
Plus! 40 years of the Porsche 924
Inside the March issue of Diecast Collector...
40 years ago, Porsche launched their affordable 924. It was a radical departure for the German company renowned for their rear-engined, air-cooled sports cars. Their new affordable range had a front mounted, water cooled engine and this had its DNA rooted in a Volkswagen van engine. As a result, the motoring media gave the car a reception that ranged from luke warm to unimpressed. However, the car-buying public had a different opinion and the ‘unloved’ sports car became Porsche’s best seller. This month, we celebrate these 40 years with a guide to some of the superb diecasts created of this superb car.
Classic commercial fans will love our five page comparison of the UK Dinky Bedford TK and the French Dinky Berliet GAK models. There are many similarities in the model ranges, and the ways they were marketed – both have huge followings too.
Aviation fans shouldn’t feel left out, as we tell the story of the last flight of the de Havilland Comet and look at the Corgi model of “Canopus”, the last example of this pioneering jet airliner.
We take a look at the unusual Hotwheels X-V Racers, a short-lived gyro-powered diecast range that enthusiasts of these small-scale models may never have seen.
Our roundup of Martini Racing diecasts concludes with the iconic endurance racing Porsche 917, Porsche 911 and Porsche 935. Six pages of beautiful racing machines in miniature, with the back stories of the cars behind the models – its a racing collector’s dream.
All of this plus our usual 11 bumper pages of new model reviews, our auction price guide, the latest roundup of the news from the world of diecast and much, much more.