NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
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.
The French company Minialuxe once distributed a small range of their diecast cars in chain stores under the name 'Punch'. Among these models offered under the label Punch were also a handful of Volvo 144 models. The model of the Volvo 144 was exactly the same than those offered under the brand Minaluxe. The scale model sold under the name Punch came in a different box and the colors varied from those by Minialuxe. The two models on the following pics are the only one I have come across so far.
Minialuxe is once again in business. The company celebrates his 62nd anniversary this year. A new owner took over the company and has started to manufacture scale models in France. They are manufacturing today models which they used to offer in the past with newly tooled forms and molds. Minialuxe has not yet revealed if they will reproduce the Volvo 144.
Volvo PV60 by Rob Eddie
The same Swiss Volvo fan and Rob Eddie scale model collector has send me also the pics of this model. It is a Volvo PV60 from 1950. Rob Eddie once released a nearly identical model back in 1994 for Volvo Sweden in a limited edition of 500 units (item # RE 5z). That model represented however a Swedish Police (Polis) car. The model I show you today looks very much the same but is fitted with a roof-rack and an additional beam above the windshield. The sister of the Swiss Volvo fan bought this model directly from Rob Eddie in his shop in Sweden back in 1995 or 1996. It seems that Rob Eddie intended back then to offer this model in a small batch. Does anyone know if this specific model in light blue with the roof-rack and the additional roof light has been offered as regular release?Volvo PV60 'Polis'
Courtesy of Peter M, CH
Anniversary models by Rob Eddie
I recently meet a Swiss Volvo fan and Rob Eddie scale model collector while visiting a Volvo event in Belgium. He revealed me that he had some Rob Eddie models which were missing in my database. He was very kind an took a few photos of these models back at home in Switzerland.
Both models I will present you here have been issued for Rob Eddie's 30th anniversary. This was back in 2007. Both models have a yellow circle on their roofs which contains the three yellow numbers: 1977, 30 and 2007. The inscription has been stamped onto the models. It is not just a decal. Both Volvo models, the PV4 and the Volvo 740 estate are limited editions of only 30 units each. This is certified by a small etched number-plate on the undersides of both models.
Volvo PV4 : 30th anniversary model (1977-2007)
Volvo 740 estate : 30th anniversary model (1977-2007)
Courtesy of Peter M, CH
I have recently found on a Spanish website a Volvo 343 DL by Hot Wheels in a color I had never seen before. The 1:43 scale model was black with a black interior.
The diecast model of the Volvo 343 DL has not only been offered under the Hot Wheels label. You can find it also as a Mebetoys or Tonka model. All these labels belong to the Mattel group. This Volvo 343 DL has always been offered under item number A-130.
The website Grantoros.com is providing a huge amount of interesting and very detailed info's regarding models by Mebetoys. But there is not much regarding the Volvo 343 model.
Here is a short list of the various versions and liveries I was so far able to find :
Don’t hesitate to send me your comments, photos, catalogs or anything else you may have or know about these Volvo 343 models. Every tiny info can help solving this puzzle. You can contact me here.
A friendly Dutch collector just send me the photo on your left. It shows the same Volvo 343 DL but distributed under the name littletois. This label was used by the still existing Dutch company Hema.
The model offered by Hema was also made by Hot Wheels. The 1:43 scale model is the same and has the same features as the ones released directly by Hot Wheels. The packaging is less sophisticated and consists just of a carboard base with a blister as top.
A Dutch Volvo enthusiast was recently able to buy this Volvo ÖV4 pickup once made by Somerville. The 1:43 white metal model is decorated as SKF service car. The pickup is painted a light gray, it features a black roof and brown colored seats. 'SKF - Svenska Kullagerfabriken Goteborg' is written on the side doors and 'SKF' is written on the rear. Somerville released this model apparently around 1997. This Somerville model wears the rather unusual item number 553 as well as the abbreviation D.M.c.H.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have further infos regarding this Volvo model.
Courtesy of BJ
Volvo PV544 by Asahi
I have recently discovered this tinplate Volvo PV544. This one does even come with the original box which features a colorful printed cover. It is a rare fin ti see a mint car still in the original box. This Volvo PV544 has been made in Japan back in the late 1950's. The model is 13cm long.
I wasn't able to find more detailed infos about this scale model. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any knowledge regarding this Volvo model.
Volvo 144 Taxi by Amercom
Here is yet another packaging version of the Volvo 144 Taxi that has been distributed in partwork collections by several companies all over Europe. I will show you here the Bulgarian, Polish and Greek version. The same Volvo 144 Taxi model has been available in France, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria and also Greece :
Please let me know if you are aware if it has been offered in other countries.
The models are theoretically everywhere the same. But in the end the released versions for each country differ in some details. The most noticeable is clearly the various packaging versions and of course the folder coming with each model. But there is more. You can detect many tiny differences when checking in deep the various details and overall finish.
Differences between the models released in Bulgaria and Greece :
Just have a look at the following three photos to see some obvious differences between the Volvo 14 released in Bulgaria and the one released in Greece :
The Swiss wholesaler Waldmeier was offering six years ago a Volvo S80 in a special decorated window box. The box is labeled ‘Swiss Collection’ and contains a Volvo S80 decorated as a Swiss Police car. The 1:43 scale diecast model is made by Cararama. The model is available under item # 1022.20076. The white Volvo S80 features a gray and beige interior. The car has a correct Swiss numberplate : VD-24189. This model has previously also been offered in Oliex and Hongwell 'Junior Rescue' boxes.
A seller from Israel is offering several Volvo scale models representing Police cars from Russia and Belarus. The 1:43 scale models are apparently custom made in the Ukraine. The seller did not want to share more infos and did not want to reveal more details about the various versions. The Police cars are based on redecorated models by Minichamps and Motorart. The level of details and the quality of the decals are of a very high standard. This is also reflected in the price tag. The average cost for a model are 80 €.
Volvo S80 Police Moscow, Russia
Volvo S80 Police Moscow, Russia
Volvo S40 Police Moscow, Russia
Volvo V40 Police Moscow, Russia
Volvo V40 Police Belarus