The Top Ten new additions to my collection for 2019
10. Spark RUF CTR 2017
It's been a while since a car has made me stop in my tracks just to stare at it. I don't know what it is about RUF's 2017 CTR, but I immediately fell in love with it. Spark quickly produced a 1/18 scale replica of the car, and I just had to have it.
9. Best of Show Vector M12
You guys know I'm all about the obscure supercars of the Radwood era, and the Vector M12 is one such unicorn. Powered by the same Lamborghini V12 from the Diablo, only 14 were produced over 3 years. This resin model is my second Vector and made a great addition to my supercar cabinet.
8. Cult Jaguar XJR-15
Earlier this year I was contacted by the Cultivated Collector about finding a manufacturer that would commission a run of Jaguar XJR-15's. I had reached out to a few people, including Citizen Patrick, who knows his stuff more than anyone I know. Turns out, he heard that Cult Models was going to be dropping a blue and an orange XJR-15 at the end of this year. While it was sort of disappointing to not have been involved with a commissioned run of cars, I'm happy to have the XJ220's little brother on my shelf.
7. Ignition Nissan Laurel
This Nissan Laurel from Ignition came my way after I convinced Ryan to sell it to me. I've been trying to add more JDM classics into my collection, and the Laurel is actually one of my favorites. I need to figure out how to 3D print some wing mirrors for it, but it is very cool to have finally added an Ignition to my set.
6. AutoArt Porsche 996 GT2
An older, classic AutoArt model that finally found my way into my collection this year. Lots of people don't like the 996 generation of 911, but the GT2 was the ultimate of the era.
5. Apex Replicas Holden Hurricane
The Holden Hurricane is one of my all time favorite concept cars. This model from Apex Replicas was produced in low quantities all the way down under, and as you can imagine the shipping from there was absolute killer. Finally, a dealer here in the US ended up with a bunch of them and discounted them deeply.
4. Kyosho DeTomaso Pantera
Another grail piece crossed off my list. This is the Kyosho Pantera L, a rarer model and a cleaner look than Kyosho's GTS model. I had the Hot Wheels model of this car for a while, but it wasn't cutting it in my collection. It took a couple years to snag this one, but my patience certainly paid off.
3. GMP Chevy Camaro Z/28 Sunoco Trans-Am
I promised I wasn't going to buy any of GMP's amazing Trans Am cars because I knew that would be an expensive rabbit hole to jump in to. They finally took my money when they released this number 15 Sunoco Camaro. I had to have this one, and now I have to have GMP's Cuda, Challenger, Boss 302 Mustangs, and Replicarz AMC Javelin...
2. AutoArt Aston Martin Vulcan
By now you've seen the same two photos of this car over and over. I promise I will get to it and post up a full review. I had been waiting for this release from AutoArt in this specific color for over a year, then hit up Citizen Patrick once it was finally available. It is a scary light composite car, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
1. Spark Dauer 962 Road Car
The car I never thought I would own: Spark's Dauer 962 Road Car. These models rarely come and go, but when they do, they command your first born. This one tripped an alert on my eBay app, but it was missing a mirror and the seller wanted way too much money for it. Then they lowered their price, and then lowered it again. Then again. Finally I clicked that button and waited a few weeks while it traveled here from Japan. I finally got around to taking the car out of its box today for pictures and guess what was rattling underneath the base-plate? The other mirror!