NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
A Dutch collector has recently found this 1:43 Volvo P1800ES diecast model. It is packed in a window box which is labeled 'M-Smart' and 'Modeel Collection'. I have never seen one of this names before. The dark brown scale model is the same as the one from Del Prado. The baseplate also says ‘Del Prado’. There are no numbers and no other specifications on the box.
This is a set offered by Matchbox under the name 'Super Value Pack'. The idea behind these sets were most certainly to promote and sell older models. This set seems to have been offered in 1990. The set was available under item # MB832.
I have been listing this model for years in my database, But since it is very rare and really hard to find I decided to present it in this column. This P1900 has been produced in 1987 by BBR and sold under the name 'Valko Series'. The 1:43 scale model is made of resin and features many photo-etched parts. It is in my eyes the best Volvo P1900 scale model ever made.
The here shown model was sold on September 2, 2012 for 215,50 $ ( 168,35 € ) on a well known auction site in the States. It was initially advertised for 500 $ which was without a doubt rather unreasonable.