Minialuxe Beetles Part One

By Robin Godwin

This article was originally written for the old MAR Online site. It is being republished in a slightly modified form on this site to ensure its continued availability to readers.

Minialuxe was a French maker of contemporary, and vintage and veteran, detailed plastic model cars from the early 1960s through to the mid 1970s. The new New Minialuxe range uses the same logos but is producing diecasts in the same simple nostalgic style already seen from Dan Toys and Atlas Editions.

I have recently bought the Volkswagen Beetle in their ‘Classic’ collection. This is similar to models in the Atlas Dinky collection so it has no interior or windows. This is a limited edition of 500, in this colour anyway. I expect that we are likely to see more batches in different colours later.

The same casting is also used as the basis for a Polizei model in the “Special” collection. In this case the model has an interior, windows, and different spun wheels. This is also an edition of 500 models. I’m guessing there will be other versions later, perhaps a Swiss PTT version may be made. See latest news after the photographs.

Lots of VW afficionados will buy the Classic edition as it’s only 39 Euros, but the Polizei Special is 110 Euros and it is difficult to imagine many paying that price for what is a very basic model. Will Minialuxe even manage to sell an edition of 500 at that price or will they end up discounting them later?

Most overseas sales for this range will be via their online shop. However, Minialuxe seem to have issues with the way that their site works and it seems impossible to get them to sell VAT free to overseas buyers. This is something they need to address if they expect to sell models to North American collectors.

All pictures below are from Minialuxe.






PTT news

It turns out that Minialuxe has done a Swiss PTT version of the Volkswagen Beetle, now available only to members of Club Minialuxe. The Minialuxe line-up comes in three “trim levels”; Classic, with a basic body casting and base, but no windows or interior. The “Star” level comes with windows, jewelled headlights, and a change in wheels (from what looks like cast/ridged to spun, similar to old Corgi), and “Luxe” which includes the Star features and adds an interior. There is an additional “Spéciale” series, usually Police, or some other service vehicle, such as this PTT, which are done to Luxe specification, sometimes adding something on the roof (a beacon or taxi sign).

To be clear, although they are to 1:43 scale, these are not state-of-the-art models. Minialuxe is trading in nostalgia here (that they don’t own, given original Minialuxe models were plastic, and generally better detailed than these modern models). The Star level is on a par with 1950s Dinky Toys, and the Luxe series roughly equivalent to late 1950s to early 1960s Dinky or Corgi Toys. They are on a similar detail level with the current Atlas Dinky series, yet are considerably more expensive, but can be purchased individually. Perhaps their popularity is similar to Brooklin, they are what they are, but they seem to have captured a reasonable collector base and enthusiasm. My interest really stems from being a VW Beetle collector, similar to my interest for Brooklin ’59/’60 Chevrolets, in that my collection would be incomplete without them. With the exception of some Beetles and Austin Minis, all Minialuxe models are of French built vehicles and seem to have a low volume production of 500 models in each version.

Still, the founders of the new Minialuxe should be congratulated for taking the initiative in what would appear to be a crowded market for nostalgic toys. They appear to have found a niche market, and seem to be moving from strength to strength. Have a look at their website for details, and to purchase in stock models. http://www.minialuxe.fr/
The picture shown below is of the Minialuxe PTT VW Beetle captured on a mobile phone. The Author promises better pictures soon.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – XJR-9

By Maz Woolley

 

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in December 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Jaguar XJR-9

This appears to have been made for Atlas by Ixo and is very similar to a model previously available from Ixo under their own brand.

A nicely printed model with lots of sponsors details including tobacco brand details which are sadly often left unprinted due to concerns over infringing tobacco advertising rules.

The fine details are well done with the front lights being particularly finely made and the wheels and tyres being excellent.

The rear wing and diffusers are nicely realised. This is a model worthy of inclusion in this series.


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Atlas Dinky Collection – Mini Traveller and Bedford CA

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in January 2014. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Regular readers will be aware that Atlas Editions have recently launched a Dinky Toys series in the UK similar to the one that has been running on the continent for several years. These models are made by Norev for Atlas and are replicas of original models but are clearly marked as licensed by Mattel, who own the Dinky brand rights, on the base and on the replica boxes. As is often the case Atlas have given some “free gifts” to those subscribing to the collection. Readers of Model Collector magazine had a special subscription offer that included an additional free gift, a Dinky Borgward Isabella Coupe from the French Dinky Collection.

Regular Subscribers then go the same car later in the series as a pay for release.

 

All subscribers will get a facsimile of the 1959 Dinky Catalogue, a replica club badge as a key ring, and a set of petrol pumps, which are again the French release, and already seen in the French collection.

 

The replica vehicles announced so far are:

197 Morris Mini Traveller (Green)
482 Bedford CA ‘Dinky Toys’ (Yellow/Orange)
111 Triumph TR2 Competition finish (Pink)
103 Austin Healey 100 (Red)
555 Ford Thunderbird (South African Issue colour – Blue)
260 Morris J ‘Royal Mail’ (Red)
262 Volkswagen PTT Car (Yellow/Black)
162 Ford Zephyr Saloon (Two tone Blue)

Collectors who subscribed later have received models in a different sequence with the Ford Zephyr only being sent out a couple of months ago to some.

All are sold packed in replica boxes. My first reaction to the boxes is that they are so small compared to modern packaging. They are made to ‘just fit’ the model contained rather than surrounding them with a large empty space. Unlike the original Dinky company Atlas provide internal packaging. Each model sits on a plastic tray, wrapped in paper, and protected by a small square of foam packing at each end.

The Mini Traveller and Bedford CA can be seen below

I am sure that this series will prove popular beyond the normal collectors’ market due to the nostalgic appeal of the toys and the way that Atlas advertise them. There is already an active trade in the models on eBay, due to the fact that they are not be sold by Atlas outside the UK. I expect that some models, such as the Volkswagen PTT car, will be very popular due to the scarcity, and high cost, of the original.


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Oxford Diecast March 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

A number of models have just been released by Oxford Diecast in 1:76 and 1:87 scales. Many were originally announced for the final quarter of 2016 but have been slightly delayed. These are all  diecast and plastic and made in Oxford’s own  Chinese production centre.

1:76 Scale Models

 

76 MW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue

Oxford’s clever use of diecast lower sections combined with a plastic upper body not only allows for multiple versions of the vehicle to be made it also allows the windows, roof and other upper body details to be finely modelled. As the windows are part of the moulding, there are no issues with fitting gaps at all and the vents are very convincing too. Some collectors may question the lack of mirrors and the use of printed wipers, but they do make the model more robust and the small round mirrors of the real thing would be scarcely noticeable and very fragile if done to scale.

