Thursday, July 12, 2012

#170 POLISTIL - FERRARI 312 B3 74, BRABHAM BT 44, SHADOW DN4 and LIGIER MATRA JS5 (RJ 2, RJ 5, RJ 6 and RJ59) (1976)


These are the last two formula ones in this scale made by Polistil that I own. I have nothing to add to what I already said in the previous entries dedicated to them, except, that these are a couple of years older that the rest. You can compare the style of the cars, most notably the air intake over the cockpit, which is only present in these two formulas.

There is something curious about that Brabham. The model represents the car that took part in the 1974 and 1975 seasons, that’s the BT 44, but it has the wrong colour! The real car was white. The colour and starting number corresponds to the model that participated in the 1978 season, a much more modern car, the BT 46. The cast of the car was already done and after Niki Lauda changed from Ferrari to Brabham (after winning the 1977 championships), it was very interesting to release a Brabham model carrying number 1. 
BT 44 Pilot: Carlos Reutemann (ARG) SN: 7 Pic from

BT 46 Pilot: Niki Lauda (AUT) SN: 1 Pic from

The Ferrari also represents a model whose pilot was Niki Lauda. This car raced in 1976 with the starting number 1, after Niki Lauda won the 1975 championships. This time, he could only be second after sixteen races.

312 T1 Pilot: Niki Lauda (AUT) SN 1 -Pic

To conclude this article (and the series) I made this picture with all the cars presented in the above mentioned entries. If you want to know more about the other models, or see some more pictures, just click in the “politoys-polistil” label below the facts and figures.

UPDATE: Two new F1s for my collection, acquired in May, 2015.

The first one is the Shadow DN4 (RJ6), which is somehow curious, since there is no DN4... the DN3 model from 1974/75 was followed by the DN5 (1975/76/77), which is the car that is actually represented here. RN 17 belonged to pilot Jean Pierre Jarier, which finished the 1976 championships in the 22nd place with no points. His best position was 7th in the United States Grand Prix West.

The second one is the Ligier Matra JS5 (RJ59) from 1976. That year, Ligier ran only with one car, RN 26 and pilot Jacques Laffite. The French pilot ended the season in 5th position with 20 points. Laffite reached position 2 in the Autrian GP and 3 in the Italian GP and Belgian GP.

  • Name: BRABHAM BT-44, FERRARI 312 B4 74, SHADOW DN4 and LIGIER MATRA JS5 (Nrs. RJ 2, RJ 5, RJ6 and RJ59)
  • Scale: 1:55
  • Year: 1976
  • Company: Polistil (Italy)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

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