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1968 Lotus 49B - Graham Hill World Champion 1968, 2nd US Grand Prix Graham Hill


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#1 OFFLINE   preisman

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

The penultimate event of the 1968 Formula 1 season was help at Watkins Glen. At the end of the day he would finish second, but continue on to win the World Championship.

Lately Exoto has been damn near giving away s lot of their models. So, I took part and picked this one up. I came in last week, no issues, no delay, no problems. The model itself is very well detailed. I prefer these older F1 cars because of the exposed engines. I like to see all the detail with the engine and suspension. That said, this does the job perfectly. The engine is wired and plumbed. You can see the ingenuity even in these days. The exhaust could be a bit better. The giant wing is very cool, but tends not to stay in place. Moving forward, the driver is a nice touch. I would never spend the extra money the driver cars ask for but this one came with it, and it is a bonus. The paint is very good, but the decals are great. Well, here are some photos, let me know what you think.

Here is a picture of the car at Watkins Glen in 1968
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:58 PM

Another stunning model Mr P!  :occasion14:  You're amassing a really nice collection of these open-wheelers!  :clap:

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:25 PM

 mairandeddy, on 08 June 2012 - 03:58 PM, said:

Another stunning model Mr P!  :occasion14:  You're amassing a really nice collection of these open-wheelers!  :clap:

Thank you Eddy, always kind words. I am really enjoying my F1 collection. Along with the 3 Exoto's I also have a Schummy F1 and a CMC Mercedes. I still want to add a 312T4 and a Senna car. I was also thinking about adding all the cars from this coming year, or last year. This years cars are so ugly I am not sure to go that route. Eddy, do you have any pictures of your 312? I would love to see more of that one.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:22 AM

Nice - I thought of getting one of the Hill 49s as Exoto were doing some good deals, but the postage was prohibitive to the UK, sadly :(

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:19 AM

That's a very nice model considering it about 15 years old. I have the blue Jo Siffert version  :occasion14:
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:04 AM

 snowman, on 09 June 2012 - 02:22 AM, said:

Nice - I thought of getting one of the Hill 49s as Exoto were doing some good deals, but the postage was prohibitive to the UK, sadly :(

M.

That is unfortunate. It is a good model. Good luck.

 ciprian, on 09 June 2012 - 05:19 AM, said:

That's a very nice model considering it about 15 years old. I have the blue Jo Siffert version  :occasion14:

Nice, the blue looks great.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:32 PM

excellent add. shes a beauty
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 02:01 AM

Very nice, I have Andretti's car!

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 06:04 AM

Nice Sven. I was thinking about the Andretti car, but went with this one, a Championship car.

It is a great livery
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 05:30 PM

I should have grabbed that one on numerous occasions when I could have it for under $100, but it is still not in my collection. For the time this model was released, it was nothing short of spectacular.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:00 PM

great pics......great model preisman, congrats.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:27 AM

Great pics of a great car - congratulations!!

Here just another one of the Lotus family:


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I my opinion one of the climax in the wing-war of the late sixties.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:42 AM

Classic F1 cars display awesome detail... They are really neat collectibles and are pleasing in the eyes...
Probably everything that begins from behind the driver becomes the highlight of such a model car!

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:47 AM

That high front wing always seemed a bit odd. Chapman was certainly creative. Probably not such a bad thing for the cars' looks that elevated wings got banned.

 preisman, on 30 June 2012 - 06:04 AM, said:

Nice Sven. I was thinking about the Andretti car, but went with this one, a Championship car.

It is a great livery
It is a great livery. IIRC, it was the first sponsor-based livery in F1, previously the liveries were all nation- or at least factory-based, maybe with some small stickers for sponsors, so it's quite significant historically. Doesn't hurt that it looks the business, although the green/yellow stripe Lotuses looked quite nice as well. Still, JPS is one of the best all time IMO.

I picked Andretti's car out of a kind of "rookie card" mentality, I'm kind of a fan of his.

Nice photos you have also, very clean style.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:22 PM

 Sven, on 02 July 2012 - 08:47 AM, said:

That high front wing always seemed a bit odd. Chapman was certainly creative. Probably not such a bad thing for the cars' looks that elevated wings got banned.

1968 and 1969 were years when teams in all forms of auto racing were experimenting with aerodynamic solutions for increasing traction and control and some were outrageous, until May '69 when the Lotus team showed up with the biggest rear wings seen to date in F1 and they both broke, leading the FIA to ban them in all forms of racing.

 Sven, on 02 July 2012 - 08:47 AM, said:

It is a great livery. IIRC, it was the first sponsor-based livery in F1, previously the liveries were all nation- or at least factory-based, maybe with some small stickers for sponsors, so it's quite significant historically. Doesn't hurt that it looks the business, although the green/yellow stripe Lotuses looked quite nice as well. Still, JPS is one of the best all time IMO.

You're right about that, Sven - the Gold Leaf Team Lotus sponsorship changed F1 and auto racing for good. There was a lot of grumbling at first by purists but it led to some amazing years of no-holds-barred, open checkbook development in international motorsports - until the bottom fell out...
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