The Oxford is based upon a preserved coach, and looking at photographs of the original it has been very well captured by Oxford.

My only criticism is that the rear wheel sets are slightly crooked on my model, something that I have found on other Oxford coaches, but this can presumably be corrected with a  little persuasion. Looking at the quality and detail of this model, it is difficult to believe that some of their competitors similar models are about twice the price.


 

76TS001 Triumph Stag

The Triumph Stag was made between 1970 and 1977. Designed to meet the needs of an American market where pure convertibles were set to be banned, it incorporated a permanent roll cage. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti it was fitted with a Triumph-made 3 Litre V8 engine created from two of their four cylinder engines as fitted to the Dolomite. This proved to be the cars weakest point as it turned out to be fragile, and it was a symbol of how ineffective British Leyland Group management was that they did not insist part way through the development that Triumph used the proven ex-Buick Rover V8 to cut costs and build up economies of scale.

The Oxford model has quite a lot of detail incorporated with badging, lights and grille well printed. However the wheels really need the gaps and centre marked out in black paint as they look very flat and plastic. I have marked mine since shooting the photographs, and I think it it makes a great improvement. The moulded interior is adequate in this scale without a great deal of effort to detail the dashboard. When I received the car, the rear of the T bar did no fit into the lower body section properly, and others have commented on Facebook about this. I found that with a gentle press the upper section clicked into the body and was then a  good flush fit.  But unfortunately the windscreen shows a thick line of clear plastic underneath the chrome surround at its base.  I think that quality control may be being limited to help them meet the ambitious production targets Oxford set themselves.

It is a model of the car as sold in the first year of production and features a Coventry registration plate, so it is presumably based on a press car.

 


76BM02001 BMW 2002 Colorado Orange

The BMW 2002s of 1977 were based upon the 02 series chassis introduced with the 1600 in 1966.  The car modelled by Oxford is a 1971 model registered in East Sussex. The bold orange colour was a popular colour in the 1970s and is even stronger than my pictures show. It was this generation of BMW that finally rescued the country from being close to bankruptcy and created their reputation for making sporting saloon cars.

The 2002 was introduced after both Helmut Werner Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, both had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their own use.

The Oxford model captured the shape well, and the printed chrome features are well done with the exception of the window surrounds which are printed in such a way that they emphasis the thick body shell of these models. I have said elsewhere that I think it better that Oxford either move over to flush fit glazing or drop the printing round the lower edge of the windows altogether.  The tiny badges and scripts on the boot are incredibly fine, and Oxford seem to have suddenly started to print more realistic number plates onto the models. The tiny rubber fittings on the bumpers are printed on and the side rubber mouldings too, though they are a little too glossy.  I suspect that the indicators which should be on the corner of the car above the front lights have been printed on and as this is an orange car have “vanished” perhaps when later colours appear so will they.  Finally the wheels like the Stags seem just too solid and would benefit from a black wash.

All in all a nice model and one that would be nice to see in 1:43 scale as well.


 

76AMDB2002 Aston Martin DB2 MkIII Drop Head Coupe

This series of cars was made by Aston Martin from 1957 to 1959. It was an evolution of the DB2/4 Mark II model it replaced. It was powered by Tadek Marek’s upgraded engine based upon the W.O. Bentley-designed Lagonda 2.9  litre 6 cylinder engine. the front grille introduced on this model set the shape that would be seen in some form on future Aston Martins.

Aston Martin built 84 drophead coupé models so they were always rare and expensive cars. Indeed a DBIII, as Ian Fleming called it, appeared in the Goldfinger book.  These cars were capable of 120 mph, or more if one of the more highly tuned versions of the engine were fitted.

The Oxford model with the hood up is nice with a beautifully fine grille and tiny printed doors and boot handles. Lights and number plates are excellent too and the interior is simple but adequate. The only areas that are a little disappointing are the whheels and the paintwork. The wheels are solid plastic with a few raised lines to represent the wire wheels and they are really not as good as the rest of the model. The paintwork is a nice racing green but it is thin over the gaps round the panel lines.


1:87 Scale Models

This is the latest series of 1:87 models from Oxford aimed squarely at the US market where the collapse of suppliers like Malibu, Fresh Cherries and others has created a gap in the market for Oxford to fill. My first impression looking at these models is that a lot of effort has gone into them, and that the level of detailing is very high for such small diecasts.

87BS36001 Buick Special Convertible Coupe 1936

The Buick Special was Buick’s entry level full size car for many years. In 1936 this was powered by a 3.8 Litre inline 8 cylinder engine. It was a good year for Buick and sales of the special were good.

The model by Oxford has caught the looks of the car very well and the glossy black paint is a typical period colour, a white version is to be offered later in the year. The Buick badge on the grille and the number plates and rear lights are all nicely printed. The grille could perhaps benefit from a black wash but is tall and impressive like the real thing.

I think that the headlights have been printed much too small. All the picture references I have seen show the headlights surrounded by a chrome ring and not a  body colour one. The sidelights too are printed in silver over their whole area but on the real car they weer body colour on the top. Another curiosity is that the wheel rims seem to be in yellow plastic when picture references suggest that the steel wheels are painted often in colours which contrast with the body colour and the rims are either that colour or fitted with chrome embellishers. Despite these criticisms I think it a nice model .


 

87CN57001 Chevrolet Nomad 1957

The Nomad was a glamorous model in its 1955 to 57 heyday.  It was a two door sports sedan powered by a powerful V8 engine and fitted with an extended station wagon rear. The Nomad was dropped for the 1958 model year and though it re-appeared in later years it was as a more conventional top of the line station wagon.

Oxford have modelled it in Dusk Pearl and Imperial Ivory and have announced one in Rio Red and Arctic White for later in the year. The model has some excellent features with neat white sidewalls and lots of small badges, number plates and vents printed on. However the bonnet ornaments should have chromed ends and don’t and the headlights are again tiny little dots surrounded by body colour when the real Nomad had large chrome light surrounds. Finally there are no painted rear lights and the “dagmars” are not painted black.

For all my criticism this is a nice model and one that a dab or two of paint would finish off nicely.


 

87CP65001 Chevrolet Stepside Pick Up 1965

This series of Chevy trucks was introduced in 1960 and replaced in 1967. So the 1965 was a well developed vehicle. A 5.3 Litre V8 was on offer for the first time in that model year and for drivers in search of comfort air conditioning arrived too. The Light Blue and White colour scheme appears to be authentic with lots to see on the Web. Later in the year it will be released in orange.

Oxford’s printed grille and printed vents are excellent as are the number plates.  The printed white Chevrolet on the rear of the pickup is very nicely done. The roof section has nicely printed black lines where the trim was rubber or black painted and has finely produced vents. This is another model with a plastic upper section and again it fits so well that you would never guess until you test it.

