The Godfather of 1:43 Models
Dave Sinclair is credited with establishing a colony in America for the hobby of collecting detailed 1:43 models. While this scale has dominated model collecting for the rest of the world, the “land of the free” has preferred bigger and smaller (like Hot Wheels). From 1964 until January, 2012 when he passed away - Dave was undaunted in bringing the miracles of the hand-built white metal cars to a growing group of avid collectors.
There was a time when the only model cars available in US stores were scaled to fit within boxes convenient to stocking. Dave started his Mini-Auto business in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania to import models that were precisely scaled to the original cars. He saw these models as true works of art. When he began, he was alone in this quest.
Dave made the American collector fertile ground for the rising tide of beautifully made 1:43 issues. He did it by exercising excellent taste and a gracious and helpful manner in dealing with customers. He made it easy to add to your collection and nurtured the passion.
One wonders what models would not have been built, what model-makers would not have emerged without Sinclair’s enterprising efforts in America. We are proud to bestow this honor on a man who has so honored this hobby.