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22 hours ago, bunglebus said:

I want that Rock N Roll version - you have to show some pics of the funky interior!

I have one, and it's available ;) The interior isn't quite bare, as it does have "padded" sides, but there certainly is a lot of room in it.

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1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

I want that Rock N Roll version - you have to show some pics of the funky interior!

Well I never! Shows how much attention I’ve been paying...  It does have a fitted-out interior!  But not painted/coloured-in so I missed it

So, in this exhaustive Dodge Van assessment, here are the differences between the Delivery K-80 and the Custom K-11

Side porthole, roof light panel, interior fittings that desperately need a dab of colour

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Cor, that's fantastic... I had the Michelin version of the Dodge van when I was a nipper, though to my distress the rear rivets gave way and the base fell off not long after I got it.

My uncle worked as a tyre designer for Michelin, so it may have arrived through him.

Didn't know the Custom Van version had such a groovetastic interior. Niiiice.

 

Incidentally, there's what looks like a Code 2 promotional K-80 Dodge over in that model shop local to me - white, reasonable nick but no box, with the name of some engineering firm tampo-printed on the side.

Looks to be a genuine Matchbox promotional rather than a repaint. Any interest, if it's still there? Can't remember the asking price but I think they want less than a tenner.

I'll have to check what interior's in it now...

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Not exactly super bargains, but this guy has some very interesting stuff on ebay. My favourite is this Crown, which I've never seen before
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And this lot of Lion-Car Dafs. Difficult to tell if the three on the left are repaints, or the recent-ish reissues, but in any case these models are incredibly difficult to find and £100 for six doesn't seem outrageous to me

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/2261davidg?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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3 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

Incidentally, there's what looks like a Code 2 promotional K-80 Dodge over in that model shop local to me - white, reasonable nick but no box, with the name of some engineering firm tampo-printed on the side.

Looks to be a genuine Matchbox promotional rather than a repaint. Any interest, if it's still there? Can't remember the asking price but I think they want less than a tenner.

I'll have to check what interior's in it now...

So in the spirit of being helpful*…

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Turns out it's not a promo for an engineering firm at all, it's for a Midlands toy wholesaler or something (which makes slightly more sense, I suppose).

Paintwork ok, but the driver side mirror is missing and there's some damage to the glazing where it's been knocked out.

The interior is standard K-80 van, with no double beds, TVs or built-in drinks cabinets in evidence.

It's been there for quite a few months now: price on it is £6. So if you fancy it... do let me know.

If there seem to be other examples circulating with trade liveries, it's possible this was indeed a factory promotional.

 

Also, since I was over there, I couldn't help but have a poke through some of the other loose diecast...

Of course I couldn't help myself.

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Siku's version of the Matra Simca Rancho is one I've been long aware of, but never before seen in the metal.

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Not as delicate as the Corgi Juniors version, and the large wheels make it look a little more squat than the Matchbox version, but still a nice model all the same - and pretty minty.

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Opening rear tailgate is a must (though Matchbox bottled it, only adding the lower section as an opening part on their 1-75 example).

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This shop puts infuriatingly sticky price labels on the base, which are impossible to remove cleanly.

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And then there's the Corgi Juniors Duple Vista Coach:

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Casting has a lot of flashing, hence the grille and plastic upper half not fitting all that well. The very wide 'Rockets' wheels seem a deliberate decision, rather than just poor axle design - there are cast-in lugs to keep them pushed out way beyond the body. Why it was cast with the passenger door open is anyone's guess, however...

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I 'd guess this was to make the rather tall and narrow coach perform acceptably on the Hot-Wheels-style Rockets racetrack that Corgi bet the farm on back in the early '70s.

This is a model I'd tend to associate with the Corgi Emergency 999 giftset (though this one doesn't seem to have been on fire - those included in the set usually came with sprayed-on 'smoke damage'), and is another I've only seen in pictures - hence developing grabby-hands.

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Although there are a few paint chips, this model's in fairly good overall nick - though the heavy wear on the wheels suggests this was a well-used toy, so it must have been pretty carefully looked after by its original owner.

Two pounds for a clean and bright toy that's nearly 50 years old? It'd be rude not to.

 

I also noted that the shop had two mint and boxed Matchbox MkIV Cortinas in dark red, and another one in that metallic acid green... £20 each.

I'm seriously tempted...

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1 hour ago, barrett said:

 

And this lot of Lion-Car Dafs. Difficult to tell if the three on the left are repaints, or the recent-ish reissues, but in any case these models are incredibly difficult to find and £100 for six doesn't seem outrageous to me

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/2261davidg?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

You would be DAFt not to bid....

