NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
I have just discovered this 10-car set featuring a Volvo XC90. This set by Matchbox is labeled 'Showroom Models' and has been released in January 2010. This golden brown paint scheme is new for this set. It has not been available before. The interior of the model is black. The 3'' model has a diecast body and a plastic bottom plate. It has been made in Thailand.
A good source for anything regarding the Volvo XC90 by Matchbox is this Wiki page.
I have recently found this Volvo 760 in the States. It is a merchandising model for the soft-drink company Pepsi. The white painted 3'' model is made of diecast and features a plastic bottom-plate. The windows are gold-brown and the model is lacking an interior. The model is a very basic model and does not have many details. It is without a doubt a low budget and low quality toy. The Volvo 760 has been offered in the PEPSI 'Team Racer' product line nearly twenty years ago. Similar 3'' models on blisters and decorated for Pepsi have also been offered back in 1997 in a product line called PEPSI 'Wheeler Series'. Other series back in 1996 and 1997 were called among others 'Golden Wheel', 'Truck & Trailer', 'Racing Team', 'Tractor Trailer', 'Super Hauler', Gift Set'.
The Hong Kong based company Golden Wheel Die Cast Factory Ltd. has produced this Volvo 760. The various models at the bottom of this post have also been produced by this company. The Volvo is 65 mm long, 25 mm wide and 21 mm tall. This results in an approximative scale of 1:73.
Website : goldenwheeldiecast.com
Quote from a description found on the website of 'The Hong Kong Trade Development Council' (HKTDC) :
Golden Wheel is a manufacturer and established since 1989. We are principally engaging in marketing and production of die-cast toys including design, tooling, production and sales. We are proud to present our online catalogue, a collectibles from our own brand name "Golden Wheel" a under permission of copyright such as "Pepi-cola", "Ford", "Fedex", "Usps", "Pennzoil", "Man", "Mercedes Benz" etc.
Here is another quote from a article written by Tony Henderson :
More PEPSI 'Team Racer' models :
Volvo 244DL by Fastwheel / Yatming
I have found Volvo 244DL which has been made by Yatming. The 3'' diecast model has been marketed under the label Fastwheel. The model is packed in a blister on cardboard allowing to show the working front side doors in their open position. Unfortunately the driver door did not want to open even after some violent shaking. The Volvo 244DL is the usual and rather moderately detailed model normally offered by Yatming. The orange painted car features a flesh colored interior. The body and the baseplate are made of of diecast. The item number is No. 1058. I do not know if the car has been sold in other paint schemes together with this packaging. Playart produced this Volvo 244DL in many different colors but without opening doors prior to Yatming. Click here for more infos.
The backside of the cardboard features a list of 13 available models together with their item umber :