NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
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
This set featuring a Volvo 760 was sold last weekend on a well known auction site. The price was 17.76 € for the set. The 3-car set features a Cadillac, a Rover SD1 and a Volvo 760. This set contains not only those 3'' car models but also a couple of street signs with stands. The whole set of pieces is fixed properly in a blister on cardboard. This set was made in Italy by Giodi.
There existed at least one other similar set featuring a Cadillac, a Rover SD1 and a Renault 20. This set was sold the same day for 18.89 €.
This Volvo 760 existed as single car in the following colors : gray, blue metallic and red.
You may know the brand Giodo from the models in the Ü-eggs. A Volvo 760 as well as a Volvo 245 were available in several colors in the Ü-eggs around 1987. Here is a website which shows many of these models www.ue-ei-portal-sammlerkatalog.de
A fellow Volvo fan and collector made me recently aware of this Volvo 760 GLE scale model. The 3'' model was made for the British label TC Toys by Majorette. The Volvo 760 is Majorette's standard model which consists of a diecast body and a plastic bottom-plate. The model is made in France. TC Toys has printed their own product number on the left bottom corner of the cardboard. The item number is 34 06279. TC Toys stands for Thomas Cork SM Ltd. It seems that the company started doing business back in 1984. It had his headquarter in Nottingham, Great Britain. The company had been dissolved in November 1995.
I was able to buy last month two Volvo 760 scale models from a company called Summer. Both 3'' models are mint but don't have any longer their original box/blister. I knew for many years that Summer did the Volvo 164 and the Volvo 760 in various different liveries. But this was my first opportunity to buy mint models for a fair price. They are far away from being exact to scale replicas but they were missing in my small collection of 3'' Volvo 760 scale models. And these two models were also two versions I had never seen before.
Both models are with the exception of the paint perfectly identical : the bodies consist of diecast and the bottom-plate is a chromed and shiny piece of plastic. The front seats are part of the bottom-plate. There are no rear seats. The glazing covers just the windshield and the rear window. These Volvo's have no opening parts. The only working parts are the plastic wheels fixed on a piece of steel wire. Both models have wheels with four dots. Another usual wheel type had five dots. But a few other variations seem to exist too. Made in China is written on the bottom-plates. The silver-gray colored model has the number 8 stamped in the interior on the bottom-plate. The blue one has the number 6 stamped in the interior on the bottom-plate.
Both models have a pretty clean and proper paint. Both cars feature a geometric design on their hoods. The number 1 is always written in light blue on the top of the hood and you will find beneath four adjacent circles.
I had already listed four other versions in my database. But I was able to find a couple more versions. These are :
Just let me know if you have eventually other versions in your collection.
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 :
This seems to be a rather rare model of a Volvo 245. This one has been made in Brazil by a company called Kiko. They used the Majorette molds for the production of this Volvo. This mens that this 3'' scale model is in fact exactly the same as the ones offered by Majorette. There are however small differences which do not concern the model in itself.
Photos used with permission.
This model has been sold today on eBay for 114.36 € ( 149.53 $ ).
Quote from an Wikipedia article :
Production in Brazil
Source & copyright : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majorette
I was not able to find out much about this set. It contains two 3'' inch cars and a car wash station. The special thing about it is that both cars change their color depending on the temperature of the water. The cars are a Volvo 760 GLE and a BMW M1. Both diecast models have a plastic base and were made in China by M.C.Toy. The Volvo is violet and turns to light blue once washed with warm water. And the BMW M1 switches from a dark grayish-green to beige. I will let the photos tell the story. But I can assure you that my nephews had much fun when they first tried it out.
Volvo 760 GLE & BMW M1
The differences of colors
Corgi has offered many different gift sets. A very few featured Volvo models. Here is in fact the second set I have found so far with a Volvo P1800. The Corgi gift set # 20 contains a Scammell Handyman tri-deck car transporter and six different cars. All the cars have Whizzwheels. The truck is painted in a nice blue over white over orange color scheme. Every wheel of the truck and the trailer have detailed cast hubs.
The gift set includes a Scammell Cab car transporter and the following six cars :
This hard to find Corgi GS20 car transporter gift set was sold for :
Click here to see the similar Corgi gift set # 40.