Danbury Mint discontinues die-cast car line after its factories shut down | Hemmings Daily

I’ve been collecting  Danbury Mint die-cast cars for years now.  I have complete collections of the Corvettes and Mustangs they offered plus a few other models.  Sad to see them go out of business.  Too bad they couldn’t bring it back home and make a go of it.  See my article “When You Just have to have that Classic/Muscle Car?…Think Small!!!!”


The Vettes

The Vettes

The Mustangs

The Mustangs


I recently ordered their last car – the 1935 coupe, even though it doesn’t match my collection.

Last Danbury Mint Production die-cast car!

Last Danbury Mint Production die-cast car!


Danbury Mint discontinues die-cast car line after its factories shut down | Hemmings Daily.


Up against an industry-wide trend of rising costs and difficulties dealing with overseas factories, Danbury Mint – the company best known among gearheads for its high-quality, 1:24 scale, shelf-topping classic cars – has exited the die-cast car business.

“Like Packard, Duesenberg and Pontiac, so too has our journey come to an end,” wrote the Danbury Mint’s Die-cast Product Manager, Art McKenna. “For more than 20 years, the Danbury Mint has been proud to offer what many deem to be the finest 1:24 scale replicas in the world. Unfortunately, our last 1:24 scale replica has rolled off the assembly line.”

McKenna said the decision to discontinue the die-cast car line came after the factory in China that produced the models for the company closed. Two years ago, the Danbury Mint’s main factory in China closed, leaving it with only its secondary factory to produce a limited lineup of die-cast cars. No reason was given for either factory’s closing. “We didn’t own the factory, so we couldn’t control much of what happened,” McKenna said.

Pricing of the models also appeared to play a role in the decision. In a letter that McKenna sent to members of the Danbury Mint’s Classic Car Preview Society late last year, he noted that the company was no longer able to cost-effectively produce enough models for that program. Retail prices for the company’s die-cast cars had also sharply risen over the last couple of years from about $150 to about $250.

While the Danbury Mint was founded in 1969, it didn’t begin producing collectible die-cast vehicles until the late 1980s, starting out with a range of sporty Full Classics like the Duesenberg SSJ and Packard V-12 LeBaron Speedster. McKenna said that over the next quarter century, the company produced hundreds of different vehicles, but that they wanted to make their last die-cast car release – a 1935 Ford DeLuxe three-window coupe – an all-new design and not merely a re-paint of a previous design. Limited to 2,500 pieces, the coupe has already sold out.

Die-cast cars were only a part of Danbury Mint’s overall offerings, however, so the company will remain in business selling sports collectibles, coins, and figurines.

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Thanks To The International Viewers!!!


I was sorting through the data on the AGCRMR site and took a look at the viewers for today.

It was very cool to see that car lovers from all over the world take time out of their busy day to stop by my blog and read some of the posts. So here’s a SHOUT OUT  all the international car junkies that stopped by today.

So a HUGE “THANKS” to registered viewers:

Thanks/Merci – Canada!!

Graças – Portugal!!

Tack – Sweden!!

Merci – France!!

Gracias – Brazil!!

Thanks – England!!

Dzięki – Poland!!

Dank – Germany (where my son some born)!!!

Feel free to post up a note and just say “Hey” or find me on Facebook – Average Guys Car Restoration Mods and Racing (AGCRMR) and send me a few pics of your ride!!!! Doesn’t even have to be your ride (Pls NO JOY RIDING Innocent !!!)

Question of the Day:  Is it a Joy Ride if you don’t smile while you are driving it?

BTW – these are registered viewers, not spam and we NEVER every share names nor personal data.




1984 C4

1984 C4

2007 C6

2007 C6

1970 Mustang

1970 Mustang


Auto Factoids for Week of Feb 23, 2014

Here are your Auto Factoids for this week in automotive history.


A very light week, but a couple of biggies.


First up is the debut of AMC’s AMX that happened back in 1968 on Feb 24th.  Born to be muscle and destined to be a classic from the start.

They were sharp-looking and a curb weight of only about 3,000 lbs they weren’t heavy weights.  Impressive engine configurations of 290, 383, 360, and 390 with nothing but a 4 barrel carb (and one twin 4 barrel) you got horse power from 225 (the 290) to 420 (390 with twin 4 barrel carbs).  Impressive!  Sadly only a two-year run.

