I thought the 30 models added last month to my collection was a little excessive (Monthly Acquisitions June 2019) but this month’s total is even higher at 35. I really don’t have room for all these and must seriously consider reducing my collection and specialising more. I think I should focus on my key areas of interest: Matchbox (especially 1968 to 1975), Majorette (1970s 200 series), Corgi (pre 1975) and Hot Wheels JDM. This month saw no Majorette finds but plenty of Hot Wheels and Matchbox plus 5 Corgis.
There were 5 new Hot Wheels, of which I’ve only taken the Honda City Turbo from its packaging, and 10 secondhand. The highlight has to be the Custom Firebird, one of the original “sweet sixteen” from Hot Wheels launch back in 1968.
- Lotus Sport Elise This was part of a McDonald’s promotion (2004), there is a switch on the base for the interior to light up but the light no longer works.
- Ferrari 360 Modena. This was for an Italian Coca-Cola promotion (2002). The car would have originally come in a plastic can.
- Honda City II Turbo. A pocket rocket in sky blue, I already have a white variation.
- ‘96 Porsche Carrera. Nice clean white Porsche.
- ’49 Volkswagen Beetle Pickup. This is a new model for 2019. Interesting Beetle variant.
- Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R “Police”. In Japanese police livery.
- ‘92 Ford Mustang Jun Imai design. Not my favourite generation of Mustang. There is a Super Treasure Hunt version with spectraflame paint and real rider wheels.
- Mad Manga A fantasy design (again Jun Imai) is styled in the Japanese bōsōzoku custom style, loosely based on a Nissan Laurel.
- Ferrari F512M x 2 A classic Ferrari like the one in Miami Vice (but that was white).
- VW Brasilia A Volkswagen for the Brazilian market, one of the first Volkswagens to be designed outside of Germany.
- ‘69 Pontiac GTO American muscle car from the 2009 “Dream Garage” 5 pack
- ’68 Chevrolet Copo Camaro Another American muscle car.
- Ford GT40 White & Red Stripes, Stars and ’40’ from the 2009 “World Racers” 5 Pack
- Custom Firebird This is the Hot Wheels highlight, one of the original “sweet sixteen” Hot Wheels launched in 1968, made in Hong Kong.
I was happy to find some regular wheels Matchbox models dating from before 1969 and some early Superfast models. Their condition wasn’t good but they have that incredible nostalgia buzz.
- Freeman Inter-City Commuter This is a futuristic looking early Superfast model, I remember seeing in one of the Facebook groups, someone posting a picture of two of these that they’d found at a boot fair and feeling a tinge of nostalgia. Then a few days after, coincidentally, I found this one in the Secondhand Haul I posted about earlier in the month. Made in England.
- Austin Mini Cooper 1275S Iconic styling, this is a relatively recent model, first appearing in 2009 (this blue variation in 2011). Made in Thailand. 1:51 scale.
- Fiat 1500. The paint is rough and the luggage is missing, one of the few Matchbox cars that was actually 1:64 scale. Regular wheels, made in England. The tow hook is still attached. This was on my Wants’ List. Made in England.
- Porsche 910. One of the very first Superfast models. 1:54 scale. Made in England.
- Mercury Fire Chief car. Another early Superfast model. 1:73 scale. Made in England.
- Mercedes Unimog. Missing 3 of its tyres. Regular wheels. 1:68 scale. Made in England. Rough condition, tow hook damaged.
- Cadillac Ambulance. Painted black and brown by a previous owner. 1:87 scale. Made in England. Regular Wheels
- Refuse Truck “Fort Worth” with Texas Flag on the side. Missing opening rear section. 1:87 scale. Made in China.
- Ford Galaxie Police Car . Missing side decals. Some white paint added by previous owner. Regular wheels. Red light pushed into roof. Tow hook intact. 1:73 scale. Made in England.
- 8 Wheel Tipper (Leyland). Regular wheels. 1:92 scale. Made in England. Front axle holder broken.
- Volvo P1800S (1969). From the 2011 Classic Rides 5 Pack. White like the Saint’s car (but that was a Corgi model). This too was on my Wants’ List 1:61 scale. Made in Thailand.
- Postal Service Delivery Truck. (In the photograph with the Hot Wheels grouping). From 2014 City Works 5 Pack. 1:68 scale.
I’m usually lucky to find one or two Corgis in a month. This month I found five!
- Lotus Elite. This was the most expensive purchase of the month at 30 lari ($10.22) from Gocha at Dry Bridge market. He’d previously offered it to me at 50 lari. It is boxed. This model was produced from 1976 to 1980. Made in Great Britain.
- Ford Capri 3 Litre GT. Also from Gocha at Dry Bridge market. Made in Great Britain.
- Buick Regal “Police”. Corgi Juniors. The same casting as Kojak’s Buick but different decoration. Made in Great Britain.
- London Bus. This is a recent model for the London Olympics 2012. Made in China.
- London Taxi. This is a recent model for the London Olympics 2012. Made in China.
I also found a Ferrari 250GTO (1:43 Scale) for 10 lari with the magazine “Auto Bild” and a Batmobile by ERTL based on the Tim Burton Batman movie Batmobile (1989). I was also given a model of a Trabant 601, which an American friend, Jim Frankenfeld had picked up in the Trabant Museum in Berlin. Thanks Jim 🙂 All these models were made in China.
Totals: 35 Models: 15 Hot Wheels, 12 Matchbox, 5 Corgi, 1 Welly, 1 ERTL and 1 Unidentified brand
6 bought new, 28 bought secondhand, 1 gift
Outlets: 25 Secondhand Toy Stores, 4 Pepela, 1 clothing market, 1 News Kiosk, 2 Dry Bridge Market, 1 Biblius and 1 gift (from Berlin, Germany)
Net expenditure: 155.60 lari ($53.02)
1 lari = 34 US cents