Lotus is a British car manufacturer, that makes exciting cars; small, light and fast. Unsurprisingly many of their models have been made into diecast model cars.
Lotushad much track success; winning 79 Formula One Grand Prix races and winning the constructors’ championship seven times. The Formula One cars included the iconic John Player Special of the seventies that was such a big seller in model form for Corgi (2 million units produced).
My first MatchboxLotus was a Europa that was one of the first Superfast models, I have two (thanks Viljar Sard), here pictures with two more recent Heritage Classics model.
It seems strange Matchbox fitted the model with a towing hook, the real car was so light it would have only been able to tow the lightest of trailers. The later Matchbox model of a Europa has no tow hook.
MebetoysLotus Europa bizarrely has the bonnet hatch opening the wrong way.
The Land Roverin all its guises (pick-up, breakdown, RAC, RAF, Chipperfield’s Circus) with total sales of over 10 million, far outsold every other Corgi model even the James Bond Aston Martin.
Land Rover is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep) launched in 1948 by Rover. The Land Rover had been designed to be cheap and easy to produce and to suit hard work in tough terrain. It was thus a very simple, basic vehicle with a minimum of concessions to comfort- on early vehicles. In 2008 Land Roverand Jaguar were sold to Tata Motors of India by Ford.
I have eight in my collection: Land Rover Defender 110 in Grey and in Yellow (Matchbox), Land Rover 190WB with trailer (Corgi), Land Rover “British Telecom” (Cararama), Land Rover Pick Up (Corgi Juniors), Range Rover Sport (Matchbox), “Royal Mail” Land Rover Defender (Corgi) and Land Rover Discovery(Matchbox).
The Range Roverwas created for those who wanted the Land Rover‘s off road capabilities with a more civilised comfortable ride. Today, the Range Rover is a prestige car seen outside luxury hotels all over the world, far from its crude rustic origins.
…collecting diecast cars, like the 3" Matchbox cars I had as a kid