1969 Hurst version...NICE!!!

1969 Hurst version…NICE!!!


Had to dig for this one. Found it on http://forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org.   Back in 1905 a Cadillac was the first car to cross the Andes (the mountain range not Andes, New York) that happened on Feb 25th, but I don’t know why, nor does anyone else seem to know.  I can tell you  the Andes are in South American and average about 14,000 feet in altitude.  The ’05 (that’s 1905 not 2005) Caddy was, well let’s say “airy”.   That ‘brave’ (pronounced ‘Crazy’) soul was Jose Piquero. But wait, some sources say it wasn’t a Caddy at all, but a Oldsmobile.

So I would imagine either in either ride the trip was a tad bit chilly.

1905 Olds

1905 Olds

1905 Caddy

1905 Caddy


Less we forget that Ralph Nader has a birthday this month, you can celebrate that (anyone?  Bueller, Bueller…) if you absolutely can’t find another reason to have an adult beverage.  That day was Feb 27 back in 1934.  I wonder if he fell out of a car seat when he was young?

1962 Lakewood

1962 Lakewood

As luck would have it Mother Nature tends to even the playing field, so a few years later Mario Andretti was born in February on the 28 back in 1940 in Montona, Italy.


Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti


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National Corvette Museum Sink Hole- Restore the Vetts?

Keeping the proper prospective, (no humans were harmed) but it’s a shame to lose those beautiful one of a kind, historic cars.

So what’s next?

Apparently they believe the rest of the National Corvette Museum building it’s self is sound as is the rest of the grounds under the 184-acre Motorsports Park, which is opening in August.

But what should happened to the cars?

Should they be restored?

Should they stay as they are and preserved?

Let me know what you think.


Give me some feedback and I’ll send it on the Museum folks.

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1 and Half Millionth Corvette

1 and Half Millionth Corvette



Classic, Muscle and Speciality Car Services

If you’ve been reading my  ‘stuff’ for a while, you’ll know that this site is not a commercial enterprise.  The ads you see here are just products or services I like.  No money has ever exchanged hands.  Even the Car Art page is offered gratuitously.

So I’m going break my tradition and add one more ad – mine!

With over 30 years ‘living’ with cars I’ve decided to take my passion to the next level.  As my regular readers know,  I grew up around cars, hanging with my Dad as he worked on ours and working in his auto body shops on and off for all my teenage years.  We did everything from replacement panels to welding two car halves together to make one (a Datsun 510)510 to complete paint jobs with bondo work to painting the Coke swirl on the deliver trucks.  I learned to use a porta-power jack and a slam hammer to straighten out some of the worse dents – acceptable back then and even today.

My first car was a 1966 Chevy Impala convertible, loving restored by my Dad for my graduation (back in 1976).   A couple years later I restored a 1970 Plymouth Duster, with a 318 and three speed.  This was upstate New York so there was a lot of body work on this car.  Next up was a girl friends 1971 Thunderbird, liked that car more than I did her…well I missed the car more anyway.  Next up was a 1970 Chevelle, automatic with a 350 (nothing special back then), mostly tinkered with that and it died on a highway in eastern Nebraska.  After that there was a gap of a few years, while I joined the military, traveled the world, got married and raised a son.

And if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog you’ll know my history with my first Corvette. Lots of work on this first year C4 generation Vette.  I replaced every bushing and rubber component, including the mounts for the transmission, etc.   The work I completed on this car earned two car show trophies (not Pebble Beach caliber – but best in class in medium to large local car shows).

If you’ll took a look at the Mustang tab on this blog you can see the restoration of my 1970 Mustang.  Now I had some of this work done for me, but I kept a close eye on the details and budget.  This included a complete paint job, welding, new motor mounts were need to let the bored 302 to be placed between the finders, custom pulleys for mounting the A/C, power steering and alternator.  I did all the upholstery myself and replaced the original three speed transmission with the a stock Shelby 4 speed complete with Hurst Competition Plus Shifter.  You can read the rest on these pages.

This is a long introduction to my services.  I’m recently obtained my Classic Car Auto Appraisal certification and I specialize in classic, muscle, and specialty vehicles (racing and modified cars).  Additionally with all my experience restoring cars I’ve begun to offer my services as a restoration project manager.

The appraisal service is pretty straight forward.  The project management service is not unique but more then just consulting.  I’m currently managing the restoration of a rare VW bug for a car lover – but not car girl.  You’ll see more of that coming up, as it’s now in the 2nd year of it’s “every bolt off” restoration.  Did I mention two of my restorations won 3 car show best in class trophies?  My ’70 Mustang and my ’84 Corvette.

See more on the Services page or contact me directly.

