UT Models is a brand that I know mainly as a defunct maker of models that sell for really big money on eBay. The company produced 1:18 scale models mostly in the 1990s and has an interesting history. While UT went out of business around 2000, parts of the company survived through Gateway Global, and were absorbed into the now-established Auto Art premium brand.
Pretty much all UT diecasts are rare now, but the 1999 release of the 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS in Dark Gray Green is one of the more difficult ones to find. The GM B-body models are sought-after by police car aficionados who kit them out with LED flashing lights. I adored the '96 Impala SS in general, but my favorite color was the metallic gray-green. When I learned about the UT model's existence, I decided I wanted one. But prices were too high! As I type this, there is a green UT Impala SS on eBay, mint in box, for $129.94. Three years ago I was surfing eBay and found a green Impala listed with a starting bid of $9.99. The car was loose with no box, a bit dusty and needed the side mirrors touched up where the black paint had rubbed off. The car had been sitting in someone's closet for years. I jumped on it. It was used, sure, but where else are you going to get a UT Impala for $11?
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
One of my favorite trucks of all time is the 1956 Ford F-100. I've already featured a '56 Effie here and it was a bit crusty. That truck was also a longbed, with slightly odd proportions. This one is the desirable big window Custom Cab in short bed configuration, painted a simple red color with chrome Cragar S/S wheels and conservative chrome dual exhaust tips. It has a V8 and the optional Fordomatic auto transmission. It's an effective mild custom job that would have looked great back in the 1980s or whenever the truck was customized to its current look. Unfortunately the chrome bumpers are not faring well and the paint is losing its luster from being left outside. It doesn't look like this one moves much, or at least isn't washed often. It's really too bad, because I really like this truck.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I haven't featured a whole lot of trucks here, mainly because most old trucks are pretty ordinary. It's the oddball manufacturers mostly that interest me, or at least anything that's not Ford or Chevy. Maybe it's something that's just visually unique and cool, and maybe even pre-1960. Every so often you run across something that satisfies all of those criteria. You get something like this 1951 International Harvester L-110 pickup.
Friday, March 22, 2013
I was happy to see this car still running, since giant gas hogs like it are becoming so rare in the city.