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Chevrolet or “Chevy” is a division of GM. Producers of the fantastic Corvette.

I have a lot of Chevrolets in my collection of diecasts,  Chevrolet is second only numerically to Ford.

Chevrolet 105 3
100+ Chevrolets

I have at least 104 Chevrolets in my collection, I don’t buy into the Ford v Chevy rivalry as I love both brands, the second and third generations of the Chevrolet Corvette look amazing to me.

As an iconic American brand, it is unsurprising that most of my Chevrolets are Hot Wheels (65 of them).

Chevrolet HW x 65
Hot Wheels Chevrolets

Hot Wheels put out several new Chevys each year. Aside from the Corvettes, I love collecting the Wagons and Gassers.

The”Gasser” looks ready for a drag race. The 55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser casting hearkens back to the old school style of Gasser Drag Race cars. With an exposed big block engine, fender well headers, ladder bars, aluminum fuel tank, this 2 lane blacktop brawler can take them all on.

55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (Hot Wheels)

I also like convertibles.

Chevrolet convertibles
Chevrolet Convertibles/Roadsters

I have 40 Corvettes, a car that has been in production since 1953, named after a small manoeuvrable warship, there have been eight generations of Corvette to date, my favourites being the second (1963-1967) and third (1968-1982) generations. Designed to interest returned American servicemen who had fallen under the spell of Jaguars, MGs and Triumphs during their World War II service in Europe, the Chevrolet Corvette was the first proper American sports car.

Chevrolet Corvette x 40
Chevrolet Corvette x 40

For a long time the 1:24 scale Maisto 1970 Chevrolet Corvette was the largest model in my collection, it is still my biggest Chevrolet but now a 1:18 Scale Mercedes 300SL is my biggest model.
Whilst most of my Chevys are standard Hot Wheels (3 inch) size, I do have a few larger models, including two rather beat up Corgi Chevrolet Stingrays.

Chevrolet larger scales
larger scale Chevys 1:43-1:24 scale

Matchbox has put out far fewer Chevrolets than Hot Wheels, but I still have 21 in my collection.

Chevrolet MBX
Matchbox Chevrolets x 21

Other brands include Maisto, Jada, Bburago, Corgi, Lledo, Kinsmart, TootsieToys and Welly.

Chevrolet not MBX or HW
18 Chevrolets from brands other than Hot Wheels or Matchbox


Monthly Acquisitions: November 2018

May and June were crazy months for collecting, and after a few rather restrained months, November sees the craziness return. This craziness is connected to the Secondhand Toy Store near the Station having had a lot of “new” stock. I posted about this : That Box Looks Interesting and Another Interesting Haul. Now as the month approaches the end I can reflect on all the models I have added to my ever growing collection.

Haul November
November haul: 47 models

Most of the models were in the 3 inch size (1:64) I prefer. There were a few larger models, like the Matchbox Super Kings Fire Tender (61⁄4” long and 1:55 scale) and a 1:38 Jaguar E Type. There were also some smaller models like the Cararama Peugeot 206.


Haul November Matchbox
Matchbox Acquistions (12)

The Super Kings Fire Tender was possibly the highlight, the model was introduced into the range in 1973 and produced until 1984. I am always happy to find Lesney Era (1953-1982) models, from this era I also found my first Vantastic and Plymouth Gran Fury. I also found models I already had like DeTomaso Pantera GTS, Cosmobile and Porsche 910. My interest in Matchbox doesn’t end with the end of the Lesney era…the Ford Cargo makes a suitable tractor cab for a trailer I found a while back.

Ford Cargo and Trailer

The VW Transporter is always welcome (although I’d be more excited with the regular wheels VW Camper (#34) from the late sixties). The Oshkosh HEMTT A4 is missing its container, but seems fitting transport for Battering Ram a militarised police vehicle, I bought a few emergency vehicles this month, also a Ford Police Interceptor in Fire Dept livery and a Dodge Monaco Police Car.


