2016 saw another 200 models added to my collection. Here are the highlights of each month.
January 2016: Half the models from that month came in a package from Estonia. For me the highlight was a Matchbox Opel Diplomat, a car from my favourite era of Matchbox (1968-70)
February 2016: The highlight was a Matchbox Lamborghini Miura, which I found surprisingly in my local market. The model was made in Bulgaria using the original Lesney moulds, the black interior is different to the original English made model which had a white interior.
March 2016: the highlight again was a Matchbox model, this time a Ford Model T, which I found at Drybridge Market. I’d been reading Bad Land by Jonathan Raban, where a number of Model Ts featured, so when I found the Matchbox model I snapped it up. I have a few Yesteryear models but generally I prefer cars from the late sixties and early seventies.
April 2016: The highlight of April isn’t a Matchbox vehicle, but the metallic green Norev Mercedes C111 in 1:43 scale. Matchbox did make a C111 in their Speed Kings range, but I haven’t come across it. I really wanted a model of this amazing car from the late sixties/early seventies. The C111 was a testbed for Mercedes to try out new technologies like rotary engines and diesel engines.
May 2016: May’s highlight was a Kinsmart model of the Lamborghini Miura. This model is 1:34 scale and comes in four colours. I have the orange and yellow variants and may well get the red and green variants in the new year.
June 2016: The highlight of the month and the highlight of the year was finding a Corgi Citroen SM with a box. The model is mint, the box is fair. I found it at Drybridge Market, one of my favourite hunting grounds for just 25 lari (about $10).
July 2016: I visited England in July, bought a lot of models, the highlight was the most expensive a Corgi Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico, commemorating 60 years of Corgi (1956-2016). This cost £13.50 (46.50 lari).
August 2016: Back to Tbilisi, a restrained month after the excesses of July. The highlight was a 1:64 Lada 2101 (a model made in USSR).
September 2016: Some new Hot Wheels stock arrived in Tbilisi and I finally found the Ford Escort RS1600, I’d been searching for so long.
October 2016: This month surprised me with a Dinky Triumph Herald I have few Dinky Cars in my collection (just 3), this one was older than me (Produced from 1960 to 1964).
November 2016: From the same era as the Triumph is the Cararama Mini Cooper but the model was made recently in China.
December 2016: The final highlight is a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, this Corgi model has pop up jewelled headlights and an opening bonnet (hood). It was another Drybridge Market find, I had been seeing it for a couple of months, the seller originally wanted 60 lari for it, but eventually came down to a more reasonable 40 lari.
It has been another interesting year for collecting.