Found in the Letterbox
The following are e-mail responses to 'Tales
of Toy Cars' and The Breithaupt Miniature Motorcar
Museum. Your letters are welcome and may be submitted via the 'Guest Book'.
"Doug, Had a little time to scope the net today and
did an unrelated search which brought me to your 1970 Isuzu 117 coupe of
all things! Well, I have a 2000 piece collection of 1/60 scale cars and
so I ventured further. Have loved cars since I was a little tyke. Still
good at identifying them (back to 1948 especially).) Initially, my comments
are 1)love your site, 2)am writing this before I have gone through all the
parts, but that's okay because I am sure to email you again, if you oblige,
and 3) on quick review of some of your postings in your collection, I found
that I have VERY much the same items in mine.
Also, the Mercedes Benz 300SL by Siku is a delight!!!
My collection attempts to cover major body-style changes of American-sold
makes. Later on, I would like to discuss other issues with you because we
have a lot in common. Read some of your article on Citroen and Toronado
and surmised you are in Pacific NW (while I am in Atlantic NE) so my planning
to visit your remarkable "toy room" will have to wait a bit. I
do have duplicates which would really help us both perhaps...
Anyway, I will be sure to be in touch. It is a pleasure to come across
someone with VERY similar interests."
Woody Smyth, New York, NY
Editor's response: It is always nice to meet a kindred spirit.
"Have been looking for a Dodge 600 or
Lebaron conv toy. If you know where I can get one please e-mail me!! Thanks,"
Editor's response: In 1:64 scale, there is only one, the Lebaron
Convertible by Road Champs. It came in several colors, I have a black one.
The unique feature was a removable convertible top or top cover. The top-up
option was a bit funny looking but overall, the model is a decent example
of car that is unlikely to ever be done by anyone else.
"Hi, Great page about ambulance models. I'm a Norwegian Ambulance model
collector. And I have around 270 different models in my collection. Are
you intrested in a Norwegian ambulance for your collection? Take care."
Roar Kalrud, Norway
Editor's response: A Norwegian Ambulance, now that is something different!
"Hi Doug, I first want to give you credit on your web site. nicely
put together. I am not sure if you can help me, but my dad past away and
left my mom with boxes on boxes of diecast cars. He was never really a collector
but more like a kid at heart that just enjoyed the challenge of seen what
he could collect. I've spent months trying to sort them out, and have found
anything from redlines to tintoys. Alot in good shape but maybe not mint.
Now the problem is mom want to get rid of some at a garage sale or something
silly like that and I volunteer to find some prices. Now being from a small
northern town, the access to any pricing code is limited. Can you contact
me by mail or email and let me know the best way to do this. I've tried
using prices on the net but everything seem to be talking about numbers
on the cars and my hotwheels don't have any numbers on them just type of
car and date made.We also have alot of corgi,britain car france made cars
and Iam not sure if there is a book out there that covers these and mini
cars. Ive never contacted anyone else about this but I was really taken
by you site and was hoping you could give me some advice or direct me in
the right direction. Hope this is not being out of line but you know I have
to start somewhere. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you!!"
Barb Belfry, Ontario, Canada
Editor's response: I was happy to give Barb some good advice and
help her avoid some of the less-desirable elements of our hobby.