The large number of Siku models I found this month suggest the stock came from Germany originally. Siku is a German brand, Siku historically could be seen as the “German Matchbox”. I haven’t seen any new models in the toy shops here for a couple of years, they were more expensive than Hot Wheels and Matchbox.

Haul November Siku
Siku Acquisitions (7)

Separate rubber tyres add to the realism of the models, but on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo they are missing. The Mercedes GLK was obviously parked in a better, more secure neighbourhood and still retains its tyres. The hyrdraulic crane has a boom that extends and the operator’s cab turns on its base. The Porsche 959 and Polizei Helicopter are made in Germany, the other models in China. The BMW R1100 Motorcycle is in ADAC livery (ADAC = Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Clubthe German Automobile Club).

Siku, Made in Germany


If Siku can be considered the German Matchbox, Majorette can be seen as the French Matchbox.

Haul November Majorette
Majorette acquisitions (6)

The Fourgon  Ice Cream Van is actually made in France, the other models are more recent and made in Thailand. The Jaguar F Type and Lamborghini Aventador were bought new from XS Toys, the only outlet for new Majorettes in Tbilisi. I had been searching an F Type for quite a while, in the Racing Cars theme it retails here at 15.50 GEL ($5.82). The regular line of Street Cars retail at 7.95 GEL ($2.98) which is the same price as Hot Wheels or Matchbox here. I got a Black Friday 30% discount but it was still 10.90 GEL ($4.09). The Chevrolet Impala was a long running casting for Majorette (1986-2010) and appeared in several different liveries, here as a “Military Police” car. The Honda Prelude is missing its windscreen.

Hot Wheels

I have more Hot Wheels than any other brand, this month I picked up some more.

Haul November Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels acquisitions (8)

I picked up a three pack for the yellow Ford Escort RS 1600, my dad had a first generation Escort (an 1100L not an RS 1600), the shape has a lot of nostalgic associations for me (My Dad’s Cars). In the pack were also an Infiniti G37 and a ’15 Dodge Challenger.P1750414myp

I also bought the Porsche 934 Turbo RSR new, looking great with in green without unnecessary tampos. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, by contrast, looks great in its elaborate decoration. Hot Wheels Ferraris are always worth picking up, Mattel no longer has a Ferrari licence, I was happy to find the 612 Scaglietti.

Other Brands

I found a variety of models from other manufacturers.

Haul November other
Other Brands (14)

The monthly haul included two Corgi Juniors Ford Gran Torino Fire Chief cars, the two models are different, the stickers are different, one has a chromed plastic base, the other a plain white base, and one has a diecast post for the roof siren, the other has lost its plastic siren in the car’s interior. There were a few Chinese made models, an Audi Quattro “Notarzt” (emergency doctor) by Welly, a Mercedes SLK also by Welly, a 1:38 scale Jaguar E Type Cabriolet, some smaller scale models (Porsche 356 (Schuco), Peugeot 206 (Cararama), Beer Truck and Audi TT (Joy City)) and a Lancia Stratos of unknown brand. There is a Tootsie Toys Pick up Truck made in USA and a Lada 2107 (инкотекс with many opening features made in Russia. A Bburago Ferrari 512, made in Italy and a detailed Atlas Magirus Deutz Mercur Fire Truck in 1:72 scale (Made in China).

There were many emergency vehicles.



Totals: 47 Models: 12 Matchbox, 8 Hot Wheels, 6 Majorette, 7 Siku, 2 Welly, 2 Corgi, 1 инкотекс, 1 TootsieToys, 1 Cararama, 1 Schuco, 1 Joy City, 1 Bburago, 1 Atlas and three Chinese models of unknown brand

6 bought new, 41 bought secondhand

Outlets: 40 Secondhand Toy Stores, 5 XS Toys, 1 Carrefour and  1 from Isaak in Vagzlis Basroba

Net expenditure: 164.80 lari ($61.84)

1 lari = 38 US cents


Another Interesting Haul

In the dictionary a haul is defined as “a quantity of things that are stolen, or a quantity of stolen or illegal  goods found by police or customs”. A haul can also be (esp of fish) the amount caught at a single time. On collectors’ forums on Facebook, we refer to hauls as the total quantity of models “caught” from a single visit to a flea-market, auction, Walmart etc…. This week I’ve had two decent hauls.

