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Hi all guys,
in the very next days after the legendary win of Sebastien Loeb at the Montecarlo Rally driving the brand new Ford Puma Rally1, I decided to share with you my collection of the winner cars at this fashinating rally, from 1970 to nowadays, so the period which is socalled the Modern Rally Era.

It's not an exhaustive collection, since for space reasons I decided to get 1 sample of each car version, so you won't see multiple Lancia Stratos or Alpine A110, but it represents a very good example of the evolution of rally cars during these 52 years, stepping from Group 4 to Group B, from Group A to WRC and finally WRC Plus regulations.

So starting from 1970, here we have a beautiful Porsche 911S made by Spark, driven by the great Bjorn Waldegard.
Made in resin, it is a nice representation of the official car which already won the Montecarlo Rally also in the previous 2 years.











 

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Superb thread idea! And great pics, too (y)
Thanks mate ;)

Waiting to see what else you will post!
I have some Monte Carlo winners in 1/18th scale, but I won't be adding the 2022 winning Puma to my collection - if it arrives in scale.
It's just too butt ugly......
Thank you Slarti!!! I'm actually looking forward to a Puma Rally1 model, since it's the best looking of the new cars imo
 

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The second model of my collection of Rally Montecarlo Winners comes from 1971 and is the Alpine A110, driven to success by future Toyota Team Europe founder Ove Anderson. The Alpine A110 was probably the best and most equilibrated rally car of that years, quick and reliable both on tarmac and gravel, specially thanks to its light weight. For this car I've chosen the best on the market, so the Kyosho model produced many years ago with its promotional box: this model, with its stunning metallic blue color, is reproduced in snow specs, as can be seen by the thin tires, and is fully openable with a great number of details on the body, in the engine compartment and in the interiors as well, surely a must have for all rally fans.



















 

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The third model of my collection is from 1972 and for any Italian and Lancia fan it represents a sort of myth!!! The Lancia Fulvia HF 1600 won the 1972 Rally Montecarlo driven by Sandro Munari against any forecast... the Alpine and Porsche Teams were almost unbeatable, the French car was light and quick, the German was the most powerful, while the small Fulvia was the oldest car on the field, almost of the end of production in its street version, since Lancia was already working on the futuristic Stratos. Despite all these consideration the Lancia won with a fantastic last night on the Turini stage and Munari achieved his 1st victory in the world's most important rally.
Autoart produced this pure gem many years ago and today it still represents one of the masterpieces of this brand. It's fully opening and it's a pleasure to search and discover all the small details they put in this model. Enjoy the mythic #14!!!

















 

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Now that one I did get right and add to my collection! :) You’re right - it’s brimming with details. Weirdly, I seem to like it more and more with each passing year. I’m happy with that :)
 

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In 1973 was another winning race for the Alpine A110, well a sort of domination indeed with the blue French cars filling the final podium with Andruet, Anderson and Nicolas, while in 1974 the Montecarlo Rally wasn't raced due to the energetic crisys.
So the next step in my collection is 1975, with the first win of the futuristic Lancia Stratos HF, driven by Sandro Munari. The model in object is by Kyosho and is a discontinued and quite old one, but also one of the old school models with plenty of details and fully opening. Actually it's not perfect, I still can't understand why they designed the rear wheels wells with such a wrong shape, but despite this particular is by far the best reproduction of this Alitalia Lancia Stratos on the market.

















 

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The Stratos was a completely new car expressly design to compete in the world rally championship, taking the best from the former Lancia competitors... Light like the French Alpine A110 and powerful like the German Porsche 911, thanks to its V6 Ferrari engine the Lancia Stratos quickly became the new rally dominator. The French press was so obsessed by this car that they nicknamed it "la bête a gagner", the winning beast... And so it easily won at Montecarlo again and again making a legendary 3 in a row, again with Sandro Munari at the steering wheel. Here we have the 1977 car, again a Kyosho model, with the aerodynamic package introduced by Lancia from 1976 and the legendary Alitalia livery.















 

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The Stratos could have won for many more years if Fiat hadn't decided to focus their resouces on the 131 Abarth, infact the 1978 was a season in which Lancia raced with limited budget against their relatives from Turin. The Montecarlo rally was raced by Lancia with 2 cars for Munari and Bacchelli, but unfortunately the former winner of the last 3 editions was forced to retire due to engine failure, while the 2nd Stratos just arrived 10th overall. In this strange and very snowy 1978 rally a Porsche was able again to win, 8 years after the last Waldegard win, and was a private Porsche 911 RS 3.0, driven by Jean Pierre Nicolas, prepared by the famous specialist Almeras Freres, with its elegant blue and gold Gitanes livey.
The model of this car has been greatly reproduced by Spark, in snow and night specs as can be seen by the small Fuchs wheels well inside the bodywork. As usual for any Spark models the shape and the details on the model are at the top, but being made by resin, you can't unfortunately open any door.











 

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For those with bottomless pockets and the building skills, a transkit is available for the 1/12th scale Tamiya 934.
It would make for quite an impressive model.
Fort those at the other end of the financial scale, it was also produced in the 1/18th scale French rally magazine series. (issue #39).
 

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In 1979 was again a Stratos to win the Montecarlo rally, with the private blue car by Team Chardonnet and Bernard Darniche at the steering wheel, so my collection steps up to 1980, when the German driver Walter Rohrl won the race with the Fiat 131 Abarth. The Italian car was at the top of its development and Rohrl showed all his talent during this snowy race, winning against the still competitive Chardonnet Stratos and his team mate Waldegard.
The model in my collection couldn't be anything different by the well known Kyosho version, one of the unicorns I had to find with a lot of difficulty during these years, despite in the last period models by Solido and Ixo are also available... but Kyosho quality is out of discussion and so here it is, fully opening, with a superb engine compartment and a huge number of detail on it.





















But in this 1980 edition also another Fiat was a real hero of the race, driven by a young Attilio Bettega. Infact the small Ritmo 75 Abarth of Group2 was able to win the mythic Turini special stage againt the Group4 monsters, taking advantage of its light weight and agility on the snow, entering directly in the history of the Montecarlo Rally. A final sixth position overall was the final result of the small Ritmo, just behind a Golf GTI Gr.2 driven by Per Eklund. In the following images the model made by Ottomobile, with a wheel swap to tarmac specs made by me, together with the winning sister.











 

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Great stuff on the Kyosho 131 Monte winner.
I am patiently waiting for this version to be re-released since several others have been back on the shelves.
I already have a different version of the Kyosho 131 which is excellent indeed.
I bought the very inexpensive Solido in the meantime, despite the flaws.
 

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In 1981 some new cars arrived in the World Rally Championship, despite being the last year with Group4 regulations for the top cars, infact both Audi and Renault started to race respectively with the Quattro and the 5 Turbo. While the German car was going to write new rules in the development of the future rally cars with the advent of the 4x4 transmission, the French car was exploiting the experience made in the previous years in F1 with turbocharged engines, with small engine displacement and very high power.
The nice Renault 5 Turbo was actually the winning car of the 1st race of the 1981 season, becoming the 1st turbocharged car to win a world rally, a great result obtained by Jean Ragnotti.
For long time I've searched for the Universal Hobbies version of the winning Renault 5 Turbo, being this model openable and nicely reproduced in overall, but after some pictures comparison with the real car, I noticed it was quite inaccurate for what regarding some logos position, while the cheapest version made by Ixo for Altaya was perfect from this point of view... so at the end I've bought one of this closed diecast models, which despite the budget market fascia, are reproduced with a perfect shape and a good attention to graphics.











 
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