The current Fiat 500 is a cute citycar with a design that is reminiscent of the Nuovo 500 of 1957. That it was introduced 50 years after the birth of the Nuovo 500 is interesting, though it is based on a concept car of 2004. The Nuovo 500 of 1957 was called Nuovo (New in Italian) as there was a 1936 car called 500 as well.
This 1936 car, nicknamed Topolino (Little mouse in Italian) was done by Hot Wheels as a dragster (pictured left), but not by any other manufacturer in this scale (as far as I know).
The 1957 car was done by at least three manufacturers. Kyosho, MicroChamps and Kinsmart. MicroChamps made 2 versions of the one: One with an open convertible roof and one with a closed roof. Kyosho made the Nuovo 500 in a series of Fiat and Lancia cars and is quite rare nowadays. Picture below, from left to right: Kinsmart, Microchamps and Kyosho
Collecting diecast cars from all over the world is fun to do. When you do, you sometimes notice strange things. For example there are no cars from India in 1:64th scale to my knowledge. Chinese cars are under-represented as are cars from South Korea.
However, as posted at two previous occassions (here and here), there are more then meets the eye.
In my first post, I mentioned the Daewoo Arcadia from Tins' Toys and wrote that there is a Daewoo Prince as well. Recently I was able to add this to the collection.
Norev has produced some specials in the past for Mercedes-Benz in het past (E-Class, SL-Class, C-Class DTM, C-Class). Some time ago a B- and ML-Class were introduced. Last year an influx in models from Norev appeared. I will show these on this page:
2013 has been a good year for my collection. 2014 already seems promising with some announced cars that might appear in the same spot here next year. My top 10:
Norev City: Alfa Romeo Giulietta (1:64)
When Norev restarted small-scale diecast around 2000 they had metal base plates, tow bars and were around 1:55 in scale, similar to the then-current SIKU-scale. But since 2013 I notice the scale seems to have reduced. Is this a cost saving measure?
Norev - Citroën C4 Picasso Mk. II
It is striking that there are so many Formula 1 cars of Renault, though it cannot get even near the amount of cars of Ferrari in Formula 1.
The first Formula 1 car made by Renault was the RS01. It was the first F1 car to be powered by a turbocharged engine, a feature it would retain into the eighties when it stopped as a F1 car manufacturer. It was raced for 2 full seasons.