January 2014: New Acquisitions

Twelve new vehicles this month were added to the collection at a cost of 61.63 lari ($34.61). 5 Matchbox,, 4 Hot Wheels, 1 Maisto, 1 Siku and 1 unidentified Chinese marque. The five Matchbox came in an “Exotic Rides” five pack, the first five pack I’ve bought. This comprised of a Porsche Carrera Cabriolet, Ford GT, Fisker…

American cars: Oldsmobile and Pontiac

Oldsmobile and Pontiac; classic names recently discontinued by GM. Oldsmobile goes back to 1897, the brand was phased out in 2004. The only Oldsmobiles I have are the 1970 442 Convertible from the New Ray City Cruiser range and a Hot Wheels 442 W 30 with big wheels. I have more Pontiacs, another brand sadly discontinued…

American Cars: Buick and Cadillac

In my 1968 Ladybird Book of Motor Cars, the last two cars were a Buick Riviera and a Cadillac Eldorado. Large cars even by American standards. I have a Dinky Eldorado, I’d love a Corgi Riviera. Buick is currently the oldest still-active American automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world, dating…

American Cars: Chevrolet

Chevrolet or “Chevy” is a division of GM. Producers of the amazing Corvette. I have a lot of Chevrolets in my collection of diecasts second only numerically to Ford. May 2016 Ford           71 Chevrolet   66 Porsche      54   This model is the only Chevrolet I have that is “Made in England” (not true any…

American Cars: Dodge

Dodge is part of the Chrysler group and like Chrysler has recently been acquired by Fiat. Dodge is well-known today for being a player in the muscle car market of the late sixties and early seventies with models like the Charger and Coronet, the pinnacle being the Challenger sports coupe and convertible (Dodge‘s entry into the “pony car”…

American Cars: Chrysler and Plymouth

It is difficult to know where to start with American cars, I have 13 Mustangs and 17 Corvettes in my diecast collection. I have more American Cars than any other country’s cars, but ironically, none of the models are made in America. The models are made mostly in Malaysia (Hot Wheels) or China. Most American…

German Cars: Volkswagen

Volkswagen: The People’s car Volkswagen is the original and top-selling marque of the Volkswagen group, the third largest car maker in the world. For most people Volkswagen conjurs up images of the iconic Beetle, which was made from 1938 until 2003, over 21 million were produced and the car became a film legend as “Herbie” in…

German Cars: Porsche

I love the look of the 911. A car slightly older than me. I now have at least 18 versions of the 911, more than any other model in my collection. I have seven models just of the 911 GT3R, three Kinsmart, two Matchbox and two Hot Wheels. Porsche Cabriolets, Carrera and Boxster.   The Porsche…

German Cars: Opel

My first car in real life was an Opel. It was a wedding present from my first wife’s parents. We thought we’d got a German car but examining the paper work we found our Corsa was assembled in Luton. I like Opels but I only have ten in miniature. My collection of model Opels isn’t as large…