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#1 Barry Boor

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 14:53

No, this is not a competition!

Some years ago I ordered a slot car body from Patto in Australia and this is what arrived:

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It certainly wasn't what I was expecting - I can't remember what the order was for - and I have never been able to work out what it is.

Can anyone suggest what it might be trying to be?

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#2 ensign14

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 14:59

That's a car? I thought it was an Easter Island statue.

#3 Red Socks

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 15:00

I thought it was the Walls special-just missing its stick.

#4 David McKinney

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 15:04

Looks early '50s - Ferrari 166?

#5 Ted Walker

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 15:58

Thinwall Ferrari ???????

#6 Macca

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 16:15

http://3.bp.blogspot...20/Ferrari-166-

John Surtees drove it at the FoS a few years back.


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#7 RA Historian

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 16:33

It looks like a copy of a toy generic race car, such as what was sold at Woolworth's in the fifties. No particular car as such, just what a toy maker decided a race car should look like.
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#8 S A Dunbar

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 17:12

It looks like a starter kit car for the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby competition...

#9 D-Type

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 21:26

I've had a look through a few books without any success.
Surprisingly, there aren't that many cars with a central air scoop (it is central isn't it?). The "step" in the body is reminescent of some 1930's cars when the regulations specified a minimum width and Maserati made two versions of their car - one with a wide body for GP's and the other with a narrower body for other races.

Could it be a Delahaye?

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#10 Gary C

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 21:34

It's a car-shaped piece of soap.

#11 Barry Boor

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 21:39

I'm grateful for all the suggestions; thanks chaps.

Regarding the Ferrari suggestion, the guy who makes these things is usually pretty good when it comes to relative sizes. Next to a 375, this thing is tiny - which makes me think it isn't a Ferrari. There is no 166 Ferrari on his list and I have his 375 so it certainly ain't that.

It definitely isn't a generic shape - that would be pointless.

He doesn't list a Delahaye on his shells list, so I doubt it is one of they.

Incidentally, I have asked the man himself and he doesn't know, either.

I think I am just going to have to let this one go....



#12 Ray Bell

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 21:52

The HWM Jaguar had a central hump like that and mirrors down low...

Not many pics to confirm, however.

#13 T54

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 22:26

Could be a Gordini with the modified SIMCA engine... with lots of imagination. :cool:
Otherwise it's a blob. :)
Sometimes Patto makes blobs, sometimes he makes decent bodies. :smoking:

#14 Barry Boor

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 22:34

I fear you may be correct, T, about the blob, I mean.

#15 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 00:14

Originally posted by Barry Boor
I fear you may be correct, T, about the blob, I mean.


You'll have to put your thinking cap on to assign that to a driver then...

What happens if it wins?

#16 Option1

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 00:25

I don't think there's any doubt as to which driver The Blob should be assigned to...

Mr McQueen, your chariot awaits. ;)

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 00:44

I don't think there's any doubt as to which driver The Blob should be assigned to...

Mr McQueen, your chariot awaits.;)

Neil

Good one! :up:

#18 Barry Boor

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 06:47

I sent the image from this thread to Patto last night. This morning a reply tells me it is, in fact, a 1952 Cooper-Bristol!

Well, at least that explains the size.

#19 Ray Bell

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 07:15

An early run for Jack Brabham then?

Let us know how he goes...

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#20 Barry Boor

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 07:19

Sorry, Ray, but this car cannot join my new series - it covers 1950 and 1951.

Maybe the next one.