2017 Diecast Hall of Fame

by Karl Schnelle


The 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame will take place during SEMA in Las Vegas, USA.  The live, in-person event will be November 2nd  at the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. You are invited for a  nightcap to celebrate the new inductees.  Learn more about event details here.

Nominations are also now open for the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees. If you’ve already nominated, thank you so much for your support! If you haven’t yet, there’s still plenty of time. Please nominate your favorite automotive legends, brands, and models here.

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News from the Continent – Busch Group March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


This post shows photographs of the Busch releases due in March 2017, this includes EsPeWe and Mehlhose models produced by Busch. All models are moulded in plastic and to 1:87 scale unless otherwise stated.

40282 EMW 327 Cabriolet CMD-Collection – red

40284 EMW 327 Cabriolet CMD-Collection – grey

40286 EMW 327 Cabriolet CMD-Collection – green

41845 Ford E-350 Ambulance Wyoming No.5 “Elk”

41846 Ford E-350 Ambulance Wyoming No.6 “Eagle”

42600 Ferrari 250 GTO – red

42602 Ferrari 250 GTO –yellow

45803 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 1600 1961-1969 – blue

45805 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 1600 1961-1969 – yellow

47127 Morgan Plus 8 Cabriolet – open – blue metallic

47144 Morgan Plus 8 Cabriolet – open – two-coloured yellow

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – white delivery van of haulier DB-Schenker

47849 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter DPD parcel service

47850 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “GLS” – General Logistics Service

47851 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “DHL” van with yellow body and red text

48410 NSU 1000 TT – red

48414 NSU 1000 TT – turquoise

The NSU models are safe, many of the original cars caught fire whilst being driven due to faulty fuel hoses!

50082 Bautz Spyder BS4 hay-turner

The Bautz company is located in Saulgau, Baden-Württemberg

50418 Tractor Fortschritt (Progress) ZT 323 with heavy plough

50611 Mercedes-Benz Citan box van “German Red Cross”

50813 Hanomag AL28 flatbed with boat

50922 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U430 with branch cutter

51170 Mercedes-Benz V-Class Autobahn-Police Berlin

51302 Belarus MTS 82 tractor – exportversion – bi-coloured

51304 Belarus MTS 80 tractor with fixed headlights – red

51305 Belarus MTS 82 tractor with fixed headlights – red

The company “Minski Traktorny Sawod” was founded in Minsk in the Soviet Union on 29th May 1946 and it is still producing agricultural vehicles today in “White Russia”

51405 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 1990 – CMD-Collection – red–new mould

51456 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2008 – CMC-Collection – silver – new mould

Busch has had the G-class is in production since 1979 but it has now been extensively upgraded.

59941 THW ladder-trailer

Models to 1:43 Scale


60058 Piaggio Ape 50 Cross Country 

EsPeWe Models to 1:87 Scale


95022 HW 80 trailer, made since 1969 in VEB Kraftfahrzeug-Werk Ernst Grube Werdau

95226 IFA W50 LA WK ND tool shop box body „IFA-Service“

95227 IFA W50 LA WK ND tool shop box body

95532 IFA L 60 2SK (two sides tipper) “NVA” – weathered

Mehlhose Modelcars to 1:87 scale


210006301 Multicar M21 dumper – blue

210006301 Trailer T4 with bench – green/red

210009302 E-Karre Balkancar – grey

210010203 Trailer T4 – light brown, grey wheel rims

210010204 Trailer T4 – dark brown, grey wheel rims

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News from the Continent – Norev to March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


This post looks at the latest releases from Norev

February 2017

1:18 Scale


185137 Renault R.S. 01 2016 “Interceptor” – Jean Ragnotti


185708 Simca 1000 Rally 2 1976 – Maya yellow

1:43 Scale


517820 Alpine Renault A110 1973 – blue

517850 Alpine Celebration Le Mans 2015

517851 Alpine Celebration Goodwood 2015

517852 Alpine Celebration Dieppe 2015

475448 Peugeot 504 Pick up 4×4 Dangel 1985 – red and yellow

473410 Peugeot 304 Cabriolet S 1973 – Alaska white

471704 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami blue

519514 Renault 40 CV MC 1924 “Gaston Doumergue”

519515 Renault Type PG2 Vivasix 1928 – cream

513077 Renault Dauphine 1963 – Montijo red

517521 Renault Clio Williams 1996 – blue

1:43 Scale Classics Range


CC1511 Citroen DS21 1967 & Caravan Caravelair Monte Carlo blue and Orient blue

CC1512 Citroen DS21 1967 & Caravan Caravelair Jura green and Argent grey metallic

