My diecast model car collecting continues unabated, when I counted (Counting the collection) I was surprised to find I had over 1000 models. Each month brought in around 15 -20 new models. Here are the highlights.
The biggest highlight came at the end of January, when I finally found a Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt on the pegs of Smart in the shape of Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine. I wrote about the find in my previous diecast blog: Super Treasure Hunt found
February’s haul was less exciting but included a Kinsmart 1967 VW Beetle which reminded me of the much earlier Dinky Beetle, I wanted as a kid.
March saw just eight models added to the collection but any one of them could have been the highlight. Monthly Acquisitions March 2017
I chose the Corgi Routemaster Bus because it comes with a strong frisson of nostalgia for the brand (Corgi), the model itself and the associations with London, the city of my birth.
In April, I finally found a black Hot Wheels VW Kafer Racer, which I’d been searching for so long, I also found the red version in June and I’m now looking out for the new blue version.
In May, I was directed from the secondhand toy store to a basement near the train station, where I found a treasure trove of old diecasts. The highlight for me was finding a Matchbox GMC Tipper Truck with regular wheels. This model also has that frisson of nostalgia, it was the model from which I learnt how to find the engine of a big truck (by tipping the cab).
In June, I received a package from my friend Viljar, who lives in Estonia. The package contained amongst other models a Matchbox VW 1600TL. In August, at Dry Bridge Market, I found a Bulgarian made Vauxhall Guildsman in a blue, which I much prefer to the original Lesney pink. In September I was selling at Drybridge Market (Selling)
but despite selling over 60 models, I still walked away with three including a Corgi BMC Mini Cooper. Monthly Acquistions September 2017
There have been few new models in the shops since April, so most of my finds have been secondhand models found at Dry Bridge Market or the secondhand shops around the Central Station. Of the highlighted models, only the VW Kafer Racers and the Mystery Machine were bought new.
The Corgi Juniors Kojak’s Buick and the Tomica Tyrell Ford both came from Dry Bridge Market.
Finally in December, my favourite is the ’64 Buick Riviera (Hot Wheels), which I found in the secondhand toy store.
Last year the highlight was a boxed Corgi Citroen SM. Highlights 2016
What will 2018 bring, I wonder…