'BODYBUCK' MODELS (Archives)

A range of hand-built, 1:43-scale, 'Bodybuck' models in wire or 'wood'

Ferrari 288 GTO Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model
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Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, 'Wood' 'Bodybuck' Model of the AC Cobra 427, 1966

 

In 1966 Carroll Shelby debuted the AC Cobra 427, which was then Shelby’s most powerful high-performance roadster, able to attain a top speed of 163mph with 485bhp. The Cobra was so fast that it is sometimes mistakenly given as the reason why the UK government decided to introduce a 70mph national speed limit.

This model was presented for the first time at Retromobile 2014 and is now no longer available.

 
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Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, 'Wood' 'Bodybuck' Model of the Jaguar D-Type, 1954

The Jaguar D-Type was a British sports racing car produced between 1954 and 1957, winning Le Mans in 1955, 1956 & 1957. Jaguar achieved the cutting-edge, aerodynamic design and monocoque construction of the car by applying techniques developed by the aviation industry, a technological advance for that era.

This model was presented for the first time at Retromobile 2014 and is now no longer available.

 
Ferrari 288 GTO Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model of the Ferrari 288 GTO, 1984-1987

The 288 GTO was originally built so that Ferrari could compete in Group B Races. However, the class was cancelled after a fatal crash at the 1986 Tour de Corse, which meant that the 288 GTO never raced and all 272 cars that were built remained purely road cars.

This model was presented for the first time at Retromobile 2015 and is now no longer available.

 
Maserati 'Birdcage' Tipo 61 Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model of the Maserati 'Birdcage' Tipo 61, 1959-1961

The Tipo 61 was one of Maserati’s legendary 'Birdcage' sports-racers from the late 1950s/early 1960s, so-called due to their intricate tubular space-frame chassis containing about 200 tubes welded together to give a light but rigid chassis. The Tipo 61 was a 3 litre version produced to compete in both the World Sportscar Championship and the American SCCA Championship. Always raced by privateers, it attracted the best drivers of the period, and became most closely associated with Lloyd Casner’s Camoradi team.  Despite so often setting the pace, the Tipo 61 was dogged by problems, most notably failing to win at Le Mans in either 1960 or 1961. Nevertheless, a Tipo 61 won Nurburgring in both seasons, and they also proved particularly successful in the the United States, winning class in the SCCA Championship both years.

 

This wire version is no longer available, but a 'wood' version of the Tipo 61 is still available.  Please click on this link for more information: Maserati 'Birdcage' Tipo 61 'Wood' 'Bodybuck' Model.​​​

 
Hand-built 1:43 Scale ’Bodybuck’ Models of the Ferrari 250 TR58, 1958 World Sportscar Championship

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, 'Bodybuck' Models of the Ferrari 250 TR58, 1958 World Sportscar Championship

Ferrari built a number of 250 TR58s for the 1958 World Sportscar Championship, and these cars secured them the constructors title by winning four out of the six races, including Le Mans for the third time.

These wire models and two-model displays ("coffret") of the TR58 'Bodybuck' are no longer available.  However, the 'wood' version is still available and further details can be found by clicking on this link: Ferrari 250 TR58 'Wood' 'Bodybuck' Model​.​

You may also be interested to see photos in my Archive Gallery of the chassis model and the built model of the TR58. These can be found by clicking on either of these links:

Ferrari 250 TR58 Built Model

Ferrari 250 TR58 Chassis Model​​​

 
Ferrari 246 F1 Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model of the Ferrari Dino 246 F1, 1958 F1 World Champion

The Ferrari Dino 246 F1 was built by Ferrari to compete in the 1958 F1 season. Its only victory that year was at the French Grand Prix, driven by Mike Hawthorn. He lead the race from the start having secured pole, never relinquishing the lead throughout the race. He went on to become 1958 F1 World Champion with the Dino, the third time for a Ferrari driver. He beat Stirling Moss by only one point having secured 5 second places during the season in the Dino.

 

The model is no longer available.

 

In 2011 I made a one-off, all-opening, brass model of the Ferrari Dino 246 F1. Details about this model can be found by clicking on this link: Ferrari Dino 246 F1 One-Off Model

 
Ferrari 330 P4 Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, 'Wood' 'Bodybuck' Model

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, 'Wood' 'Bodybuck' Model of the Ferrari 330 P4, 1967

With its sleek design by Drogo, the 330 P4 made its debut in 1967 at one of the most exciting times in sportscar racing with Ferrari and Ford battling out for domination of the Championship.

The P4 had its most celebrated achievement at Daytona 1967 when it formed part of Ferrari’s famous 1-2-3 on Ford’s home soil. But Ford fought back at Le Mans with their new MKIV and despite reliability problems with many of their cars, succeeded in beating two P4s to the trophy.

This 'wood' version of the ’Bodybuck’ is no longer available.

 
Ferrari 166 MM Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model of the Ferrari 166 MM, Winner of Le Mans 1949

This 'bodybuck' model is of Ferrari’s first ever winner at Le Mans, and the car that ensured Ferrari’s iconic status. The 166 MM #22 (chassis #0008M) was driven by Peter Mitchell Thomson (Lord Selsdon) and his co-driver Luigi Chinetti in the 1949 race, although the Italian drove for the vast majority of the race.

The car was constructed using the unique 'Superleggera' system of fitting light alloy bodywork to a small-diameter, tubular metal frame. This 'bodybuck' model echoes that frame. The version shown here also includes the option of headlights and tail-lights to further evoke the original.

A display of the 'bodybuck' with the accompanying chassis model was presented at Retromobile 2009. Further details about the chassis model can be found by clicking on this link: Ferrari 166 MM Chassis Model.

This 'bodybuck' model and 'bodybuck'/chassis display are no longer available.

 
Maserati 450S Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model

Hand-built, 1:43-Scale, Wire 'Bodybuck' Model of the Maserati 450S, 1956-1958

Maserati built nine versions of the 450S between 1956-1958, with the intention of competing in, and winning, the World Sportscar Championship. However, the car failed in its bid to secure overall victory for Maserati, despite the efforts of many of the leading drivers of the day and a win at the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring. Nevertheless the car did enjoy a number of later successes with privateers, notably in the US.

The ’bodybuck’ is also displayed here with an accompanying chassis model. The combined chassis & 'bodybuck' model display was shown at Retromobile 2009. It also featured in 'Four Small Wheels' ed. 08-2008. Further details about this chassis model can be found be clicking on this link: Maserati 450S Chassis.

The 'bodybuck' model and the 'bodybuck'/chassis display are no longer available.

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