Togi History – Part VI

by Karl Schnelle and Koen Beekmann

In Part V of this series, we looked at the Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint.  Now, we will examine the Alfa Romeo 2-door Giulia GT series.  The Giulia GT coupe first came out in 1968 as the GT 1300 Junior, (Rampini, Automodelli Togi, online Dec 2017).  Rampini lists four  versions of this Coupe :  GT 1300 Junior, 1750 GT Veloce (1970), Giulia Sprint GTA Competitizione (1972), and Giulia GTV 2000 (1976).  [All photos are by Koen or his colleagues.]

The Giulia GT Coupe story is probably the most complex of all the Togi Models.  Rampini listed four versions, but we have identified six historically! Some seem to have overlapped in the market so even an exact release order might not be possible.  The current company is currently selling 8 renditions!!!

In contrast to Rampini, the authors believe the first “Giulia Sprint GT” came out earlier, in 1965. Togi made good commercial use of this GT model because, to make the different versions, all they did was to alter the grill.  In the 1960s, the first three types were produced:

  • 1300 Junior with 1 horizontal strip in the grill
  • 1600 with grill without a strip (not mentioned by Rampini)
  • GT Veloce with 3 horizontal strips in the grill (not mentioned by Rampini)

Here is a better shot of the green GT Veloce – with 3 strips:

Up until that point, this might have been the Togi with the best fit and best lines.  Perhaps that was because, as was customary with model car manufacturers at that time such as Mercury, the factory drawings were used.  On all the versions,  the doors, hood, and trunk open.

Here is the Giulia GT from the 1968 Togi catalog (it’s hard to tell how many strips are on the grill!):

Togi opted for its own solution for the door hinges, though. They hinge around a pin: a  very nice system with which the door turns like the real car inside the body, more beautifully done than with almost all other toy cars. There is almost no resistance and the doors always neatly open and close.

On the baseplate shown below,  you will find the end of the door pins behind the two small screws.  These screws are used to attach the the bottom baseplate.  All versions of the coupe use this baseplate so it does not help identify which one you have.  Additionally, the baseplate shows a date of 8/65!

The build instructions that comes with every Togi shows the door construction. As with other Togis, many of the details are very similar to other model cars from that era.

In the next photo,  an unsharp line up of early 1750 GT Veloces are shown with rare Veloce grills with 3 horizontal bars and their very rare little round stickers behind the window, that over the years fell of and disappeared after the glue dried out. As far as we know, only the first series of the GT Veloces had these little stickers.

Here is a red 1300 (1 strip) next to a green GT Veloce (3 strips):

A mustard GT Veloce is pictured below with no headrests on the front seats.

Later in the 1970s, three or four more versions were released:

  • 1750 with double headlights, one smaller than the other
  • 2000 GTV by using a sticker to rename the 1750
  • GTA  that is missing all the specific GTA details
  • Cabriolet or convertible version.

Togi released the 1750 GT Veloce version in 1970.  While the real 1750 was a restyled model with many new details such as the hood design, Togi just reused the 1300/1600 molds. The ugliest detail was the 4 headlights that did not fit into the recess for the previous two large headlights. This poor detail you would expect from a small Matchbox and not from such a large, expensive model!

In 1976, this model was renamed the 2000 GTV simply by means of adding a sticker.  A much too easy choice because the 2000 had a lot more updated details in real life.  We were very disappointed to see the 1750 grill used (on the 2000 GTV) with the strange design again underneath the double headlights that did not fit in the body.   The lower round cutouts below are left over from the single headlights of a 1300 GT.

In 1972, Togi produced the GTA Competitizione, always in red and with racing numbers, and with wheels from the 2000 Berlina.  This “lighter and faster” version is more rare than the rest of the Togi GTs and is shown in the photo below. (The other coupes in the photo are a white 1300 Junior with 1 horizontal strip in the grill and an ocher yellow 1750 with the double headlights.)

A GTA from a kit is shown next to the green Veloce GT below.  the racing numbers have not yet been applied since it is a kit.  Notice the double headlights, headrests, and different wheels from the 2000 Berlina.  Of course, Togi calls this a GTA but in reality it is nowhere near to the actual light-weight Competizione version.

A Togi catalog page from the 1980s shows that they were selling the 1300, 2000, and GTV all at he same time.  The photo seems to show a GT Veloce on the kit box that should have been obsolete by then!