1:87 scale


453003A Facel Vega III Cabriolet 1963 – silver

471712A Peugeot 205 GTI 1984 – Meije white

571092A Simca 1000 GLS 1968 – Murphy grey metallic

571093A Simca 1000 Rally 2 1974 – Sumatra red

“3 inch” Minijets


310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

310503 Citroen ID19 Saloon Rally Monte Carlo 1959 #176

310507 Citroen Mehari 1978 – orange

310504 Peugeot 205 GTI 1988 – blue metallic

310505 Renault 4 Parisienne 1966 – dark red

310501 Renault 5 Turbo Rally Monte Carlo 1981 #9

310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 1973 #53

March 2017

1:18 Scale

181497 Citroen 2CV A 1950 – 4 opening parts – grey

182718 Ford Capri2800 1986 – Brooklands green metallic

183700 Daimler Motorcoach 1886

183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886

183579 Mercedes-Benz S500 saloon 1997 – red metallic

183450 Mercedes-Benz GLA 2014 – black

184707 Peugeot D4A van 1955 with ladders “Fire Brigade”

184710 Peugeot 4DA van 1956 “Bicycles Peugeot”

184853 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 1988 – Vallelunga red

1:43 Scale


518396 Renault Koleos 2016 – universal white

870065 Volvo V90 2016 – Twilight Bronze

530232 Irisbus Magelys 2007 “Savac”

1:18 Scale Maxi-Jet


182056A Peugeot 103 L 1972 – orange

182047A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue

“3 inch” Minijets


310600 Citroen C4 Picasso 2016 – blue metallic

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Renault Vivasix Models from Norev then and now.

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Renault – Something for Everyone


The giant Renault 40 CV passenger cars with their luxury coach-built bodies are well known. But Renault also manufactured cars for “normal” people.

The two examples above were manufactured by Norev, both to 1:43 scale. There is 50 years between the launch of each of these models. The first, the type NN 1 was launched in 1969. And this year Norev produced the Vivasix PG2.

The original model of the NN 1 was made from plastic which has unfortunately deformed over the years.  It had an opening coal shovel shaped bonnet and tiny replica of the engine but no baseplate details.

The new model is die-cast and should remain free of any distortion. A number of small separate parts have been included to capture then finer details and a detailed baseplate is fitted.

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Auto Review Books – Latest news April 2017

By Rod Ward

The new zeteo.com website is now live, though the order system is still not perfected.  All current (and some future) Auto Review titles are there, but if you want to order anything, please use the ‘contact’ button and form, and I will reply to you with costs and payment instructions.


The latest two Auto Review titles, now available, are 129 The Air-cooled Volkswagen and 130 Micro Caravans by Andrew Jenkinson. In addition a second edition of 47a Standard Album is now available. You can read more about these publications below.

Auto Review 129 The Air-cooled Volkswagen and 130 Micro Caravans have just arrived, along with a new edition of 47a Standard Album with many new illustrations, a new cover, and minor evasions to the text. A brief introduction to the books can be read below.

