Article initially published in May. 2005.
CAR OF THE MONTH
The following toy cars were purchased or received in trade by Doug Breithaupt in the previous month. Some are new but others are older diecast acquired from other collectors. The prices paid are also shown. This addition to 'Tales of Toy Cars'. is intended to share recent finds with fellow collectors. If you have found some interesting diecast cars recently, let me know and send an image if possible, attached to an e-mail.
Article initially published by Dave Weber and Christian Falkensteiner in Jun. 2005.
The letter "W" provides just enough car brands represented in small scale to warrant a separate article of its own. This means that there will be one more article wrapping up the alphabet in one month's time. After that we intend to compile another final article to cover a few car brands which got omitted inadvertently throughout the two-year run of this series of articles. Hints concerning such omitted brands are still gratefully accepted by the authors!
Article initially published by Frédéric Laurent in Mar. 2006.
Kenner Fast 111's provided a chance to get a die cast car with a 'One of a Kind License Plate'. Your friends couldn't and wouldn't have one just like it. Each License Plate was "One of a Kind". And considering the wide possibilities for variations in the license plates, I believe it was true. Each package has a 'Certificate of Ownership' on the back for the owner to fill out to add to this personal ownership concept. On the package backs of the copyrighted 1980 and early 1981 packages, each of the first 16 different models had a different "Certificate" including statistics on the model in the package. Later years, all models had the same "Certificate" as any other model (with no statistics).
It is one of the longest-running debates in die-cast collecting- are restored or modified pieces okay, or must they be factory original to be worth collecting? Each collector will have his or her own opinion, but essentially there are two camps: the original-is-all brigade versus the where's-my-paintbrush rabble. Each approach to collecting is valid and each has its particular advantage in collecting.
Article initially published by Brian Willoughby in Jul. 2002.
At the end of the war, the relatively new yet heavily damaged KdF-Wagen factory found itself located in the zone of Germany that would be administered by the British. Without sufficient small transports to move its high ranking personnel about within the zone, the Royal Army made a rather logical choice to utilize the factory to assemble new Volkswagen vehicles for use by the ground troops. Gradually, production switched from military-type Kubelwagens and off-road Beetles to standard, Type 1 Beetles that were in immediate demand in car starved Germany. By 1948, the need for a true management by a person with automotive experience grew obvious and the British brought in Heinz Nordhoff, a former Opel chief, to head the company. With the creation of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Royal Army bequeathed control of the surprisingly successful enterprise to the German state.