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    this little Z's are commanding a premium http://www.ebay.com/itm/Franklin-Min...#ht_480wt_1160

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    I don't know about commanding-a seller is free to ask what ever he or she wants to, but they have no control over what someone is willing to pay for it.
    We have documented similar situations on the ZCCA posters in the archives-someone asked $600 or so several times, his poster went unsold, much like I suspect this auction will.
    From what I have seen the Franklin mint cars-even the 240Z- regularly move for between $60 and $125 depending on condition of the model and the box. That auction price was probably inspired by this one- http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-24-Datsun-...item27b964a308 -I see both as inexperienced fishermen fishing in a new hole! They can throw a shark line in the 55gallon drum I use to flush my outboard too, but I don't believe they'll catch anything there either!
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    A Z is beautiful from any angle, I just happen to prefer to view from the drivers' seat!

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    I've got one of those on display at my home, just did not save the packing materials. Strange that his description says it is in white when it is clearly orange - just like mine. A backstory on this model is that the mint used a car restored by Bill Reagan of the Z Club of Texas for all of its detail work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfa.series1 View Post
    I've got one of those on display at my home, just did not save the packing materials. Strange that his description says it is in white when it is clearly orange - just like mine. A backstory on this model is that the mint used a car restored by Bill Reagan of the Z Club of Texas for all of its detail work.
    Something like three years ago Bill sent me the last book(a fleshed out collection of articles he wrote for the club) he had of the work that he put into that car, he sent me color pictures for it as well-great guy! The car was definitely just right before it changed hands.
    A Z is beautiful from any angle, I just happen to prefer to view from the drivers' seat!

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    I have a 1:18th Z silver Burago, I thought of doing a swap from 1:18th scale LS1 engine

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    I have two of these, if this sells, I am going to be selling one and picking up some new parts for the Z.
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
    93.9% done and getting better every day
    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    Quote Originally Posted by 72 OJ View Post
    I have a 1:18th Z silver Burago, I thought of doing a swap from 1:18th scale LS1 engine
    Looking for a donor,a Maisto, an Ertl or an AUTOart

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    That one looks to have very low mileage.

    BTW, an article I read recently said that the value of old toys (fine, "collectables") is greatly enhanced if you have the original packaging-even if that packaging is not in great shape. I'm talking to the tune of double or triple the value just because you have the box. So you guys that still have the boxes may want to keep that in mind.

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    I got mine all in it's original shipping material. I open it up once or twice a year, look at and and then put it back. I have a closet full of Tamiya unbuilt F1 car kits, both 1/12 and 1/20 along with my Z models. My wife says the day I die she is throwing all that out, including my New in the Box Franklin Mint Z. After that she is moving out the garage and doing the same to all my Z parts.

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    Lets hope you live a long time Montezuma! My wife tolerates all my car stuff but I am selling some model kits as now as I have come to realize I will never get around to building all of them.

    I have one of the 1/18 black 240z die cast cars. I think its made by Sun Star. Found it at one of the discount toy stores years ago for like $15 and could not pass it up.
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    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
    Restoration thread of my old '72 240z -> http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...1972-240z.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72 OJ View Post
    I have a 1:18th Z silver Burago, I thought of doing a swap from 1:18th scale LS1 engine
    Absolutely a must do! A "Mini Me" for your car!
    A Z is beautiful from any angle, I just happen to prefer to view from the drivers' seat!

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    I have two of the Franklin Mint Z's as well. One has never been out of the box. The other one is in the box, but when I did display it, my dog knocked the table over and the rear bumper broke. My guess is that in perfect condition, they are worth about $60 each at most.
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    I have 3 Franklin Mint cars and a whole bunch of other stuff. Here are pictures of some of the toys...uh...collectibles.

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    East Coast Z Nationals held at the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals - May 16-18, 2014 Carlisle, PA
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    1969 240Z #390
    1971 Fairlady Z
    1971 240Z parts car
    1972 240Z ITS race car
    1972 240Z turbo
    1974 260Z turbo
    1975 280Z my first car
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    Very cool Chuck. I have a few, but not that many.
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    Here's a Micro Machines set and a bump-n-go Fairlady 240ZG. I have a bunch of Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other little cars somewhere.