Auto Review 129 The Air-Cooled Volkswagen by Rod Ward
In the 21st century Volkswagen AG is one of the largest car-making groups in the world, but it began as a political gesture by the Nazi Party to offer cheap motoring to the German public. Designed by Dr Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s, the KdF (Kraft durch Freude; Strength through Joy) car introduced to the world the ‘Beetle’ shape, which was retained for many decades. KdF production had hardly begun when it was interrupted by the Second World War, when military variants were produced, including the Kübelwagen and the Schwimmwagen. Early cars were given Porsche ‘Type numbers’, but after the Second World War the British Army, who controlled the Wolfsburg factory, began a series of Volkswagen
‘Type numbers’ which continued through the air-cooled era. Broadly they were:
Type 1: Beetle saloons and cabriolets, Karmann Ghia coupes and convertibles, plus other vehicles including the Type 147 Fridolin van and the Type 181 ‘Thing’. That designation shows the sequence; Type 1, eighth model, first version = 181.
Type 2: vans, microbuses, campers, estate cars, pickups and ambulances. This ‘Transporter’ series ran through three evolutions, T1, T2 and T3, with air-cooled rear-mounted engines.
Type 3, also known as the ‘1500’, including saloon (aka Notchback), estate car (aka Squareback or Variant), and Fastback versions, plus a larger Karmann Ghia coupe on the Type 3 platform.
Type 4 included the series of larger 411 and 412 saloons and estate cars and the VW-Porsche 914.
We have generally followed these Type number groups in the structure of this publication.
Various Volkswagen experts have contributed to our publications down the decades, including Beverley and Stephen Hardy, and Jim McLachlan.  I have to thank them for sowing the seeds which eventually led to the conception of this little book Hundreds of learned tomes have already been published on every aspect of Volkswagen history. In our compact format we cannot compete with such scholarship; here we can only summarise some of the significant milestones and provide an introduction to a very extensive subject.
Note: This publication does not describe Volkswagen vehicles with water-cooled engines, nor are we concerned here with acquisitions by the VW Group, such as Audi, Seat, Skoda etc. Those are covered in other existing or future Auto Review publications.   ISBN 978-1-85482-128-0  £5.95

Auto Review 130 Micro Caravans by Andrew Jenkinson
This is the third publication in the Auto Review series to be devoted to caravans. In Auto Review 07 John Hanson detailed the History of the Motor Caravan and in Auto Review 34 A Century of Caravanning the history of how the caravan industry developed was explained, with potted histories of the major British manufacturers. In this publication Andrew Jenkinson examines ‘micro’ caravans. These are the smallest touring trailers on the market, capable of being towed by the smallest contemporary cars (or even motorcycles). The micro caravan dates back to the early 1920s, and the earliest days of cars towing caravans. Generally speaking the ‘micro’ definition refers to lengths of ten feet or less, when average-size caravans were usually between 12 feet and 16 feet long. There was a micro caravan boom period in the 1960s to early 1970s, and a resurgence in the 21st century. Andrew also looks at micro motor-homes, built on lighter chassis than the average sized van more often used for conversions. Many of these caravans, both trailer and motor, were very small indeed, as makers strove to fit the users’ requirements into the smallest volume. Andrew says, ‘I hope readers will enjoy this aspect of the history of caravans and motorhomes, which brought their use to a wider public. Researching the many ingenious designs, some of which failed, though others were successful, made this book one of my most enjoyable to write. Happy reading!’
The Author


Andrew Jenkinson has followed the UK caravan industry for over 45 years, ever since he spent his childhood caravanning with his parents, and he has a vast archive stretching back to the early 1920s on caravans and motorhomes. Andrew has written eight books on caravan and motorhome histories, and he also writes on a regular basis for several specialist magazines testing new or used caravans and new motorhomes. He also has writes for the park and holiday home industry, and tests new cars for two magazines. In addition Andrew has also written seven company histories for caravan manufacturers, and he has appeared on television and radio down the years as an industry expert. He tours with his own caravan, when he is not testing. Andrew also publishes caravan greeting cards, and since 2003 he has produced a classic caravanning calendar.  ISBN 978-1-85482-129-7   £5.95

Auto Review 47a Standard Album – second edition by Rod Ward

In the early years of the 20th century few of the young engineers getting started in the motor industry had the advantage of R W Maudslay, whose wealthy backer financed a factory and a top designer. This gave Maudslay’s new ‘Standard’ cars a head start. Maudslay was one of the first to participate in the light car boom before the Great War, during which Standard landed many profitable aircraft building contracts, and the legacy of a new government-funded factory at Canley. Thus in 1919 Standard was in a better position than most of its competitors, with improved versions of its prewar light cars, built in a modern factory. Like everyone else, however, Standard suffered as markets collapsed in the 1920s, but the firm found a white knight. John Black revived the firm’s fortunes with new models in the 1930s, lifting Standard to sixth in the industry. During the Second World War Black was a leading participant in the Shadow Factory scheme, for which he was knighted, and he also bought the defunct Triumph marque. New cars from Standard and Triumph sold well in the postwar years, but it was the tractors built for Harry Ferguson which paid the bills. When that contract ended the firm had no future and it was acquired by Leyland, who killed off the Standard marque, as not having a suitable image for a modern car maker.   ISBN 978-1-900482-44-8   £5.95

