German photographer Michael Spengler collects diecast and metal toy cars. He also takes gorgeous photos of them and has even put together sample pages of a book he hopes to publish documenting his collection. Collectors Weekly spoke to Spengler and presented several of his captioned photos. Above, a Lotus Mark 11 Le Mans from Corgi Toys, 1961.
The Lotus Mark 11 Le Mans is one of my very favorite model cars. I’m sure this one was forgotten for a long, long time somewhere in a garage or in a basement. The base plate is very rusty and the car is still full of dust, but I love it. It’s a good example of the Japanese approach to aesthetics called wabi-sabi."1951 Maserati GP, Low Miles, Needs Paint"