My brother-in-law, John, is quite the world traveler these days. Earlier this year, he made a business trip to São Paulo, Brazil, came home for a few days, then was off to Europe. When he and my sister came to visit us this spring, he brought me these Majorette cars that he picked up in a convenience store in Munich.
Majorette is a French toy manufacturer which was founded in 1961 as a maker of toy trains. The first cars were added in 1964 and the models penetrated many world markets in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, the company produces mostly small-scale (1:64, or 2.5″ to 3″) models which feature opening doors and hoods. Major retail distribution is limited mainly to Europe, South America and Asia.
I did find both of these cars on the Majorette website, under the “S.O.S.” category. Interestingly, even when you click to view the Deutsch version of the site, the models are still pictured with English decorations (“Police” and “Fire Brigade” in place of “Polizei” and “Feuerwehr”).