1937 Jaguar SS100 by Matchbox
Every so often two toy cars from different manufacturers just seem to
form a perfect pair. The two shown here are Zee Toy's De Lorean DMC-12 and
the Tapiro show car, based on Porsche 914 mechanicals. Both were designed
by Giorgetto Guigiaro of ItalDesign.
The Tapiro is made by a Hong Kong company of unknown name and represents
a car not done in small-scale by any other manufacturer. The base reads
VW-Porsche. It is a reasonable model of the Tapiro with functioning gullwing
doors and correct interior. The Zee Toy De Lorean is also unique as the
only small-scale stock version of this ill-fated model. Again the gullwing
doors work and the Zee wheels are actually a close copy of the De Lorean
by Remco Natrop
What is the most exciting thing for a Siku collector to do besides a visit to the factory? A visit to the Siku market!
The Siku market is organized twice a year by the Siku Collectors Club. In a park in the suburbs of Dortmund, Germany they fill a hall with tables and organize a market on which club members and Siku dealers can rent a space to sell or trade their Siku models.
It all starts early in the morning when I start to pack my duplicates, a camera and some food in a backpack. It's a long journey from my home town in The Netherlands to Dortmund, Germany and I'm always grateful if someone offers me a ride but I'm also very content with a four-hour train ride. When I arrive at about 10:00 AM fellow collectors are already lining up in front of the entrance. Better to just wait and have a cup of coffee in the park restaurant. This provides good opportunity to chat with other collectors and swap some models or obsolete catalogs. At this time I've already seen most familiar faces.
Once inside you'll be amazed at the models on display; rare color variations, pre 1960's plastic models, promotional models, you name it. Although some models cost more than my wallet can hold they're incredible to look at! After a first round for inspection and some conversations with other club members it's time to get the models spotted to further complete the collection. Most will be 1000's series because they are the most affordable but some cool V-series can also be found at good prices. Of course it helps when you know the person that's selling.
Closely guarded treasure!
A table full of models
Trucks to go!
by Brian Willoughby
By the late 1950s, Daimler-Benz was in the midst of a major dilemma. While it had handily succeeded in reclaiming its Pre-war position as one of the automotive world's dominant players, it had done so with an amazing series of racing and design successes that had not been terribly cost-effective. It was during this mad rush rebuild its image that Mercedes introduced what was perhaps the ultimate road-going sports car of its day: the legendary 300SL Gullwing. Aided by several high-profile victories in similar competition cars, every car enthusiast of the mid-1950s lusted after a 300SL despite the fact that few of them could afford one. In a half-hearted attempt to satisfy the demand for an affordable Benz sports car, Mercedes unveiled the pretty yet ponderous 190SL which was based on some of Mercedes' most mundane sedan mechanicals.
Mercedes-Benz 280SL #V302 by Siku
Made in W. Germany
By David Cook
1974 McLaren Indy Car and same car in 1976 colors by Johnny Lightning