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Suburban Sundays: A Trio of Brown CUVs Suburban Sundays: A Trio of Brown CUVs

Hey LaLD! Today I’ve decided to try a new theme day. As you’ve probably noticed, a large portion of my 1:64 scale collection revolves around the delightfully mundane and everyday; thus, I propose that we have Suburban Sundays! This will be a showcase of all the cars that are average enough to be not particularly…

French Friday: Catching up to the Espace French Friday: Catching up to the Espace

As you likely recall, when Matra first approached PSA after its takeover at Simca/Chrysler they brought with them the “Dessin Orange”, an orange sketch of an MPV that they foresaw as the future of family transport. The subsequently cold response from PSA meant that the design went to Renault where it became the first…

Wagon Wednesday: Euro Wagons of the '90s Wagon Wednesday: Euro Wagons of the '90s

The station wagon is a body style that is increasingly associated with luxury marques and segments in America today, but its roots obviously harken back to the days of rudimentary practicality and outright load-lugging capacity.

French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Hey LaLD! I’m finally back! This semester was a bit of a busy one and, despite me having preemptively photographed plenty of diecast before returning to Uni, I ran out of time to prepare my verbose backgrounds on the cars being presented! So, without further ado, we return to our regularly scheduled programming with…

It's a Sad Day in Volvo Town It's a Sad Day in Volvo Town

Well, looks like the end of an era unless something changes soon. Interesting because this is an issue with Volvo’s non-car related branch so they don’t really have a direct stake in it, thus it’s hard to say how it will go down. That said, here’s the required reading and here’s the plea to Volvo. I feel sorry for…

French Friday: Le Petit Camionnette Renault French Friday: Le Petit Camionnette Renault

Two weeks ago we took a look at the progenitor of all modern European-style compact vans—the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. Today’s machine was right on the heels of that iconic pair: Renault’s Kangoo, released only a year after PSA’s two vans. While Renault may have been fudging a bit to come up with a…

French Friday: Partnering with the Berlingo French Friday: Partnering with the Berlingo

The French have a knack for making charming cars. Even in this age of homogeneity and relative blandness, the French are able to carve out characterful little machines that may not be fast or particularly nimble, but are cute and whimsical: the Citroen C4 Cactus; the Renault Twizy; the Citroen E-Mehari. Yet this has…

French Friday: L'histoire de l'Espace French Friday: L'histoire de l'Espace

Matra’s relationship with the French Big Three has always been one of political rife and strife, yet highlighted with many brilliant cars that resulted from subsequent partnerships with PSA and Renault. The Matra-Simca range produced masterpieces such as the Bagheera, Murena, and Rancho. However, Matra would go on to…

Thursday on the Thames: Rolling Through History Thursday on the Thames: Rolling Through History

Hey LaLD! It’s been a while since I’ve showed up because Uni and the holidays have kept me busy and entertained thusfar—although I have been excitedly awaiting any opportunity for me to come back to one of the best diecast communities on the internet! Luckily I have a bit of breathing space this week and so, armed…

Design Details: Floating Roofs Design Details: Floating Roofs

It’s been about six months since we’ve looked at some Design Details and, as I’m a bit burned out from Uni at the moment, I’ve decided it’s high time to look at some again.

Dream Garage: Staid Reliability Edition Dream Garage: Staid Reliability Edition

Inspired by the FP post this morning: what would your three-car dream garage would look like if ONLY Camries were allowed (no, the Avensis and Aurion [JUST KIDDING THE AURION COUNTS NOW] don’t count.) Here’s mine:

French Friday: "Merci, Twingo" French Friday: "Merci, Twingo"

Renault’s 5. The 4. The Dauphine. All iconic little cars from the Diamond brand that sold well into the millions within a single generation. Since their time, there have been plenty of generations of small Renaults that have gone into the seven digits, but only one truly captured the pizzazz and joie de vivre of the…

Land of the Rising Sunday: Minivans of Japan Land of the Rising Sunday: Minivans of Japan

No history lesson from me today, guys; I’ve just been meaning to put these three recent Tomica castings together for a while now since I find it admirable for Tomica to replicate three directly competing mainstream vehicles in its model range. So, without further ado, here’s some pictures of some lovely Japanese vans:…

French Friday: La fin du luxe français French Friday: La fin du luxe français

Ok, one last one for today. Or, in the case of French automakers, one last one for forever. The Citroen C6 and Renault Vel Satis, the last attempts by the Gallic marques to make something properly big and comfortable. (Yes, Peugeot had the 607, but Norev made only like three of those in 1:64 so obviously I don’t have…

French Friday: Grandes berlines des années 90 French Friday: Grandes berlines des années 90

After a tiring but fun day of hanging out with friends, I’m back on my computer and ready to finish up this French Friday action! So, continuing where we left off this morning, the big three of France did indeed produce successors to each of their large executive five-seat berlines of the ‘70s and ‘80s despite largely…

French Friday: Anciennes berlines exécutives French Friday: Anciennes berlines exécutives

Alright, since Jobjoris seems to think I’m lacking in the French Friday department (and because this is my last French Friday before Uni), I’m going to take advantage of today a bit more than usual so please excuse my consistent postings. Anyways, this time we’ve got three competing French executives from the turn of…

French Friday: Le petit monospace rond French Friday: Le petit monospace rond

As far as automakers go, the French have oft-been considered some of the most innovative and inventive with respect to market niches. They did invent the hatchback, crossover, and MPV after all with the Citroen Traction Avant, the Matra Simca Rancho, and the (Matra) Renault Espace, respectively. However, in the ‘90s,…

Thursday on the Thames: Lightweight Lotus Thursday on the Thames: Lightweight Lotus

On this Thursday on the Thames we have three of Lotus’s greatest lightweight two seaters which range from playful roadsters to dedicated track machines. Technically, the latter isn’t strictly a Lotus at all, rather it’s Caterham’s modern-day interpretation of the classic Lotus Seven.

Wagon Wednesday: Black Teutonic Longroofs Wagon Wednesday: Black Teutonic Longroofs

I’ve been meaning to put these two together ever since I got Matchbox’s E430 from a recent eBay purchase! The Audi may be a sports-oriented performance longroof and the Mercedes a comfort-oriented pragmatic longroof, but together they make about the perfect dream garage!

Pictures of Cars: Album Two Pictures of Cars: Album Two

It’s that time to empty my phone again as I go from 5S to 6S, so let’s see what my little Apple brick has picked up over the past three months.

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