Volume IX, Number 1

O F F - T H E - S H E L F

The following editorial reflects the personal thoughts of Doug Breithaupt relating to our common hobby of miniature cars. It is intended to generate discussion
relating to 'Tales of Toy Cars'. Your letters are welcome and may be submitted via e-mail.

The Best Toy Cars and Toy Car Manufacturer of 2005

For the third year, 'Tales of Toy Cars' readers have the opportunity to select the Best Toy Car and Toy Car Manufacturer of the Year. Two toy cars are selected, one 'regular line and one 'collector line' model. We defined 'regular line' as models produced primarily for children and 'collector line' models as those produced primarily for adults.

Some might question the nomination of specific models. The Hot Wheel '71 Plymouth GTX casting is not new but the addition of a metal base, red-line tires and chrome paint for the 'Classics' series, gives it a whole new look. Some of these models may have appeared in late 2004 but did not join my collection until I found them at the stores in 2005.

Please vote for one 'regular line' model and one 'collector line' model and one manufacturer. Ballots with more than three votes total will be considered void. Perhaps the best way to vote is to ask yourself if you could only have one regular and one collector line model, which would they be? For the manufacturer, who has contributed the most to the toy car hobby for 2005? This is intended to solicit a personal, subjective decision on your part. Simply check three boxes and hit the 'submit' button at the bottom of this page.

Thank you to everyone who assisted with nominations for these awards. The winners will be announced in the February 2006 issue. May the best toy cars win.

Additional images courtesy of Rob Gras




Hot Wheels
Regular Line - Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 9
Collector Line - 1971 Plymouth GTX

Regular Line - 2005 Dodge Charger
Collector Line - 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Regular Line - Renault Megane

Collector Line - Renault Dauphine
Regular Line - Porsche Carrera GT

Schuco/High Speed
Collector Line - Alfa Romeo Spider

Columbia Telecom
Collector Line - Chrysler C300

Collector Line - EMW 327-3 Coupe

Collector Line - Mercedes-Benz CLK320

Yat Ming
Regular Line - Honda Civic custom
Collector Line - Dodge Magnum Wagon

Racing Champions/Ertl
Collector Line - Nissan 350Z

Muscle Machines
Collector Line - Dajshin Nissan Silvia

Collector Line - Lincoln Limousine

Collector Line - Ford GT

Collector Line - 1939 Chevrolet

Johnny Lightning
Collector Line - 1961 Lincoln Continental

Regular Line - Chrysler Hemi 8 concept
Collector Line - BMW 645Ci

Real Toy
Regular Line - Porsche Carrera GT3

Regular Line - VW Passat Wagon
Motor Max
Regular Line - Pagani Zonda

Collector Line - Isuzu Bellett 1600GTR

Trend Syndicate
Collector Line - Honda Civic Si

Collector Line - BMW V12 LMR

Regular Line - Mazda Demio
Collector Line - Prince Gloria
(courtesy Rob Gras)

Collector Line - Holden FJ

Collector Line - 1977 Ford Falcon XC Cobra

Bingo Toys
Regular Line - Daewoo Lanos