Old Matchbox Cars in Tbilisi and Bakuriani

In a previous blogpost, I wrote about my Package from the Netherlands. My great Facebook friend “Dutch” sent me 12 old Matchbox models and asked for nothing in return except for some pictures taken of the models here in Georgia (the country not the state).

12 Matchbox Cars

The cars:

1. Citroen SM  2.DeTomaso Pantera 3.BMC 1800 Pininfarina  4. Mercedes 230SL        5. Iso Grifo  6. Ferrari Berlinetta  7. Ford Zodiac MkIV  8. Mercedes 300SE 9. Renault 17TL 10. Lamborghini Miura 11. Mazda RX500 12. Lamborghini Marzal

It was such a generous gift and throughout February, I’ve been taking each model out and taking photographs, so now I have a photo of each with diverse Georgian backgrounds. Let’s have a look…

I didn’t take the cars out in any particular order, the first out was the Mercedes 230SL.

Mercedes 230sl outside 3
Mercedes 230SL at Freedom Square in Tbilisi

Then we had the DeTomaso Pantera outside Kashveti Church.

DeTomaso Pantera

The BMC 1800 Pininfarina was the only model taken out of Tbilisi, I had some fun taking photographs of the BMC with Snow Groomer at the ski resort of Bakuriani.

BMC 1800 Pininfarina and Snow Groomer 9
Snow Groomer and BMC 1800 Pininfarina

The Citroen SM was pictured outside the terminus of the funicular railway.

Citroen SM Outside 3
Citroen SM

The Mazda RX500 is pictured on Rustaveli Avenue outside the Marriott Hotel.

Mazda RX 500 outside
Mazda RX500

The Lamborghini Marzal, I placed on a bench on which is written “Tbilisi” in Georgian characters “თბილისი”.

Lamborghini Marzal outside 3
Lamborghini Marzal

My favourite casting the Iso Grifo like the Mazda RX500 was captured in Rustaveli Avenue, the Tbilisi Champs d’Elysees.


Iso Grifo MBX Outside
Iso Grifo

The Mercedes 300SE and Renault 17TL were shot with a background overlooking the northern part of Tbilisi.


It was back to Rustaveli Avenue to capture the Ford Zodiac MkIV, the tall rather ugly building in the background is the Biltmore Hotel.

Ford Zodiac Outside 7
Ford Zodiac MkIV

For the Lamborghini Miura, I chose to take some shots in Jikia Cemetery on the outskirts of the city.

Lamborghini Miura Outside
Lamborghini Miura

The final car is the Ferrari Berlinetta, which I took to Didi Dighomi yesterday,  for this shot…

Ferrari Berlinetta Outside
Ferrari Berlinetta

It has been a fun project, I hope you like the pictures.

დიდი მადლობა, Dutch.

Dank je, Dutch.


3 thoughts on “Old Matchbox Cars in Tbilisi and Bakuriani”

  1. Dear Jim,

    My cars have gone to places i have not been (yet) and i like your photo’s very much.
    Hope you had fun while “playing” with your models.

    Your collecting friend Dutch

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