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2 hours ago, bunglebus said:

Don't think I've found an Accord before

For a long time that Majorette Accord was my favourite car to play with in the school playground. No idea why. It originally came with a silver trailer and colour-matched (but somewhat cheapo in construction) sailing boat.

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Visited an Antiques fair for the first time in ages, and while she examined the vintage jewellery I wandered off totally unattended….. of course as we all know the lure of loose cash in ones pockets always brings temptation,  however this time I could hear the ghostly chants of @RoadworkUK &  @eddyramrod egging me on whistling in my ears…. BUY IT BUY IT….. they chanted - and I buckled! 

Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😉

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So the crisp £20 note in my pocket begged to have a new owner, and off it vanished in exchange for this Z3 Coupe, lightly  crumpled box and all.

It’s a UT models 1/18th diecast and it really is lovely. Doors and bonnet open, the interior has the blue seats just like the real thing. Under bonnet is nicely done though the chassis is a little bare. Still I think it’s delightful.

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On 8/27/2022 at 4:37 PM, bunglebus said:

I never had any of the Tincorners as a kid, despite my dad having a 1600E and a 2.0S MK4. Still haven't got the glow windows version, but I think this is one of the castings that escaped to Bulgaria so is available in a billion colours now

Yes you can tell the Bulgarian one's as the doors don't open ( only glow widows one has fixed windows for UK).

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1 hour ago, andrew e said:

So the crisp £20 note in my pocket begged to have a new owner, and off it vanished in exchange for this Z3 Coupe, lightly  crumpled box and all.

You've done very well there. Potentially a nice little earner when it comes to time to move it on; I'm pretty sure the Z3 M 'Clownshoe' is the most SORT-AFTER (sic) iteration of UT's Z3 lineup.

UT, of course, later morphed into AutoArt, and some of the late UTs were pretty close to AA levels of detail, including niceties such as flocked carpeting etc.

Being a tightarse mofo, this is my favourite of the UT Z3s:

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The base model 1.9, complete with 'gagging for an upgrade' ten-hole alloys. I really enjoy when a firm actually bothers to offer a cooking version of a popular and aspirational motah.

I've got this one:

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Sadly, there are several versions of this, and mine is the worst of the bunch. The detailing was improved over time, particularly around the headlamps, which are pretty dire in my example. The final version even went as far as having seatbelts with buckle details. 

I think the Z3 Coupé like wot you've got was available in a few versions, too, including the lower spec model that Eurotypes were blessed with, as well as the all-singing M that we got.

Anyway. Well bought. Not jealous at all.

At all.

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50 minutes ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

Yes you can tell the Bulgarian one's as the doors don't open ( only glow widows one has fixed windows for UK).

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Ages ago I bought some mystery plastic Matchbox copies, and it was suggested they were powered by blowing into them, spinning a flywheel inside

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Well someone on FB found a NOS box of them

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Blow N Go Action

Collect them all! 

Looks like I might have collected about half all of them all going by the colours visible, a yellow Datsun 280 and red Porsche 928 instead of vice versa.

Forgot I had the opposite colours too

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There are a couple of different types pictured on the box but who knows if they made it to production 

 

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On 8/28/2022 at 10:35 AM, Datsuncog said:

300TD rather than TE, but looks to be a reasonable stab at an S124 wagon.

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I've had these two from new - hence my cack-handed 'detailing' of the indicators etc using a Matchbox Graffic Traffic pen c.1990...

 

On 8/28/2022 at 12:07 PM, AndyW201 said:

Crilkey, that's a new one on me! Another one to hunt down, I quite fancy the beige taxi version for a bit of tampo removing. Problem being any Corgi Junior or 1/64 Matchbox I fancy are always stupid money. Mainly why I still don't have a Matchbox Cavalier yet...

Finally got round to digging out my Bill Manzke book on Corgi Juniors - seems that the Merc S124 wagon was made as follows:

J94 - Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon; red body, clear windows, black base and interior. Introduced March 1988.

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J95 - Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon: (a) white body, clear windows, black base and interior; (b) silver body, clear windows, black base and interior. Introduced January 1989.

J96 - Mercedes-Benz 300TD Taxi: (a) greyish-green body, black 'TAXI' on doors; (b) tan body, black 'TAXI' on doors with thin black side stripe. Introduced April 1988.

So my pair would appear to be a J95b and J96b from the late '80s.

There also appear to have been a Fire Chief and an Ambulance version produced, with the addition of graphics and a plastic light bar. These seem to have been included in a number of different Auto-City playsets from the early to mid-1990s, but not sold (or numbered) separately.

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Perhaps the most interesting variant is the post-1995 version produced in Hot Wheels packaging, after Mattel secured the rights to the old Corgi Juniors castings in their 'divorce settlement', following Corgi's management staging a buy-out to form Corgi Toys Ltd and focus on their 1/43 Classics range.

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As well as wearing dished Hot Wheels spoked 'alloys', the casting was also gussied up with detailed lights and grille and a grey base and interior. I'd say this looks the best of all of them - but may be harder to track down.

Happy hunting!

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26 minutes ago, bunglebus said:

Not yet, but several people have found the new Hot Wheels Volvo drift wagon in the UK so I'm going hunting today

Oh yeah, I picked up one of them in Home Bargains the other day - forgot to mention it here.

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Unusual in that it's right-hand drive and seems to have a vaguely UK-style rear plate - plus a pair of dogs in the boot, which must surely be a nod to 60s and 70s Matchbox Mercury wagons?

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Front detailing's not quite as good, though they've made a bit of an effort with the grille moulded as part of the chromed interior:

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I think I bought it on impulse because it was a 240 estate with (nominally) the same 1980s front end as my own Volvo - which the Corgi and Majorette 200-series wagons aren't - but I dunno if I really want to keep it.

If anyone gets bored with hunting, this can be yours for the £1.49 purchase price plus post!

 

1 hour ago, sierraman said:

I have several of those W124 estates, they seem to have got the proportions too wide I reckon, the Matchbox rendition seems much more accurate.

It's far too wide; apparently most toymakers make their model cars slightly wider than true dimensions so it doesn't look too skinny when viewed from above (child's-eye-view), but I agree Corgi went a bit overboard with this casting.

Still, my silver and tan taxi examples lived for a long while on my model rail layout - I really liked them as they looked quite realistic, despite the rubbishy 'quadrant' wheels they all seem to have been fitted with. Not a massive amount of play value, mind - an opening boot or towbar would have helped, I reckon.

Glad I've still got mine, though.

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20 hours ago, andrew e said:

Visited an Antiques fair for the first time in ages, and while she examined the vintage jewellery I wandered off totally unattended….. of course as we all know the lure of loose cash in ones pockets always brings temptation,  however this time I could hear the ghostly chants of @RoadworkUK &  @eddyramrod egging me on whistling in my ears…. BUY IT BUY IT….. they chanted - and I buckled! 

Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😉

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So the crisp £20 note in my pocket begged to have a new owner, and off it vanished in exchange for this Z3 Coupe, lightly  crumpled box and all.

It’s a UT models 1/18th diecast and it really is lovely. Doors and bonnet open, the interior has the blue seats just like the real thing. Under bonnet is nicely done though the chassis is a little bare. Still I think it’s delightful.

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I have to admit I am not a lover of the BMW brand. I know,  I know. However, that is a fine model. 20 squids is a bargain.

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Hi all, I'm a newbie here, been following this thread for quite a while. Just thought I'd share what I picked up at a car show at the weekend. I found a nice black Corvette, that is also a phone! Couldn't resist it. Opening doors too. The other purchase was quite a find I reckon.  A Dodge Challenger the seller told me was made by Highway 61, no writing underneath the car. The Challenger is my favourite muscle car anyway, maybe because of the 'Vanishing Point' movie, but I really love this pink colour too, so 70s. The detail on this model is crazy. Separate parts for seat belts, window winders, real removable bonnet pins on the hood or bonnet. It has a headliner inside the roof and a jack in the boot, with the spare wheel. It's got to be worth way more than the £20 I paid for it. But it's a stunning model car and I'm not selling it!

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