Onyx 038 Lola LC89 - Larrousse F4 - Phillipe Alliot

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This model is the Onyx 038 Lola LC89 in Larrousse F4 livery as driven by Phillipe Alliot in 1989.

These Onyx models are pretty basic in design and this car has no opening parts. The body casting is basic, covering only the general shape of the vehicle and plastered with sponsor's names and logos as per the real machine. The LC89 was designed by Eric Broadley for use in the 1989 Formula One season by the Larrousse team. It was powered by a 3.5L Lamborghini V12 engine designed by former Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri.

At the front of the vehicle is a nose cone aerofoil with Gevelot sponsorship decals. The dark blue, green, red and yellow body maintains the shape of the vehicle but with little detail other than sponsor's names and logos (Gevelot, Camel, Adia, Lamborghini, BP, viel &Cie and Goodyear) and the racing numbers (30). The rear aerofoil is also simply represented as are the suspension and axles.

The interior is non-existent given the vehicle modeled is a Formula One car. The green and yellow plastic driver sits in the cockpit, gripping the black plastic steering wheel and wearing his white helmet covered by the obligatory sponsor's names. There is no glazing on this model.

All wheels are of a "racing wheel" type - solid one piece, black plastic, 5 spoke hub with a soft rubber "slick" tyre.

The base plate is black plastic and is marked at the centre top with Onyx and "1/43" on two lines and "Fabrique au Portugal" at the bottom centre. It also carries "LOLA LC 89" along the centre line of the nose cone area. The base plate is held in place with one front and one rear machined rivets.

I do not know when this model was issued. Its scale is said to be 1:43.

Item: 1348