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  • Neo 1957 Imperial Crown Southampton

    I know a few people have already said their piece on this model, now you get to see my take on it...




    I was a little on the fence when I first read about these 1/64 NEO models, as I have always been used to die-cast - I think that would probably be down to childhood nostalgia.

    But I took a chance on the Imperial Crown Southampton. What swung it was because I knew an older couple who had this car, in this exact colour, and this exact model year. It's almost uncanny! I am amazed that one is still alive here in England, they must garage it well, because I heard many of these era of Imperials had very bad rust-proofing.

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    Now if you asked me a few weeks ago which brand you need for 1950s cars, it would be M2. But if NEO creates more like this, then resin will quickly become the go-to for me. Yes it is very lightweight, and does not roll smoothly or feel sturdy like metal. But it has a deep metalflake in the paint to rival any Hot Wheel spectraflame, and an attention to detail that I'm sure is near impossible to achieve with the relatively crude methods of die casting.

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    photographing the car is not easy, I will admit. It is very low and wide, proportioned to the real thing, which can often leave a lot of dead space above and below in the photos. It can be tricky positioning the camera to make it look natural with a diorama, which I build catered to a variety of models. The NEO is just so realistic, it makes everything around it look feeble by comparison! 😅 When I held it in my hand for the first time, Virgil Exner's longer, lower, wider exaggerations became so apparant. This is his vision in swift, mechanical form. And I have taken a photo of it on the motorway, just to show its dramatic proportions. And if it looks wide, that's because it really was - the widest car of its time, I believe.

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    A distant 'look at me' by Chrysler to say it had a product that can compete with Cadillac, with only 37,000 or so sold that year to Cadillac's 120,000+ models, though I understand some 16 or so limousine models were hand-crafted by Ghia of Italy by 1960, making it a true statement of luxury by that time. I admit, the 1960 Imperial has to be my favourite car of the brand's history, and not just because Jim Carrey drove one in the movie Unfortunate Events. The gaping maw and the ponderous headlights have always had me fall in love with how that car looks.

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    As some people have mentioned the price of these cars is around £25-30. I think I paid closer to the lower margin for this. It is Tomica Limited Vintage price for detail that surpasses Tomica Limited Vintage. If you love cars of this era, it is one you do not want to miss. And Imperials are hard to come by anyway, as many will know - especially in four door format!

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    Nice photos. Jay Leno just demonstrated his Imperial yesterday (25-may-2020) on his channel. He also mentioned the poor rust proofing.

    You might enjoy the video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iaMinFaLQo
    - Jeff
    Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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    • #3
      Originally posted by atombaum View Post
      Nice photos. Jay Leno just demonstrated his Imperial yesterday (25-may-2020) on his channel. He also mentioned the poor rust proofing.

      You might enjoy the video.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iaMinFaLQo
      Well of course Jay Leno has one! 😅 to be honest I think it would have been no worse than a lot of the cars that went rusty quick back in the day. They sure did here... 🙂

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      • #4
        Always impressing me with your photography and man that car is sweet!!!!
        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
          Originally posted by Daniel View Post
          Always impressing me with your photography and man that car is sweet!!!!
          Thanks Daniel! Yes it definitely put paid to any doubts I had about resin. It could well be the way forward for collector models. The detail and beauty is beyond compare.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Koatliqua View Post

            Well of course Jay Leno has one! 😅 to be honest I think it would have been no worse than a lot of the cars that went rusty quick back in the day. They sure did here... 🙂
            Agreed. You were supposed to buy a new car every few years anyway!
            Last edited by atombaum; 05-26-2020, 06:42 PM.
            - Jeff
            Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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            • #7
              Awesome pics and write up!

              Jim Carrey drove one in the movie Unfortunate Events.


              Sorry, I had to chuckle...that is where I learned of and admired the Tatra!


              The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. 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 new 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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              • #8
                The Neo models are incredible and a number of years ago some of those most likely would have found a way into my collection - kind of like the Schock Brothers 1/72nd Studebakers. I am at that stage in life and collecting where I simply need to say no to more and more things that are out there...and of course, if they by chance made an Edsel - all rules are broken!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
                  The Neo models are incredible and a number of years ago some of those most likely would have found a way into my collection - kind of like the Schock Brothers 1/72nd Studebakers. I am at that stage in life and collecting where I simply need to say no to more and more things that are out there...and of course, if they by chance made an Edsel - all rules are broken!
                  You never know... 😁 (I will certainly be keeping my fingers crossed for a 1959 Villager, wherever it comes from... 😀)

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                  • #10
                    The 1/64 scale Neo cars are truly fantastic.

                    I purchased this one, and the 1957 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon back in 2018. Price here in the US was almost $40 which put them at more than double what I pay for the typical TLV, but the detailing is by par some of the best out there. Depending on if, and when they make more cars, chances are pretty good that I'll pick up a few more.

                    Beautiful pictures and fantastic write-up by the way.
                    Michael "Toyotageek"
                    Japanese Minicar Garage https://japaneseminicargarage.weebly.com/

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                    • #11
                      It's always a good time to bring up NEO. I don't have this one, but feel much the same about their Continental. One of the best pieces in my entire collection.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Koatliqua View Post

                        You never know... 😁 (I will certainly be keeping my fingers crossed for a 1959 Villager, wherever it comes from... 😀)
                        Bermuda, Round Up, Villager....I'm up for *any* Edsel longroofs!
                        The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. 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 new 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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