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Renault UE Trailer in German Service, Aquino
Here we see some British troops searching for stragglers in Aquino, six miles to the west of Cassino. The vehicle is the rear end of a Renault UE trailer, a French armoured supply tractor that was taken into German service after 1940.
VIN decoder & Lookup
This is a universal VIN decoder. Every car has a unique identifier code called a VIN. This number contains vital information about the car, such as its manufacturer, year of production, the plant it was produced in, type of engine, model and more. For instance, if someone wants to buy a car, it is possible to check the VIN number one the online database to ensure that the car was not stolen, damaged or illegally modified. The VIN number has a specific format that is globally recognized. This format was implemented by the ISO institute. Every car manufacturer is obliged to mark all its vehicles in this special format. This online service allows a user to check the validity of the car and get detailed information on almost any VIN number, search car parts and check the car's history. The VIN also allows a user to check the market value of a new or used car.
These Vintage Hot Wheels Toys Are Worth Thousands of Dollars
How does a mass-produced die-cast toy car that originally sold for less than a dollar𠅊nd fits in a small child’s handome a valued collectible trading for hundreds, or even thousands of dollars?
Such is the case with Hot Wheels cars, produced by toymaker Mattel starting in 1968 and designed at 1/64 scale of their street-worthy counterparts. In that first year, Mattel zoomed onto the die-cast toy scene, releasing 16 colorful, tricked-out models inspired by custom-built rods and high-performance muscle cars—on the whole, much flashier and fresher feeling than models put out by Brit-based die-cast competitors Matchbox, Corgi and Dinky. Among the early Hot Wheels’ most recognizable features: the sporty red pinstripe on their wheels (“redline” wheels would be a visual hallmark of the first 10 years of their production) and the shiny, metallic “Spectraflame” paint finish, retired in 1972.
Of course, condition has a lot to do with how much any vintage die-cast car will fetch. Serious Hot Wheels collectors seek mint-condition toys, with little to no sign of use, preferably in their original paperboard-and-plastic blister pack. It’s unusual to find the so-called “sweet 16” of 1968 in lightly-used condition since the painted tires often wore quickly and the wire axles frequently buckled from use. Even rarer: finding an original model in its blister pack. The same holds true for the other early years of the brand.
When it comes to mass-produced toys, variations make all the difference. When something changes early on in the production process—such as the name or a key aspect of the physical design—the less-produced variant immediately takes on value. Changes could affect wheels, interiors, windows, graphics, paint shades, you name it. The fewer of a variant that are produced, generally speaking, the higher their value. Perhaps most desirable: early prototypes of popular models that were never produced.
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Here, five of the most valuable and desirable Hot Wheels castings, most of which are squirreled away in private collections and not available on the open market:
1970 Ed Shaver Custom AMX
The real AMX street car was a short-lived two-seater produced by AMC that, like most muscle cars, stuffed a high-powered engine into a midsize frame. For the sporty 1969 die-cast Hot Wheels version, most (like the one above) trade for hundreds of dollars, with hard-to-find colors like salmon and antifreeze fetching on the higher end. But in terms of rarity, the most valuable by far is the slightly later blue Shaver” version. Shaver was a driver on the first Hot Wheels-sponsored drag-racing team in the U.K., and the specialty-packaged Ed Shaver AMX cars (which included a sheet of decals matching those on his dragster) were distributed at race events. According to Hot Wheels collector, historian and appraiser Mike Zarnock, they were also available through a cereal mail-in and by sending in Proof-of-Purchase points from the backs of U.K. Hot Wheels cars. With very few of these cars around today, Zarnock values them at upward of $4,000, loose (not in the blister pack).
1968 Custom Volkswagen without Sunroof
Volkswagen Beetles have always been among the most popular and highly collected Hot Wheels cars. So what makes this version valuable? Color and feature variations. Mattel manufactured the Custom Volkswagen, one of the 16 first-year Hot Wheels, in both the U.S. and Hong Kong. A very small handful of the earliest versions made in Hong Kong were built without sunroofs. Of those, most are blue or aqua. Rarer colors include orange, green, copper, red and (seen here) enamel green. Sold primarily to the German and U.K. markets, they’re especially hard to find in the U.S. Zarnock estimates a mint-condition enamel green version to be valued in the vicinity of $1,500.