In 1977 the last Togi version came out, a model that was converted from the Coupe to Cabriolet (with the roof sawn off) in a very limited edition.  See the light  blue example in one of the photos above.  Not a very attractive conversion but because of the low production numbers, this is now very popular and expensive model. The interior was provided with some stickers to represent the side door panels. The folded back hood came from the Alfa Spider.

Finally, a  scan of the ultimate Togi set: a Veloce, a Giulia Berlina and an ‘Osso di Seppia’ (Duetto) Spider are together in a rare dark red and yellow box.

Next time in Part VII, we will continue the Togi story with the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider and Kamm-tail Spider.


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Esval new for 2018

By Maz Woolley

Photographs supplied by the Manufacturer

Esval have been subject to a lot of comment on bulletin boards. They made a small number of highly regarded models and announced many more of great interest but then production stopped flowing, and they seemed unable to say when the announced models would appear, to the frustration of collectors waiting for them.  However they seem to be back and have launched some of the models previously announced at Nuremberg. Ten new models are said to be available now and this post includes some small pictures provided by Esval. Some comment has been made about the fact that models are not made to allow them to be displayed with either top up or top down, instead each has to be purchased separately.

One area that Esval needs to take action quickly is their web site. The section on new releases does not show most of these models which are all shown low down on the Home Page. Hardly the best way to show them off.

All these models are resin cast in China for Esval.

Victress S-1

The Victress was a low volume sports car made in the USA and was an early used of a fiberglass body shell.  It was made by the Hellings Company of North Hollywood, California.  It was used as the lead car in the Tony Curtis/Piper Laurie movie “Johnny Dark,” which debuted in June 1954.  After that it was called the “Johnny Dark Victress S-1.”  About 30 Victress S-1’s were made, and 200 S-1As. . The Victress S-1A body was basically the same as the body of Victress S-1, with minor changes.  The Victress was fitted on a variety of chassis so each car was unique.

Esval Models make both Victress S-1 and S-1A designs:

EMUS43025A  1953 Victress S-1 sport roadster
EMUS43025B 1954 Victress S-1A sport roadster

1953 Studebaker Manta Ray

The 1953 Studebaker Manta Ray was a fiberglass bodied customised sports concept built by Glen Hire and Vernon Antoine of Whittier, California.  The concept car was created on a chassis of 1951 Studebaker Commander. The creators used the flowing lines of a jet fighter in the styling and used many jet-age styling elements.  At a Car Show show in Los Angeles in 1954, Glenn and Vernon received a special trophy for the car as well as an award from a local newspaper for “Outstanding Creativeness and Engineering.”  This car featured in a number of car magazines in 1953 and 1954.  Only one car was ever built. The Esval model shows the car after restoration and is available as:

EMUS43027B 1953 Studebaker Manta Ray top down
EMUS43027C 1954 Studebaker Manta Ray top up

Pegaso Z-102 Spider

Esval have chosen to model the 1956 and 1959 Pegaso Z-102 Spiders styled by Serra. This distinctive car was made in post-war Spain. Pegaso were largely commercial vehicle and Bus and Coach makers but they made a limited number of sports cars based on racing car principles with alloy bodies  Most cars sold on the Spanish market at the time were produced by SEAT based upon established FIAT designs but the production of some luxury vehicles was encouraged by the Fascist Government for national prestige.

Serra was a coachbuilding company founded by Pedro Serra in Barcelona that made bodies on the Pegaso Z-102 chassis. Just 86 Pegaso Z-102 cars were produced, and out of these, only 28 cabriolets were built.

Esval Models sell two versions of this car from 1956 and 1959:

EMEU43005A 1956 Pegaso Z-102 Spider Serra
EMEU43005C1959 Pegaso Z-102 Spider Serra

1928 Stutz Blackhawk

Stutz built cars in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1911 to 1935 and the company made its reputation at the Indianapolis 500, a major American race.  The 1928 Black Hawk speedster harked back to the legendary Stutz Bearcat.  The Stutz Black Hawk speedster won the Stevens Trophy Cup at Indianapolis 500 and the AAA Stock Car championships. It was America’s fastest production car of the time, and one with considerable style.