I have fewer criticisms to make of this model. One is of the wheels which I believe are one piece mouldings with the rims, wheels and hubcaps printed. On half the wheels this has been printed squarely and this looks good on two it is not printed quite centrally which is a little disappointing. The steering wheel is a nice moulded item with the column lever included but it is fitted much too low with its lower edge below the level of the seat cushion.   But overall this is a nice model and I can see it making its way onto US Railroaders layouts.


 

87BC55001 Buick Century 1955

Another classic American car. Released in Turquoise and Polo White it will be available later in the year in Coral and Polo White. Century was a model name used for performance versions of their cars from 1954 to 1958. The Century used the smallest and lightest body shells in their range from the entry point Buick Special and combined them with their most powerful V8 engine. Available in several body styles Oxford have chosen to model it as a two door coupe.

This model again has really good number plates, grille printed in black and silver, and this time it has lovely wheels with white side walls and body colour wheels. The side spears and “bullet holes” are all printed neatly on as is the Century script on the rear wing. Rear lights are printed in and the bumper are all neatly moulded and printed silver. Again fitted with a  basic but adequate interior. The bonnet ornament is simple but represents the real one quite well if not as delicate as a true scale one would be.

There is one area which I feel lets this model down a little and that is the front lights which are just a flat silver printed circle where the real car has slightly domed headlights with  a small chrome peak according to my picture sources. Some Kristal Klear dripped on is a quick fix for the headlight lenses but the lack of the small peal is a shame.


Whilst I have been slightly critical of these models I think that they are all good value for the price point that Oxford Diecast sells them at and it is nice to have the models available in this smaller scale. Many will be used by railway modellers and will look excellent on a  layout perhaps weathered a bit to make them a little more realistic. The US cars to 1:87 scale are particularly finely detailed for small diecast models.


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Resin Roundup – March 2017

By Maz Woolley

 

This posting is a round up of some of the recent releases in resin which have caught my eye. All photographs on this page are from the manufacturer or retailers.

Auto Cult

1:18 Scale

Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine 

This 1:18 Scale model of this streamliner from Adler has already been released in 1:43 scale by Auto Cult.  The 1:18 scale version is now being made available.


1:43 Scale

Here are the 1:43 scale resin models made in China for Auto Cult of Germany. These form the second and third releases of 2017.

Bizzarini Machinetta  Engineers limited production series

Giotto Bizzarrini is best known for his association with super cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO and for the V12 engine that powered Lamborghini cars from 1963 on. The Machinetta was made when he was a mechanical engineering student at the University of Pisa. It is a  re-bodied Fiat 500 Topolino with a tuned engine and revised chassis. It was apparently a project completed towards his degree.

Ford Mach 2 Concept Prototypes series

The Mach 2 concept was a design and engineering study created by Ford’s design chief Gene Bordinat for a mid-engined sports car inspired by GT race cars that could replace the Cobra. The concept made its debut at the 1967 Chicago Auto Show and featured many off-the-shelf Mustang components, including its front suspension, front and rear brakes, and most notably the 289 cubic inch V8 engine which was placed behind the driver.

The car had a clean design to it with European looks but it was shown but never put into production.

Morris J-Type Delivery Vehicles series

The Morris Commercial J-type was a 10 cwt van launched by Morris Commercial in 1949 and produced until 1961. The van followed the emerging trend of having forward controls and sliding doors on each side. It was made in both left and right hand drive versions. The J type was fitted with a 1476 cc four-cylinder side-valve engine based on the one used in the Morris Oxford MO. Many of these vans were used by the Post Office and other public bodies. But as presented by Auto Cult it is a nice example of a plain van.

Audi 100 type Bischofberger Camping vehicles series

This car from the early 1980s is built on an Audi 100 Saloon. Inside the real camping car was a fridge, a sink, a stove, a table, and two sofas which can be transformed into a double bed. Pictures show it to be rather cramped inside. Bishofberger also did conversions on less glamorous platforms such as the Transporter and VW Golf Pickup.

Ford Model T “The Golden Ford” Early Beginnings series

This model is based upon a recently restored vehicle originally built by Arthur Edward George, an engineer and car racer. who’s firm patented the first trolley jack. Initially raced as a stripped chassis it won the all Ford race at Brooklands in 1912, were Henry Ford was said to be an interested spectator. The car became The Golden Ford the following year when it had a narrow single seat body of polished brass added to it.

Steyr-Puch Adria TS Brands of the past series

This car was created by Otto Hölbl Karosseriewerk of Vienna in Austria. It was based upon the Steyr-Puch 700 chassis which was in turn an Austrian version of the Fiat 600. 18 cars were hand built in during 1960-61.

Reyonnah Little cars series

This company was created in France by Robert Hannoyer. Its name is the founders in reverse. The only vehicle made was a small four-wheeled vehicle with a relatively wide track at the front and a narrow track at the rear. The vehicle offered space for two, seated one behind the other, following the same basic lay-out as the better known Messerschmitt. A single-cylinder engine from AMC or Ydral of 175 cc or 125 cc powered the rear axle via a three speed manual gear box and chain drive.

An unusual feature of the car was that the front wheels could be adjusted to make it narrower so it could slide into a motorcycle parking place. The wheels had to be adjusted outwards before the car could be driven away. The car appeared at the Paris Motor Show for at least three years from 1950 till 1952 but poor sales meant that then faded into obscurity.McQuay-Norris Streamliner Streamliner series

McQuay-Norris was a maker of car parts such as piston rings and steering wheel knuckle bolts. It also produced and distributed electrical controls for gas appliances. In January 1936 McQuay-Norris produced a fleet of six cars called aluminium eggs due to their strange appearance. The cars were released in New York and in other locations in the United States. Each car was a part of testing of pistons, piston rings, and other engine parts manufactured by McQuay Norris. The bodies of the aluminum eggs were mounted on chassis of cars of different brands. They were driven in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in different climates and highway conditions. The cars featured a streamlined design which reduced air resistance. Streamlining was effective in enabling the installation of fifteen instruments used in component testing.


Matrix

 

Many of the models already advertised are now shipping and just one new announcement has been made recently of a new model to 1:43 scale in resin made in China for the Netherlands.

 

MX40408-011 Delahaye 135M Antem Convertible 1949

Another model of classic coachwork on a Delahaye chassis. This car was shown at the 1948 Motor Show and evolved into the 1949 car modelled here. Elegantly keeping separate wings whilst incorporating the headlights to give the car a more modern feel. The rear wheels were hidden behind a fairing, in a nod to the trend for aerodynamic styling. A formula which was also used by Jaguar for the XK120.

