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Highlights 2017

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.

Best of 2017
Highlights of 2017

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

Mystery Machine Super TH
Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine (Super Treasure Hunt)

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.

Best of 2017 blue
Kinsmart VW Beetle (February) and Tomica 6 wheeled Tyrell Ford (November)

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.

Best of 2017 Corgi
Corgi Highlights: London Routemaster Bus (March), Kojak’s Buick (October) and BMC Mini Cooper (September)

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.

Best of 2017 Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels Highlights: ’64 Buick Riviera, VW Kafer Racers (red and black) and the Mystery Machine

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).

Best of 2017 Matchbox
Matchbox Highlights : GMC Tipper Truck, VW 1600TL (July) and Vauxhall Guildsman (August)

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

Citroen SM Corgi
Citroen SM (Corgi)

What will 2018 bring, I wonder…









American Cars: Buick

Buick is currently the oldest still-active American automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world, dating back to 1899. It is one of many General Motors brands. For much of its existence in the North American market, Buick has been marketed as a premium automobile brand, selling luxury vehicles positioned above GM‘s mainstream brands

I have nine Buicks: a Maisto Buick Bengal Concept, a Hot Wheels Buick GSX, a Hot Wheels 1971 Buick Riviera, two’64 Rivieras, two Corgi Juniors Buick Regals   and two Matchbox 1956 Buick Century Police cars. 

9 Buicks

Maisto is not usually my preferred choice in the 1:64 scale but they do produce some interesting cars ignored by other manufacturers. The Buick Bengal is a concept car unveiled to the public at the 2001 Detroit Motor Show with the aim of rejuvenating the brand and appealing to younger customers.

’56 Buick Century Police Car (Matchbox) and Buick Bengal Concept (Maisto)

In my 1968 Ladybird Book of Motor Cars, the last two cars were a Buick Riviera and a Cadillac Eldorado. Large cars even by American standards. I have a Dinky Eldorado, I’d love to find a Corgi Riviera.

Ladybird Book of Motor Cars (1968) and Hot Wheels Buick Rivieras

In the TV Series Kojak used a red, magnetically mounted Federal Signal Fireball rotating emergency light atop his unmarked police vehicle (a bronze 1973 Buick Century Regal 455), a model reproduced by Corgi.