Name: 2006 Chevrolet Camaro Concept
Designer: General Motors
Price: Rs 89
The Chevrolet Camaro is an automobile manufactured by General Motors and Chevrolet under the Chevrolet brand. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.
Here is some trivia about the Camaro:
On June 28, 1966, General Motors held a live press conference (the first time in history that 14 cities were hooked up in real time for a press conference via telephone lines). Chevrolet General Manager Pete Estes announced a new car line, project designation XP-836, with a name that Chevrolet chose in keeping with other car names beginning with the letter C such as the Corvair, Chevelle, Chevy II, and Corvette. He claimed the name, “suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to its owner” and that “to us, the name means just what we think the car will do… Go!” The new Camaro name was then unveiled. Automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers, “What is a Camaro?” and were told it was “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.” 😉
On January 6, 2006, the first official word regarding a fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro from General Motors came at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, where the 2006 Camaro Concept was released. The concept car features the following: 2-door, 4-passenger, rear-wheel drive coupe, while the body-styling is an homage to the first generation Camaro
Wishing to emulate the performance heritage of the Camaro range, the GM team, which designed the latest model, have produced a shape which, whilst retaining elements of the past, looks boldly forward to the future. The unmistakeable front grille and enormous hood bulge hint at the performance capabilities of the V8 engine, whilst the large wheels and tyres with exposed brakes point to the speed of the Camaro Concept.
From the 2006 GM press release:
Combining dramatic design and exciting performance, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans. The Camaro Concept embodies the performance and passion that have made first-generation Camaros some of the most sought-after collector cars, updating the formula with a fuel-efficient powertrain, sophisticated chassis and contemporary design execution. The goal is to make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans.
“Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all of the right reasons,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design. “Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers.”
Name: Lamborghini Diablo Roadster
Price: Rs 89
A list of dream cars can never be complete without a Lamborghini in it.
The Lamborghini Diablo is a high-performance mid-engined sports car that was built by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1990 and 2001. The body style choices were either a 2-door coupe or a 2-door roadster.
The Diablo was the fastest production car in the world for the 1991 model year, having a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph), which exceeded the 324 km/h (201 mph) of the previous title-holder, the Ferrari F40. The Diablo held the title until the release of the Bugatti EB110 in 1991, which claimed a top speed of 343 km/h (213 mph).
The car became known as the Diablo, carrying on Lamborghini’s tradition of naming its cars after breeds of fighting bull. The Diablo was named after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting an epic battle with ‘El Chicorro’ in Madrid on July 11, 1869.
The Diablo’s pop-up headlamp units, the tried-and-true V12 engine under the lid, the rear air ducts all make this a “classic” super car. In the words of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the Diablo was designed “solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world.”
Name: Toyota Celica GT-S
Price: Rs 89
The Toyota Celica name has been applied to a series of coupes made by the Japanese company Toyota. The name is ultimately derived from the Latin word coelica meaning “heavenly” or “celestial”.
The Toyota Celica GTS belongs to the seventh generation T230 series of Celica (1999-2006). This is a 3 door liftback/hatchback with an FF (front-engine, front-wheel drive) layout. It boasts of a more sportier look (hence the “S” in the name)
The 2000 model year Celica was an element of Toyota “Project Genesis”, an effort to bring younger buyers to the marque in the United States. Toyota wanted to appeal to the same buyers of the Acura Integra and Honda Civic. Toyota took time to lighten the car and lower cost whenever possible.
Power window and door lock controls were placed in the center console so only 1 set was necessary for both doors. Initial moonroofs were made of polymer plastic instead of the traditional glass.
Name: TrooP Carrier
This was one of the toys left behind when the nephews came a-visiting. Shot it before I return it. I really liked the way this car has been ‘weathered’ with the traces of ‘mud’ on the body paint of the car and the completely brown underbelly and tyres. I don’t know much about this car except that from the front, it looks like a Mahindra Scorpio, and the name on the underbelly does not mean much to me. On to the pictures!
