The price of model cars

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Sir,

David Meynell quite rightly points out that the model Bugatti my Company manufactures is very much more expensive than is his Super Seale “Blower” Bentley model. I feel that it is only fair to mention that the Bugatti model is much more a product of precision engineering than a mass-produced item. A simple example of this is the difference in the bodywork of the two cars; the coachwork of the Antique Automobiles car is entirely hand beaten and welded together, as opposed to a body produced in a fibre-glass mould in the case of Meynell’s Bentley. [Agreed—and the Bentley is on “pram wheels”, but it does carry an adult, whereas the Bugatti is more suitable for kids—ED.]

He mentions that the price of £450 in kit form does not include purchase tax. This is, of course, quite correct, but I must emphasise for the benefit of Overseas readers that £450 is the price they would pay for an entirely finished car, for they are not affected by purchase tax.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and I would be very happy to meet David Meynell so that our two models can be compared. A race could be amusing though, of course, neither car is built for speed. But, Mr. Editor, I suggest that the Super Seale “Blower” Bentley should carry a considerable amount of ballast for I imagine that I must weigh at least half as much again as my challenger!

London, SW3.
Colin Crabbe.

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