I am wondering, whether Spirit still exists as a slotcar brand/company ?
After toy fair 2010, I put some announced cars onto my "wanted list":
601308 BMW 2002 Street Version orange
801704 BMW 635 "Original parts"
701508 Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit Gr. 2 "Nothelle"
701505 Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit Street Version "red"
701506 Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit Street Version "silver"
None of them has been released yet.
Will these cars be released in 2011 ? Or, were they cancelled ?
It would seem that the company is at least on the backburner as there are a few telltale signs. They sold their tyre moulds and formulas to scaleauto as the tyres they had werea firm favourite in spain for racing on plastic. Even in our market the wholesaler was offering huge discounts on spirit cars to retailers to get some cash flow. It would seem a combination of very mixed quality from model to model and also a bit of a non strategic approach to the type of car they released were at issue.
Spirit hardly released many cars that could realistically be raced against each other and every model seemed to come with different motors ratios chassis style etc. Not to mention the difference in overall quality. The chassis and modelling on the 406 and sillhouettes were light years in front of some of the other offerings. Reynards and Dallaras were good racers.
When a dealer's website says "Out of Stock, cannot re-order" or "While supplies last" it is usually a poor sign. It means they are sold out from the factory, or the factory is closed. If all their cars have the same message, it is usually the later. Too bad to see good cars go under, but some are resurrected by the company restructuring itself or by another company buying up the molds, etc.
Last edited by retro racer 44; 02-23-2012 at 08:52 PM.