MX 41203-021 Lancia Aurelia (B52) B-Junior Ghia 1952

An interesting model but a rather clumsy re-styling of the Aurelia which was rather better looking to the editor’s eye than this expensive offshoot!

Neo

 

Neo continue to release models with the latest announcement being of the Lancia shown below. These are resin made in China to 1:43 Scale for Germany.

213730 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2.8 Coupe Speciale Pininfarina 1963

Spark

Releases are mainly focused on Grand Prix., Le Mans and other racing cars currently where Spark and Minichamps both seem to be focusing quite strongly.  Both the models shown are resin made in China to 1:43 scale.

S4268 Lola MK4, No.15, Bowmaker Racing Team, GP Deutschland, 1962

This includes a figure of the driver Roy Salvadori. The car debuted at the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix and was powered by Coventry Climax engines. It was a mixture of a tubular frame and welded panels making it a semi-monocoque. John Surtees had success with the car at the Australian and New Zealand Grand Prix but it was outclassed by competitiors like Lotus and faded away its final swansong being wining the Rome Grand Prix in 1963 driven by the privateer Bob Anderson.

S3587 Spice SE 87C, No.131, Graff Racing, 24h Le Mans, 1988,

Spice raced cars fitted with Cosworth engines and had some class wins at Le Mans. This car was run by Graff Racing who are still racing today.

Mini Minieri

Continuing to focus upon rare and stylish cars these models are resin made to 1:43 scale.

MMIBT001 Jaguar B99 2011 Bertone

This was a concept car designed and developed by the Italian design house Bertone. It was on the Bertone stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The 4-door saloon was shown in two versions: compact executive (B99) and grand tourer (B99 GT). Featuring  suicide doors and a low height it had a hybrid power train with a 1.4 Litre engine for range extension purposes with two electric motors of 201 bhp each driving the rear wheels. The B99 name is derived from B for Bertone and 99 for Bertone’s 99th year in operation.

Best of Show

 

Here are some of the recently launched 1:18 scale resin models made in China for ModelCarWorld of Germany.

CHRYSLER Imperial LeBaron 4-door Hardtop, 1971

DODGE Dart Phoenix, 1961

Ford Ranchero Pick-up 1979

 

Chevrolet Corvette Corvair Concept


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Atlas Dinky Collection – 262 VW Swiss Post, 39a Packard Super 8 and 177 Opel Kapitan.

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in January 2014. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

The Atlas Dinky collection has now been running for about six months here in the UK. Models have been issued at roughly monthly intervals, and although the packaging seems very minimal, they have all arrived in good condition. As yet there is no sign of any special editions like those offered in France, despite the potential sales these would attract. All of the models so far seem to be different from those offered in the continental Dinky Collection, even if only in colour. Whilst some collectors have suggested that the choices of models so far have been dull, the frenzy on eBay when models are first shipped shows that others disagree, and are prepared to pay a premium price to get these models. Pictures cannot capture one of the main attractions of these models, which is the feel of them in the hand.

Since MAR 278 I have received another three models: 262 Volkswagen Swiss Post, 39a Packard Super 8 and 177 Opel Kapitan.

262 Volkswagen Swiss Post

The continental Atlas Dinky Collection featured 181 Volkswagen in a plain colour but for the UK series they have chosen to issue the Swiss PTT version produced between 1959 and 1966.

The original model is now highly sought after since very few were sold outside Switzerland. The Atlas model has yellow hubs, so it represents the model as launched.

The replica box has no model pictured on it, just like the original.


39a Packard 8 Sedan

This model was originally released by Dinky in 1939 and was finally withdrawn from the range in 1950 by which time it was well behind the contemporary scene in the USA.

It was issued in a wide range of colours and Atlas have chosen to produce it in the post-war green version. The model comes in a replica post war box.

The pictures above include a photograph of an original Dinky Toy taken by the Executive Editor of one in his own collection.


177 Opel Kapitän

This model has already appeared in the continental Atlas Dinky range in blue. For the UK series Atlas have had it painted in lemon yellow, a rare colour applied only in South Africa.

This is the second model for which they have chosen a South African colour, the first was the Ford Thunderbird, and again the box has the features in Afrikaans as well as English. The Kapitän was made at Binns Road between 1961 and 1966, and appears to have only been available in the UK in blue.

Shown below is the Meccano Magazine back cover advertisement published when the model was launched.


It should be noted that Atlas Dinky models are not made from the original moulds but are replicas copied from original models. They are produced by Norev for Atlas using contemporary paints and printing and both models and boxes are clearly marked as Licensed by Mattel, who own the Dinky brand. All production dates are as stated in the reference work Dinky Toys and Modelled Miniatures by Mike and Sue Richardson.


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Eaglemoss Opel Collection 2

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

This posting has been adapted from articles originally published on mar.zeteo.com in order to preserve them after that site ceased to exist. Parts prior to #68 were reviewed in the printed Model Auto Review magazine, and parts 68 to 98 may be seen on this site at http://www.maronline.org.uk/eaglemoss-opel-collection-part-1. This collection finished in 2016.

All photographs taken by Hans-Georg Schmitt

98 Opel Blitz Panoramabus 1953-1956

In the early 1950s Opel Blitz trucks were superior to those of their competitors. Bodied for passenger service it had the highest sales of all German Buses in the 1950s. It had two main advantages. Firstly the widespread Opel service network and secondly its smooth running six-cylinder petrol engine.

A number of coachbuilders created buses on the Blitz chassis. The best known was Kässbohrer in Ulm, who also developed the classic “Setra”, buses with integral body and frame construction. This miniature is based upon a body built by Kässbohrer. An excellent restored example can be seen at the Opel Museum in Rüsselsheim.

Some collectors may be unhappy that this model is in 1:72 scale and not 1:43 scale like the rest of the collection. It is issued in green and ivory and not in blue and white as seen at the Opel Museum. This is probably because the bus has already been issued in blue and white in the Atlas Bus Collection. Given its small scale it is very well detailed. Interestingly both Atlas and Opel Collection models have the same German post-war registration plate from “American occupied Hessia”, 84 for the Offenbach area.


 

99 Opel Frontera A Feuerwehr 1991-1998

The Frontera was based on an Isuzu vehicle allowing Opel and Vauxhall to enter the SUV market with minimal investment. It was first shown to the public at the Geneva Motorshow in 1991 and went on sale at the end of that year. Its comparative cheapness, for a vehicle with four wheel drive, and the large chain of Opel dealers made it attractive to the public services. They were often bought by fire departments and this is the livery this model is finished in. The livery, and number plates, show this to represent a vehicle operated by the fire brigade of Offenbach, sister city to Frankfurt, both located on the river Main.

