There are a lot of “bests” in 2017. Obviously that doesn’t make a ton of sense, as “best” can really only be one thing. Maybe I can call 2017 one of the “best” years for 1/64 diecast. The year isn’t over, so when it is I will try and make sense of all the awesomeness that has come out this year.
But one thing I do know. When considering what is the Best of 2017, the upcoming Auto World ’69 Chevy Kingswood Estate “Lead Sled” Hobby Exclusives will in the running. Two wagons, both brilliant:
Even without producing one new casting in 2017, Auto World has had a monster year. They seem to be having a little more fun. Models like the Ford GT40 stand out, and they have been having some fun with models like the Color Swatch Plymouth and some creative Hobby Exclusives.
It all culminates with these two wagons. Take a popular casting, the Kingswood, and create a replica of an obscure racing car from the 70’s, and a drag wagon to boot. Then go one step further and do your own take on the Lead Sled, creating an all-black sporty version.
I cannot tell you how cool these are. I hope the video and photos do some justice, but ultimately you need these in hand. They are a pair, and related, but both are just killer models for different reasons, and I can’t figure out which one I like better.
The Lead Sled because of the nostalgic look and pure Americana, or the black wagon for its sporty looks and wheels? I’ll call it a tie. And happily add both to the collection.
There is more coming with this model, including full photo features, possibly along with the Ultra Red. I cannot get enough of this pair. So here are two more photos, with another “Best of 2017”, the Nissan Atlas Hauler by Tomica Limited Vintage.