I thought August was going to be a slightly disappointing month, in the first three weeks, I had only found a few cars in the secondhand shop but nothing to set my heart racing. Then on 23rd August, I met Beso at Dry Bridge Market, who was selling some Matchbox and Majorettes from the seventies. Two of my favourite brands and my favourite era for collecting. I wrote about this in my last post: Bonanza Time!
I eventually bought 12 cars from Beso, 9 Majorettes and 3 Matchbox. I spent more this month than I have in any other month. This year my average expenditure is about 100 lari a month, but in August the expenditure shot up to 401.30 lari ($129.87).
Majorettes have almost as big a nostalgia buzz as Matchbox for me, as a 9 year old child I visited Paris for the first time, went up the Eiffel Tower and came home with three Majorette cars, a Chrysler 180, BMW 3.0 CSi and a Mercedes 350SL, if my memory serves me well, I have now got all three of these and more.
These are all made in France and have boxes, some of the boxes are missing end flaps.
- Jaguar E Type (Majorette) x 2…I have an orange one and a blue one. Enzo Ferrari described the Jaguar E-Type (XKE on the US Market) as “the most beautiful car in the world.” 1:60 Scale. Opening bonnet (hood).
- Fire Truck “Pompier” (Majorette). The ladder should be detachable, but I don’t want to detach it lest it breaks. This could be based on a Dodge. 1:80 scale.
- Plymouth Fury Police Car (Majorette). This model should have an aerial (missing). 1:70 scale
- Mercedes 350SL (Majorette). This model I had as a kid and it was on my Wants’ list. Beso had two: one in white, one in yellow, as I had the yellow model as a kid, I had to choose that. Scale 1:60. Opening boot (trunk).
- Citroen DS Ambulance (Majorette). This model has a different style box to the others. It has blue flags on the bumpers and an opening rear door. Scale 1:65.
- BMW 3.0CSi (Majorette). Like the Mercedes, this was also a model I had as a kid but in orange, not metallic dark red. Scale 1:60. Opening doors.
- Citroen SM (Majorette). The Majorette is a very similar colour to the original Matchbox model. Scale 1:60. Opening doors.
- Citroen Dyane “Maharadjah” (Majorette). This is a strange quirky model with a parasol that spins in Rolamatics fashion when the car is rolled along.
- Citroen SM (Matchbox)… I had one in a copper bronze colour but not in metallic light blue, it is also a fantastic example of a quirky French sports car, the lovechild of Citroen and Maserati. Scale 1:63. Opening doors. I’ve since been informed that the light blue version is very difficult to find to add to my joy. Made in England.
- Dodge Charger Mk 3 (Matchbox). #52 This is based on a concept car from 1968 with a flip up canopy. Scale 1:62. Made in England.
- Iso Grifo. #14 This is my favourite Matchbox casting, I have never seen the actual car but I love the Matchbox model, this was one of the first cars to be made into a Superfast model back in 1969. The loop track set (SF2) included an Iso Grifo in the set and on the box art. Scale 1:62. Made in England.
- Porsche Panamera. This is a recent casting, made in Thailand. 1:66 scale. I found this loose in a secondhand toy shop.
- Volkswagen Golf Mk2. This was the only model I bought new this month. Because of Coronavirus, the toy shops here haven’t stocked up on any new Hot Wheels product since the beginning of the year. I like this colour for the casting, I think it works better than yellow or white, which I have seen previously. Made in Malaysia.
- ’64 Impala. Classic Chevrolet. Made in Malaysia.
- ’55 Chevy. This model is a little playworn, I got it in a trade at Samgori Market with “Tsiteli“. I like the colour and the style. Made in Thailand.
- Avant Garde . This is a fantasy model inspired by the Citroen DS. Made in Malaysia.
- Moskvitch 412. This is in very rough condition and I need to clean it up. I got this at Dry Bridge Market, too but not from Beso. 1:43 Scale. Made in USSR.
- VW Microbus (Realtoy). A nice looking casting of a VW Microbus in the three inch size. Diecast body, plastic base. Made in China.
- “Nigel Gearsley” Aston Martin DBR9 (Mattel Disney Pixar). A model from the Cars series. If I had seen the Cars films as a child I might have a nostalgic yearning for them now. The movie cars from my childhood were cars like Herbie, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and TV Series Batmobile. I occasionally get these Pixar models because of the cars they are based on, in this case an Aston Martin.
- Tooned Chevy Camaro. (Funline). I am not familiar with this brand. The car has rubber tyres and rolls well. I can’t see an interior through the darkened glass. It is quite weighty and would be great to race across the playground if you were 7 years old…sadly, I’m now close to fifty-seven years old.
Totals: 21 Models: 4 Hot Wheels, 9 Majorette, 4 Matchbox, 1 Made in USSR, 1 Realtoy, 1 Mattel Disney Pixar and 1 Funline
1 Bought new, 19 bought secondhand, 1 traded
Outlets: 1 XS Toys, 13 Dry Bridge Market, 6 Secondhand Toy Shop, 1 Samgori Market
Net expenditure: 401.30 lari ($129.87)
1 lari = 32 US cents