The authentically shaped body is painted in bright red, and has had the livery neatly printed. It is fitted with a blue light bar and antenna.


 

100 Opel Kadett C GT/E Coupe 1977-1979

The Kadett C-Type was introduced in the summer of 1973. With the emerging energy crisis this vehicle benefited from sales from motorists who looked to run medium sized vehicles to minimise fuel consumption. However, later in its life customers were less concerned with economy and were looking again for power and speed so the Kadett GT/E was created. The coupe was issued in a Rallye version and was available with two engines: 1.6 litre ‘S’ which developed 75 hp; and 2.0 litre ‘E’ engine which developed 110 hp with fuel injection. The model is accurately shaped and well detailed. A number of parts have been used fitted including the slightly oversized rear spoiler on the boot lid. The model is painted in signal-ochre and the interior is matt black. The wheel rims look authentic, and unusually for this range the baseplate is well detailed.


 

101 Opel Manta GT/E 1974-1975

This model was first shown at the Frankfurt motor show in September 1973. At this time this generation of the Manta was nearing the end of its run. To keep up interest and sales the Opel Manta GT/E was launched with a 1.9 litre fuel injection engine developing 105bhp. What made this model special was the matt black painted bonnet and rear panel together with a black stripe over the body. This is an excellent representation of this car painted in signal-yellow with matt black finish where authentic. The interior is also well detailed with the three additional instruments for the GT/E version seen on the dashboard.


 

102 Opel Senator A2 (Facelift) 1982 to 1986 “Notarzt”

This Senator was a top of the range Opel which was facelifted in December 1982 to made the car look lower and sleeker than before. In the United Kingdom this was sold as the Vauxhall Senator replacing the old Vauxhall Royale. Opel made the car available with special discounts to public bodies and it was commonly used in Germany by emergency doctors: ‘Notarz’. Today Notarz vehicles are more often vans because medics carry far more equipment than they did in 1982.

The miniature has an accurate shape and has many small parts added. It is painted in ivory. The interior looks very authentic. The model carries German registration plates “GG” , so the prototype modelled was a demonstrator owned by Opel.


 

103 Opel Commodore B GS/E Coupe 1972 to 1977

This casting has been seen before in this range. It is now released in metallic blue and without a vinyl covered roof. The interior appears again in matt black and the baseplate has little detail.


 

104 Opel Ascona C 1982 to 1988 “Feuerwehr”

The Ascona Type C was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1981. The Ascona was available asa Saloon and as a Hatchback. Both were used by public bodies, and appeared as both Police and Fire vehicles.

This model is of the Saloon in use as a fire chief´s car. The miniature captures the original shape well and is correctly presented in white and red. Unfortunately Ixo seem to have had printing problems and the red sections look a bit wavy. Addiitonal lights are well modelled as are the Alloy wheels whilst the baseplate is very plain. The model carries German registration plates from the “Märkischer Kreis”, in Sauerland.


 

105 Opel Kadett E Karavan 1984 to 1991

This type E was the last model to bear the name Kadett. The next generation was called an Astra whether it bore an Opel or Vauxhall badge. This estate replicates the original’s shape well and is neatly printed and finished. The body is painted in red and the interior is beige.


 

106 Opel Kapitan Saloon 1951-1953

The updated Kapitan appeared in March 1951 with a chromed radiator grille following the latest GM styling trends. The car was styled by the head of Opel design Charles “Chuck” M. Jordan. It was the most reasonably priced 6 cylinder engined saloon produced in the newly established Federal Republic of Germany.

The moulding has already been seen in this series and is now issued with the body painted in white. The shape is authentic and it has many parts added to give detail. The interior is well reproduced with the seats painted in red. The dashboard with instruments and switches moulded in is in body colour which is accurate to the original.


 

107 Chevrolet Opala saloon 1968-1969

The Opel Rekord C-Type was introduced in August 1966. Its design was to the taste of South American car buyers and in 1968 the Chevrolet “Opala” was launched in the Brazilian automobile market. It was successful and after the saloon was introduced the coupe and estate were also made in Brazil. The vehicle stayed in production in Brazil with some facelifts up until the 1990s.

This model is of the four-door saloon which has an accurate body in bright red. The interior is in white. Bumpers, radiator grille and hub caps are chrome plated, other mouldings are printed in silver.

This is an example of Ixo supplying the same casting to both German and Brazilian partwork markets.


 

108 Opel Kadett C-Type saloon 1973-1979

The Kadett was designed as a world car. It first appeared in April 1973 as Chevrolet Chevette in Brazil, then in August 1973 in Germany. It was produced in many versions up until 1979 in Germany, and as the Chevette in the UK with different front end styling. In Brazil the last version went out of production in 1994. This replica of the two door saloon is accurately shaped. The body is painted in yellow and the interior is in a typical light brown. The bumpers are chrome plated.


 

109 Chevrolet LUV 1988-2005

The Chevrolet LUV was a work horse. It first appeared in 1972 as the Isuzu KB Foster. The third generation which the model was based upon was launched in 1987. It was sold as Chevrolet LUV, and also as an Opel Campo in Germany and Vauxhall Brava in the United Kingdom.

The model is of the pickup with a single cab. The body is painted in white, and the cab interior is in light grey. The front bumper is chrome plated and the rear one is silver painted.


 

110 Opel Kapitan Saloon 1955-1958

The 1956 model year Kapitan was only in production for two and a half years. On 9th November 1957 one of them emerged from the assembly line as the two millionth Opel vehicle. This version of the Kapitan was fitted with a 2.5 litre 6 cylinder in-line engine. It had an integral body, independent front suspension, but retained a rigid rear axle on leaf springs.

The model is authentically shaped and painted in ruby red and black. There is a very well detailed interior in light beige. The grille, bumpers, and hub caps are chrome plated. Most mouldings are printed in silver.


 

111 Opel Omega A saloon 1986-1994

The Omega A was the first “cab forward” streamlined large Opel car. It was also sold in the UK as a Vauxhall Omega and in the US as a Cadillac Catera and formed the base of some Holdens too. The front and rear windscreen were bonded to the bodyshell and the side windows were flush fitted. With its low bonnet and raised rear end these aerodynamic features allowed it acheive a very low resistance value of 0.28 which was a world leading at the time.

The model is based upon the facelifted version introduced in 1991. The body is painted in mistral grey, with an interior in anthracite. The wheels are a replica of the alloy wheels some were fitted with.


 

112 Chevrolet Diplomata Caravan 1979-1992

This is another model which originally appeared in the DeAgostini Cars of Brazil series. The Opel Rekord C-Type had a second life in Brazil. In the 1950s to 1970s, it was usual for European automobile manufacturers to send manufacturing tools for outdated models to their overseas operations. Opel sent the Rekord to South America and it stayed in production for some time going through a series of facelifts. It was a best selling model in Brazil for many years.