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    East Coast Z Nationals held at the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals - May 16-18, 2014 Carlisle, PA
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    1969 240Z #390
    1971 Fairlady Z
    1971 240Z parts car
    1972 240Z ITS race car
    1972 240Z turbo
    1974 260Z turbo
    1975 280Z my first car
    1978 620 King Cab

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    I found this at a GM tech center car show for 10 bucks.

    Bburago enters the world of kit
    http://translate.google.com/translat...ed=0CFMQ7gEwAA




    I have z whiz in gray someone was asking 70 bucks on ebay.

    Look at this one.
    http://www.zcarblog.com/tag/280z/page/2
    Last edited by black gold man; 08-08-2012 at 07:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbuczesk View Post
    I have 3 Franklin Mint cars and a whole bunch of other stuff. Here are pictures of some of the toys...uh...collectibles.

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    Very cool Chuck.......you're serious about those little guys!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1404980...7600346077563/
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1404980...7603350695459/

    70, 71, 2 72's, and a 73 240z....
    90 300zx and a 1996 Acura NSX.....but who's counting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diseazd View Post
    Very cool Chuck.......you're serious about those little guys!
    And the big ones... Here are 5 of my 6 Zs. The white Z is #390. The Z that's missing is my first car. It's a 1975 280Z that I bought in 1986.

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    East Coast Z Nationals held at the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals - May 16-18, 2014 Carlisle, PA
    www.carlisleevents.com/events/import
    1969 240Z #390
    1971 Fairlady Z
    1971 240Z parts car
    1972 240Z ITS race car
    1972 240Z turbo
    1974 260Z turbo
    1975 280Z my first car
    1978 620 King Cab

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    Very nice......Let us know if you run at VIR.......would love to meet you.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1404980...7600346077563/
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1404980...7603350695459/

    70, 71, 2 72's, and a 73 240z....
    90 300zx and a 1996 Acura NSX.....but who's counting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfa.series1 View Post
    Strange that his description says it is in white when it is clearly orange - just like mine.
    It is a VERY misleading Ad. The First Issue of the Franklin Mint 240Z Model was Orange. I believe they produced 1000 in Orange. They are hard to come by. The Second "Limited" Edition was White and they produced 2500 of them - they came numbered and with White Gloves included. I bought two of them a couple years ago for $65.00 each as they were being cleared out. The Seller has the WHITE one for sale - and they usually don't bring the money that the Orange one will.

    What is even harder to find is the Display Case..

    Nonetheless - the Franklin Mint Models are very very detailed - where all other die casts are far less accurate. You can read the VIN on the Dash of the Franklin Mint Models. IMHO the original Orange Franklin Mint Models were worth the original $125.00 price if you appreciate fine detail and craftsmanship.

    Bill restored the car and sold it - the following owner re-restored it and put a lot more time and money into the restoration. Then it was used as the model - to produce the Franklin Mint die cast.

    FWIW,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diseazd View Post
    Very nice......Let us know if you run at VIR.......would love to meet you.
    Sounds good! If you or anyone else is interested I'll be racing at Summit Point Sep 1-3. Look for the #0 and #00 white 240Zs near pit entrance. I can probably get 1 or 2 of you in for free as part of my crew but you'll have to let me know in advance.

    We're all packed up and headed to Virginia Beach. :-)

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    1971 Fairlady Z
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    1978 620 King Cab

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diseazd View Post
    Very nice......Let us know if you run at VIR.......would love to meet you.
    Sounds good! If you or anyone else is interested I'll be racing at Summit Point Sep 1-3. Look for the #0 and #00 white 240Zs near pit entrance. I can probably get 1 or 2 of you in for free as part of my crew but you'll have to let me know in advance.

    We're all packed up and headed to Virginia Beach. Everyone have a good weekend! :-)

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    1971 Fairlady Z
    1971 240Z parts car
    1972 240Z ITS race car
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    1975 280Z my first car
    1978 620 King Cab

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    Completed listings say more........ http://www.ebay.com/csc/Franklin-Min...mplete=1&rt=nc
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    Now the question is was the last purchase a shill, or did someone get caught by the "No Returns" after he figured out his enthusiasm got the best of him with an impulse/convenience buy.
    A Z is beautiful from any angle, I just happen to prefer to view from the drivers' seat!

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