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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Been browsing eBay and wonder about some versions of the 1/24 Action cars that I am seeing.
Some are described as 'clear window cars'
Some mention 'Elite' versions.
What do these mean?
What is colorchrome paint too?

Also as a general NASCAR question, do the cars stay the same for all races or do the liveries and sponsors change by race?

Here in the UK NASCAR is little known and what I have watched recently just confused me even more about the race format - they seem to have several races within a race?


Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)

I'm able to answer some of the questions as I'm no expert, maybe someone can chime in with some oter expert answers.

The colorchrome is pant that resembles the chrome, but is of the actual livery.

Cars do change on occassion, but not every race. Looking at some recent Dale Jr cars, I noticed he had numerous versions for the 2003 season. So it seems its possible to se 4-5 different cars a season.

The Looney Tune Cars happen to be favorites.

Discussion Starter · #3 ·
I think some people specify cars as clear window because you can also get "bank" versions of the cars. They are like piggy banks, with a slot in the rear window to deposit coins. On those cars, all of the windows are blacked out, so there is no interior detail at all. Elite vs other forms of the cars doesn't seem to make a difference in quality or detail. I have a few Action cars, one of them is an Elite, and it's pretty much the same as the other cars.

Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I was browsing a site today and for the 2004 Model year, Dale Jr has had 8 different cars to date. :scared

A very easy sector of the market to go broke in quickly.

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I picked up an Elite edition 2002 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Intrepid R/T yesterday, and there are a few more little details to be seen over the normal editions..stuff like the engine being fully plumbed and wired, and the hood and trunk having metal hinges to hold them up,rather than dog leg hinges.

Discussion Starter · #6 ·
This NASCAR collecting can drive you crazy! Here is what I've come to see in the NASCAR die-cast hobby:

There are several scales = 1:18, 1:24, 1:43, and 1:64

There's also several manufacturers; Action being the largest, Revell (later bought out by Action), Winner's Circle, Team Caliber, Racing Champion's, Hot Wheels, etc.

Depending on the best collectible, only Action, Revell, and Team Caliber offer the nicest quality, best detail, and most limited numbers. Several years ago, Hot Wheels did have one of Kyle Petty that with the press of a button, would start-up, and the wheels would turn with the announcements and impression of going down the track (perhaps a more successful driver would've boosted sales).

As far as finishes, they have tried many different color variations while still trying to keep the sponsor graphics intact, such as: Regular, Platinum, Color-Chrome, brushed stainless, "test car" versions, etc.

With variations of the same car; there are the regular clear window version, the bank (some in clear window and others in solid black with no interior detail. They also have some of the lower cost variety that is curbside only (no hood or trunk detail) and simple to no interiors.

Then there are clubs you can get into (such as RCCA) where you get a monthly flyer showing the latest items (some available to club members only) where you can purchase items prior to public distribution.

And let's not forget about the residual NASCAR die-cast collectibles such as the haulers (semi-trucks, dually pick-ups with an open or closed trailer, vans, sport utility vehicles, and more including garage items, pit road items (including "war wagons")

One downside for me is the lack of quality die-cast 1:18th cars that have any detail or accuracy for under $60.00 (Winner's Circle for $ 29.00 are nothing more then crude toys). Depending on the year they were made even some of the high dollar ones are crude (early models).

Finally, depending on the success of the driver who is associated with a specific sponsor car will have a direct impact on the perceived value of the die-cast itself. If the driver is racing well, then the prices are up. If the driver is doing bad, you can't even give the stuff away (figure of speech).......

NASCAR Collecting is fickle....... But I can't stop either.....

Discussion Starter · #7 · (Edited)
Unfortunately, Action Performance Companies located in Phoenix, Arizona has all but ruined the NASCAR collectibles industry. In 2004, there were more than 15 Jeff Gordon SKU's alone. Action even sunk so low as to reproduce their own original die cast programs, albeit with a different tool. Examples: The Dale Earnhardt Wheaties and Dale Earnhardt Crash Cars. The original Wheaties car was released circa 1997 only to reappear as a clear window bank in 2003. Action pulled the same stunt with the "Holy Grail" of NASCAR collectibles, the Dale Earnhardt Crash Car. First produced circa 1999, it was resurrected as an "Elite" piece in 2004. Action is suffering from very poor leadership and I know this because I've met most of the hierarchy in person. None of them are capable of running a legitimate business(see cronyism in dictionary)and most of them couldn't manage a die cast sale at a flea market. Which coincidentally is where most of their stuff is ending up these days. My advice is to save the $59.99 SRP for most of their "retread" programs and wait until you can buy it for half the price on eBay.
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