By Fabrizio Panico
All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
Editor: Manufacturers have from time to time worked with a model car maker to have samples available for the launch of the car. In a few cases they have even been painted in colours available on the soon to be launched vehicle. One well known example of this was the Dinky Triumph Herald which was painted in many real colours and supplied directly to Standard Triumph. Examples of these are now rare and expensive. Fabrizio shows us a more recent example of a similar tie-up.
Here are some photographs of a set of cars that I found this morning. It is a set consisting of ten 1:43 scale Opel Vectras. These were made by GAMA in ten different colours. The set was made to distribute to Opel dealers to allow them to to show the colours available on this car. Note how the colour names are all printed on the box in front of each car.
The models are of the original Opel Vectra A sold from 1988. All the model are of the notchback version. GAMA also sold this model in their own range and also made the hatchback version too. The moulds for this model made their way to Bulgaria and new in box examples as currently available on eBay.
This dealer set is in excellent condition and makes a very nice display.
We welcome your comments and questions. Please go to our Model Auto Review Facebook page or email the Editors at maronlineeditor at gmail.com.