Mike Van Kirk, Reno NV
Editor's Response: I know Wood Smyth worked very hard on the Star Cars article and will appreciate your comments. I agree that the Mad Max cars would be fun.
Here's the identification of the unknown numbers from your Playart list:
7281 - Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen
7275 - Opel Senator (I haven't seen a Commodore, please send a pic)
7274 - BMW 633CSi (Road Mates package say just "BMW 633")
7257 - Triumph TR8
7213 - American Police Van (Playart catalog calls it Ford Police
Tactical Force Van)
7209 - American Ambulance Van (Playart catalog calls it Ford Paramedic Van)
7204 - VW Gulf or Rabbit GTI? (not sure)
7225 - Mercedes Benz 500 SEC
7235 - Rover 3500
7240 - Front Cab (Kenworth)
7261 - Turbo Mustang convertible
?? - Escort (European style but with left hand drive) Can't find the number on body, doesn't look like any other Playart
Economy version: (2-1/2" long, no windows, with or without one piece plastic interior/base)
7350 - Jeep
7351 - Volkswagen Beetle
7352 - Jaguar E
7353 - Lamborgini Muira
7354 - Water truck
7355 - VW-Porsche 914
7356 - Abarth
7357 - Alfa Romeo Scarabeo
7358 - Opel GT
7359 - Twinmill ? (need to verify)
7360 - Dune Buggy
7361 - Mercedes C-111
You have the Lamborghini Silhouette listed as 7200 and 7210. I believe 7210 is the correct number and 7200 is still unknown at this time.
I came across your site and Steve Shaw's site a few years ago. I really enjoyed your Playart articles because there was so little written about them. I sent Steve a list of all the Playart numbers and descriptions from my catalog and he was able to fill in a lot of blanks on his list back then. Since then I have met over a dozen collectors via the internet or toy shows and have been working on a list of variations. I keep finding more foreign packaging and cars from Japan with Japenese writing so my list is always being updated. My plan is to send it out to the other collectors so they can fill in any blanks. If there is enough interest I would like to start a club to share this info with other collectors.
Keep up the great job!"
Larry Habarth (email@example.com)
Editor's Response: Larry, I really appreciate the help with identifying more of Playart's interesting diecast cars. I've provided your e-mail address for anyone interested in the idea of a Playart collector's club.