EMUS43005A 1928 Stutz Blackhawk roadster top up
EMUS43005B 1928 Stutz Blackhawk roadster top down

1948 Tucker Torpedo

This model is based upon the one-of-a-kind 1948 Tucker Torpedo. This two door convertible was a prototype based on the Tucker sedan created by Preston Tucker.  Today Tucker is most remembered for his attempt to challenge the Big Three American auto makers by starting his own innovative car company.  The Tucker 48 was conceived by Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948.  The 1988 movie: “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” is based on the saga surrounding the car’s production.

It is said that Tucker himself gave the orders to start work on the two-door convertible project, but the car that was not finished before his empire crashed.  The Tucker convertible started life as a Tucker 48 sedan.  Only 51 Tucker cars were made before the company ceased operations on March 3, 1949.

The Esval Models versions are based upon a post-restoration version of this unique car with top-up and top-down:

EMUS43056A 1948 Tucker Torpedo convertible top down
EMUS43056B 1948 Tucker Torpedo convertible top up


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Retromobile 2018: A Photo Essay

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Paris 2018

Paris in the Snow

 

This year neither floods nor snow deterred enthusiasts from queuing at the Retromobile gates: it was as usual a demonstration of the strong interest and appreciation of the public for an event rich in elegance and real wonders, and still unaffected by the “giganticism” now prevailing at Germanic events. It is also free of the vast amount of vehicles bearing “for sale” signs typical of many other shows. But floods and snow were not the only “surprises” of my annual excursion to  Paris: Citroen, Mercedes and Toyota have all abandoned their showrooms on the Champs Elysées after many years presence, leaving only Renault and Peugeot in a place which has long symbolised Parisian motoring. Too bad!!

Many birthday treats: 70 years of Porsche and Honda, of the 2CV and 203. 50 years of the Mehari and 504, and many others especially the 120 years of Renault, celebrated with a magnificent selection from the manufacturer collection and by many exhibitors bringing rare specimens of Billancourt’s production.

Exhibitors also showed many different “mini collections”:

  • The magnificent display of record cars by the Autodrome of Linas-Montlhéry;
  • The many Abarths of the Moll collection;
  • The rarities of the Museum of Beaulieu;
  • Vehicles of the Museum of Compiègne and Club Teuf-Teuf,
  • The collection of the cars of Jean-Pierre Wimille, and;
  • The armoured vehicles of the Museum of Saumur, and many others.

As is usual there were a lot of dealers present. There were also some manufacturers, though this year Mercedes-Benz was absent, and of course the car clubs associated with the brands or specific models. In addition there were also cars entered into the auction of Artcurial.  As ever this was accompanied by sellers of scale models, spare parts and books, accessories and the work of Artists and Craftsmen. An “overdose” for every enthusiast, where almost everyone can find something to satisfy their interest.

An appointment not to be forgotten: The next Retromobile is from the 6th to 10th of February 2019.

I hope you enjoy the photographs below which capture a small part of this marvellous event.

Retromobile 2018
Abarth 500 record Pininfarina 1958
Abarth 500 GT coupe‚ Zagato 1958
Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva Bertone 1954
Alfa Romeo 6c1750 GTC coupe‚ Weymann Touring 1931
Alpine A442 LeMans 1978
Alvis TE 21 coupe‚ Graber 1964
Argyll 15 30 HP limousine 1913
Bentley Speed Six drophead coupe‚ Gurney Nutting 1929
Berliet type VRD 19 limousine de luxe 1933
Bugatti type 46
Citroen 2CV kit
Citroen 2CV recor car Barbot 1953
Citroen 2CV Type A prototype 1939
DeDion Bouton 4.5 HP vis-a-vis 1901
Delahaye type D 163 Autobus 1949
Fiat 8V Supersonic Ghia 1953
Lancia Appia coupe‚ Pininfarina 1959
Maratuech tricycle 1922
Mercer Raceabout 1912
Panhard et Levassor type 35CV record car 1934
Peugeot 203 DS Darl’mat record car 1953
Renault Colorale pickup 1952
Renault Juvaquatre coupe‚ 1947
Renault type V limousine Million Guiet 1907
Voisin type C 15 record 1930 Yacco replica 1929
Wimille GT 04 1950

 

Just Browsing

a look at some of the stalls of models and memorabilia


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Readers Letter: The Corniche is closed!

