A relatively rare Auto Hobbies 1/24 scale Lotus 40 body shows its extended sides designed to bend and fit under the chassis, so that those totally unsightly and unacceptable pins or clips would not be seen by the revolted eyes of total-scale purists. Never mind that the body itself, like most Auto-Hobbies contraptions, is a rather crude device in itself and certainly did not warrant such extravagant and unnecessary treatment:
Philippe, didn't Auto Hobbies evolve into the Select brand of La Cresenta, CA?
I have the same Lotus 40 body as you pictured Philippe with the extended sides and a Select paper insert, part number 152.
I love Auto Hobbies. I visited their shop as a young boy in the early 60's and will never forget the sight of dozens and dozens of their fiberglass bodies on display hanging on the wall. And the smell, that resin smell, it smelled like.............well I still love it today.
Steve, here's another 1/24 AH body for your list. This side extension reads, " AH 9558"
This side reads, "MAS . 450S":
It's is absolutely beautiful!