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Reader’s Review – Neo Lagonda Rapide

By John Quilter


From time to time Aston Martin, using their Lagonda brand, launched four door saloons. In 1961 they brought back the Lagonda name again with the Rapide saloon which was based on the then current Aston Martin DB4 but was the first car to use the new dual overhead camshaft 4 litre inline six which produced 236 bhp, at 5500 RPM and 288 foot pounds of torque at a relatively high 3,850 RPM. With this power unit the car was reported to reach 60 miles an hour from a standing start in 9.0 seconds, quite fast for the era. It then went on to an impressive top speed of 130MPH.

This was the last Lagonda to use a six cylinder engine although this engine was also standard fitment in the DB5. The Rapide used a De Dion rear end and unlike many Aston Martins of the era, used disc wheels. Most came with a three speed Borg Warner automatic gearbox and all had quite advanced for the time, dual circuit brakes. Side and rear end styling was similar to the DB4 but the front styling differed substantially and was quite controversial with its four head lamps, two large 7 inch ones and two smaller 5 inch inner ones. Some with less reverence even saw a similarity to the discontinued Edsel.

Body panels were pressed aluminium over what was known as a Superleggera tubular steel frame yet the car weighed in at just under 3,700 US pounds. Production lasted for four years but surprisingly only 55 were built perhaps due to the £4,950 starting price which equates to about $140,000 in today’s dollars. All were hand built to order. Forty eight survive today making this a very rare Aston Martin product indeed. And for the really, really rare a one off shooting brake, (station wagon) version was made by the Carrosserie Company Ltd. of Barnard Castle, England on a bespoke basis for some lucky owner. Buyers of these cars wanted something more exclusive and perhaps, sporty, than the much more common contemporary Jaguar Mark II or even the more stately V8 powered Bentley S3.

Now in spite of the prototype car’s rarity, NEO a prolific maker of 1:43rd scale models of American and foreign automobiles is producing a model of this Rapide in silver metallic. NEO is based in the Netherlands but with production in the toy and model centre of China about 60 miles north of Hong Kong.

This replica measures 4.62 inches long with a wheelbase of 2.68 inches it a pretty accurate 1:43 scale. It is finished in a glossy silver colour with a bright red interior and right hand drive. Detailed observation will show a wooden steering wheel and a beautifully done burled wood fascia and instrument decals. As is typical of NEO’s resin replicas, there is no chassis detail with the exception of the twin chrome tail pipes exiting on the left hand side. There are even two Superleggera photo etched badges beside the hood opening. And there are Lagonda winged badges on the nose and rear license plate plinth.

The Author’s photographs show a Vitesse model green Aston Martin DB4 coupe to illustrate the Rapide’s heritage. So if you are into collecting miniatures of elegant and rare British cars here’s one for your display case. Grab one while you can as NEO’s production will be decidedly more than the production of the real car but still pretty limited in number.

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News from the Continent – Herpa to April 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


This post describes a selection from the models released by Herpa between November 2016 and April 2017.  All are to 1:87 scale and moulded in plastic by Herpa of Germany.


092708 Framo 901/2 Pick up “VEB Dairy Hainichen”

Created in 1962, the dairy cooperative Hainichen was a nationalised company in the GDR. It became a subsidiary of the Allgäu-based Ehrmann and Käserei Champion Hofmeister after fall of the wall.

092715 AWZ P70 Kombi “VEB Dairy Hainichen”

The tiny AWZ estate car was used for carrying small deliveries and courier trips. It was painted in same colour and is liveried in the same way as the Framo.

306638 Büssing 8000 drawbar “Haulier Gebr. Kamphuis”

One of the few remaining Büssing 8000s with full box bodywork. It is exhibited at many vintage vehicle events in the Netherlands. The drawbar trailer as also superbly restored and is honoured by this special edition Herpa model.

306485 Volvo FH Gl. XL articulated lorry with canvas curtains. “Coulthard, GB”

The name Coulthard is a familiar one on Formula One circuits. Here it is emblazoned on a Volvo run by the family of the ex-racing driver David Coulthard. They are involved in the road transport business at quite a different level!

