One of the traits that defined the original Datsun 240Z, and one of the things that made it so successful right from the outset, was its value proposition. Datsun had made its reputation selling affordable, reliable, value-oriented economy cars that tended to outperform their modest prices. The Z represented an ambitious step up into the performance car arena, but it was not a fundamental shift in the brand philosophy. The Z also emphasized solid value. It was launched with a sticker price of around $3500—roughly the same as a Triumph TR6, MGB GT, or even a Porsche 914 of the same vintage. But thanks to its light weight, excellent balance, and energetic inline-6 it performed as well or better than all of those, and offered substantially better reliability to boot. And, it was a stunner in the looks department— something Datsun was not necessarily known for. Maisto role in the diecast industry is a bit like Datsun’s was in the car world back in 1970. The company reliably delivers affordable, valueoriented scale models that often outperform their modest prices. To that they add an impressively diverse range of models both classic and modern. Traditionally most of Maisto’s offerings have been in factorystock configuration, but more recently they have expanded that to include custom-tuned versions of several of their castings under the ‘Maisto Design’ banner. Because I have a love affair with the Z that traces all the way back to the car’s debut I wanted to take a look at the two versions of the Z that Maisto has to offer and see how they measure up.
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RALLY CAR REVOLUTION
30 YEARS THAT REINVENTED THE SPORT OF RALLYING
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF CORVETTE: EVERY MODEL SINCE 1953
The Corvette is known the world over as “America’s Sports Car.” With eight generations spanning seven decades, the Vette has a lot of history behind it and there is much to learn— and much to celebrate—about this iconic machine. As the title of the book by Mike Mueller makes plain, The Complete Book of Corvette: Every Model Since 1953 is here to help readers do both. Newly revised and updated to include the 2020 C8 Corvette, this volume provides excellent context on how the Vette has evolved into the world-class supercar that it is today.
Maisto - 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
A mid-engine makeover makes the C8 great
JOHNNY LIGHTNING DOES REAL MUSCLE IN MINIATURE
I had plans well underway for the big “Bargain Muscle Cars” feature story in this issue (p18) when I saw this lineup for the new Muscle Cars USA 2020 Release 3 from JL. I already knew I would be talking about the Dodge Dart GTS and AMC Rebel Machine, so I figured I’d just plunder those two cars from this set for that story and be all set. But then my conscience kicked in. Both because the other four cars in the set deserve their moment in the sun, and because they are all based on actual cars from the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show it just makes sense to talk about them together.
HOT WHEELS LIFE SIZE
Hot Wheels has been having full-size versions of its iconic 1:64 diecast cars made since 1998, and lots of fans have gotten to see them at various car shows and events like the Hot Wheels Legends Tours. But most of those appearances were static displays. About a year ago Hot Wheels decided to give fans a chance to see what it was like to drive the cars in its Garage of Legends by teaming up with MotorTrend’s streaming network to produce a series of episodes highlighting six of the most popular—and outrageous—creations.
BARGAIN MUSCLE CARS
The evolution of affordable performance
GT Spirit - LB Works vs Roush Stage 3 Mustangs
Form vs function for Ford’s muscle car icon
AUTOART - 2018 TOYOTA CENTURY
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THE Z-CAR A TO Z
50 Years of Nissan’s Quintessential Sports Car
The '55 Chevy Gasser is not slowing down
It seems the old adage “The more things change, the more they stay the same” still rings true, especially for the Hot Wheels `55 Chevy Gasser! The Gasser has been in the spotlight continuously from the moment it was released, and it shows no sign of slowing down. First released in 2013, this high-riding 1955 Chevy Bel Air was designed by Brendon Vetuskey.
PORSCHE'S TOP SECRET SUPERCAR
The GT3 Touring is an absolute monster—in 911 clothing.
Porsche to race on $45/gallon eFuel from direct air carbon capture.
The MIRACLE GAMES
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad were historic even before tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the flame in the cauldron with her relay torch to commence them.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3
There’s so much more to the new GT3 than its raw speed.
14 Tokyo Olympic 2020
Medalist talk about their secret of success in exclusive interviews with Women Fitness
More Than Just ‘Twisties'
An Olympic gymnast says she and her fellow athletes face a lot of challenges in the sport that men don’t
XI SHOW DOWN
AS BEIJING TIGHTENS ITS CONTROL, GLOBAL CEOS WEIGH THE RISKS OF DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
Can Anyone Make China Play By The Rules?
The global economy depends on Tokyo and Washington coordinating their defense against cyber and trade threats, says Prime Minister Suga
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