Category Archives: New-Ray

New-Ray 1:43 City Cruisers

New Ray Pontiac GTO and boxed models 2
New-Ray City Cruisers

New-Ray is a Chinese Diecast manufacturer based in Hong Kong with a “state-of-the-art factory in Dong Guan, China”. They have a collection of 1:43 classic American convertibles.

Isaak in Vagzlis Basroba (the sprawling market around the Central Station in Tbilisi) has a few of these models loose.

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Isaak’s selection

I’m not sure what the Mercedes 280SL is doing in the selection amongst the American muscle cars. The Mustang and Corvette are tempting but I already have several Mustangs and Corvettes in my collection.

New Ray City Cruisers
New Ray American Convertibles

I have no intention of getting all 24 convertibles, I have so far picked out three which interest me particularly: 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible, 1966 Pontiac GTO Convertible and 1964 Chrysler Turbine.

Oldsmobile goes back to 1897, the brand sadly was phased out in 2004. I have few Oldsmobiles, so  I have added the 1970 442 Convertible from the selection.

New Ray Pontiac GTO and boxed models
Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Chrysler

More interesting than the Oldsmobile is the 1964 Chrysler Turbine. This highly innovative car designed by Ghia of Italy was created in the sixties and was the only gas turbine-powered car made available to the public.

Jay Leno has a real one in his collection. He made a video clip about it: Jay Leno’s Chrysler Turbine