With Christmas (yes, we used that word!) just under three months away, it’s getting close to the time to start shopping for that favorite Mopar nut on your list. Besides collecting real Mopars, a lot of us collect smaller versions. Hot Wheels, plastic model cars; you name it. After all, car lovers usually start their passion for cars young in life after playing with toy versions. A popular choice of collectibles for Mopar enthusiasts are 1:18th scale die-cast replicas. These quality model cars are usually highly detailed with moving parts, real rubber tires; the works.
Auto World is one of the biggest companies in the die-cast replica market. They specialize in all scales of die-casts; ranging from 1:18th to 1:64th scale. They produce some of the highest quality ones you can buy today. All of their 1:18th scale die-cast replicas feature rolling wheels, opening hood, trunk and doors as well as other various movable pieces such as flip forward front seats, opening glove box door and spinning drive shafts! Their smaller scale replicas are also some of the highest quality and detailed ones on the market too.
Auto World is big into Mopars themselves and always has a vast selection of Mopar die-casts to choose from at any given time featuring a good variety of A-Bodies, B-Bodies and E-Bodies. If they haven’t made it yet, chances are they will soon. Always looking to expand their catalog, the team there are always busy looking at new Mopar products they can offer. Let’s take a look at some of the new products in their catalog.
1970 Dodge Charger R/T- Dick Landy– 1:18- $94.99 USD
Paying tribute to Dick Landy’s legendary Dodge Charger drag cars, the team at Auto World has created a perfect replica of Dick’s 1970 version as raced by Bob Lambeck. Previously offering both 1968 and 1969 versions of this die-cast, they decided it was time for the 1970 version. Featuring authentic graphics as it was raced in 1970 with Landy’s blueprinted and built 426 Hemi engine! This one wears newly tooled Cragar rims with rear racing slicks and newly tooled R/T emblems on the quarters. Each die-cast is serialized.
1971 Dodge Charger R/T- Sunroof MCACN- 1:18- $94.99 USD
Featured at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals show in Chicago, this is a replica of one of Tim and Pam Wellborn’s favorite cars. Owners of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum, they have amassed one of the world’s best collections of Mopar muscle cars from 1969 thru 1971. That’s a lot of cars to choose from so this TX9 triple-black Dodge Charger by Auto World is super sweet with factory sunroof, black vinyl top, with spoilers front and rear. Under the standard louvered R/T hood is the powerful 440 Magnum. For additional accuracy, they’ve tooled an all-new shifter and pedals replicating the factory automatic option.
1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible- 50th Anniversary Edition- 1:18- $89.99 USD
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Plymouth GTX, Auto World has replicated the rarest of the 1969 GTX convertibles: The super-sharp 426 HEMI and 4-speed. This Jamaican Blue Poly convertible features incredible factory details with white interior, dog-dish wheels, and Air Grabber hood. This show stopper is sure to be a highlight of any collection.
1957 Chrysler 300C Hardtop- 60th Anniversary Edition- 1:18- $94.99 USD
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 300C, Auto World has replicated the 1957 Chrysler 300C in factory-matched Gauguin Red. Under the hood is the meticulously-detailed HEMI power plant feeding an accurately-replicated drive train with rotating driveshaft. The interior features period-correct 2-tone black and beige with folding seats and functional steering wheel.
Auto World 1974 Plymouth Road Runners- 1:64: Pricing Unknown
With 1968-1971 being the more popular years of the Plymouth Road Runner, often the 1973-1974 versions get left out when it comes to die-cast replicas. Auto World has finally released some miniature versions of the 1974 Road Runner that are must haves; especially since they are limited production pieces. These come in quite a few colors including black, blue, and red!
Johnny Lightning 1972 Plymouth Road Runner & 1974 Dodge Charger (Petty Blue with Red & Graphics)- 1:64- $7.99 USD each
For those that collect smaller scale Mopars, these two are a must have! The Johnny Lightning line-up has replaced two of Richard Petty’s famous Road Runner and Dodge Charger NASCAR racers in 1:64th scale form! Only 1,752 of each will be made worldwide so grab yours now!
Johnny Lightning 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger- 1:64- $7.99 USD each
Rounding up the new product line-up is the release of Johnny Lightning’s new 1969 Dodge Dart Swingers. These little replicas are absolutely fantastic looking and sure to please Dart owners and fans alike! They come in two colors; Light Turquoise Poly with White interior/stripe and Bright Red with Black interior/stripe and vinyl top.
Revell 1970 Dodge Chargers- 1:25 Model Kit- Around $25.00 USD
Another popular choice for miniature Mopar collectors are the 1:24 and 1:25 scale plastic model kits made by companies such as Revell, MPC and AMT. Many of us grew up building plastic models and have fond memories of building our favorite Mopars. We tend to try and forget about those times we glued our fingers together though! Up until recently, the 1970 Dodge Charger was forgotten about and lacked a quality kit as in the past the only choice was a horribly done Fast and the Furious 1970 version. Revell has solved that though with their new releases of two new kits! These proper and high quality kits come in two versions; A R/T and a Fast and The Furious replica. The new R/T version comes with proper striping including the V21 hood option and red line tires!