This accurate miniature is painted metallic silver with a light grey interior. The black mouldings are printed. Bumpers, radiator grille, and roof rack are separately moulded components. There is minimal baseplate detail.


 

113 Opel Omega B saloon 1994-1998 “Feldjäger – Military Police”

The German Bundeswehr ordered a number of Omega B cars. They were used as staff cars for battalion and regimental commanders, and for the Feldjäger, the military police.

This well detailed miniature is painted in authentic RAL 6031 bronze-green. The interior is matt black. Military signs are neatly printed and the model is fitted with a light bar at the roof.


 

114 Chevrolet Corsa from 1993

Until the early 1990s the small car sector in Brazil was dominated by the Volkswagen Beetle. Then in 1993 General Motors started to produce the former Opel Corsa B in Brazil. Hideo Kodama’s design team from Russelheim’s work was a breathtaking success in the Brazilian market appearing practically unchnanged apart from the Chevrolet Cross replacing the Opel flash.

The model is of a three door version and is accurately shaped. The bodyshell is painted in bright red with an interior moulded in light grey. Mouldings and emblems are precisely printed and the wheels are authentic. Minimal baseplate detailing.


 

115 Daewoo Nexia 1994 to 1997

The Opel Kadett Model E was produced in Germany from 1984 to 1991. After that the tools were moved to Korea and Daewoo produced the Daewoo Nexia from them. In India, Eastern Europe, Iran and Australasia it was sold as the Cielo The cars were also imported to the USA under Buick and Pontiac brands. In summer 1996 the Nexia received a light facelift and was also offered in Europe. Daewoo experienced financial issues and GM bought a large share in the company and eventually rebaged Daewoo models as Chevrolets in many markets.

The model is authentic and represents the vehicle after the facelift of 1996. It is well detailed and finished. The body is painted in metallic silver and the interior is in two tone grey. Mouldings and emblems are neatly printed. Wheels are authentic. Again a minimal baseplate is provided.


 

116 Chevrolet Monza 1982 to 1990

The Brazilian GM plant is one of their oldest foreign plants. In 1925 the first Chevrolet cars were assembled there. In September 1981 Opel launched the Ascona Type C base of the GM J-car world car. This J-car also appeared also in Brazil as the Monza. In early 1983 the Monza notchback saloon was introduced with a design similar to the Ascona.

This model is the version made from 1983 as a four door saloon. The casting is very true to life. Painted bright red with a well detailed interior in light brown. Mouldings and emblems are well printed with authentic wheels. As usual the baseplate has minimal detail included.


 

117 Opel Omega B saloon 1994 to 1998 “Swiss Police”

The Omega B was introduced to the market in March 1994 as four door saloon and five door estate. The use of powerful Opel passenger cars for “Patrouillenwagen”, police patrol cars, has a long tradition in Switzerland and the Omega was widely used by Swiss police authorities. The model carries the emblems of the “Kantonspolizei Zurich”.

Already seen several times before in this range the body is an excellent replica of the original. It is painted in white with red stripes and emblems clearly printed. A detailed interior appears in light grey. The aluminium wheel rims are were not typically used for Police vehicles which tended to have plastic hub caps. Like other models in the range the baseplate is poorly detailed.


 

118 Chevrolet Chevette 1987-1993

The T-car platform was the first “world car” from General Motors. It appeared in Germany as Opel Kadett, in Brazil as the Chevrolet Chevette, in Japan as the Isuzu Gemini, and in Australia as Holden Gemini. The Brazilian T-car was in production the longest lasting until 1993 by which time more then 1.6 million cars had been built.

The model is of the Chevette notchback 4 door saloon from the 1980s. It is painted in metallic silver and fitted with a well detailed, light grey coloured interior. A number of smaller parts are moulded and inserted to add to realism. As is usual in this series the baseplate has only limited detail.


 

119 Opel Laubfrosch 4/12 HP 1924-1926

The Opel Laubfrosch “Treefrog” was the first Opel car manufactured on an assembly line. This production method saved money and boosted production so the car could sell at a competitive price. The Laubfrosch looked similar to the Citroen 5CV which was launched in 1921. This lead to lawsuits but these didn’t reach any firm conclusions. Initially all 4/12 cars were painted in green which is where the nickname Treefrog arose. By the end of production more body colours were offered.

This vehicle has already appeared in this series in the early green version with hood up. This release has the body painted in red and has the hood lowered. Lots of detailed parts are fitted and the radiator grille is chrome plated whilst other mouldings are printed in silver. Again the baseplate shows little detail.
The coverage of this series of models continues with further articles originally posted on this site after its launch. 


Editorial March 2017

February was a busy month for MAR Online.  We continue to publish 20-30 new articles each month.  We had many types of articles last month: new releases, part works, and continuing series (Vespas, Fords, etc).    Please consider submitting an article on a model car, truck, or bus subject that interests you.  We welcome both short and long submissions from our readers.  In fact,  we are now up to 95 subscribers and 96 FaceBook followers.   Please tell your collector friends to subscribe and follow us!

Also in February, MAR Online established our official archive at hobbyDB.  All covers of the hardcopy issues starting from the very first one in 1982 to the last one in 2013 will be included.  See the hobbyDB announcement here, which includes a brief history of MAR!   Over the next several months, we will add all cover images and Table of Contents to their database.  Many issues are there now; many are left to be scanned and uploaded.

On the 1/43 model car front,  we may be seeing a saturation in the resin market.   The competition is very strong new with new releases from Neo, Matrix, Premium X, BoS, TSM, Autocult, Esval, GLM, Spark, Kess, etc.   With that long of a list already, new resin  companies / manufacturers may be having  a hard time breaking into the market.  Dark Horse from China, for example, recently released a high-quality 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Club Coupe in two color choices.  Now they are being offered with large discounts, and the company seems to have faded away.

The yellow Dark Horse Olds is front and center in this 1/43 view of an early 1950’s parking lot.  [Photo: Mike DeTorrice]


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The Vespa in Miniature – Part 3

By Dave Turner

Vespa 1959 – 65

In the late 1950s, the staple Vespas were the 125cc models, the updated narrow slimline body complete with enclosed handlebars arrived in Italy in 1957, but was not sold in the UK until April 1959. This was the 152L2 in the UK and subsequently became a Mk11 version when a dual seat and parking lights became standard. Later versions were 232L2 in the UK and housed the spare wheel under the left side cover and featured 4 speeds. The same machine as the 125 had been enjoying the slightly detuned 150cc engine from the GS and called the Clubman but then got the slimline body and became the Sportique in the UK, the latter having both Grande Luxe and Supreme variants that boasted a trapezoid headlamp, spare wheel and a few bits of fancy brightwork. a Grand Tourer version of the Sportique featured both front and rear carrier, the latter carrying the spare wheel. A further development was the Sprint and subsequent Sprint Veloce that ran from 1965 to 1979 between them.

