This week, the boys from Replicarz sent us pre-production samples of the first two releases in their new series of 1/18 scale die cast Indy Cars. The models in this series will be built using modified and updated tooling originally used to produce the highly collectible Carousel 1 series of classic Indy race cars.
The sample models are on display here at our Downers Grove, Illinois Gallery.
The first two models, due for release this fall, are the 'Laydown' Roadsters of 1958 Indianapolis 500 winner Jimmy Bryan and 1961 Indianapolis 500 co-Rookie of the Year, Bobby Marshman.
Here's a sneak preview for those of you not in the neighborhood:
In 1958, three time National Champion Jimmy Bryan stepped into the same George Salih / Quinn Epperly Belond Special that carried Sam Hanks to victory in the 1957 Indianapolis 500 and scored his first and only Indy win.
The Offenhauser engine in the Belond Special was mounted 72 degrees to the right, giving the car a much lower profile than the Watson and Kurtis roadsters of the day. The new models from Replicarz feature a nicely detailed Offy under the hood, as seen below.
In 1961, Bobby Marshman took his Hoover Special Laydown Offy Roadster to a seventh place finish in the Indianapolis 500. Marshman shared Rookie of the Year honors with the great Parnelli Jones.
Word from Replicarz is that both models will be released in Limited Editions of 999 later this year (October is the target). You can reserve your models below:
R185052 - Jimmy Bryan / Belond Special / Winner, 1958 Indianapolis 500
R185061 - Bobby Marshman / Hoover Special / 1961 Indianapolis 500
Check out the entire lineup of 1/18 Indy Cars from Replicarz Exclusives HERE.
We have just restocked the following titles. Click on the links to order!
Don't forget to include ETYPEDEAL on your order form!
We're waiting for packing lists for inbound shipments from both Spark and Minichamps. We'll pass that info along as soon as we get it.
The Gallery will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor Day and Saturday, September 8 while I'm at Elkhart Lake.
Remember, we will have a display at Road America the weekend of September 7-9 during the VSCDA Vintage Fall Festival weekend I will have the Laydown Roadsters with me, so stop by our tent and take a look.
Should I bring something to Elkhart for you? Give us a call by next Wednesday.
Talk to you soon!