NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
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.
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 recently came across this set by Majorette featuring a Volvo 760 GLE and a Peugeot 205 GTi. The box not only contains the scale models but also a device called Sprinter. It allows you to whiz the cars. You can even clip it to your belt so you can play with it when you are on the road. I haven't opened the package since it is still in near mint condition. The cardboard will get damaged once opened. This set was available under item number Ref. 03446010. I presume that it is dating back to the mid eighties.
Here you can watch two commercials broadcasted on the French TV back in 1987 :
Source & copyright of the clips : ina.fr
I have been able to find once again a few more sets by Majorette featuring a Volvo 760 and a horse trailer. The newly found sets are :
Photos used with permission.
I'm sure that more versions exist. I will present them as soon as I have found any. Just have a look at the database to see other versions ( color, packaging, ... ).
And yet another episode of the Volvo 760 story by Majorette.
The following two photos are showing two liveries that are not yet featured in the database.
This is certainly a rare find. This batch consists of 3 slightly different versions of the same livery. The batch ( 5 models in total ) is currently being offered for sale on the web.
Volvo 245 Estate 'Tours de France - Officiels' & trailer with two race bikes :
Here is a short summary explaining the small differences between these models :
There are even 5 different versions if you take into account the way the colored bikes are placed on the trailers.
Each set is however packed in the same type of blister.
I have discovered once again a new set made by Majorette. The duo consist of a Volvo 245 Estate and a single axle trailer with two bikes.
The Volvo 245 Estate is painted copper metallic and lettered for 'touring club de France'. The single axle trailer is made out of gray metal and holds two racing bikes. The bikes are made out of plastic and are red and yellow.
The set is packed in a blister which features a white plastic base.
I am curious to find out how many versions Majorette released from the Volvo 760. Finding the different colors was an easy task. But it is more difficult to get an overview of every double-pack and every packaging version that has been released.
The last one that turned up is a green Volvo 760 packed in a blister showing an advertisement for the WWF ( World Wildlife Fund ). The blister calls to donate money in order to protect endangered animals. You were also able to win several prizes. The first prize was a trip to Florida.
This release was only offered in France and issued in collaboration with WWW France. The deadline for the game was September 1988 so I suppose this set has only been offered that year.
I would be very pleased if you could contact me if you are aware of other versions.