To the Editor: The Oxford Diecast 1:76 Corniche

I read somewhere that all the Oxford Diecast 1:76 scale Rolls-Royce Corniche models will be top-up, whilst the 1:43 scale versions will be a mix of top-up and top-down. The first two releases in 1:43 are top-down indigo blue and top-up persian sand.

Andrew Davies
By via Facebook

Editors note: When reminded I too seem to remember a comment somewhere that it was not worth tooling up to allow both versions to be made in 1:76. I would have thought that the plastic tops, as used in the coach models and elsewhere, would have been a practical way to achieve that with two different top inserts to allow top-up or top-down versions. The hood up version is certainly a single metal casting which does make it less likely that a top-down model will be made as it would need a second complete casting to be developed.


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Readers Letter – re: DeAgostini Dinky Article

To the Editor: The next DeAgostini Model

The next model in the series will not be the Renault Dauphine that they showed on the back of the magazine and as you stated in your article. It will actually be a white Fiat 600 according to the addendum leaflet which was in the Magazine package with my XK120.

Incidentally, I still have my much loved and battered olive green Dinky Toys No157 Jaguar XK120 from Christmas 1954. No box of course. In the Mid 1980s I bought another mint unboxed XK120 to sit alongside it’s playworn ‘mate’.

I have to say that I probably won’t purchase any more of the series beyond the initial five which I’ve obtained from our local newsagent. The Bedford Kodak van was another memory jerker for me. My childhood Dinky Toys and Corgis all went at my mother’s suggestion(!) when I started work at the age of 16. Like others in similar circumstances I regret flogging off a really nice bunch of models.

Kind regards,

Ian Hunt
Redhill (By Email)

Editor: Thanks for drawing my attention to that Ian. I had not even noticed the paper which was inserted into my copy too. So collectors will have to wait for the Dauphine Minicab but will get a Fiat 600 instead in white/cream. That is interesting because it looks identical to the model issued by Atlas and DeAgostini have said they would not use the same colours as Atlas….  

Some small Oxford Diecast Releases February 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Oxford Diecast‘s outstanding models from their last Release are now being sold. There must have been a rush to get them finished and onto a ship before the Chinese New Year holiday began which is when most workers living away from their home areas go on an extended holiday to visit their family.

Their 1:76 scale models are extremely popular sellers here in the UK. 1:76 scale used to be heavily tied to railway modelling circles but Oxford’s models have spread its popularity over a much wider collecting base here in the UK over the last few years. This post has a look at two of the latest releases: one a new casting, and the other the sixth release of a casting that has been around for some time.

76RRC001 Rolls-Royce Corniche

The first release in 1:76 scale of this vehicle. The same car UTU353 has already been seen in 1:43 from Oxford with its hood down and reviewed on this site, click here to see it. A 1:76 scale model with the hood down painted persian sand is due later in the year to complement this one. Editors correction: Reader Andrew Davies quite rightly points out that all the 1:76 scale Corniche models will be hood-up so the Persian Sand model will be Hood up again.

The 1:43 model was excellent and Oxford has made an excellent job of making this model in the smaller scale.  The imitation fabric roof has been nicely painted on and the lines of the framework well modelled.

At the front the radiator, lights and bumper assembly are all excellent. Even the RR logo is printed on the radiator. The Spirit of Ecstacy is a little oversize but that is necessary or it would be too frail.

From the side the very thinly cast pillars become obvious. These are wonderful and allow the printed on chromework round the windows to look accurate. This shows what Oxford can do which makes the very thick pillars on some of their other models, and their printed window surrounds which are a scale 3 or 4 inches proud of the windows, even more frustrating.

At the rear of the car the lights are nicely painted on and number plates, reversing lights, and badging are all neatly printed.

The wheels are a little over-simplified but do not let the model down.

On the debit side the hood (roof) painting could be more neatly masked in places and I did have to scratch off a little overspray of “chrome” above windows printed on roof. But these are very minor points. This is an excellent model.

76FB006 Vauxhall FB Victor

The sixth appearance of this casting, and to my eyes one of the best. The single tone paint and printing are beautifully applied.

Most of the previous FBs have been two-tone cars with the exception of a single tone red one. To my eyes the single tone cactus green used here really suits the casting and the period.