Top Line 150GS received a few tweaks for 1959 to the headlamp, seat and wheels but gave way to a new 160GS in 1962 with the bigger engine, slimmer bodywork and spare wheel inside the left side cowling. This subsequently became a Mk11 having the luggage compartment moved from behind the seat to the front apron. The Super Sport 180 replaced the 160 for four years from 1964 and this featured a development of the Grande Luxe body including the trapezoidal headlight. Dating these various changes depends on the relevant country in which the particular machine was marketed.

 

1959
New Ray China 125 152L2 1:32 diecast
1960
New Ray China 125 1:32 diecast
GM 150 1:18
1961
Maisto China 5085 150GS Messerschmitt 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 150GS 1:18 diecast
1962
Maisto China 4344 160GS 1:18 diecast
Edicola China 045 125 VN B4 1:18 diecast
Edicola China AC022 160GS 1:18 diecast
Pyro USA M156-100 160GS 1:16 plastic kit
BTS UK 160GS 1:32 metal
1964
Maisto China 39540 180SS 1:18 diecast
New Ray China 180SS 1:32 diecast
1965
New Ray China 57553 125 Primavera 1:12 diecast
Edicola China AC019 125 Nuova 1:18 diecast
Edicola China AC028 150 Super 1:18 diecast
Edicola China AC044 150 Sprint 1:18 diecast
Edicola China AC047 125 Super 1:18 diecast
Edicola China AC011 180SS 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 5084 150 Super 1:18 diecast
Maisto China 4341 125 Nuova 1:18 diecast

Illustrations

Pyro 1:16 plastic kit from USA : M 156-100, 1962 160GS


Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 4344, 1962 160GS


BTS 1:32 metal from UK: 1962 160GS


The illustration below is of a Circuito which was written about in part one of these Vespa articles but which was not available at the time the article was written to photograph.

Maisto 1:18 diecast from China: 5081, 1050 Circuito, 


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The Ford in Miniature – Torino 1972 – 76

By Dave Turner

Photographs of the models discussed can be found after the text and table.

“More Car Than You Expected” – Torino 1972-76

A totally, all-new Torino was announced for the 1972 year, conceived as mid-size car, this new Ford was closer to the big Galaxie and LTD than the preceding Torino had been. The preceding Torinos were covered in Model Auto Review 247 and 248 in 2010.

Now based on a separate frame rather than the uni-body construction of the previous Torino the new cars came on two wheelbase lengths. Two door bodies came on a 114” while the rest came on 118”. The two lines, Torino and Gran Torino were easily identified, the latter had a rather jet-like oval air intake grille while the regular versions had a full width layout and came only as two door coupe and four door sedan. Gran Torinos added a Squire wagon and Sport two door coupe and Sportsroof to the two door coupe and four door sedan. Engine choice was wide to start with – 250ci six and V8s in 302, 352, 400 and 429 sizes.

For 1973, federal demanded hefty front bumpers were unavoidable and were accompanied by a wider flatter grille, basic Torinos continued with a full-width item. A new version was the better equipped Gran Torino Brougham in two door coupe and four door sedan form. The equally massive new rear bumper came for 1974 while a new engine option was the 460ci V8 – to cope with the extra weight no doubt. 1974 cars featured a grille that was now of seven vertical elements. Another new version came for 1974 as the Gran Torino Elite, in answer to Chevrolet’s Monte Carlo that provided a slightly less expensive competitor to Fords Thunderbird. With its distinctive grille of 14 vertical rectangles and twin opera windows in the ‘C’ pillar the new Elite really resembled a slightly smaller T’bird.

Significant for Torino, the TV series Starsky and Hutch featured a ’74 Gran Torino with eye-catching red and white paint finish, so much so that in 1976 Ford produced 1000 Gran Torinos finished in that colour design. Don Elliott did an interesting review of the shows and the cars in Model Auto Review 178, December 2003.

For 1975, all the range now employed the same Gran Torino front end while in 1976, the Sport versions were dropped and the Elite no longer carried the Gran Torino badge, instead becoming a stand-alone model in its own right. However the entire range became known as the LTD11 for 1977 sharing many items with the new downsized Thunderbird.

As far as models are concerned it is inevitable that the vast majority depict the ‘striped tomato’ in various sizes and forms, such is the power of TV. Almost equally inevitable is that most (all) models of the 1972 versions depict the Sportsroof with its ‘fastback’ styling.
It goes without saying that a Sportsroof appeared in the Hot Wheels range of toys, from 2011, the initial version in metallic green probably being as close to acceptable as Hot Wheels are likely to go – spoilt only by the big rear wheels and plated plastic interior. At least nineteen subsequent versions have already appeared, most in the Hot Wheels characteristic ‘much-modified’ form. Another toy of quite different type were the six early 1970s Fords from Funmate. They were all the same size so actual scale differed between them, the Gran Torino works out to 1:39. One-piece plastic body, combined plastic base front and rear panels, these were intended to be launched across the room from some spring loaded trigger.

At the other end of the quality spectrum is the recent 1972 Sportsroof from Neo. Stunning detail and perfectly applied name badges etc. The Premium X looks to have come from much of the same origins but compared to the Neo, there is even more detail, and if anything the finish is sharper. At least they depict two different patterns of side decoration that do result in two distinctly different characters. Yet another nicely finished 1:43 1972 Sportsroof comes from Greenlight begging the question do we really need numerous very similar models of the same subject? Greenlight also offered a very nice Starsky model in 1:43, featuring the ‘police’ light over the drivers door complete with its power lead running through the open window. On the strength of that we probably should regard it as a 1974 TV related model rather than depicting Fords run of replicas in 1976. Interior detail even runs to those 1970s/80s US seat belts that hung down from above the door threatening to strangle anyone getting in carelessly. Another superb 1:43 scale 19’76 Coupe came from Minichamps subsequently issued in additional colours and like the Greenlight model they feature some alloy looking sports wheels.

We don’t often get Ford promos from Johan, but they did a 1972 Gran Torino and yes it was a Sporstroof. Like AMT they offered the same subject as a kit, but unlike AMT it was simply the promo in pieces rather than a multipart highly detailed kit of parts.

Far more ‘model-like’ than Hot Wheels the Johnny Lightning series usually come up with excellent small scale miniatures and the their 1974 Gran Torino Coupe is no exception. Naturally it came as the infamous ‘striped tomato’ but as Ford themselves produced at least 1000 ‘replicas’ it can be happily regarded as a genuine Ford product. Various subsequent issues provided quite attractive stock versions however spoiled only by the slightly overlarge wheels and wheel openings.

