NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
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.
I'm pretty sure that you're wondering yourself why I'm presenting the Volvo ÖV4 Jakob by the Finish company Stahlberg here. Well two Volvo fans from the Netherlands have recently discovered a new version of this well known scale model made out of plastic. The lightly inclined windshield stands out on this newly discovered version. It may be a model from the very first run. All the remaining versions who were released had always a vertical windshield.
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
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
What we have here are two different green shades of this Volvo PV544. Schuco offered this model between 1957 and 1969. The models were offered under their product range called 'Piccolo'. These models were made out of metal and were available in different colours. The scale of this Volvo PV544 is 1:90. Schuco's item number for the Volvo PV544 was 718.
Schuco has restarted producing the Volvo PV544 as 'Piccolo' version back in 2001. They have released it so far in six new liveries and every time in small production batches of only 500, 1000, 2500 or 4000 units.
You can admire both of the green painted models : the first row shows you the model in a nice fresh light green and the second run of photos shows you one in dark green. I had so far just one green model listed in my database. I will correct this.
Source & copyright : liveauctioneers.com
I found this plastic Volvo 760 R/C model one October day back in 2011.
It has been produced in Japan by Taiyo and distributed by the company Brio Scanditoys. The scale of this model is 1:24.
I do know that Brio Scanditoys released a lot of Volvo scale models in the past but so far I was not able to find correct and detailed information’s about their product range.
I will post more as soon as I have found more about the Japanese company Taiyo Kogyo Corporation.
Courtesy of Stefan
A Volvo fan and model collector from Poland contacted me recently and left the following comment :
I've got the same one but in a silver metallic finish. Bought personally by me on a sunny day in Göteborg, Sweden August 1984. I remember the price - 240 SEK. In nineties donated to younger brother, preserved good shape. Inspected yesterday in his room. Beautiful piece in history of toys engineering. After thirty years box condition is poor, but the car is OK and still racing fast :D Volvo 760 GLE by TAIYO - The pioneer of drifting!
He was very kind and took a couple of excellent photos of his silver metallic Volvo 760 R/C model.
Courtesy of Michael K.
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
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.
The Swedish company Kabo produced simple plastic models. These models were used as give-aways with 'Kalaspuffar' cereal in the 1960's. Kabo produced not only cars but also small trucks, ships, airplanes as well as train models. Kabo offered among others four Volvo scale models : the Volvo PV445 Duett, the PV445 Duett panel van, the PV544 and the Volvo Amazon 4-door. The scale of these Volvo models is approximatively 1:87. These models existed in six different colors. These colors vary depending if it is a model without or with tires.
The Volvo PV445 Duett and Volvo PV544 existed in these colors: blue, red, yellow, black, silver and bronze/gold.
These cars came without tires. These models were released in 1959.
The Volvo PV445 Duett panel van and Volvo Amazon 4-door existed in these colors : blue, red, yellow, green, white and gold. These cars came with tires. These models were released in 1960.
Models without tires - 1959
The photo on your upper right shows the following models:
first row : Volvo PV445 Duett / Volvo L39 / Volvo F82 / Bedford Van / VW Van
second row : Volvo PV544 / VW 1200 / DKW / Mercedes 300 / Opel Rekord
Models with tires - 1960
The photo on your upper right shows the following models:
first row : Dodge Matador / Mercedes 300 / Citroën / Fiat 1800 / Scania-Vabis L55
second row : Volvo PV445 Duett / Volvo Amazon / VW 1200 / VW Karmann Ghia / MG 1600
Here is yet another promotional model based on the Volvo 760 once offered by the Swedish company Viking Toys. This one is decorated for the computer company Commodore which was well known back in the 1980's for their personal home computers. This small white scale model with the pink tires is based on Viking Toys product number 4293. The model is made of plastic and it is 7.2 cm long. Have also a look at this couple of promotional models.