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Monthly Acquisitions April 2021

This is going out later than usual, April wasn’t a spectacular month for collecting diecast cars. I added 5 models to my collection, but two of these were doubles, so only three different cars. There is a very British theme as my additions were a Rolls Royce, a pair of Aston Martins and a couple of Mr Bean’s Minis. All 5 models were Matchbox.

April Acquisitions

I mentioned in previous blogposts that I was happy to see Matchbox on the pegs once again in Tbilisi after a 5 year absence. The selection is all from the same box – the 2020 W Case.

I picked up two models of the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, a beautiful sleek sports car finished in metallic dark green, befitting a British Sports Car.

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (Matchbox)

I also picked up two Mr Bean Mini Coopers, one is for a fellow collector. Matchbox don’t often make TV related models (unlike Corgi or Hot Wheels).

The final model was an older Matchbox, made in England, the Yesteryear 1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. I’m generally more interested in the Matchbox 1-75 series, these were the models I grew up with, but a few of the Yesteryear models interest that me like this Rolls-Royce.

1906 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (Matchbox Model of Yesteryear)


Totals: 5 Models:  5 Matchbox

4 Bought new, 1 bought second hand

Outlets:  1 Dry Bridge Market, 4 Pepela

Net expenditure: 61.60 Georgian lari ($17.83)

1 lari = 29 US cents

American Cars: Cadillac


14 Cadillacs

They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple
But man I ain’t going for that
I know it was her pink Cadillac
Crushed velvet seats

from “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen

Cadillac is currently the second oldest American automobile brand following fellow GM marque Buick. Cadillac was founded in 1902, I have a nice 1913 Cadillac from the Matchbox Yesteryear range. Cadillac was named after a French explorer who founded Detroit in 1701.

Historically, Cadillac automobiles have always held a place at the top of the luxury field within the United States just as Rolls Royce have in the UK.

One of the few cars I brought with me when I moved to Tbilisi in 2009 was a Dinky Cadillac Eldorado, which I had purchased in an antique store in Worcester (UK) a few years earlier (for £10 if I remember correctly).

Cadillac Eldorado Dinky 008

I have fifteen Cadillacs. In addition to the Eldorado I have a Matchbox 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood, a Majorette Cadillac Limousine, a Hot Wheels Elmiraj, a Hot Wheels’35 Classic Cady, a Hot Wheels Ecto-1 (1984 Cadillac DeVille), a Matchbox 1913 Cadillac (Models of Yesteryear), a Hot Wheels Cadillac Cien, a Hot Wheels Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, a Matchbox Cadillac One, a Matchbox ’69 Cadillac Sedan Deville, a Matchbox Escalade,  2 CTS Wagons and a Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Hearse. 

Cadillac x 9
My 9 Cadillacs

I heard some toy dealers were reluctant to stock a hearse, there is a strong taboo around death in many countries. The same toy dealers, I imagine are happy to stock toy guns, tanks and toy weapons.

Cadillac (1)
Cadillac Hearse

I don’t have a Pink Cadillac, but I do have an impressive looking Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, which is longer than the Cadillac One

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and one (2)
Cadillac One (Matchbox) and Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Hot Wheels)

Despite Cadillac being an American car, I have amassed three times as many Matchbox Cadillacs as Hot Wheels. A Custom Eldorado featured in Hot Wheels original “Sweet Sixteen” models, I’d love to find one but it was only made from 1968-1969. Whilst Hot Wheels has had many Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros, there haven’t been so many Cadillacs. In the current range I just see a Cadillac Elmiraj ( I see a ‘16 Cadillac ATS-V R is lined up as a new model in the 2018 releases).

Hot Wheels Custom Eldorado (not my photo)

Cadillac Matchbox (2)
6 Matchbox Cadillacs

Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac.
Ben Stein