745598 Opel 3000 S Tanker fighter squadron 2 Richthofen

This vehicle entered service towards the end of the Second World War. With materials being scarce the cab is made out of plywood and the tank is of simple welded construction.

745604 Opel Blitz 3000 Tanker of the III Fighter Squadron 27

In contrast to the previous model this is a tanker from early in the Second World War. Although both are built on the same Opel Blitz chassis here we have one with a steel cab and a more sophisticated tank arrangement to the rear.

745659 Soviet tank T34/76 WW II Battle in Poland 1944

The T34 was an outstanding middle weight tank . Here it has “For our home country” painted on. The model is well detailed and finished.

092852 Trabant 1.1 Universal “German Red Cross” Zwickau

More than 20 years after Trabant production finished in Zwickau, this Trabi estate car is still in operation for the German Red Cross in Zwickau.

028776/038775 Mercedes-Benz S-Class V12 (W140) black/champagne metallic

In 1991, Mercedes-Benz presented the new S-class, which is still nicknamed the “armoured car” today. To kick off the series, Herpa released the model again and offers the classic as a limited edition.

Opel Kapitan 1959 saloon crème white

The version of the pleasingly designed large saloon car from Opel sold the largest number of any of the cars that bore the name “Kapitan”.

151726-006 Scania normal control articulated tractor unit 6×4 – orange

There are still a number of traditional customers who like to buy tractor units  with a bonnet, so Scania keeps this version as modelled by Herpa in their program.

306904 MAN TGX XLX articulated canvas cover truck “Wandt Washing Park”

The MAN TGX XLX tractor with an updated front end has already been added to Wandt´s fleet. The trailer decoration promotes their truck washing facilities which also cater for other’s vehicles as well as their own.

745772 Opel Blitz ambulance truck “German Wehrmacht near Moscow

Medical supplies were transported by the Army in trucks like this during the Second World War. It dates from early in the war, or was made pre-war, as is evidenced by the steel made driver’s cab. The decoration is as used during the attack on Moscow when the Germans got close enough to see the capital but never reached the inner area of the Soviet capital.

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GAZ-51 AF-51 “Sour Cream”

By John-William Greenbaum

The GAZ-51 AF-51 Furgon was used to haul sour cream! Presumably, something had to be used for it in the mid sixties Soviet Union, and this was as good a truck as any. But we really don’t know much about the AF-51, though the GAZ-51 itself is extremely well-documented. We know that there were probably eight of them made, that they all went to the dairy industry, that the roof could be raised on four poles, that the rear doors opened somewhat uniquely, and that’s about it. Why did what amount to a drop-side van go exclusively to the Soviet dairy industry? We don’t know.

The result of mixing a Dodge, an Opel Blitz or perhaps a Borgward B3000, and a Studebaker, the GAZ-51A was the Soviet Union’s first post-WWII truck design, if one doesn’t count the very similar, original GAZ-51. Perhaps because it mixed all those western designs, it’s generally looked back as the USSR’s most successful truck design as well. The successor GAZ-51A somehow managed to remain in production until 1975. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The original GAZ-51 was actually designed in 1944 with numerous Studebaker parts, although a prototype with domestic parts wasn’t assembled until 1945 due to World War II going on (and probably because the Soviets wanted to figure out how to copy Studebaker). It’s a true shame no one has modeled the second prototype of the original GAZ-51, in particular, which somehow used Dodge components that I can’t completely identify, a Studebaker cab and grille and probably more, and what seem to be engine components from the Opel Blitz or Borgward B3000.

This 1/43 model is a rather peculiar modification from 1964 called the AF-51, built in Leningrad. The wooden cargo bed has been built up into a box and repainted, featuring a removable top and two side-swinging rear doors for quick loading. For reasons unknown to me, it only seems to have been used in the transportation of dairy products, with this one being known from several photographs and oddly transporting sour cream. Given that it wasn’t insulated, one wonders why. Very little seems to be known about the AF-51, in fact, other than the “AF” stands for “Avtofurgon” (“Van”) and the vehicle’s officially-issued description calls it a “panel van with horizontally-lifting roof”. Why this would be applied exclusively to dairy vehicles is unknown.

