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30 Oct

I've always liked Citroens

Posted by Andrew Wood

I've always liked Citroens, and I have owned a number of them over the years, notably a 2CV and an XM.

The 15cv Traction Avant for me though stands for the old values of the brand. It had so many firsts when it was released in 1934. It was the first volume produced front wheel drive car and it was the first to do away with a separate chassis, the body shell providing the structure of the car.

These two innovations gave it a very low centre of gravity and ground-breaking handling for a car of its time. It stayed in production until it was replaced by the equally revolutionary DS in 1957. It also looks cool and has suicide doors.

This model is a modern reproduction of an old Dinky Toy. Atlas Editions had the brilliant idea of getting out the old Dinky dies and getting Norev to start making them again. There is a good range of these Atlas Dinky reproductions now and I've a small selection of them in the Little Wheels store here: https://little-wheels.net/collections/dinky-toys. I have more to come and will be releasing them over the next couple of weeks.

29 Jul

Thunderbirds are Go

Posted by Andrew Wood in Diecast models, Matchbox

I loved the Thunderbirds when I was a kid, trouble was it was on ITV and we only got decent reception at home on BBC1 so I only got to see it when I went to friends houses. It was great watching it again with my own kids, just as good as I remember.

This is a Matchbox Thunderbird 2 with Thunderbird 4 in the pod. As a kid I had the original Dinky version of this, except it came from a jumble sale and one of the legs was missing.

You can own this one for £6.99 by following this link: http://little-wheels.net/products/23529

23 Jul

My favourite car of all time

Posted by Andrew Wood in Diecast models

I was at the 1968 Earls Court Motor Show where the Jaguar XJ6 was launched, this model. I still have the show guide with the Jag on the cover. It was and remains a wonderful car.
I eventually owned my own XJ6 - the last of the line - and sadly sold it on a couple of months ago. It was also wonderful.
You too can own an XJ6 - this one, tricked out for racing. It is made by Vanguards and is nicely done. Please follow this link where it is on sale for £9.99: http://little-wheels.net/products/22980

17 Jul

The other James Bond Lotus

Posted by Mark Applin in Corgi, Diecast models

This is the other James Bond Lotus - the one that didn't go under the sea, those are skis strapped to the roof. It was featured in the Roger Moore Bond film For Your Eyes Only - not a high point in the franchise. Nice car though, from the Corgi Definitive Bond series.
It is priced at £11.99 in the Little Wheels on-line shop and featured on a whole page of James Bond cars, almost 30 of them - take a look: http://little-wheels.net/collections/james-bond

16 Jul

Service With Honour

Posted by Andrew Wood in Corgi, Diecast models, Trucks

Sticking with the truck theme here is another one from Corgi's Superhaulers range. It's another Scania this time a curtainsider operated by Knights of Old. I can see from my many likes every day that most of them are from outside the UK and these readers may think that there is a haulage firm in England run by blokes in armour sitting on horses. It is actually a company started by William Knight in the village of Old, Northamptonshire back in 1865.

You can own this truck for £11.99 by following this link: http://little-wheels.net/products/23262

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