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  • Aurora Cigar Box Ferrari Dino

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    I haven't added any new Auroras in some time, luck of the draw I guess. I'm a bit picky in that I don't really care for the "chrome" paints of later issues because they are usually damaged, and handling only makes the damage worse. And the chrome paints typically have the "speed wheels," which I simply despise....but that is my personal preference, not trying to sway anybody's opinion. I know it seems contradictive in that I like chrome like finishes on others like Hot Wheels and Johnny Lightning, but the overall quality of those models with metal bodies and often metal bases and quality wheels makes a huge difference.

    Aurora repurposed some of their well known at the time slot car bodies, so they are made of plastic. Could say these are early "resin" models, and also serve as a good demonstration of the finer casting details possible in small scale in resin / plastic compared to zamac. That is why I prefer the bodies molded in color with the metal hubs and rubber tires. Judging by the likes of the recent NEO small scale models, I think others have noticed the same material advantages. Of course, value - especially at retail - has intrinsic qualities that go beyond the effort and attention put into a model on the peg. Weight, also known as heft, holds an unconscious connection to quality and that is a quality that resin models by default simply do not have.

    Auroras are easily broken, so finding unbroken examples can be a challenge of its own, but well worth it when one can hold one of these in their hands (non-chrome, of course, don't want to ruin the paint). What Aurora lacks in heft, they more than make up for in fine detail. In the day, Aurora banked on their racing prowess and reputation, which helped their Cigar Box non-powered cars along, but all of that is long ago history lost on so many newer collectors who haven't come to appreciate these often overlooked gems...yet.
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    There are some differences, as it appears that with some, they shaved one or both posts to fit the new chassis, thus if you've done like I have before, and tried to use a playworn example on an Auto World chassis, it can be a pain in the rear.

    Nice one! I have a pink chrome version with the high-speed wheels.

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    • #3
      an interesting read..

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        • #5
          I always liked these cars as a kid- they had some models that were'nt made by other diecast manufacturers at the time. My favorite was the '67 Ford Galaxie coupe. It is next to impossible to find these nowdays (aside from eBay) without broken/,missing A-pillars. They were not made to take a beating.

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            I never found the Ford (at a price I was willing to pay), but did land this Riviera...
            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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