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  • What ever happened to Auto-Thentics?

    Hi everyone, hope you're well and staying safe and ready for the return to normality (though I guess some people will be in places where you haven't noticed a difference!)

    I was recently polishing up my favourite M2 machines, which are some of my favourite diecast.

    I have a mega-romance with jet-era styling and love all my 1950s auto-thentics. They are what attracted me to the brand in the first place - but it seems to me to have been a loooong time since m2 released a new 1/64 casting of a 50s era car.

    I get that the brand is like everyone else infatuated with Japanese cars right now and is producing a lot of very cool Japanese trucks, and 70s muscle cars are its bread and butter for much of the shelf space, but I was wondering if anyone knew if Sean or someone at M2 was planning on keeping the 50s era alive with some new vehicles? Recolours are welcome of course as the ones they currently make are wonderful, but these have become less common and there remains a lot of amazing cars of the era that haven't been done in small scale which would be great for the auto-thentics line.

    Luckily I've been able to fulfil some 50s dreams with the variety of 1955 Chevrolet wagons released by Greenlight. Can't wait for them to arrive - four door/post cars are critically underrepresented in this size. 🙂



  • #2
    Your diorama photos are looking fantastic as always.
    Doug

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    • #3
      You ask the question that many of us have asked over the years. Many of us got so excited when M2 hit the scene with the '50's era cars. It seems like first they moved on to the muscle cars and then the Japanese machines... and the Auto-Thentics range got left behind. Thankfully GreenLight has offered those nice '55 Chevy wagons to keep us going and ever hopeful for more cars of that era. And as always, Jasmine, your dioramas are so enjoyable to see.

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      • #4
        Quality had gotten so horrible that they couldn't sell them that's my opinion.
        Due to the recent budget cuts,
        the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
        current state of the economy, the light at the end
        of the tunnel has been turned off.

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        • #5
          I am a fan of their 50s era models too, I have very few otherwise (except VWs and some Japanese).

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          I think the 57 Chevy is a little older, but I'm pretty sure the rest of these have been within the past year. The old Dodge on bottom was from back just before Christmas. I haven't really looked since.

          It's good to hear from you, Jasmine!
          The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.

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          • #6
            A few years back they introduced the nomad/plain jane chevy wagon from the tri-model years. That to my memory is the only real 50s car they've issued for the past half dozen years as far as new castings go. They've gone after the JDM, square body trucks, hauler series and some new modern stuff since then. I love the subject matter when they were a new company issuing the 40s and 50s castings of models and brands for that matter never done before in small scale. I miss that focus.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the answers everyone and for the nice feedback on my photos.

              Thanks Juantoo, now I will be looking out for that green Oldsmobile...😅 I kept an eye on the occasional recolour of existing castings and there's definitely a lot of racing themes. Hey speaking of which, I am excited for the Gassers when they finally make it to our shores, though again it's a little funny to see M2 reusing old castings for this.

              The 1957 chevrolet wagons that M2 released were beautiful, it''s a shame the 210 hasn't had more use! I would have thought they would really give that model more exposure.

              But nothing beats the heavy old mid-50s models like the Pontiac Star Chief and Oldsmobile 98 for me. Where is the mega-beautiful 1958 Oldsmobile, the 1956 Buick and the wacky looking 1960 Imperial!

              Oh well, I will keep my eyes peeled for more recolours of the existing M2 castings. I really want a 1954 Oldsmobile in white with a blue roof - I think I saw one in the Signal 30 driver's ed movie with a post going straight through the windshield. (don't worry, the guys inside were OK... scared stiff, but alive...) 😀 the 53 Oldsmobile M2 has in its portfolio would suffice! 🙂
              Last edited by Koatliqua; 05-25-2020, 08:37 PM.

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              • #8
                One of my early drives was a 1953 Oldsmobile - like so many of the cars of that time period it was like riding around in a Sherman Tank! I truly think M2 is missing a wonderful and unfilled area wiht the cars of the '40's and '50's and even into the early '60's - but then I am partial since that is my favorite eras for cars. Of course, I am also hopeful as GreenLight keeps adding station wagons to their lineup that maybe some day one will see an Edsel station wagon. Maybe even in my lifetime.

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                  Due to the recent budget cuts,
                  the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                  current state of the economy, the light at the end
                  of the tunnel has been turned off.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Daniel View Post
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                    I got the blue one but passed on the cream (I have to resist just buying everything... 😅) and honestly that Mercury has to be one of the nicest models out of everything I own, along with many more auto-thentics.

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                      Originally posted by Daniel View Post
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                      Who did the trailr?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Z28HO View Post

                        Who did the trailr?
                        Johnny Lightning it came with a Chevy Pickup 1950?

                        Due to the recent budget cuts,
                        the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                        current state of the economy, the light at the end
                        of the tunnel has been turned off.

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                        • #13
                          A New Auto-thentics, Jasmine

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                          Due to the recent budget cuts,
                          the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                          current state of the economy, the light at the end
                          of the tunnel has been turned off.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Daniel View Post
                            A New Auto-thentics, Jasmine

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                            Hi Daniel - thanks! I got an email from M2 and I was excited to see the Chevrolet in there - I love that candy red colour. But where are the new castings!! 😂😅 (they must have to retire some of these old ones sooner or later...)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Koatliqua View Post

                              Hi Daniel - thanks! I got an email from M2 and I was excited to see the Chevrolet in there - I love that candy red colour. But where are the new castings!! 😂😅 (they must have to retire some of these old ones sooner or later...)
                              Yes, I do understand. If that 54 Belair looks that good in the store I just might purchase it.
                              Due to the recent budget cuts,
                              the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the
                              current state of the economy, the light at the end
                              of the tunnel has been turned off.

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