Model car manufacturer Trax produces many iconic examples of the cars we know and love. Here's a short review of some of their latest releases. You can see the whole range at topgear.com.au.
This 1/43rd scale model by Trax accurately depicts the unique Australian rendition of the utility version of the famous “Land Crab”. BMC Australia was keen to capitalise on the growing ute market in Australia and this front wheel drive vehicle was considered one of the most unusual to grace our roads in the late 1960’s.
Trax has done a beautiful job in capturing the lines of the uniquely Australian Ford Mainline ambulance in 1/43rd scale. It’s powerful V8 engine was ideally suited to ambulance duties, whether on city streets, dusty rural roads or at race tracks around Australia. The Mainline ambulance was based on the Customline sedan and Ford Mainline utilities, themselves based on Canadian CKD (completely knocked down) kits of the popular American sedan.
Trax has really done a wonderful job with this 1/43rd scale model of Ford USA’s mainstream sedan that was locally assembled here in Australia. The Customline was very popular amongst wealthy business people and farmers alike and also saw service with the Australian Government for VIP duties. It’s contemporary styling, big car comfort, V8 power and rugged full chassis construction made this the ideal car for Australian conditions.
This 1980’s pocket rocket was the performance version of Australia’s very popular Ford Laser and was a top seller in its class. The quad headlight design would also re-appear on later Falcon XR models and become a key styling cue for Ford. This 1/43rd scale model by Trax will make a nice addition to any collection. Like the real thing, this is sure to become a future collectible.
The CL represented the last of the line in the series of Aussie Chargers. Once even more popular than the Valiant sedan, coupe sales from the Big 3 (Holden, Ford and Chrysler) slowed to a trickle. The CL was available in a choice of Hemi 6 or 5.2 litre V8, some fitted with the rare 4 speed manual. The 770 was the top of the line version that offered cloth interior, centre console and full instrumentation. Trax has done a great job in capturing this iconic Australian coupe in 1/43rd scale.
Holden’s release of the HK series was delayed following a re-design to extend the wheelbase, to counter Ford’s XR Falcon. The HK was a much larger car than the previous HR Holden and also heralded the release of a V8 - the Chevrolet sourced 307 cubic inch engine. Trax has depicted the V8 model as a Kingswood wagon, in 1/43rd scale. The HK was also the first time Holden released the Kingswood nameplate.
The HG was the final model in this bodystyle, prior to the release in 1971 of the HQ series. The HG featured a choice of six cylinder engines or two Aussie developed V8s of 4.2 and 5 litres (the Monaro and Brougham were also available with the imported American 350 V8). Trax has depicted the luxury Premier wagon in 1/43rd scale. The Premier was the luxurious load lugger for Australian families and went head to head with the Ford Fairmont and Valiant Regal wagons.
This uniquely Australian luxury wagon was based on the American Plymouth and was developed and built in Chrysler’s South Australian factory. Available with a six cylinder or the more popular V8, these Chrysler wagons certainly stood out with their bright 1950’s two tone colour schemes. A rare sight on Australian roads today, this 1/43rd scale model by Trax, is a part of their Select Series, and is beautifully detailed.