Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Cool is Cool is Cool: The two new station wagons from Auto World, the '69 Chevy Kingswood Estate & '64 Ford Country Squire...
This is our first post ever on an Auto World model.
Over here at Lamley we look at Auto World in much the same way we look at Johnny Lightning and Greenlight. Some great models, and surely excellent quality, but a lot of the same. We understand to survive as a collector-aimed diecast company here in the US, you need to put out a lot of Mustangs and Camaros, among a barrage of muscle and Mopar.
And surely anyone who is aware of my love for Tomica Limited Vintage would say that they are just the JDM equivalent of these diecast companies, and I can't argue with that. So we agree that personal taste feeds a lot into our opinion on these diecast companies, but there is something about these diecast companies that fails to ignite any excitement about them.
Until...you see these two wagons.
Think Homer thinking of doughnuts. If making "been-there, done-that" Mustangs and Camaros that everyone will buy means we can get the occasional classic estate, then we are ALL for it. We will admit to having had a looksie at the Ford GT40 and Cadillac Coupe DeVille when they were on the pegs, and almost buying both. Now that we have these two Wagons, I think buying the two we passed on makes sense.
So we will dedicate our second "Cool is Cool is Cool" feature to these two wagons from Auto World. They deserve it. Our first Cool is Cool focused on classics pickups, and maybe the only thing cooler than a pickup is a wagon.
We made the argument that classic pickups are what's cool, not current trucks. That is why wagons are just a little cooler, because wagons from any era are cool. Start with these 60's land yachts, which had their run well into the 80's, move to the compact Japanese wagons from Toyota and Datsun, and go all the way to current greats like the Cadillac CTS Wagon, Audi RS6, and Subaru Outback. Wagons are cool. Always have been. Always will be.
So sit back (in the back-back), relax, and enjoy the pics. And Auto World, if you are reading this, you may be on to something. You could be the TLV of the US, and something like that is desperately wanted...
(Find the Kingswood Estate and Country Squire on ebay...)
Auto World 1969 Chevy Kingswood Estate (2014 Muscle Wagons):
Auto World 1964 Ford Country Squire (2014 Muscle Wagons):
To end, the perfect match. Auto World's scale-conscious Kingswood together with it's equally size-appropriate counterpart, the Tomica Limited Vintage Datsun 510 Wagon: