This chapter is about weird models where I have not yet been able to find any kind of precise info's and where I do need your help!
I found this Volvo 440 Turbo in an auction this weekend.
First of all I have never seen one like this before.
The Volvo is made out of a heavy metal. The RHD ( right hand drive ) model has a basic interior but no glazing and it comes fixed on a wooden base.
It is a 1:43 scale model and it measures 10x4x3 cm ( lwh ).
Due to the inscription on the bottom, I guess that it is a former promotional model from Volvo.
I would be pleased if someone could help me to find more infos about this scale model.
Photos used with permission. Courtesy of Marjorie ( photos 1-4 ). Courtesy of Bert Jan ( photos 5-9 )
The seller (Ayrshire Hospice) was unfortunately unable to give any information on this model because they received it as donation and sold it this weekend to raise money.
I was also able to find in the States a model of this Volvo ÖV4.
I can give you a few updates since I was able to measure and inspect the model,
First of all the scale is more likely 1:76 than 1:87 ( H0 ).
I was not able to find the exact dimensions of the real car. I just found the length of the wheelbase. And compared with the model car, the scale is very close to 1:76.
The model is made of three pieces of brass : the body, the window frame and the steering wheel.
The steering wheel seems to have been soldered to the dashboard. The frame for the front window seems only to be plugged in the body. I have not tried to remove it.
The model is fixed on a wooden baseplate made of darkened Meranti. The size is 75x75x9.5 mm. The model is fixed with the four pins under the wheels plugged into four holes in the wood.
I still can't tell who made this model.