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Mario's 1951 LeSabre Franklin Mint 1/24 Scale Model

Mario's Diecast Model by Franklin Mint

1951 LeSabre Franklin Mint 1/24 Scale Model. 10 years ahead of it's time.

Top down doors open. Look at those fins in 1951.

Rear view top up. Center brake light looks like a Jet's after burner.

Roomy trunk with spare tire. Hidden fuel doors on right fin for gas, on left for alcohol.

Front view electric hidden headlights on. They flip back 180 degrees when off.

Large hood open showing advanced V8 engine.

Rear view top down. Dual exhausts in rear bumper.

Rear view doors open. Boatail rear end.

Bucket seats and full instrumentation. Narrow center console due to transmission in rear.

Advanced 335 HP from its 225 CI V8. Engine Compression is 10 to 1. Not bad for 1951.

Side view with top up. Sleek aerodynamic design with large fins.

Franklin Mint Limited Edition 1/24 Scale Model. Transmission in rear. Dual fuel tanks one for gasoline one for methanol alcohol.

Original 1951 LeSabre Convertible Concept Car hand built to 1/8 scale model used to make a clay model then the Concept Car. Great attention to detail right down to the paint finish. Size 33"x9"x13". Sold at auction in 2015 for $4,600.

My collection of Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint Diecast 1/24 scale models on display by year from a 1940 Ford to a 1969 Camaro.

Another picture of my diecast car collection. The Mahogany Wood cabinet was hand made by my Uncle Joe's father who was a carpenter over 125 years ago (1890's) with hand blown curved glass and a skeleton key for the lock!


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Comments

Mario on May 2, 2021 said:

The 1951 LeSabre Franklin Mint 1/24 precision scale model is one of my favorites.

As you can see I have a nice collection of limited edition cars from Franklin Mint and also from Danbury Mint.

This has been a 30 year collection on my part and thanks to my dear wife who bought me a car on birthdays and anniversaries.

My love for classic cars continues to this day since I was about 5 years old when I used to cut out car pictures from Life and Look magazines. I still have them too! Mario

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57timemachine on May 2, 2021 said:

Mario, super sweet collection there. I never collected die cast but I collected plastic models cars from the age 10 on. I still have most of my collection but what I have kept is all my Chevrolet stuff. My collection is mostly 70% 1955 1956 1957 Chevrolets but also some 1930's, 1940's, some early and late 1950's and some 1960's Chevy's. Beautiful wood cabinets and wonderful to see that they are staying in the family and not forgotten. Hopefully your son will continue the family tradition. Cheers.

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Mario on May 3, 2021 said:

That's great you have a lot of your collection George. You can see a lot of that on Ebay nowadays from collectors such as us. You would be surprised what these items are going for.

I used to build my own car models from about age 7 into early teens but unfortunately I don't have them anymore. That's why years later, marriage, and a child, I started collecting the diecast models already built.

Show us some of your collectibles someday when you can. I would love to see your collection. Maybe you can post them. The Tri Five Chevys are the best. Cheers.

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