1967 Chevrolet Camaro- $1.00
1964 Chevrolet Impala - $1.00
1940 Ford Woody Station Wagon - $1.00
1950 Ford Convertible - $1.00
1955 Ford Convertible - trade
1957 Ford Fairlane hardtop - trade
1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo #59 - $5.00
Nissan Skyline GTR32 - $.92
Corvette SR2 - $.92
1968 Mercury Cougar - $.92
1940 Ford Coupe - $.92
Honda Sprocket concept - $92
Altered State - $.92
January has brought some very nice cars to the collection. The first 'Car of the Month' was found at a local toy show. It is a first generation Tomica (note the early wheels) and represents the Toyota Corona 1700. For just $5, it was a real bargain, especially in perfect condition. Another missing Tomica, the Dome Celica Turbo was found for $.50 is decent condition.
The second 'Car of the Month' is from Imperial and represents a model too long missing. With hundreds of '57 Chevy models, why is it that it took Imperial to finally produce a '57 Ford (Racing Champions did do the Ranchero)? Representing the Fairlane hardtop coupe, this is a very nice casting for the price.
The third 'Car of the Month' is a Maserati Bora by Buby of Argentina, This is one of Buby's best and features a view of the mighty Maser 4-cam V8. Only the tinted windows detract from this model.
Revell has now released a series of Chevrolet models in stock colors. my favorite is the 1970 Monte Carlo. The two greens are exactly what appeared on the real car except that the top is done in gloss and should be in a flat or satin finish to better represent a vinyl roof. The rest of the car is excellent.
Hot Wheels have been releasing new cars and I have found four more. The Nissan Skyline is actually the 1989 R32 model but is welcome none the less. The Corvette SR2 represents an actual race car that ran at Sebring in the late 1950's. The '68 Cougar and the '40 Ford add these popular cars to the HW line-up. The Honda Sprocket is a concept vehicle but with too much plastic. the Altered State is a classic 'Hot Wheel' model.
At the toy show, I also found a 1973 BMW 3.0CS by Summer. It is curious in that unlike most Summer models, the car is identified on the base, it can be identified as a 1973 by the small black over-riders on the front bumper.
The convertible version of the '57 Chevy Bel Air by Racing Champions was found loose for $2.00. I somehow missed this one in the original Mint Editions series.
The Off-Road or Dirt Track car #P361 by Zylmex was found in the 10 year old package. Neither the base or the package identify the car by name.
Imperial provided four more models. The '67 Chevrolet Camaro and '64 Chevrolet Impala have plenty of company from other manufacturers but the '40 Ford Woody and '50 Ford Convertible and seldom seen. These models are simple but accurate castings and bring Imperial up to the level of companies like Majorette, Motor Max and Welly.
Courtesy of a co-workers trip to Paris, France, I was able to add some new Majorette models to the collection. Alas, no new Mini or BMW Z8 Roadster but some good finds. Several new colors were found including the BMW Z3 Coupe in blue and the Honda NSX in green. The blue is much better than the original black for the BMW and the NSX looks good in metallic green.
New Majorette models (at least for me) include the Jaguar 'S' type in a correct color of gun-metal blue, the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR in racing trim, the new Peugeot 206 and a Renault Espace in Ambulance form. The Jaguar 'S' type is the third for me. I have the Welly and Real Toy versions and have yet to find the Siku. Of the three, the Real Toy has the best detail although all three are quite good. The MB CLK GTR is also available from Hot Wheels and Maisto with the Majorette my choice for the best so far. You may remember this car flying upside-down at Le Mans. The Peugeot 206 has engine detail and is quite nice. It is also quite large at 1:53 scale! Majorette has been doing some of their new cars like this one and the Toyota RAV4 in scales above 1:55. I have usually considered 1:55 the large end of the small-scale spectrum but Majorette seems intent to push the limits.
1973 BMW 3.0CS - $.50
'57 Chevy Bel Air Convertible #103 - $2.00
BMW Z3 Coupe #244 - $1.00
Honda NSX #220 - $1.00
Jaguar 'S' type #294B - $1.00
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR #232 - $1.00
Peugeot 206 #205 - $1.00
Renault Espace Ambulance #272 - $.62
Dome Celica Turbo #35 $.50
Off-Road Buggy #P361 - $1.00