By Robin Godwin
Minialuxe were a classic brand of plastic model cars made in France which ended production in the later part of the 1970s.
The new Minialuxe brand is based in France but has models diecast in China. The output has a decidedly retro characteristic like Dan Toys or Atlas Dinky Collection. The Volkswagen Beetle models to 1:43 scale have already appeared in previous articles by the Author.
A new feature advertised heavily on their web site is the use of Swarovski crystals to form the lights.
Recently a range of 1:66 scale models has been introduced which is not even shown on the Minialuxe web site but which is already being sold through an eBay shop. This range includes the following vehicles, photographs are shown in a gallery below:
- Citroen DS19
- Citroen DS21
- Citroen 2CV
- Renault R8 Gordini
- Volkswagen Beetle
- Volkswagen Transporter
The models seem to have a “Bub like” character with some heavy printing of chrome around some of the crystal lights with some alignment issues. Some may wonder why 1:66 and not 1:64. Well many European ranges of 1060s and 1970s were to 1:66. Schuco Safir, Norev, Politoys Penny Toys and others all made models in this scale.
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