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Thanks for another great issue of TTC. Attached is a photo of my only Summer
model, Audi Quattro # S8553F. Feel free to add it to your list. Crude, yes,
but far from junk! Thanks,"
Editors' Reply: Thanks for one more bit of Summer. I've also added
several Summer images (right) sent by another reader, of the BMW M3 and
While I was re-organising my collection this morning, I came across <BR>the
Rover 3500 by Summer. Then I remembered that your article on Summer diecast
(published in the June issue) didn´t state the number of this model,
and I wanted to tell you that I have spotted this number inside of the car,
just between the front seats and the back axle (in the space of the un-existing
back seat): you can check it, your model should also have it printed in
the same place: its #8914 (eight, nine, one, four). Also, my ´57 Ford
Thunderbird has number S8501 written on the baseplate.
Let me tell you several curiosities: my Rover miniature features the 4-dot
style wheels (the ones of the Porsche 917, #S8009; or the Nissan 280 ZX,
#S8562), while yours have the other (the 5-point star design). The same
fact goes for the Volvo 850, #8802. I also have both of these wheel designs
along 4 different BMW 635 CSi castings, and my ´57 Chevrolet<BR>Belair
and Ferrari 308 GTB (#8902) also features the 4-dot design.
About the BMW 635 CSi, I also have a Welly Speed Wheels casting which is
an exact copy of the Summer model, with lower general quality (if this is
possible). Summer models in my collection I haven´t seen in your article
are the following:
Chevrolet Corvette Stocker 1958 #8503
GT racer Nº37 (un-identified, red) #S8003
McLaren M8A 1972 (Can-Am series, nº90) #8010
Mercedes-Benz 250 Sedan 1969 #S688 (appears to be a Siku copy)
CanAm Racer (un-identified) #8008
Toyota Celica Turbo GT racer 1975 #S8001 (appears to be a Tomica copy)
As you can see, this article has helped me very much to identify many of
these models (which I had listed as "unknown"), and I´ve
learnt a lot about these little, usually-rejected miniatures. I hope to
have helped you just a little, my one-week holiday has allowed me to check
and do so many things... Best regards,"
MANUEL ANSÓN, Spain
Editor's Reply: It appears that Summer models have a certain popularity.
Thanks for the added listings.
"You have made a error! Do not assume anything in your
section under May issue on Road & Track on Matchboxes you comment that
The Holden Ute which incidently its proper name is Holden Sandman Ute is
the same as Chev El Camino - Sorry chum you are completly wrong! They are
not the same vehicle -True the styling is similar and both may have been
styled by the American Chuck Jordan . They do not in fact share one single
panal -if you were to put both side by side the El Camino is bigger than
Julian Walls, New Zeeland
Editor's Reply: You are right, the Holden Sandman Ute has nothing
in common with the El camino other than both being GM products and both
being sedan platforms with pick-up bodies. My intention was to say that
the Holden Ute is to Australia what the El Camino is to the U.S. Many collectors
are not familiar with the Holden Ute and I wanted to help them understand
it better with the comparison to the El Camino.