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'High Tech' 
or: 1/87 carmodels with a surprise

Truckmodels with moving parts had already been around for quite some time, and carmodels with opening doors had also already been made, but when Herpa introduced the Ferrari Testarossa with opening hood in 1986 this came as quite a surprise to the collectors of 87th scale models. 

For the first time, a manufacturer of 87th scale models succeeded in creating a model that featured an enginecover that could be opened and at the same time managed to create a model where this had been crafted in such a way that it lacked the typical gaps in the bodywork so well-known from 1/64 and 1/43 scale models. 

Since there are not that many carmodels like this, these carmodels with a surprise would make a nice theme for a small collection or maybe a small addition to a bigger collection. These are the models with, sometimes well hidden, surprises we have found sofar:

Herpa 'High Tech' 

Ref# Year Model Remarks
2500 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Engine cover
2501 1987 Porsche 959 Hood
2504 1989 BMW 750iL Hood
2510 1989 Ferrari F40 Front and rear
25201 1990 Audi 90 Quattro  Hood
25256 1990 Ferrari 348tb Engine cover
2515 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Hood and rollbar
25300 1992 Ferrari 348ts Engine cover
25423 1992 Lamborghini Diablo Engine cover
25454 1994 Ferrari 512TR Engine cover


Ref# Year Model Remarks
various ? Land Rover modelsi Rear, cooking plate (!)
64 ? Ford Galaxy Hood
86 ? Cadillac Fleetwood Rear doors
108 ? Austin-Sava Rear doors


Ref# Year Model Remarks
34 ? CitroŽn 2CV Rear doors
various ? Land Rover modelsi Rear, cooking plate (!)
2090 ? Austin-Sava Rear doors


Ref# Year Model Remarks
33500 ? Dodge Ram 1500 Doors
? ? Dodge Ram 3500 Doors


Ref# Year Model Remarks
2100 ? Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Hood
2105 ? Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Conv. Hood


Ref# Year Model Remarks
1120 ? Karmann Ghia Hood, rear, doors
1201 ? Karmann Ghia convertible Hood, rear, doors
3001 ? BMW Isetta Front door


Ref# Year Model Remarks
0700018 1990 Mercedes-Benz 250D Ambulance Rear
1640418 1990 Porsche Carrera 4 Spoiler
1650321 1990 Porsche Carrera 4 Convertible Spoiler
8340120 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (Roadster) Hood
1420120 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Rollbar
8290121 1994 BMW 507 Hood
8330123 1994 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Hood, doors
8170124 1995 Jaguar E-Type Hood


Ref# Year Model Remarks
10240 1988 Honda Accord Aerodeck Rear
80010 1995 Audi Quattro Spyder Hood, roof, seats (!)


Ref# Year Model Remarks
214 ? Mercedes 'Stuttgart' convertible  Doors, dickey-seat


Ref# Year Model Remarks
various ? Lada Nova 2105  steerable front wheels


Ref# Year Model Remarks
various 1989 Volkswagen Transporter (T3) Rear
? ? Dodge pickup Hood
? ? Dodge 'Cheetah' Hood


Ref# Year Model Remarks
various ? Volkswagen Beetle Engine cover 
various ? Volkswagen Beetle conv. open Engine cover
various ? Volkswagen Beetle conv. closed Engine cover 


Ref# Year Model Remarks
various various CitroŽn H Sliding door (side)


Ref# Year Model Remarks
? ? Mercedes 300 SLR Airbrake

Miber 'Mi-Tech'

Ref# Year Model Remarks
8011 1992 Lamborghini Diablo Engine cover

MGM / Trumpeter

Ref# Year Model Remarks
6001P 2001 Hong Qi ('Red Flag') CA770 Hood
5002 2000 Honda NSX Headlights / Engine cover

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