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1 hour ago, flat4alfa said:

Yes please 

Sho' thing: will swing by the next time I'm passing and nab it for you!

31 minutes ago, TheDoctor said:

I love that Matra Rancho, I seem to recall having a super Kings one as a kid. 

For a car that was a bit of a flop in real life, toymakers sure loved the Rancho... Corgi and Matchbox modelled them in both small and large scale versions, while Siku produced the above small-scale offering. I'm sure a fair few other makers put out a Rancho too (did Majorette?)

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Talbot-Simca-Matra Rancho:

JOUSTRA - 1/15

OTTO-MOBILE - 1/18

MEBETOYS MATTEL - 1/25

BURAGO - 1/24

EDICOLA - 1/43

IXO ALTAYA - 1/43

MEBETOYS MATTEL - 1/43

NOREV - 1/43

SOLIDO - 1/43

VEREM - 1/43

MATCHBOX - 1/32

CORGI - 1/36

MATCHBOX - 1/62

CORGI - 1/55

SIKU - 1/55

No Polistil or Majorette !?!  

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I've sounded off about this before, but the Rancho baffled me as a kid because there seemed to be models of it everywhere but I never saw a real one... and I didn't even know who Matra were. The whole thing felt like a weird alternate reality thing going on...

Yes, right enough I should have remembered the Solido version - and I managed to pick up a modern Ixo/Altaya 1/43 Rancho a few years back which I'm still very fond of. Other than the Corgi and Matchbox versions, I've yet to see any of the others on that list!

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I felt almost the same way about the 'Field Car' from Matchbox, I was sure it was a real thing and studied American films a TV programmes  wondering if Broncos, Jeepsters or Scouts might be a full size Field Car.

The nearest I came to thinking I'd seen one was some dodgy Russian/ Chinese military things.

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12 hours ago, Datsuncog said:

I've sounded off about this before, but the Rancho baffled me as a kid because there seemed to be models of it everywhere but I never saw a real one... 

Maybe there was no distributor for NI, as I remember seeing quite a few, living in SE England - in fact a family friend had one.  The Simca van cab did rot though, so survival after a few years was poor.  I think most of them were off the radar by their tenth year, there were just 900 left by 1994

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http://www.matra-club.net/rancho.html

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In Britain, the car was priced to compete with much bigger cars. In 1978, when it was launched, the Rancho was priced at £5,650 - which put it up against such competition as the Volvo 245 DL at £5,357 and the Citroen CX2400 Safari at £5428. At the end of the scale a Range Rover would have cost £8,528.
Sales of the Rancho were more than the double the forecasts. Thanks to comparatively low development and production costs Rancho was also the most profitable Matra until the Espace. However, Peugeot took a fair slice of the profit on each car and had of course turned down Matra's next big idea. Matra took a strategic decision to end production of the Rancho in 1984 and concentrate their efforts on the Espace

 

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When Peugeot sold the shares it had in Matra, it was clear that the Rancho would not survive for long, and it last appeared in a UK Peugeot Talbot price list in January 1985. The last vehicles were made early in 1984. But the Rancho had been a great success; it had been intended to make only 20,000, but total production was 57,792. Matra's replacement for the Rancho, the Espace, was to become even more successful and accelerate the MPV revolution started by its predecessor.

 

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I've said this before but I knew of one Rancho in the early 90s and so rare even then that in my mind's eye I can see exactly where it was on the road 25 years later...

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There are of course 2 Ranchos on here. Skizzer is one guilty party, the other escapes me for the moment, could be a DW defector.

Been looking at Internationals following F4A's post.

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The Soft Sporttop in particular, looks very Field Car like.

My excuse for not identifying it is that it was at 30 years before the Internet!

My other childhood suspects were these:

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I had the pre Whizzwheels version because I'm old but having 3 younger brothers meant there were at least a couple of later ones in the house, the most dissapointing thing was taking the roof off to discover the cross bracing, at least one of ours succumbed to a junior hacksaw, I seem to remember the windscreen got squashed soon after...

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I think a lot relates to the cost of licensing certain brands. In the early 90’s Matchbox were about to bring out the Dodge Viper, some sort of legal wrangling went off and it ended up being slightly restyled and being called the Sunburner. They did end up releasing a Dodge Viper 2-3 years later so Chrysler must have seen the value in licensing a model of their new car. 

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Pistastic is coming along - cut the slot for the pistons. I want to change the way it works as MB made it so that the clear section moves as well as the red pistons - I just want the pistons to move

 

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Modified the base to allow the Rollamatic wheels to turn

 

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And fixed the broken engine as best possible

 

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