NEW OLD MODELS FOUND
The tag says it all. It's all about older models which I have discovered only recently.
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.
Diecast on the Cheap - Summer (SM) Sunshine (SS)
Perhaps we should give Summer a break. One important consideration is that it is unlikely that Summer's 1:64 scale toy cars are intended for the major markets in North America or Europe. While I can't prove this, I bet that Summer exports their products to many developing nations where the low price of the product allows children in Africa, Asia or South America to afford a toy car. Where $500 a year is still considered a representative annual income, even a $1 toy car is a big purchase. Are Mattel's toy cars priced for these economically disadvantaged markets? A Summer toy car, even with it's crude casting, could still have plenty of play value for a child. If that toy can be purchased for $.25, a parent in these developing economies may be able to bring the simple pleasure of a toy car to their child. Perhaps that is what I like most about toy cars, simple pleasure at a price anyone can afford. If Summer can do this, they deserve our thanks.
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THE RETURN OF SUMMER / SM / SUMMER METAL LIST
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