Diecast Models - SABRA CADILLAC ELDORADO
Sabra (Gamda Koor) is a model made in Israel and features some very nice American classic cars. They are well made although the bases are plastic and prone to warp or break. The usually have opening doors and come with interiors and windscreens. In mint condition some models can fetch tidy sums but some versions are more common than others. They also came in a plastic box featured as a garage. The Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado seemed to be more common and available as donors. I was fortunate to get offered a batch of Eldorados from a shopkeeper who had left his models in a heated place and almost all had warped windscreens and interiors as well as damaged bases. I "cut and pasted " them into the series herein. Note the "garages" for reference in another area.
An Original Sabra Eldorado sitting on the box it came in. The hubs are similar to Corgi and Dinky models.
Repainted outside and in. Wire wheels added and the wider tyres bring these models close to a look of a real car.
I am sure these existed from the factory in real size. Repainted after chopping into a convertible. Interior got two tone seats.
George Barris, the Custom King of the 60's did a very similar real life conversion for Dean martin. This is a near copy of his modification, totally repainted after conversion.
Another George Barris style model. the front bumpers were damaged so they were removed. The roof is a copy from one of Barris's cars. The paint used is a Chameleon teal/purple combination which I think is visible form the photos but distinctly visible in different angles and light. Modernised again with wider wheels creates a different version once again.
Side view. Shows up the purple quite clearly
Rear view. Shows the teal colour with a hint of purple
The model was cut and extended from a two door to a four door stretch limousine. The photos show the extension done by shortening the front door and adding a full size rear door. They are meant to open like suicide doors. Interior modified as well and a screen placed between the driver and passenger compartment. Whitewall tyres give the model a dignified look as does the dark blue metallic paint.
Side view. Compared to the normal model the extra length added is noticeable . The base naturally had to be extended as well. This was done in the middle leaving the front and rear bumpers where they should be.