NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
This is a charming and also quite rare set. The Volvo Amazon and the caravan have been produced in Hong Kong by a company called Lucky Toys and marketed under the name Laurie Toys. Both models are made of plastic and their scale is 1:25. This set called 'Continental Tourer' does not show up very often. And it is even rarer to find it with a complete and undamaged cardboard box which features also an attractive colorful design.
This near mint set is offered at the moment on eBay.co.uk under auction number 120974729044.
Here is a couple of a rather strange Volvo's. These double-end Volvo 264 have been assembled by using each time two 1:43 scale models by Norev as base. They have been cut in half and assembled and repainted. The blue-light on top of the roof centre is certainly helping to hide the gap between both bodies. The yellow one has even the Volvo logo printed on each hood.
These funny models have been built by R&M Models. They are certainly not must haves. But I'm sure that they will put a smile on every face when they show up in someones showcase.
Volvo 760 prototype by Corgi
Here is probably a pre-production model of a Volvo 740/760 by Corgi. Such resin models were often used to see the model before it went into production in a smaller scale. As you can see this model is not complete. The front side doors, the hood, the bumpers, lights and trim are all missing. This example has also a lot of small air bubbles in the body which tells us that the resin was not the best. The roof has also wrapped but this is quite normal with such large and thin resin surfaces. Another striking detail is the unsymmetrical air intake grille between the hood and the front window (please see photo below ). But to my surprise the 1:36 scale models from the normal production have this error too. I have to admit that I never paid attention to this detail before.
This resin models measures 250x102.9x65.5 mm which results in a approximate scale of 1:19.
Click here for pictures of a 1:36 scale Volvo 760 by Corgi.
Volvo 760 by Corgi
Here is a Volvo 760 by Corgi decorated as a promotional model for the Dutch airline company KLM-Cargo. The brown metallic Volvo has a black interior and features opening front side doors and a opening hood with detailed engine compartment. These are characteristics of every Volvo 740/760 in 1:36 scale by Corgi.
The differences between this and a normal release are :
Volvo PV544 by Heco Miniatures
Heco Miniatures released between 1990 and 1991 a 1:43 scale Volvo PV544. The rtr model was made out of resin. Four different colors were available : black, burgundy red, midnight blue and beige. 375 models of each color were produced.
A French reseller is offering some Volvo PV544 scale models by Heco Miniatures which I have never seen before. The French company Heco Miniatures went out of business not so long ago. It seems that the above mentioned reseller was able to acquire all these models after everything was foreclosed.
This batch comprises the following pieces :
1. Complete mold to cast the resin body of the Volvo PV544.
2. This seems to be the prototype body : you still can see the sanded putty on it.
3. This is a near complete but unbuilt kit : only the glazing and the complete set of trim and door handles are missing. The steering wheel has been fixed to the already black painted dashboard.
4. This an non-complete kit : axles, rims, the whole interior, the glazing, the complete set of trim and door handles are missing.
5. This is an already painted but not entirely built model : this is the only one that comes with glazing.
6. This is an already painted but unbuilt kit which comes in an quite unusual blue over black paint scheme. This version has never been offered for sale.
7. This is an already painted but unbuilt kit which comes in an quite unusual blight grey over black paint scheme. This version has never been offered for sale.
8. This is a set of 8 interiors which comes fixed on a resin base.
All these items are still for sale on ebay at this moment. But the price tags are in my opinion much to high.
I only payed around 65 € for each of the two rtr models that I have in my private collection.
Here is the price list for the various kits and models :
Volvo 245 DL by Majorette
Volvo 265 by Siku
Here is a prototype of a Volvo 265 which Siku probably developed between 1975 and 1979.
It is unclear why the scale model never saw production.
It is probable that it ended with a few other prototypes in the hands of a former Siku worker.
They were offered for sale several years ago and the person behind oldtoycars.de was able to buy them.