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[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000 [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 46a, the Morris Minor 1000. This casting entered the range in 1958, and experienced a short run, remaining until 1960. As one might know, this is a vehicle that couldn’t be more British:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000 [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Morris Minor 1000

(note: I had another copy of this scheduled, it vanished, maybe it will show up again, kinja?)

[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan President [REVIEW] Tomica Nissan President

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here again, and today’s entry couldn’t be more of a JDM product. Today we examine Tomica 81-1, the Nissan President. This casting entered the range in May 1974, and is something seldom seen in small scale:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Pickford Removal Van [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Pickford Removal Van

Lesney Matchbox time is here once again. Last week we saw a Tomica van, here is a Matchbox van. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 46b, the Pickford Removal Van. This casting entered the range in 1960, and was popular, remaining until 1968. As one can see, this model has all of the niceness we expect from a Lesney…

[REVIEW] Tomica Volkswagen Microbus [REVIEW] Tomica Volkswagen Microbus

Tomica time is here again. This is Land of the Rising Sun-day only via the maker of this model. This is Tomica F29-1, the Volkswagen Microbus. This casting entered the range in October 1977, and is a nice way to end my reviews for the year:

Christmas DOTS Small Town Edition Christmas DOTS Small Town Edition

Or down near the street. First, a Hanomag-based motorhome:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Commer Pick-Up MK VIII - another one [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Commer Pick-Up MK VIII - another one

Lesney Matchbox time is here again on this Christmas Eve eve. Today we look at a vehicle with some Christmas color: red. This is Lesney Matchbox 50a, the Commer Pick-Up MK VIII. This casting entered the range in 1958, remaining until 1964, and is a real charmer:

[REVIEW] Tomica Shiden 77 BMW [REVIEW] Tomica Shiden 77 BMW

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day is here once again. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a racing car, no time like the present for another. This is Tomica 71-2, the Shiden 77 BMW. This casting was in the range from April 1978 until July 1981, and is something not seen every day:

Rental Car Adventure Rental Car Adventure

I thought this might be interesting to those of us who follow rental cars. Last month I spent a couple weeks on the road, based out of ORD, and had a rental car odyssey, driving 4 cars during the period. Here’s car the first:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Chevrolet Impala [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Chevrolet Impala

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. The last Matchbox review featured a boat, here is the car I pictured towing it. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 57b, the Chevrolet Impala. This casting entered the range in early 1961, remaining until early 1966, and is a real classic:

[REVIEW] Tomica Citroen SM [REVIEW] Tomica Citroen SM

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, once again only for the origin of the model. This is Tomica F34-1, the Citroen SM. This casting entered the range in November 1977, remaining until February 1983, and contains the expected Gallic design splendor, and then some:

Automotive Timeline Automotive Timeline

As long as everyone else is doing it, why not.

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Sports Boat and Trailer [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Sports Boat and Trailer

Lesney Matchbox time is here again, time something different, a boat. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 48b, the Sports Boat and Trailer. This casting entered the range in 1961, remaining until 1966, and is an uncommon vehicle in the diecast world:

Modular Car Sighting: PNW Edition Modular Car Sighting: PNW Edition

Spotted less than a block from where I saw the Paseo convertible a couple months ago:

[REVIEW] Tomica Toyota Crown Super Deluxe [REVIEW] Tomica Toyota Crown Super Deluxe

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here once again. Today we examine a model that had been on my list, and is now in the hoard. This is Tomica 3-1, the Toyota Crown Super Deluxe. This casting entered the range in September 1970, remaining until October 1974, and is a nice example of the early days of Tomica:

Surprise Thursday - Unexpected Find At The Gilmore Car Museum Surprise Thursday - Unexpected Find At The Gilmore Car Museum

I’m on the last leg of my trip, and visited the Gilmore Car Museum today. Amazing place, well-worth the 2 hour drive from the insane traffic zoo known as Detroit:

Diecast On The Road - Illinois and Indiana Diecast On The Road - Illinois and Indiana

I’ve been on the road for most of the past 2 weeks, visiting a friend in Chicago and taking a road trip in the region. Along the way I have visited a few automotive museums, and encountered some diecast. I thought some may like to see what is out there, so I’ll share a little.

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox 1 Ton Trojan Van [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox 1 Ton Trojan Van

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. The last Matchbox review featured a passenger car, now it’s time for a commercial vehicle. Today we examine Lesney Matchbox 47a, the 1 Ton Trojan Van. This casting entered the range in 1958, remaining until early 1963, and is another one of those eye-catching models representative…

[REVIEW] Tomica Pontiac Firebird TransAm [REVIEW] Tomica Pontiac Firebird TransAm

Tomica time is here again. Also known as Land of the Rising Sun-day, but this one is on that theme only due to the maker, otherwise, this is all stars and stripes. Today we examine Tomica F42-1, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. This casting entered the range in February 1978, and is definitely an icon of its era:

[REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Fiat 1500 [REVIEW] Lesney Matchbox Fiat 1500

Lesney Matchbox time is here again. Today we look at a model that is a newer release relative to most of my Matchbox collection. This is Lesney Matchbox 56b, the Fiat 1500. This casting entered the range in 1965, remaining until 1969, and is a good example of a model made during the period when Matchbox sales were…

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