ჩინური ხარახურა (Chinuri Kharakhura), basically “Chinese crap”, a Georgian expression for the mass of shoddy goods coming from China. I love collecting diecast cars and have seen many rough diecasts in the markets and shops, these seem all to be of Chinese provenance.
This Audi R8 is a typical example, the four ringed Audi logo has been reduced to just three. There are many great diecasts manufactured in China, most of the European diecast operations have moved East to China, Thailand or Malaysia.
China has different copyright enforcement to other countries, which allow for “fake” Hot Wheels to be produced. The packaging is similar to genuine Hot Wheels with the colours but the logo misses the final “s”.
Also all the cars are labelled on the packaging as ‘71 Chevy Camaros…they even have “Hot Wheel” tampos on their inferior paintwork. Strangely with this Viper, the base is diecast and the body plastic.
I bought the fake Hot Wheel cars knowing them to be fake, but amused by the audacity of such a copycat product. I will also buy cars which fill in gaps in my collection like these Italian exotica:
De Tomaso Pantera, Lamborghini Miura and Fiat X1/9. Made in China. I would prefer examples of the De Tomaso and Lamborghini in Matchbox, but until I find them, the Chinese substitutes will have to suffice. The Chinese cars also feel lighter in the hand than the quality brands.
Unlike Hot wheels, Matchbox, Majorette, Siku etc.. the bases of these cheap Chinese diecasts are usually blank or just say “CHINA”, possibly with a reference number.
I’ll leave you with a side view of the Audi R8.
It only cost me 2 lari ($1.17) and gave me something to blog about. This was the first R8 in my collection, but this is not my most prized model 🙂