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Chevrolet

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.

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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).

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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.

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55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (Hot Wheels)

I also like convertibles.

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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.

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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.

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Matchbox Chevrolets x 21

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

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18 Chevrolets from brands other than Hot Wheels or Matchbox

 

Life’s a Beach

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Meyers Manx (Hot Wheels) on the beach at Famagusta, Cyprus

Heading out to Cyprus last week for a welcome break, I included in my hand luggage a couple of Hot Wheels models: the Meyers Manx and the Custom ’62 Chevy Pick Up with surfboard, both seemed ideal for taking to the beach. As a child in the early seventies on beach holidays around UK, I would take one or two Matchbox vehicles to play in the sand, usually diggers and dump trucks to “help” build sandcastles. Now past 50 years old, I’m playing less and photographing more.

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Custom ’62 Chevy in Larnaca, Cyprus

I took the photo of the Chevy at the salt lake in Larnaca, the dried salt almost looks like surf.

Matchbox made three beach buggies in the seventies, all three were fantasy models: #30 Beach Buggy (released 1970, withdrawn 1977) in a metallic deep pink with random yellow splatter, #13 Baja Buggy (released 1970, withdrawn 1977) with an unrealistic high mounted exposed V8 engine and #47 Beach Hopper, a Rola-Matic model (released 1974, withdrawn 1979). The driver figure is flicked up by a spur on the inside of the driver’s side front wheel as the car rolls along. This is the only one I have now, a previous owner gave the car it’s current paint job.

Beach Hopper, Jeep and Tractor
Beach Hopper (front)

Usually, I prefer Matchbox to Hot Wheels but with the beach buggies, I like the classic iconic look of the Meyers Manx, a car first produced in the year of my birth (1964). A fibreglass body was attached to a shortened VW chassis.

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Meyers Manx x 3 (Hot Wheels)

The Hot Wheels Meyers Manx  was introduced in 2003, perfect for taking to the beach whether you are five or fifty-five!