By Robin Godwin
Matchbox has recently introduced a new casting. This is of a 1959 Chevy Wagon (estate) – in Brookwood trim level. It is a great model for the $1.00 Canadian it is sold at in WalMart, about 60 UK pence at current exchange rates. It features the correct Brookwood side trim and even includes the side mounted fuel filler cover, something that Brooklin failed to include on their Brookwood Wagon.
The windows have a dark tint to conceal the lack of interior. The brown plastic canoe mounted to the rooftop luggage box is moulded in one piece. A one piece chromed plastic base includes both bumpers. Superfast type wheels are a bit of a let down in that they are way too large (diameter and width), but at least they are toned down somewhat. Scale is not a real concern for Mattel in this range, but it is slightly smaller than 1:64.
The photographs above show the new release beside the original Matchbox #57 Chevrolet Impala, which was first illustrated as a line diagram in the second version of the 1960 catalogue. The original was listed as 1:80 scale.
This new Matchbox casting is a nice addition to an inexpensive range.
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