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By Remco Natrop

The next big change for Sieper Werke began in 1974. All the administration had always been done by hand but now became automated. It was found better to keep track of production numbers, offset and price ranges this way. The Ludenscheid factory was updated with new automatic paint installations (all metal V series are spray-painted by hand!). By 1975 Sieper Werke introduced their new models which were now categorized based on the new 4-digit price system. This is the start of the so-called 'Super Series' also known as '1000's Series'.

The four digits of the identification numbers are composed of two sets of two digits: two for the price range the model is in, and two for the model number. I.e. model number 11 in price range 13 would be 1311. Sieper Werke uses the following price ranges based on production costs ('Club Series' are not discussed here!):

Looking for Little Loti

by Doug

Like many smaller automobile manufacturers, Lotus is is not well represented in 1:64 scale. Only four of the many Lotus models have been done over the years. Fortunatly, some of these small-scale models come from the better diecast producers and provide the Lotus collector with very nice examples of this famous British marque.


The wonderful Lotus Super 7 starts our review. It was done by Matchbox and comes in several colors, orange being the most common. The real car is still in production under the Caterham name after 42 years. The Lotus Europa of the late 1960's was also done by Matchbox, as well as Impy Lone Star and Tomica. The blue Matchbox was a childhood favorite and the Tomica is charming in green with a yellow Lotus stripe. A lesser-known Lotus model, the second-generation Elite was done by Tomica and Playart The evergreen Lotus Esprit, now in it's 27th year f production is the most common model in 1:64. Seven manufacturers have done stock models including; Hot Wheels, Playart, Tomica, Speed Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Summer and Corgi. Well, the Corgi is not really stock unless your name is Bond, James Bond. Corgi did the Esprit submarine that featured in one of the Bond movies. Johnny Lightning did the pre-submersed model in white and offered a red Turbo Esprit as well. The black Esprit from Tomica is in Lotus racing colors and says 'world champion' on the door, celebrating the F1 championship for Lotus in the late '70's. The red Esprit of generic origins is interesting for it's unique wheels. Can anyone provide better identification? The most modern Esprit is also the crudest. This silver Summer model offers an Esprit of the 1990's. To bad no other modern Esprit models have been done in this scale.

 

 

Isuzu 117 Coupe Playart

Isuzu 117 Coupe Playart

Urban Planning for Toy Cars

by TalesofToyCars

Article initially published by Deanesh David Nair 


 

Wagons Ho!

by Doug

 

1956 Ford Station Wagon 31A Matchbox

1956 Ford Station Wagon 31A Matchbox

BMW in 1:18 Scale

by Doug

from the collection of Doug Breithaupt



Make - Model - Year - Color - Mfg. Country - Manufacturer
(from top left, across)
BMW 328 roadster 1938 lt. yellow/brown Italy Politsil
BMW 328 roadster 1940 cream China Yat Ming
BMW 502 Cabriolet 1955 black Thailand Maisto
BMW 507 1957 red China Revell AG
BMW 850i 1989 black Thailand Maisto
Italdesign Nazca M12 (BMW V12 powered) 1992 silver China Revell AG
BMW 325i Cabriolet 1993 red Thailand Maisto
BMW M Roadster 1996 silver Bburago
BMW Z3 Roadster 1996 red China UT Models