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Mid engine supercars from my favorite era..... (many pics)

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Ben Lampson
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These models were all very hard to find. I did not purchase them when they were new and available, so the hunt was on.

My 2 favorite are the 426 Hemi stuffed Monteverdi Hai 450 SS and the AMC AMX/3, but I do like them all.

The AMC AMX/3 was a project by AMC to directly compete with the Pantera (also pictured here) but the project was halted after only 6 cars were built, but some not fully assembled.

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Here are pictures of the interior of the Monteverdi Hai, showing how massive that 426 Hemi looked sitting in between the driver and passenger seats.

I don't know of any other car that the doghouse of the bigblock motor is where an armrest should be!

I would love to own this car.

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David Green
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Nice post and three wonderful cars Ben. I like the red theme here. I remember this Winter reading about a barn find in Northern Michigan of a completed AMX/3. What a find!


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I do have that Monteverdi Hai by Auto Pilen, a toy from many years ago but with beautiful paint!

Pilen Monteverdi Hai 450 SS in

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Ben Lampson
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Posted by: @david-green

Nice post and three wonderful cars Ben. I like the red theme here. I remember this Winter reading about a barn find in Northern Michigan of a completed AMX/3. What a find!

Did you not find one of them wonderful? there are 4 cars pictured....They are all red, so it is easy to miss one!

Not only were they very hard to find, but double hard to find all in red.


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John Sharisky
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You need a BMW M1.

It’s one of my favorite designs. 

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Posted by: @david-green

I remember this Winter reading about a barn find in Northern Michigan of a completed AMX/3. What a find!

That was one of the prototypes owned by the son of the original AMC head engineer on the project.


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Posted by: @john-sharisky

You need a BMW M1.

It’s one of my favorite designs. 

I understand that there are many more mid engine cars.....these are just my favorites.

I wish a resin crafter would do this Ferrari though.... Ferrari 365 Berlinetta with centered drivers seat.

The Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale was a concept sports car designed and produced by Pininfarina and Ferrari in 1966. It featured a mid-engined layout of a donor racing car chassis and three-seat arrangement with a central driving position, as later popularised on McLaren F1.

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  Red seems to be the color of the day, Ben.  These mid-engine cars are really beyond my field, but the model I'm building right now just may qualify.  You will know, I'm sure.  It's a Ford GT 40, a cleaned-up version of the 1966 Shelby-prepared one driven by Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant at Sebring, holding the lead at Sebring until a cooling system problem forced them out in the 17th hour.  Racing isn't a primary interest for me, but this pre-painted Testors model caught my eye.  When and if. . . , I'll post the results here. 

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David Green
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@ben-lampson 

Yep. Missed the Pantera for some reason when I jumped to the engines. Still like them all in red even though I could not count.


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That 'Tre Posti' 365P is a very cool car.  I saw it at the High Museum in Atlanta...

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Posted by: @d-m-holcombe

this pre-painted Testors model caught my eye.  When and if. . . , I'll post the results here. 

I can't wait to see it finished David....your model building is very good.

I have a few different GT-40's and Shelby Cobras and Cobra Coupes.

I'll have to take some pics and post them.


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That 'Tre Posti' 365P is a very cool car.  I saw it at the High Museum in Atlanta...

Ferrari borrowed some cues from this car that made it on to the design of the 308 and the Dino.


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Ben you have an amazing collection and wonderful pictures.


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I've always liked the de Tomaso Mangusta.


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Posted by: @100ford2003

I've always liked the de Tomaso Mangusta.

Minichamps makes one in 1/43, but the detail isn't good enough for me.

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