From the 1970s, the 1:64 toy Coupe from Guiloy is very like the Corgi Junior in character, the latter is the one that got in with the Starsky and Hutch ‘striped tomato’ in the first place. Corgis small version featured a diecast body and plated plastic base that included front and rear bright parts. Later issues left the white plastic un-plated to the detriment of the overall appearance. Corgis large version was 1:36 with diecast body, plastic base and interior. Many original examples seem to have lost their white stripe, or were issued without one at a later date. Several re-issues of the large Corgi all retained the same red/white finish but under different themes. Some subsequent Chinese produced issues featured better paint detail – silver window surrounds and name badges for example.

For shear bulk, the 1:18 scale Ertl 1976 Coupe takes some beating, in fact its size and weight dictate re-enforcement of the display shelf. Sitting on its Magnum 500 wheels this model came in both Starsky or civilian guise, interior detail stretches to the “Gran Torino” scripts on the door panels, full dash fittings and tipping seats, while possibly exclusive to this example a dead fly in the front passenger foot well!

A pure toy was the 1:36 plastic creation from the Fleetwood Toy Corp. the fixed wheels are all part of the plastic base, while a rubber toothed central wheel projects downwards from the base to effect propulsion. The Scalextric slot Starsky Gran Torino comes with occupants and some extremely fine detail. too good to thrash around a slot track and smash up? The front wheels appear to be set a tad too far back in their openings, while the base is marked Hornby rather than Scalextric.

Daishin of Japan produced a 1:21 plastic radio controlled Gran Torino 2 Door the shape is OK but the side sculpture only approximates the real thing to a degree.

Finally as light relief from all these very similar subjects, Kess produced some very nice 4 door models, or to give its full title Gran Torino Brougham 4-Door Pillared Hardtop. Details include the appropriate sail panel decoration, vinyl top, buttoned upholstery and de luxe wheel trims. For some reason these came with a plain base devoid of any indications of maker etc. that could be very confusing in time to come when matching models to their boxes. Models like this have had a simple pencil inscription put on their blank base to negate this problem for owner, or even subsequent executor in the event of the final disposal!

 

1972
Mattel Malaysia 2011 T9672 Sportsroof 78mm 1:68 Diecast
Funmate Japan 1970s 22 Sportsroof 131mm 1:39 Plastic
Neo/American Excellence China 44740/1 Sportsroof 124mm 1:43 Resin
Johan USA 1972 Sportsroof Promo 208mm 1:25 Plastic
Johan USA 1970s 502 Sportsroof 208mm 1:25 Plastic kit
Premier X China 2010 225 Sportsroof 122mm 1:43 Resin
Greenlight China 86305 Sportsroof 1:43 Diecast
1976
Johnny Lightning China 1998 776 Coupe Starsky ‘Hollywood’ 76mm 1:72 diecast
Johnny Lightning China 2003 776 Coupe ‘Super ‘70s’ 76mm 1:72 diecast
Guiloy Spain 8 Coupe 1:64 diecast
Greenlight China 86442 Coupe Starsky 127mm 1:43 resin
Greenlight China 2016 19018 Coupe 1:18
Greenlight China 2012 12855 Coupe Starsky 1:18
Ertl China 2002 33198 Coupe 304mm 1:18 diecast
Ertl China 2002 33199 Coupe 304mm 1:18 diecast
Ertl China 2002 33151 Coupe   Starsky 304mm 1:18 diecast
Ertl China 36673 Coupe 304mm 1:18 diecast
Corgi UK 1977-81 292 Coupe Starsky 150mm 1:36 diecast
Corgi China CC00201 Coupe Starsky re-issue 150mm 1:36 diecast
Corgi Jr. UK 1977-81 45 Coupe Starsky 74mm 1:73 diecast
Fleetwood Hong Kong 427-400 Coupe Starsky 156mm 1:36 plastic
Lincoln Int. Hong Kong Coupe Starsky 1:25
Daishin Japan Coupe 253mm 1:21 plastic radio control
Minichamps China 2012 85200 Coupe 129mm 1:43 diecast
Scalextric China C2553 Coupe   Starsky 173mm 1:31 slot car
Kess China 2014 15013 Brougham 4 Door pillared hardtop 130mm 1:43 resin

Illustrations

Mattel 1:68 diecast from Malaysia: T9672, 1972 Gran Torino Sportsroof, as close to a ‘model’ as Hot wheels got with this subject.


Funmate 1:39 plastic from Japan: 22, 1972 Gran Torino Sportsroof a very simple ‘projectile’ toy.


Neo 1:43 resin from China: 44740, 1972 Gran Torino Sportsroof, very similar, or identical, to the American Excellence model.


Johan 1:25 plastic promo from USA: 1972 Gran Torino Sportsroof , one of the few Ford promos from Johan.


Johan 1:25 plastic kit from USA: 502 simply the Sportsroof promo supplied in parts.


Premier X 1:43 resin from China: 225, 1972 Sportsroof, showing alternative side decoration to the Neo.


Johnny Lightning 1:72 diecast from China: 776 1974 Gran Torino Coupe in Starsky & Hutch colours.


Johnny Lightening 1:72 diecast from China: 776, 1976 Gran Torino Coupe dressed up as a Brougham.


Greenlight 1:43 resin from China: 86442, 1974 Gran Torino Coupe ‘Starsky & Hutch’ down to the beacon and its power lead.


Ertl 1:18 diecast from China: 36673 1976 Gran Torino Coupe. They look quite different in civilian ‘dress’


Ertl rear view of same.


Corgi 1:36 diecast from UK : 292, 1976 Coupe its white flash having fallen off!


Corgi 1:36 diecast from China: CC00201, re-issue of the Starsky & Hutch model with extra paint detail.


Corgi Junior 1:73 diecast from UK: 45, Again, the original Starsky toys often have lost their flash.


Corgi Junior 1:73 diecast from UK: A reissue of the small Corgi with unplated plastic base and grille.


Fleetword 1:36 plastic from Hong Kong: 427-400, Simple plastic toy no doubt taken from the large Corgi.


Daishin 1:21 plastic radio controlled from Japan: 1976 Gran Torino Coupe surprisingly not in the inevitable Starsky colours.


Minichamps 1:43 diecast from China: 85200, 1976 Gran Torino Coupe, also in black as 85201.


Scalextric 1:31 plastic slot car from China: C2553 1974 Gran Torino with Starsky occupants.


Kess 1:43 resin from China: 15013, 1976 Gran Torino Brougham 4 Door Pillared Hardtop.


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