Yat Ming Models - Part 1, Cars #1001 to 1050
by Doug Breithaupt

For over 30 years, Yat Ming has produced small-scale diecast cars. Yat Ming has survived where their competitors like Playart and Zylmex have not. Very little reference information exists on Yat Ming's toy cars. For whatever reasons, Yat Ming has not received the attention of the many diecast books and magazines. It is time to correct that mistake.

Simply assembling a list of Yat Ming models is a major effort. The list below is not complete and yet it may prove to be the best list yet. It has been compiled from the backs of blister-packs, scant references in books, partial lists done by other collectors and the bases of the cars themselves. My collection does not have all the Yat Ming models. If you can provide a missing image or model description for this page, it would be appreciated. Please send any images or details you can and I will update this page.

Part 1 of this story will review the models 1001 through 1050. In several cases, variations or models with the same number exist, such as #1003. These models are identified at the bottom of the list. Most of these models have come in a variety of colors with a variety of wheels. Some castings have received revised grills like #1012 and #1015. Many have come with both plastic and metal bases although all the bodies have been done in metal. Part 2 of this story is linked below and covers models numbered 1051 to 1100. A story on other Yat Ming number series will run next month with models. Samples of Yat Ming packaging will also be shown. The top package to the right is from the 1970's and shows that the 'Fastwheel' name was associated with Yat Ming models. Real Wheels, Speeding Wheels Road Toughs and Street Machines are some of the other brand names used to market Yat Ming diecast.

Yat Ming has often produced models for specific distributors or retailers. The best known of these was the F.W. Woolworth Co. The Woolworths models carried their own in-house packaging and numbers. The Maserati Bora, #1013, is numbered as #7124 in the Woolworth's package. This can lead to some confusion in identifying Yat Ming models by number. Where possible, I have tried to use the Yat Ming numbers for each model.

This story project has been on my list of important articles for quite some time. I hope you find the results of value. The images shown here have been reduced to allow more to fit on the page. If you wish to see the larger image you may download a copy to your computer for personal use.

The future of Yat Ming seems secure at the moment. At the same time, some danger signs are present. Yat Ming has serious competition from Maisto, Motor Max and Welly. Often these other manufacturers sell their products for less than Yat Ming. Finding Yat Ming models can be difficult in the U.S. today. Longs Drugs are one of the few major chains to carry Yat Ming's 1:64 scale cars. I recently found that models from Summer/SS were being offered in Yat Ming packages. The quality of these Summer castings is quite reduced from Yat Ming's own castings. If this continues, Yat Ming will loose credibility in the diecast market.

1001 Lamborghini Muira

1002 Chevrolet Racer

1003 Chevrolet Astro 1 Corvette

1004 Lamborghini Marzal

1005 Adams Probe 16

1006 Toyota 2000GT

1007 Nissan Laurel 2000SGX

1008 Ford Thunderbird

1009 Volkswagen

1010 Jaguar 'E' type 4.2

1011 Mercedes-Benz 350SL

1012 450SEL Mercedes-Benz

1013 Maserati Bora

1014 Saab Sonnet

1015 Ford (station wagon)

1016 Porsche Targa

1017 BMW 2800

1018 Opel Admiral

1019 Porsche Audi

1020 Porsche 910

1021 Hairy

1022 Chevron

1023 Porsche 917

1024 Boss Mustang

1025 Ferrari BB512

1026 Cadillac Seville

1027 Fairlady Z 300ZX

1028 Mustang Pace Car

1029 BMW 320i Turbo Rally

1030 Turbo Trans-Am

1031 Dodge Monaco Police

1032 Chevy Citation X11

1033 Thunderbird

1034 Porsche 928

1035 Audi Quattro Rally GR.4

1036 Toyota Celica Supra

1037 Dodge Monaco

1038 '84 Chevrolet Corvette

1039 '57 Chevrolet Corvette

1040 '63 Chevrolet Corvette

1041 (Jaguar XJ-S)

1042 - unknown

1043 - unknown

1044 - unknown

1045 '78 Chevrolet Corvette

1046 - unknown

1047 - unknown

1048 - unknown

1049 - unknown

1050 - unknown

1003b Chevrolet Lumina


For Part 2 of this story,
click here..