This is another model where Oxford has got nice thin pillars around the windows and where the printed chromework works well. From the rear the lights are neatly painted on and the “Deluxe” badge is printed very well.

At the front this casting captures the somewhat plain grille and lights accurately. The Vauxhall lettering on the bonnet and the Victor lettering on the wing are excellent too. The wipers are printed slightly too thick but it is not too obvious.

The number plates initially caused me to go online and ask why Oxford Diecast was using reflective plates as they were not fitted until 1968 by which time the FB has been out of production for four years.

Many people pointed out that lots of people fitted reflective plates when they were introduced on cars made in previous years to make them look more up to date. So before I wrote an indignant letter to Oxford saying the plates were incorrect I looked on the web and there was ABC958B fitted with reflective plates. So the Oxford model is true to how the car is today, and probably has been for some time, rather than to when it was first sold.

So to summon up another lovely model. And with new castings like the Heinkel Kabine and the Isetta to look forward to in the next release any sixties street scene will be easy to populate with models from Oxford.

And one final photograph shows how well the Oxford models, and particularly the FB Victor, fit into a diorama of period buildings.


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De Agostini Dinky UK Series – 157 Jaguar XK120

By Maz Woolley

Photographs by, and copyright of, the Author. 

DeAgostini is still releasing it’s new Dinky Series to the news trade here in the UK though I suspect that it will shortly go on subscription and advance order only. So I bought part 5 of the series, a replica of Dinky 157 Jaguar XK120, to compare with the Atlas Dinky series. The Atlas collection also featured this model but in  a later form in two-tone yellow and white which can be seen here.

The boxes shown below show the two colours initially available at the launch red and green and the box has a green dot printed on it to replicate the factory markings appropriate for this model.

Looking on the box we can see that where Atlas once features DeAgostini is listed in both UK and Italy where this series is currently running. If only one could understand their Lot codes, does 2016 mean that this has been sitting in a warehouse since then for distribution here and in Italy?

The XK120 was made between 1948 and 1954 with the Fixed Head Coupe arriving in 1951. It was an outstanding success looking more beautiful than the products of many coachbuilders at a fraction of the cost and fitted with a superb straight six engine that would go on to power the E Type. It was widely bought to race both in the US and UK.

The DeAgostini have had their replica painted in the earlier plain colours which were available from the launch in 1954 to around 1956 when they were “jazzed up” with two tone colours.

The wheels are painted in a brown shade similar to the hubs on the Dinky Standard Vanguard which makes a slightly strange impression. However, this combination is entirely correct for an early model.

This Dinky captures the sensuous curves of the XK120 very well and must have been a very popular toy at the time because there are still many to be seen at toy fairs in a variety of conditions.

The next model to be issued by DeAgostini in this range is the Renault Dauphine in Minicab livery from 1962 with adverts printed on it which is an attractive model.

Editor’s correction: Reader Ian Hunt has pointed out that there is an insert in the magazine which says that instead of the next model shown on the back cover the next model will actually be a Fiat 600. 


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Matrix Models Announced to May 2018

By Maz Woolley

All photographs are of prototypes supplied by Matrix

Matrix have now announced a whole group of new models shipping over the next few months. Most of these are also new mouldings being seen for the first time in their range. As ever luxury coach built vehicles are to the fore.  Some models do not yet have a prototype ready to be shown but most do and these are shown below.

A re-colour of an existing model is expected in March

MX10108-053 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake by Harold Radford 1964 Silver

 

All the remaining vehicles listed are wholly new models.

No prototype picture available

MXLM03-1608 Pegaso Z-102 BS 2.5 Cupola Coupe yellow 1953 LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION Expected April

 

MX41002-091 Jensen Interceptor Series II FF 1970 silver Expected April

 

MX41302-111 Mercedes-Benz 770 Cabriolet D (W07) Hermann Göring 1937 Blue Expected April

 

MX41302-121 Mercedes-Benz 770 Cabriolet D 1938 black Expected April

 

MX50806-041 Hispano-Suiza H6B Park Ward Coupe #11608 1927 green Expected April

 

MXLM03-1705 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith LWB Special Saloon Vignale 1954 silver LOUWMAN MUSEUM COLLECTION Expected April

 

MX41302-131 Mercedes-Benz 500K Spezial Stromlinienwagen Tan Tjoan Keng 1935 white Expected May

