2013 Highlights

31 December 2013. A time to look back over the year. I have added 175 cars to my collection at a cost of 988.72 lari (around £350 or $572.36). I have decided to look at each month and highlight my favourite finds. January: 10 cars at 121.75 lari. Citroen Traction Avant from Siku with “suicide…

Drybridge Market

In Tbilisi the only place where I’m likely to find interesting old diecast models is Drybridge Market. Drybridge Market is the most interesting market in Tbilisi. You’ll find all kinds of knick-knacks and charming miscellanea from art, accordions, samovars and electrical gadgets to china, glass and silver being sold off by impoverished old folk. With markets,…

Italian Cars: Fiat

Italian cars. What Makes Italian Cars so Special? Italy is responsible for cars from the epitome of grace and style (Ferrari, Maserati) to basic no-frills vehicles that simply do their job (Fiat Panda). Fiat was founded in 1899, the company was successful and 25 years later they were top in the Italian car market. The Fiat 500 was…

Matchbox Models of Yesteryear

Matchbox Models of Yesteryear, introduced in 1956, were renditions of classic vehicles from the steam and early automotive eras. These tended to be bought by adults for display purposes rather than children as toys, so most examples are still in very good condition. I have ten models in my collection, the first three were a…

French Cars: Peugeot

  With my family history, I should have perhaps more Peugeots in my collection. My father had three first a 305, then a  309 and finally a 306. My brother had a few and worked selling Peugeots at one time. My last full size car was a Peugeot 306 TD. However, I only have nine…

Gifts

Christmas, a time for giving and receiving. A few of the cars in my collection are gifts from friends and family. “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.” is a popular saying. My wife is wonderfully tolerant of my collecting…the 300 or so diecast models in my collection take up a lot of space…