On Thursday, I visited the secondhand store and came away with 14 models (That Box Looks Interesting), today (Saturday), I revisited the store to see if I’d missed anything and came away with 16 models… including 5 by Siku, a brand I don’t usually find in such numbers.

Once brought home, the next job is finding out some details about each vehicle. Being secondhand they are not usually in their original packaging, so I have limited information about the actual vehicle (if it is unfamiliar) and have to search the internet for similar models. The main brands I collect have some information on the base but some Chinese made models will just have “China” on the base and nothing else. Matchbox, Majorette and Hot Wheels have useful wiki pages… eg Matchbox Cars Wiki

These I use frequently, although the information is not always correct; below the wiki entry for Battering Ram asserts the model I have is “Made in China” but the base of the actual model reveals it was actually “Made in Thailand”.

battering ram
My Battering Ram is not Made in China (matchbox.wikia.com screenshot)

Sometimes if I have a mystery model, I can’t identify, I will post a picture of it on one of the many diecast forums on Facebook to see if another member recognises the model and has some information.

I haven’t been able to find much information about the Polizei Helicopter, made by Siku in Germany, that I picked up. I don’t generally collect aircraft but this was a nice looking model at just 5 lari ($1.89).


November 17 haul
November 17 Haul

  1. Magiruz-Deutsch Mercur Fire Truck (Atlas). 1:72 scale, a recent model made in China but it looks good.
  2. Mercedes 0303 Coach (Siku). #0806. One of five Siku models in the haul. “Foto Safari” deco.
  3. Porsche Cayenne Turbo (Siku). #1062. Missing the tyres. 1:55 Scale. Opening doors.
  4. Mercedes Benz 350 GLK (Siku).  #1441. Opening doors. 1:55 Scale.
  5. Porsche 356 (Schuco). 1:87 Scale.
  6. Ford Gran Torino “Fire Chief” (Corgi Juniors). I have found two of these this week but they are different this one has a metal post cast into the roof for the emergency light. The other has a hole in the roof where the light was but fell into the interior. One has a white plastic base and grille, the other has a chromed base and grille.
  7. Police Helicopter (Siku). This has opening rear doors. Made in Germany.
  8. Mitsubishi ASX (Majorette). Opening bonnet. A recent Majorette model, made in Thailand. 1:57 scale.
  9. BMW R1100 “ADAC” Motorcycle (Siku). #1324
  10. Oshkosh HEMTT A4 (Matchbox). From the Working Rigs series. This is a heavy-duty, four-axle roll-off truck, missing its container featuring a fold-down door.
  11. Porsche 910 (Matchbox). This is a Lesney era Matchbox model from the early seventies. I was very happy to find this, the car is missing a racing number (usually 68). Made in England. 1:55 scale.
  12. Fourgon Ice Cream Truck (Majorette). Made in France. 1:67 scale. A plastic awning comes out from the body, mine has part broken off.
  13. Chevrolet Impala “Military Police” (Majorette). There were many variations of this casting. The model has a metal base. 1:69 scale. Opening doors. Made in Thailand.
  14. Battering Ram (Matchbox). A militarised police vehicle. Made in Thailand. From the Dragon’s Lair 5 pack, released January 2007. Gun turret turns.
  15. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C2) Highway 35 World Race (Hot Wheels). This was from a series celebrating Hot Wheels 35th anniversary in 2003. Features co-moulded wheels. Made in Thailand. Designed by Larry Wood.
  16. De Tomaso Pantera (Matchbox). Introduced in 1975. 1:56 scale. Made in England by Lesney.

Ford Gran Torino (Corgi Juniors)