 

No prototype picture available

MX41607-071 Porsche 356 America Roadster 1952 green Expected May

 

MX50307-021 Cord L-29 Speedster by LaGrande 1931 maroon and cream Expected May

 

No prototype picture available

MX50406-021 Duesenberg JN 559-2587 Rollston 1935 brown
Expected May

 

MX51601-011 Packard Super 8 Sport Sedan by Darrin 1940 green Expected May

 

MX51705-081 Rolls-Royce Phantom Tourer by Barker #820R 1929 yellow and aluminium Expected May

 

MX51705-251 Rolls-Royce Freestone & Webb Silver Wraith Limousine #FLW26 1957 maroon and black Expected May

 

MX52108-021 Voisin C28 Aerosport silver 1935 Expected May

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Two Flawed-but-Cool Models from the Seventies

by Frank Koh

  • Japan’s Take on an Italian Sports Car
    • 1/43 scale K.K. Sakura Maserati Bora, late seventies.
  • Italy’s Take on a Japanese Sports Car
    • 1/43 scale Polistil Datsun 240Z/ Nissan Fairlady Z, dated 2/1976.

The K.K. Sakura Maserati Bora is a poorly-styled miniature, but it was brilliantly executed with opening doors and rear canopy, working concealed headlights that pop up with the flick of a lever, metal chassis plate and beautifully-cast albeit totally inaccurate wheels with gigantic hubs. The long single windshield wiper is also an unforgivable error, but who’s complaining?

It looks more like an obese chipmunk than a Maserati Bora, but let’s admit, it’s one interesting ride! Besides, how many of these rare models exist today?

The Polistil Datsun 240Z is not one of the company’s best efforts, but the fact that it’s a genuine Italian Market model with a Milan license plate and the it has the popular ducktail spoiler certainly make up for its shortcomings.

Not the nicest Polistil model, but any first generation Datsun Z is a blue-chip automotive investment!

Seventies model car packaging at its finest. Four decades later, we can truly appreciate how the old school toy companies made their wares catch the eyes of young collectors. Coincidentally, both models here are referred to as “Super Cars”. Despite the divergent provenance of the two cars, we can therefore consider them a controversially-matched pair.

Opening doors and rear canopy plus pop-up headlights are on the Maserati, and opening doors on the Datsun Z.

Could these two have been neighbors in Italy? Check out that Milan license plate on the Datsun Z. I call it Sports Car Immigration on a Small Scale.

Not the best renditions of these two classic sports cars, but let’s admit, they are kinda cute.  This pair of well-traveled vintage sports car miniatures also reached my house by way of Sydney, Australia!


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Takara Tomy – Hyundai Sonata and Diahatsu Copen

By Maz Woolley

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

Finding some Takara Tomy models at a recent Toy Fair I was struck by how many of the models were of cars that are not imported into the UK.

The first model is of the Diahatsu Copen from 2015 #52. Diahatsu no longer export their cars to the UK and the first generation 2010 version of the Copen was the last sold in the UK.   The second generation model modelled by Tomy has a 658cc three cylinder turbocharged engine producing 63BHP driving the front wheels. This is a formula that gives the buyer performance with lower taxes in Japan but which produces small and highly strung vehicles which are less popular elsewhere. Interestingly the body panelling incorporates a lot of resin to allow panel switching like the Smart car.

The Tomy model is made to a good standard for a toy with lights and badging printed on and a removable roof to allow simulate the roof being closed into the boot. This adds play value though it will undoubtedly frequently get lost in the rough and tumble of kids play. The stated scale is 1/57.

 

The Hyundai Sonata 2011 #KR-1 is made to 1:67 scale. It is of the sixth generation car which is not imported into the UK which has the i40 which is related but styled differently to fit into the European produced and made Hyundai range. US readers will be familiar with the Sonata which is also manufactured by Hyundai in the US with larger engines and different specifications for the US market.

The Tomy model is a little bland but that reflects the styling of the original.   Here there are not even any opening components to add play value.  Lights and badges are printed on but not very obvious against the silver paint.

The KR range is made in Vietnam like the standard cars but appears to be aimed at Asia outside Japan and is not sold on the Japanese market.

Again nice basic models of up to date vehicles, and a look at vehicles not seen here in the UK.


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