1970 ‘Mad Maverick’ Base Mighty Maverick
For toy companies, a trademark dispute and name change can be a royal headache. For toy collectors, though, they are a happy boon. In the case of the Mighty Maverick, based on the popular Ford street model introduced in 1969, an early Hot Wheels version had the word “Mad” stamped on the base, until it was discovered that—oops!—Topper Toys made a Mad Maverick car in its Johnny Lightning series. Only a small handful of the Hot Wheels “Mad” version, with their menacing hood scoop and tail wing, are known to exist. Valuations have been hard to find.
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Mountains, sea or both in one trip? Wherever the road takes you, with the ERIBA Nova the journey is the destination. Our popular Premium model range has been completely revised from the ground up and ensures maximum comfort even before your adventure begins. Thanks to the two different equipment options - TREND and AMBIENCE - as well as numerous customisation options, you can make your caravan feel as individual as your holiday.
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CLASSIC CARS IN EUROPE
Europe loves classic cars! The amount of cars older than 25 years is relatively high in Europe.
A lot of these classic cars on the European roads are of German descent, for example the Mercedes-Benz. The Volkswagen classics are also quite populair, like the Beetle, but also the Volkswagen vans and of course the Karmann Ghia. Also classic Porsche cars are still doing well in Europe.
Besides the German classic cars you'll also find a lot of French classic cars on the European roads. Europe loves the old Citroen cars, for example the 2CV and the Traction Avant. You'll also find a lot of special Peugeot and Renault classic cars. French car brands such as Panhard, Talbot and Bugatti are much rarer.
How to Check Vehicle History for Free
This article was co-authored by Bryan Hamby. Bryan Hamby is the owner of Auto Broker Club, a trusted auto brokerage in Los Angeles, California. He founded Auto Broker Club in 2014 out of a passion for cars and a unique talent for customizing the car dealership process to be on the buyer’s side. With 1,400+ deals closed, and a 90% customer retention rate, Bryan’s focus is to simplify the car buying experience through transparency, fair pricing, and world class customer service.
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A vehicle history report (VHR) is a statement that will let you know information about the ownership and repair history about a specific vehicle. This can be a very important tool if you are considering purchasing a used car. Using the Internet, you can very easily obtain a free vehicle history report, but the information that is available for free is often quite limited. You need to know how to evaluate the abbreviated VHR that you can get for free and find alternate ways to get a complete VHR.
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The T-34/76 model 1941
This model was similar to the previous 1940 model. The most important improvement of Model 1941 was the more efficient, longer-barrelled F-34 76.2 mm gun. Many components were put under scrutiny for mass production, like the new gun mount, the welded turret with a new, single, wide hatch, and many other parts. The single hatch was retained for ease of production, but it was heavy and easily jammed, trapping everybody inside. In fact, it was hated by the crews (who suffered due to the poor comfort and poor ergonomics), being quickly dubbed the “pirozhok” (stuffed bun). The very large rear exhaust covers were another feature which did not last long. The turret lacked sufficient protection for the commander, with no special-purpose hatch or traversable periscope.
The T-34 model 1942 (left) and T-43 (right) side to side. The T-43 was a heavier derivative of the T-34, with the aim to replace both the KV-1 and the T-34. It had a much thicker armor, torsion-bar suspension and a three-man turret. After the Kursk Battle the project was canceled, as both mobility and armor thickness were insufficient facing the Tiger’s 88 mm (3.46 in) gun.
The single heavy, forward opening hatch had a single vision slit. Moreover, the commander was also responsible for aiming and firing the gun, due to the four men crew. This was not corrected until the introduction of the three-man turret with the T-34/85. Later on, many models had additional armor plating like the T-34E (“ehkranami” – screened) to answer the latest German gun development. The armor was largely improved compared to the 1940 model. Some 324 T-34’s were rearmed with a special high-velocity 57 mm (2.24 in) gun ZiS-4 or ZiS-4M, under the name of T-34/57, and used as tank-hunters, notably during the battle of Moscow.
In its book Cars on Film, Giles Chapman provides us a different approach to the subject of this site.
Instead of systematic capture of cars with frames taken from the film itself, as what we do here, he started his tour of famous cars with a personal collection of photos from the movie sets.
One could expect to find only the very well known movie cars like what can be seen in the usual compilations of famous movie cars, but the book is more interesting than that since it also includes less obvious cars that were still quite important in their roles. The reader may make some new discoveries even if he already knows a lot on the subject.
In a different style than this site, were we are taken across the history of movie cars with detailed anecdotes, providing a good complement or ideas of which pages to navigate for more picture and cars from the same movie.
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With the MAN eTGE, refrigerant R134a is used. The GWP value of the refrigerant used is 1.430 (refrigerant type R134a). The fill levels depend on the refrigerant compressor and vary between 560 and 590 grams.
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