NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
The Swiss home improvement center Coop Bau+Hobby offered last autumn a model of a Volvo Amazon. The first idea behind this Volvo Amazon is being a deco object rather than a precise scale model. But a few Volvo enthusiasts in Switzerland thought that it might fit well into their Volvo scale model collection. The model is made out of tinplate and the overall proportions reflect pretty well the real thing. The car features even an interior with seats, a rudimentary detailed dashboard as well as a steering wheel. The wheels don't turn. The dimensions of the model are : l= 27,5cm / w=10cm / h=9,5cm. This means that this Volvo Amazon is pretty close to 1:16. The model was sold between 20 and 25 CHF. This would make today between 18.5 and 23 EUR or 20.6 and 25.7 USD. I can't tell you where or who made this model. There are no marks or inscriptions on the model. Similar deco cars have been and are still being made in Africa as well as Malaysia.
This model of the Volvo S80 was a gift by Volvo for their guests for the 2008 launch of the S80 in Indonesia. The model comes in a special decorated and tagged window cardboard box. The 1:43 scale model is made in China by Cararama/Hongwell. I have no clue how many of these boxes have been offered by Volvo to their customers in Indonesia.
Courtesy of Zainal Aabidin P. S.
A Dutch model collector has received yesterday the model of the Volvo XC90 Police car which you can see in the attached photos. This XC90 comes in the livery of a South Korean Police car. The scale model has been manufactured in China and it is distributed by a company called Mica World Co. Ltd. and based in Busan, South Korea. It seems that this is an officially licensed Volvo product from 2006. The diecast model has a push back engine. It's scale is 1:34. The EAN-13 barcode reads 8809173550112.
I have previously been showing another livery of the very same Volvo XC90 scale model. See here.
Courtesy of BJ.
The French company Minialuxe once distributed a small range of their diecast cars in chain stores under the name 'Punch'. Among these models offered under the label Punch were also a handful of Volvo 144 models. The model of the Volvo 144 was exactly the same than those offered under the brand Minaluxe. The scale model sold under the name Punch came in a different box and the colors varied from those by Minialuxe. The two models on the following pics are the only one I have come across so far.
Minialuxe is once again in business. The company celebrates his 62nd anniversary this year. A new owner took over the company and has started to manufacture scale models in France. They are manufacturing today models which they used to offer in the past with newly tooled forms and molds. Minialuxe has not yet revealed if they will reproduce the Volvo 144.
I'm pretty sure that you're wondering yourself why I'm presenting the Volvo ÖV4 Jakob by the Finish company Stahlberg here. Well two Volvo fans from the Netherlands have recently discovered a new version of this well known scale model made out of plastic. The lightly inclined windshield stands out on this newly discovered version. It may be a model from the very first run. All the remaining versions who were released had always a vertical windshield.
The same Swiss Volvo fan and Rob Eddie scale model collector has send me also the pics of this model. It is a Volvo PV60 from 1950. Rob Eddie once released a nearly identical model back in 1994 for Volvo Sweden in a limited edition of 500 units (item # RE 5z). That model represented however a Swedish Police (Polis) car. The model I show you today looks very much the same but is fitted with a roof-rack and an additional beam above the windshield. The sister of the Swiss Volvo fan bought this model directly from Rob Eddie in his shop in Sweden back in 1995 or 1996. It seems that Rob Eddie intended back then to offer this model in a small batch. Does anyone know if this specific model in light blue with the roof-rack and the additional roof light has been offered as regular release?Volvo PV60 'Polis'
Courtesy of Peter M, CH
I recently meet a Swiss Volvo fan and Rob Eddie scale model collector while visiting a Volvo event in Belgium. He revealed me that he had some Rob Eddie models which were missing in my database. He was very kind an took a few photos of these models back at home in Switzerland.
Both models I will present you here have been issued for Rob Eddie's 30th anniversary. This was back in 2007. Both models have a yellow circle on their roofs which contains the three yellow numbers: 1977, 30 and 2007. The inscription has been stamped onto the models. It is not just a decal. Both Volvo models, the PV4 and the Volvo 740 estate are limited editions of only 30 units each. This is certified by a small etched number-plate on the undersides of both models.
Volvo PV4 : 30th anniversary model (1977-2007)
Volvo 740 estate : 30th anniversary model (1977-2007)
Courtesy of Peter M, CH
What we have here are two different green shades of this Volvo PV544. Schuco offered this model between 1957 and 1969. The models were offered under their product range called 'Piccolo'. These models were made out of metal and were available in different colours. The scale of this Volvo PV544 is 1:90. Schuco's item number for the Volvo PV544 was 718.
Schuco has restarted producing the Volvo PV544 as 'Piccolo' version back in 2001. They have released it so far in six new liveries and every time in small production batches of only 500, 1000, 2500 or 4000 units.
You can admire both of the green painted models : the first row shows you the model in a nice fresh light green and the second run of photos shows you one in dark green. I had so far just one green model listed in my database. I will correct this.
Source & copyright : liveauctioneers.com
I found this plastic Volvo 760 R/C model one October day back in 2011.
It has been produced in Japan by Taiyo and distributed by the company Brio Scanditoys. The scale of this model is 1:24.
I do know that Brio Scanditoys released a lot of Volvo scale models in the past but so far I was not able to find correct and detailed information’s about their product range.
I will post more as soon as I have found more about the Japanese company Taiyo Kogyo Corporation.
Courtesy of Stefan
A Volvo fan and model collector from Poland contacted me recently and left the following comment :
I've got the same one but in a silver metallic finish. Bought personally by me on a sunny day in Göteborg, Sweden August 1984. I remember the price - 240 SEK. In nineties donated to younger brother, preserved good shape. Inspected yesterday in his room. Beautiful piece in history of toys engineering. After thirty years box condition is poor, but the car is OK and still racing fast :D Volvo 760 GLE by TAIYO - The pioneer of drifting!
He was very kind and took a couple of excellent photos of his silver metallic Volvo 760 R/C model.
Courtesy of Michael K.