Monthly Acquisitions: November 2016

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November 2014 Acquisitions

It was quite a varied haul this month, from the Bburago 1:24 scale Maserati Gran Turismo to the Kinder Surprise Mini (approx 1:87 scale).

The month started with the temptation of a 30% off sale in XS toys, where I bought the Maserati Gran Turismo for 28 lari instead of 40 lari. I don’t usually buy 1:24 scale, but I love Maseratis. Maseratis are much scarcer in the model world than Ferraris or Lamborghinis. I was happy to add not one, but two to my collection this month. The second was a Chinese model of a Bora, as a child my dream car was a Maserati Bora, so despite the crudity of its manufacture, I felt obliged to buy such a rarity. I found it in a kiosk in Abashidze Street.

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Maserati Bora

I also don’t often buy many models of fifties cars preferring models of cars from the late sixties and early seventies, but I found two models of 1953 cars I liked this month, a 1953 Opel Kapitan “Polizei” by DeAgostini and a 1953 Packard Caribbean by Welly.

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1953 Opel Kapitan and Packard Caribbean

Visiting Drybridge Market at the beginning of the month, I found some model cars on a stall which doesn’t usually have model cars.

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at Drybridge market

There were five model cars, what immediately interested me was the Fiat 128 by Mercury (an Italian diecast manufacturer), that was 10 lari. The larger cars an E Type and a Dodge Viper didn’t interest me, but the stallholder offered me the three smaller cars for 20 lari (at first he proposed 10 lari each), this was interesting. So I added a Norev Ligier JS2 and a Matchbox Ford Model A Van “Pepsi-Cola” to my haul. The Carrefour supermarket chain has started carrying the Welly 1:60 cars in blisters, last month I found a Porsche 964 Turbo, this month I found the classic Citroen 2CV. I’ve been looking at Hot Wheels a lot but only found a couple of models, to add to the collection this month a 2001 Acura Integra GSR and a “Goldfinger” Lincoln Continental (the latter was also in the XS Toys 30% off sale).

Finally there were a couple of Minis, my granddaughter Ana, found a Mini Cooper in her Kinder Surprise egg and I found a Cararama model of the classic Mini Cooper with Isaak in Vagzlis Basroba.

 

Totals: 12 Models. 2 Hot Wheels, 2 Welly,  1 DeAgostini, 1 Matchbox, 1 Norev, 1 Kinder, 1 Bburago, 1 Mercury, 1 Cararama and 1 unbranded Chinese model

3 from Drybridge market, 2 from XS Toys, 1 from Vagzlis Basroba, 1 from Carrefour (Isani), 1 from Happy Days, 1 from a kiosk on Abashidze Avenue and 1 a gift from my granddaughter, Ana

Total Cost: 121.82 lari ($48.74)

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