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HTI Teamsterz

by jclevering

HTI is a British brand of toys, Teamsterz is there brand name for diecast cars. They don't seem to be sold outsid of the UK and Ireland. My examples come from Ireland. They are incredibly cheap, 2 for less than the price of one Hot Wheels! And for the money not to bad either:


Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon

Solido - Volkswagen


Solido - Prestige Models tried to make displayable large scale models in the mid-Nineteen-Eighties. Although it is unclear if they actually did proper research on these or if they based the models on the US-export market of which there were several books available at the time.


by jclevering

Recently I was lucky to get this miniature car of the Toyota Avanza.


The Avanza is apparently a Daihatsu-designed vehicle constructed in Indonesia. The scale model is created in Indonesia by a new make (new for me) called RIMS, which apparently stands for Republic of Indonesia Model Scale. This is their first 1:64 scale model.

Chery from China

by jclevering

Chery S11 Chery S11 Chery S11

Here are three examples of the Chery S11 or SQR 7110, or ... well a car with many names but mostly known for being a copy of the Chevy Matiz. They are sold on a blister with a key chain attached.

I thought the story would end there, but strangely I found some more Chery's.

M2 Machines

by jclevering

Not sure if I posted before on Castline's M2 Machines line of diecast cars, but they deserve a mention. M2 claims to make 1:64 American (and a Canadian) car from the fifties, sixties and seventies. Personally, I like their efforts from 1949 to 1959 the best and they include pick-ups, tractor/trailer combo's and cars.

Some call these tiny, but for 1:64 they seem huge to me. Is it a recent trend that 1:64 looks so much bigger then 1:64 of some years ago? Compared to Kyosho for example they seem big.

Studebaker R3

Mercury & Speedy

by jclevering

Mercury was a very well known brand in 1:43, but less so as a manufacturer of smaller scale vehicles. They did create a series of "Speedy" cars in the sixties, followed by "Speedy Velox", different in that the Velox has "Speed wheel"-type wheels, instead of the original Speedy series, which has rubber tyres and hub-type wheels. Later, towards the end of Mercury in 1980, they created the Mercury Micro-series, which was cheaper (or possibly, cheaper still) then their Speedy Velox predecessors.

Speedy series:


Mercedes-Benz C111