By Maz Woolley
All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.
It is only about 18 months since Sergio Goldvarg’s Goldvarg Collection was re-launched. Aimed at a relatively modest price point for high quality models made in resin with fine etched parts, the models have found a ready market with collectors . Many who have watched Brooklin and others becoming increasingly expensive over the same time period have welcomed a more affordable collection. Goldvarg models have not just had price on their side but also quality. The releases to date have provided an interesting range of models which in many cases are the first modern models of the subjects. Up to now the focus has been on US produced vehicles for which there is a strong demand.
Sergio is very happy about the sales he has made since introducing the range, with retailers regularly ordering the latest releases. The first six models GC-001 to GC-006 have all completely sold out and others are selling fast.
One interesting feature of the Goldvarg Collection development process is how Sergio has used the Internet to allow keen and knowledgeable collectors to comment on his choice of subjects, colours, and the accuracy of his pre-production samples. This appears to have been a very creative process with issues being identified and ironed out well before models are launched, and accurate and attractive colours being chosen. For collectors it offers a unique degree of participation in the development of a model range.
Looking forward to the next set of releases due in March/April 2019 models from the 1960s are to the fore. We also see one of the classic car based vans with US Airline related livery. Please note that the models shown below are mostly samples, some even early pre-production tests and the final releases may differ slightly from what you see below.
GC-007 A 1970 Ford Galaxie Grey Metallic & Black roof
GC-007 B 1970 Ford Galaxie Caramel Bronze & white roof
GC-008 A 1965 Mercury Ocean Turquoise & White Roof
GC-008 B 1965 Mercury Gold Poly
GC-009 A 1969 Ford Torino Calypso Coral
GC-009 B 1969 Ford Torino Yellow
GC-010 A 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Rangoon Red
GC-010 B 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Polar White
June to October 2019 Releases
GC-011 A 1961 Chevrolet Impala Turquoise Metallic
GC-011 B 1961 Chevrolet Impala Fawn Metallic
GC-015 A 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix Sunfire Red/ Marimba Red
GC-015 B 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix Aquamarine /Yorktown Blue
GC-017A 1961 Pontiac Catalina Twilight Mist
GC-017B 1961 Pontiac Catalina Rose Metallic
GC-019A 1962 Buick Special Station Wagon Camelot Rose W/roof rack
GC-019B 1962 Buick Special Station Wagon Marlin Blue no roof rack
GC-022 A 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone Jamaican Yellow with vinyl black roof
GC-022 B 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone red with white roof
GC-PAA-001 1953 Ford Courier Pan American “The System of the Flying Clippers”
GC-BI-001 1953 Ford Courier “Braniff Airways”
GC-PAA-002 1958 Ford Ranchero “Pan American Airways”
GC-BI-002 1958 Ford Ranchero “Braniff Airways”
Also planned for later in 2019
GC-012 A 1956 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon Verona Green
GC-012 B 1956 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon Lauderdale Blue
GC-014 A 1958 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Sun Gold Yellow
GC-014 B 1958 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Seaspray Green
GC-016 A 1960 Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon Aztec Turquoise(tba)
GC-016 B 1960 Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon Royal Lilac.(tba)
GC-018 A 1963 Chevy Nova Laurel Green Poly
GC-018 B 1963 Chevy Nova Saddle Tan Poly
GC-026 A 1958 Ford Fairlane 4 Door Gunmetal grey metallic & Sun Gold
GC-026 B 1958 Ford Fairlane 4 Door Silvertone Green & Seaspray Green
GC-020A 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top” Red Metallic with white roof. Photo of prototype.
GC-020B 1961 Oldsmobile “Bubble Top” Green Metallic with white roof
GC-021 A 1960 Oldsmobile Charcoal Mist Poly & White roof. Photo of prototype.
GC-021 B 1960 Oldsmobile Palmetto Mist Poly
So collectors of US cars in 1:43 scale have quite a few interesting models to look forward to during the course of 2019 from Goldvarg as well as the models expected from Esval, Matrix, Neo and others.