The GAZ-51A actually handled very well, with Studebaker-copied steering gear making the truck pretty easy to steer. The up-sized Dodge suspension also made the ride relatively comfortable, though the seats themselves felt “like park benches” according to a friend who actually sat in the cab of one of these trucks. Finally, the archaic engine design was at least pretty reliable if maintained properly, though below the reliability standards of the American trucks it was stylistically copied off of. The GAZ-51A’s main problems were basically lack of power and a very wide turn radius for its size, but considering how terrible some of the other Soviet vehicles of the time were, the GAZ-51A got few complaints.

Indeed, it became the gold standard for how a Soviet truck performed well into the 1970’s, despite having what amounted to a late ’30’s Chrysler Straight Six as an engine. In multiple polls taken by both Soviet and Russian automotive magazines alike, the GAZ-51 and GAZ-51A were usually named as both the most recognizable and most successful Soviet truck of the post-WWII era, with many polls even showing the GAZ-51-series surpassing the WWII GAZ-MM and ZIS-5V in popularity. It was far from a great truck, but at least it was solid and got the job done that was asked of it. As far as the AF-51 modification goes, none exist, and even littler information seems to exist about them. It seems likely that eight were ordered, but that’s about all we know.

GAZ-51 AF-51 Furgon “Sour Cream”, USSR
Model by DiP Models
Figure by Plasticville, painted by the author's Father
-Years Built: 1964-?
-Engine: 70 HP 6-cylinder four-stroke
-Fuel Type: Gasoline
-Top Speed: 56 mph

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Catalog Corner: Tekno Part I

by Karl Schnelle

A year ago, we published Catalog Corner: Marklin RAK, so it is about time for another!  This time, Karl’s Katalog Korner will be about Tekno, mostly from Denmark.   Part II will mention Tekno Holland. Even though Tekno started pre-war in Copenhagen, my catalogs only go back to the late 1950s.  Let us know if you have any earlier ones!  I also have seen a few other catalogs pictured online so I know there are more out there than what are shown here.  See  tekno-vilmer.dk for example

The Royal Library in Denmark has 2 remarkable catalogs, from 1940 and 1958.  I have never seen them for sale.   The blue 1940 has construction kits, doll furniture, and wooden toys, but only the last few pages have vehicles: tinplate fire trucks and a tinplate ambulance plane. The tall, skinny red calalog from 1958 has many diecast cars and trucks but is from 18 years later!

The red one is also on this Danish site, along with a larger dealers catalog (undated) in a red binder, but only the cover is shown.

Tekno made a lot of engineering or construction sets (like Meccano) – their catalogs and instruction manuals are not included in this review.


The first two catalog sheets are dated by the models shown on them, so 1956 is just an estimate.  (Click on all images for larger versions.) They are both large two-sided, single sheets that fold up to small rectangles (the middle section with the blue Thunderbird).    This one is in English.


Because this one has the new Ford Taunus van, I dated it to 1957 when that van was introduced by Tekno.   It’s the same size as the previous one but easy to tell the difference by the color of the car in the middle; a green Thunderbird.  This one is in French, so I assume that these 2 sheets came in multiple languages each.


These next two are other early catalogs that I have and are very similar to each other but much smaller than the previous two.  Really they are just 4-section foldouts with the back being a pricelist and the middle drawings of more cars with their reference numbers.  The one on the left has English/French/German text inside (no prices), but the one on the right is for the Swedish market (with prices in Swedish krona).   The three trucks on the right are also Swedish versions of more common Teknos. The catalogs are dated to around 1958 or 59 by the newest cars pictured inside.


The next three catalogs are the same size as the previous (10 cm x 15.5 cm) but are now in booklet form.  They are again dated by when the newest cars illustrated were released. They are easy to put in order because they have numbers circled on the top right of the cover.  From what I have gathered, these are not catalog numbers (if so, where are 1 to 24?) but are the price in Danish øre (100 øre per kroner).

This catalog has a collector’s name stamped on it, I think, as opposed to the more common dealer or store stamp (see the 2nd catalog above).   The Scania-Vabis fire truck is a beautiful example of their work in the 1960s.  I also love the different versions of the Mercedes-Benz ambulance:  black Falck ambulance and black/red fire department ambulance.  The yellow metal flag is sitting in a hole on the roof and is usually missing now-a-days, if you can find one at all.


The following year (more or less) saw the same format but with different cars and trucks on the cover.  Plus, price increased to 30 øre.  The Scania-Vabis excavator is pictured in the common colors it came in, but the two Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs are much brighter and more colorful than any Tekno I have seen.

