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Avant Slot Ferrari 308 GTB
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Avant Slot released these pics of the Tour de France model just before Christmas...

       

The latest from Steve at Staffs Slot Cars UK is that the two road cars are expected in Spain next week, with the Pioneer-liveried car due two weeks after that.
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I hope the blue colour won't be too dark.
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Here's a picture of the production model, expected to ship from Spain by the end of this week...

   

The blue looks good to me Thumbup 

The two road cars will arrive at the same time...

       

There are a few Avant Slot retailers in the UK - including Pendles, Weevils, Slot Car Supplies, MC Slots and Top Slots n Trains. At the moment, only Pendles have the 308 GTB models on pre-order - the two road cars are £72.95 and the Tour de France rally car £76.96.
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Life is too short for all these hard choices. Take one of everything!

Yellow is a bit more unique.  Thumbup
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The Ferraris have been shipped - and these are some more angles of the Tour de France rally car...

       

       

If you fancied turning the yellow and red cars into rally liveries, there are two great Group B-spec options for anyone able to make or source some decals...

   

The red one could be turned into the 308 GTB Antonio Zanini drove to victory at the 1984 Rally Osona. There are lots of photographs to create perfect decals on the Evo website here: https://www.evo.co.uk/15108/1978-ferrari...b-for-sale

   

The yellow car is just asking to be transformed into the British 308 GTB prepared by Tony Worswick and backed by Ferrari via Maranello Concessionaires. Over at Autocar, there's a great gallery of close-ups of the livery raced (and crashed) by Worswick at the 1984 Rallye Vinho da Madeira. Ideally, the driver and co-driver would need to swap places - as this was the only right-hand-drive Group B GTB. There's a video of this car in the opening post.
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Heading out to UK retailers today...

   
   
   

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Two more rally liveries are in production and expected at the end of the summer (la vuelta del verano)...

   

The first is the 308 GTB that Antonio Zanini and Josep Autet drove at the 1984 Rallye Catalunya. Although retiring from this rally, the pair won the Spanish rally Championship and also made overseas ERC appearances, including third at the Targa Florio.

There aren't many images of the car at this rally - the livery did change subtly through the season - but I did find one on the McKlein database. This showed that the EV film decal on the bonnet has a 3D effect with multiple shades of blue - something other models have failed to capture. The Avant Slot artwork doesn't either. The McKlein image also shows plush red seats - so I hope we get those on the Avant Slot model!

   

The second new livery is of a car that retired from the 1983 Rallye Monte-Carlo. This privately-entered 308 GTB was driven by Dominique and Michèle Gauthier in the French Championship during 1982 and early 1983, the pair then switching to a Lancia 037 Rally. The same 308 GTB reappeared as the #0 course car at the 2001 Rallye National de Saint-Marcellin.

This Gauthier Ferrari has been modelled as a 1:43 diecast by Best - and the Avant Slot artwork looks identical.
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