Tim Sweet



1970 Mustang Mods for 300 HP

1970 Mustang
Mods for 300 HP

Trophy Winner


Two time trophy winner.

My C6

My C6







2014 McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

How racing has changed over the years.  Now I’m not a big F1 follower although I did drive a F1 at Phoenix International Speedway, in Phoenix, AZ and that was impressive machine – slightly older model.  So I have a lot of respect of them and driving them for hours…well…let’s just say you are going to have be a hard a$$ or develop one!!!

So look at the McLaren’s new offering the shape is amazing.

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2014 MP4-29 F1

Take a look at the side view:

Sure is different than those old flat bottomed Formula 1

Sure is different than those old flat bottomed Formula 1

Here are some spec:

Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Tim Goss (Technical Director)
Predecessor McLaren MP4-28
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon-fibre composite incorporating driver cockpit controls and fuel cell
Suspension (front) Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Suspension (rear) Carbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Engine Mercedes PU106A Hybrid[2] 1.6 L (98 cu in) V6 Turbocharged mid-mounted.
Transmission McLaren Racing eight forward and one reverse hand-operated seamless-shift Epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited-slip clutch
Weight 691 kg (1,523.4 lb) (with driver)
Fuel ExxonMobil High Performance Unleaded (5.75% bio fuel)
Mobil Synergy Fuel System
Mobil 1 lubrication
Tyres Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)
Competition history
Notable entrants McLaren Mercedes[3]
Notable drivers 20. Denmark Kevin Magnussen[4]
22. United Kingdom Jenson Button[5]


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McLaren M7A

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Formula One

as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship is the highest class of single-seater auto racing






Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu turn 50 | Hemmings Daily

Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu turn 50 | Hemmings Daily.


Hugely collectable with many a Malibu becoming “Chevelle SS” in the 69-72 years.  Beautiful car when they were angular and beautiful cars after they round them up a bit.





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Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized automobile produced by the Chevrolet The Heavy Chevy (RPO YF3) was ONLY available with the base

FEATURE: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 400 | Classic Recollections

FEATURE: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 400 | Classic Recollections.
Mecum Chicago: 1969 Pontiac Firebirds Trans Am 400

There was more than a few eye-catching machines at the Mecum Auction to gaze upon and one that grabbed our pupils was this 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 400. The vehicle garnered a 2009 National Olympic Gold freeze frame and lost and found award before undergoing a complete restoration in January 2012. Underhood, it still retains the factory-installed 400ci, 335HP Ram Air III V8 engine. Gears are selected with a four-speed manual transmission. The exterior sheet metal is coated in the correct Cameo White and Tyrol Blue paint while the interior has been freshened with new carpeting and Blue vinyl upholstery. Unique items include a Hurst Shifter, full gauges and a wood-rimmed Sport steering wheel.


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1978-1982 Corvette firebird tans am cb radio all intact: $45.00 (1 Bid) End Date: Thursday Nov-21-2013 16:38:39… http://t.co/z0KBlOOEVk
Pontiac : Firebird Tans Am 1998 Pontiac Trans Am – F-Body Online

US $1125.00 (5 Bids) End Date: Wednesday Mar-09-2011 16:51:12 PST Buy It Now for only: US $15000.00 Bid now | Buy it now | Add to watch list More…
Pontiac Trans Am Firebird : AutomaTick – Das Auto Magazin

Doch mal ehrlich: Auch ohne „Turbo Boost“ oder „Super Pursuit Mode“ macht der Pontiac Firebird Tans Am keine schlechte Figur und schon die früheren Modelle brauchten den Vergleich mit anderen Muscle Cars, wie dem 



▶ 2013 Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe – Dyno Testing – YouTube

▶ 2013 Hennessey VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe – Dyno Testing – YouTube.

The Hennessey folk do some amazing ‘stuff’.




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RT @RaceLonestar: Hennessey VR1200 Runs 220.5 MPH on Texas Toll Road http://t.co/nycXMLW6i1

Buying a New 1963 Corvair at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction

Buying a New 1963 Corvair at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction.


I watched the event on History Channel – more thoughts on that later.  I didn’t actually see this particular Corvair, but I thought, wow that is a lot for this car.

$40k Corvair.  I wonder what the largest sum every paid for a Corvair?

$40k Corvair. I wonder what the largest sum every paid for a Corvair?


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Recap: the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction | Mac’s Motor City Garage

A crowd estimated at 10,000 people, including 3,400 registered bidders, helped to shape the spectacle at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce, Nebraska this past weekend. 1963 Corvair Monza Coupe, 6 cyl. 4-speed