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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'.
"I read your article regarding Majorette and it is
very interesting. I shared your same opinion for a long time - wasn't sure
what their issues were. Then I found out that the North American distributor
is located here in Minneapolis where I live. I have since started selling
According to our discussions, Majorette has limited its exposure in the
US due mostly to the aggressive marketing and dominant share that Matchbox/Hot
Wheels has here. They instead decided to stay focused on the European and
Canadian markets where they knew they could compete. I know because of customs
that product has a hard time getting here in a timely manner but they do
the best they can. I was told they (the parent company) have some connection
to a series of Pokemen lines which, to my understanding, they have chosen
to focus their marketing dollars.
Majorette has some wonderful toys, and some dogs like all the other lines
- but so few people take the time to focus on anything but the two mainstreams
that it is obvious why they would have a hard sell in the US. Their quality
is just as comparable and their pricing is very competitive. Actually they
have a broader line that MB/HW if you include the Transports and Mini-Transports.
Have a Great day!!"
Mark Boemer, Minneapolis, MN
Editor's response: Thanks for the update on Majorette. I hope the
new distributor is successful.
have 2 Chevy pickups from the `70`s from Yatming, number1700. Do you have
some info about this car because I cant find it, many thanks.
Hans M., The Netherlands
Editor's response: I know that Yat Ming did several 1970's pick-ups
including a mid-70's Chevy LUV, #1700, the only one I have. Mine is white
with blue/red/silver tampos. I also have the same truck in military colors.
These are not particularly valuable but may be the only example of the LUV
which stood for 'light utility vehicle'. Image on right.
"Dear sir, I find your internet web site.Very fine!!
Yoshinori Asai, Nagoya City, JAPAN
Editor's response: Thanks.
"I looked up your website to find out about Norev French model cars.
Your history says that 1:64-66 scale Norev diecasts began in the '70s, and
that they were a version of Schuco. I recently purchased a c.1961 Norev
model of a Volvo P1800 sportscar in plastic. I know there was a similar
Norev model of a Volvo 1800s, c. 1966. Could you add to your Norev history
something about these earlier plastic Norev models? "
Paul Rubenson, Baltimore, MD
Editor's response: I really do not have any more information than
what I wrote in the Norev article. Only a small number of Norev's were versions
of Schuco models. Norev made many plastic models and it appears that some
are again available in France.
"Nice site, congratulations. Visit also our site on: <http://home.worldonline.be/~swinnenr>.
It's about our collection of toycars. Greetings,"
Roger Swinnen , Langdorp, Belgium
Editor's response: An interesting collection.
"Regarding your "wagons in white" page -- your statement
that most ambulances built before the the mid-1980s were modified station
wagons is not quite correct. First, most old ambulances (like the '59 combination
used to create the Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 car) were actually coachbuilt vehicles
constructed on a bare chassis purchased from Cadillac and others. Except
for a small number of one-offs, Cadillac never built their own station wagon!
Second, the change to van- and truck-based ambulances really took hold in
the mid-to-late 1970s; the last Cadillac ambulance was built in 1978. Check
to learn more."
Neal A. Parish, Oakland, CA
Editor's response: Neal made some good points here. As a Cadillac
collector I was aware of the fact that Cadillac never built production station
wagons and that the ambulances were special bodies. I should have made that
point in my article. I'm glad to have an expert source.