Since it already came with some mud on it, I decided to put it in some more mud… my laziness / lack of time meant that I went as far as getting a potted plant…
Name: Dodge Challenger SRT8
Price: Rs 89
We’ve already seen the Dodge Viper… today it’s time for a closer look at the Dodge Challenger.
Dodge is a United States-based brand of automobiles, minivans, and sport utility vehicles, manufactured and marketed by Chrysler Group LLC
The Dodge Challenger SRT 8 is a rebirth of a muscle car legend. The third, and current generation, was introduced in 2008 as a rival to the evolved Ford Mustang, the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird.
Assembled in Canada, this hard top, two-door coupe with a sun roof and hood stripes, chrome wheels and leather interiors is a blend of muscle and luxury.
Created in the image of the iconic 1970 Dodge Challenger, the all-new Challenger concept car is poised to deliver pin-you-to-your seat power from its Hemi 6.1 engine and head-turning styling that have made the Challenger legendary!
Picture Courtesy: Oyunlab
Name: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Manufacturer: Unknown (not written on the underbelly)
Price: Rs ??? (Its an old model, don’t recall the price)
A small note before I begin… While I managed the shoot of this model, I forgot to make a note of the manufacturer and the scale. I’ll update that I get my hands on the model (It’s not at my place right now)
I’ve always loved the gullwing style of doors, and I can trace this back to the Thunder Hawk which used to be driven by Matt Trakker from M.A.S.K. I bought this silver merc as a gift, and I spotted it lying around when I thought I’d try and give it a shoot. This is the biggest car I’ve shot till date and also the only car I have access to right now that has movable front wheels. I decided to put that to maximum advantage! But first, borrowing a page from Jigsaw’s book, I’ll introduce the car.
Excerpts from Wikipedia:
“The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day.
Built by Daimler-Benz AG and internally numbered W198, the fuel-injected road version was based (somewhat loosely) on the company’s highly successful competition-only sports car of 1952, the somewhat less powerful carbureted Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194).
The road model was suggested by Max Hoffman. Being intended for customers in the booming post-war American market it was introduced at the 1954 New York Auto Show, unlike previous models introduced at either the Frankfurt or Geneva shows. In Mercedes-Benz fashion, the “300” referred to the engine’s three litre cylinder displacement. The “SL” stood for “Sport Leicht” (Sport Light).
The 300SL was best known for both its distinctive gull wing doors and being the first-ever four-stroke car equipped with a Gasoline direct injection. The gull wing version was available from March 1955 to 1957. Production of the roadster ended in 1963 with the introduction of the 230SL.”
And here’s a pic of the car that I found on seriouswheels.com
Anyways, enough with the trivia, on to the photos!
The car was a definitely beauty at the time I bought it. Its chrome has faded with time and there’s dust in hard-to-reach places. It also lacks a lot of details that the much more higher priced models in this scale / size have but since I didn’t have that kinda money then, I didn’t splurge on a high-end model. On to the interior shots…
And the 360…
All doors open!
When I compare it to the full size car in the photo right at the start, I like the details and it all looks great until you get to the wheels… this model has ‘spoked’ wheels where as the full size seems to have regular wheels. Whether those were available as options or not, I’m not sure. Over all, a good model (I’m still not spoilt over the high end models in this range 😉 )
Name: Dodge Viper GTS
Price: Rs 89
When it comes to cars, age is no bar!
Currently, I am in a race with my nephew to the biggest collection of Hotwheels/Maisto/Welly… as of today, he wins 🙂
The series of cars that are I will be talking about in the coming days are the latest additions to his collection. Here is the first.
The Dodge Viper GTS is a two seat V10-powered sports car made by the Dodge division of Chrysler. The car, and numerous variations, has made many appearances in TV shows, video games, movies, and music videos.
The Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, and the final version of the Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performances.
A coupe model called the GTS was introduced in 1996. Dubbed “double bubble,” the roof featured slightly raised sections above each seat to accommodate usage of helmets, a throwback to its intended purpose.