Alfa Romeo 2900 B - 1994
BMW 328 - 1994
Horch 8 cyl. Cabriolet Sport - 1994
Duesenberg SS - 1994
Alfa Romeo 1750 - 1995
Bugatti Type 50 - 1995
Fiat - 1995
Mercedes-Benz 380 - 1995
Plastic Classics from Ferrero
by Doug Breithaupt
images by Mark Perring
If you are a small-scale diecast collector, chances are that you have a
handful of plastic cars in this scale. Mini Lindy models are well-known
and the early models are highly sought-after and expensive. Novacar and
Hot Wheels have done plastic-bodied cars although with diecast bases. Recently,
Mark Perring, a reader from Down Under, sent me the images you see here.
These are charming little classics from the 1930's and they come from an
Ferrero the chocolate candy maker offered these delightful miniatures in
1994 and 1995 as a promotion to buy their products. Here are Mark's comments
on these cars. At the time, he only had the Duesenberg but has now purchased
the entire collection. The scale is about 1:80, a bit larger than 1:87 scale
cars. The imges to the left are very close to actual size.
"Interesting isn't it? I picked it up out of a small box full of
similar items that are part of a sale I am negotiating at the moment. My
main item of interest is a 24 piece gift pack 1:64 from the late 70's by
Matchbox. I bought the piece home to do some research as I know very little
(if nothing) about it. The models in the box are part of a toy give away
gimmick for children when they buy a chocolate of some sort from Ferrero.
I have found a little info off the web but that is about all. A couple of
pieces of info are a couple of graphics I got from a site on the web. Attached
for your info. There are some exotics there. The model I have dates from
1994 & at this point I intend to go ahead with the purchase as I would
like the Mbox gift pack. As I said I have a love hate relationship with
these plastic things. Model size as per your question of the one I have
is approx. 60mm Long by 20mm high."
Fortunately, Mark found some duplicates that he is sending to me in trade.
If you know more about these little classics, send
me an e-mail. It would be nice to see these cars done in 1:64 diecast.
The Bugatti has been done by Hot Wheels but the others have not been reproduced.
While these cars are not my usual scale or in diecast, they do offer several
interesting models, seldom seen in any scale. Thanks Mark for this interesting