NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
Further info's regarding the GT models by Matchbox - quote from matchbox.wiki.com:
Super GT (or Super G.T.) is a range of miniature models, based on older 1970s castings in which interiors are no longer fitted, the windows are solid in color, opening features are cast shut and the bases are black plastic. Some models have white glow windows, these include the glowing race track "Streak Racing" models. The original name for the line was to be the "Budget Range" and models were designated with "BR". Model names are taken from the original name, but do not appear on the castings. The models were sold single or with launcher, and in gift sets. The line was introduced 1985 and ran trough 1988, between 1985 and 1987 the line was made in England, after in China. For 1988 all were recolored. In 1990 some models were reissued in neon colors and named "Neon Racers". These are denoted with "NR".
Nice surprises still occur. Just have a look at this model of a second generation Volvo S40 (2004–2012) steel frame. This rather unusual model has been commissioned by Volvo as demonstration model and has been shipped to each Volvo dealership in the United States. A total of 380 units have been shipped across the Sates. The scale of this model is somewhere around 1:5 and 1:6.
Quote from the company's website which built this model:
Project: Volvo S40 Frame
Previous Volvo models by Mica World:
The printed info's on the box say that the scale of the Volvo is 1:35 while the bottom plate of the model reads 1:34.
The very same model of this Volvo XC90 has been offered by other companies and labels:
I came across this older Matchbox MBX Metal set featuring a Volvo XC90 and two other cars. It is not yet listed in the database. This 3-car set dates back to 2006. The three 3-inch diecast models are from top to bottom:
I have acquired earlier this year a 3-inch model of the Volvo 760. This diecast model has been distributed by Edocar. This prompted me to search for further info's regarding this brand.
I have translated the following text. I found the original article written in German on Wikiwand:
The label Edocar belonged to the Dutch companies “Edor Benelux NL BV” and “Fred Beherr BV”. This labeled offered scale models and toys between 1986 and 2007.
Edocar had obtained licenses from the May Cheong Group as well as from Yat Ming Industrial Factory Limited. These licenses allowed Edor to produce and sell Maisto and Yat Ming scale models in Europe. Eder had been founded back in 1950 and was until 1985 a distributor of Matchbox models from the Lesney Products & Co. Ltd. Edocar offered mostly 1:64 scale models made out of diecast which were produced in China. Edocar added later also models from Hartoy, Real Toy, Tiger Wheels and Golden Wheels to their product line.
The very first model range called “Mini” (EM) featured 50 different 1:64 scale models. The second line was called “EA” and consisted of eight different 1:43 old-timer (prewar) models. The EM-range had been enlarged in 1988 by adding new color versions. The year 1990 saw an even bigger increase of new color versions for the various models. The first own catalog was printed in 1992 which presented the complete range of available models. 1992 was also the year which saw the introduction of the “AK” range which consisted of specific 2CV (Citroen 2CV) models of the Dutch cartoon TV series Alfred Jodocus Kwak. Another product was a range of play streets called “Poldertown”.
“Alarm” was another product range featuring six different scale models which featured sirens and blue lights. The “Super-Wheels” (EB) range consisted of six cars with friction motors. And there was also the “EC” range which offered models that changed their color when put into cold or warm water. 1991 saw also a new range of models and figurines inspired by the comic series “The Flintstones”.
The following product ranges existed in 1990:
Edocars best known scale models are probably the ones decorated for Coca-Cola. The licenses from Hartoy allowed to distribute models in the Coco-Cola colors and featuring the Coca-Cola logos. 1995 saw the introduction of the Baja Bug Beetle (CJ 1 Buggy) which played the song “Always Coca-Cola”. This model was also delivered with the corresponding texts and notes of the song.
The VW Shirocco I was offered as a 1:64 Yat Ming scale model made in China. Yet Ming offered at the same moment the same model except that it was still made in Hong Kong. Later on only the Edocar version (made in China) was available. There has also been a model of the Austin Mini from the EA range which was not made in the usual scale of 1:64 but in 1:55.
Some colors were exclusively reserved for the Edocar brand like for instance the Ferrari Daytona which was offered in white by Edocar.
The various product ranges were renamed in 1999. The were now called: Travel, Engine, Farm, Music and Super.
Only one model car is known that has been developed and manufactured by Edocar. It is a 1:64 Lancia Rally 037. Edocar offered their product back in 1999 in thirteen European countries as well as in Singapur and Hong Kong. "Edor Benelux NL BV" went 2007 bankrupt and manufacturing was stopped as well. The Hong Kong based company Loyal Bright Ltd. marketed for a short period end of 2007 a range of Edocar models.
I was able to buy this 3-inch model of a Volvo 760. This diecast model is packed in a blister on cardboard wearing the name 'Columbus - Metall Sportauto'. The Volvo 760 is painted anthracite metallic and features a white/pale cream interior. This set has been distributed by the German wholesaler Rewe Zentral AG. The model has been offered under item number 5835. The EAN barcode is 4388840558353. This 3-inch diecast model has been produce by Zee Toys / Zylmex.
Zee Toys / Zylmex
I have discovered earlier this year another Matchbox set which features a Volvo model. It is a Matchbox 10-pack set dating back to 2007. The set consists of ten very different 3-inch scale models. The models are offered in a blister fitted into a window cardboard box which allows a free sight to all of the models. The featured Volvo is a white painted C30.
The complete set contains the following ten models:
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.