The bar at the bottom of the cover changes to yellow background, where symbols for features are described in six languages: suspension, steering, and interior seats!  [Ed. Note:  Date was corrected to 1963 per Peter Frandsen.]


The third in this little series again has a Scania-Vabis truck plus a car on the cover.  The front and back cover are shown above. Price goes up to 35 øre, and seven languages are now on the yellow bar!

The back of my copy (with six airplanes) is stamped Schuco Toy Company Inc, New York, – an interesting connection!


Tekno modernized in 1968 by going to color photography and adding a date to their catalogs.  Two Ford D-800 dump trucks are featured as well as two very serious-looking Danish kids.    A newer Mustang and Monza are shown (opening features not shown!).  The older Scania-Vabis Esso tanker is shown in the background as well as half an old beetle on the left.  The size increases to 20 cm x 15 cm, as well, for this one, as well as the next two.


These three larger catalogs all have two years printed on their covers – perhaps they were made for the Christmas season which was always huge for Tekno.  In any case, 70-71 was very hard to find years ago but now seems to be just as common as the other two on current auction sites.  On the cover is another kid who is playing with the Scania CR-76 bus.  Lots of play value was included with this bus:  opening doors, steering, and driver!   Even as a kid, I always liked the skylights so you could peek in and see the seats and full interior!  I never had this catalog as a kid, but I did have the bus!


I did find a few of these catalogs as a kid, in two toy stores on the Walking Street in Copenhagen in 1972.   The Ford D-800 appears again but with cargo bed this time.  The rear sides fold down, as well as the rear tailgate.  The rear bed is all plastic but adds lots of play value.  Doors open and cab tips up, but this is not shown in the cover photo.

These are all the common catalogs I have seen.  In Part II (coming soon), we will explore the Japanese, French, and Dutch connections.

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Alpine A110 – Rebirth of a Legend

By Hans-Georg Schmitt


In 1955 the “Societe des Automobiles Alpine“ was founded by Jean Redele as a sports car brand name. He introduced the first Alpine model, the A106.

In 1962 the premiere of the A110 took place. The sports car reached its first victory in the Rally Monte Carlo in 1971, and in the same year won of the International Rally Manufacturer Championship. In 1973 they won the first Rally World Championship and Alpine was purchased by Renault. Renault stopped producing Alpine Sports Cars in 1995.

Then in 2012 Renault announced the launch of a new Alpine Project. The first pre-production cars were shown at Le Mans, Goodwood and Dieppe in 2015 and in 2016 the Alpine re-launch was officially announced.

With the new A110, Alpine celebrated a impressive return to the Geneva Motor Salon in March 2017. Alpine is again a independent brand name in the Renault Group. The new A110 go on sale in Europe an the end of 2017. In the tradition of previous Alpines the new sports car combines exciting design, light weight and compact dimensions. The new 1.8 litre turbo petrol engine was developed by the Renault-Nissan-Alliance and optimised by Alpine engineers. A comparison between the A110 from 1969 and the new car shows the distinctly larger dimensions of the new car.

When the A110 won her first victories in second half of the 1960s, it was a subject of great interest for model car manufacturers. Norev launched the 1964 version in 1969 and a year later it appeared with two additional headlights and two rear-view mirrors. Also in this year the version “Gendarmerie“, fitted with a red warning light and aerial on  the roof, was introduced. On all versions, front and rear bonnets can be opened and an engine replica is fitted. The bodies made in 1969 were made from plastic which unfortunately generally becomes deformed over time.

The latest original A110 model is based on a 1969 car. It is accurately shaped with excellent detail, and painted in a realistic solid metallic blue. There are many small additional parts and a well detailed baseplate.

The other model shown one is the Celebration model from 2015, which has been shown to give buyers an idea of what the production version of 2017 will be like.It is again an accurate model and highlights its larger size than the original Alpine.

A Comparison of the Solido 1970 with Norev 2017

A comparison of the Solido 1970 1:43 and Bburago 1:24 of around the same time

Still more manufacturers launched models of the the A110 at the beginning of the 1970s. Even the former DDR had a model made by Max Krätzer VEB Leipzig. They released the Alpine 1600 S in 1:43 scale in 1984. Various colours were available.

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