Today I came across a garage sale that was held by a Hot Wheels collector. He had a nice bunch of Treasure Hunts and some Hot Wheels Classics still in their blister cards. But I was mostly interested in the box of mixed loose cars from the 1970s. I passed on a few interesting Matchbox and Hot Wheels with parts missing. I don’t see a lot of old Tomica cars around, so I picked up these two. I liked these when I was a kid – and still have all of mine from those days – because of their realistic detail. The Winnebago Motorhome from 1976 is faithfully rendered in 1/97th scale.
1976 | F1 | Winnebago Motorhome | white | 1/97
Like many of the Tomica Pocket Cars, this Oldsmobile Toronado XSR has opening doors
1978 | F54 | Oldsmobile Toronado XSR | pearl white | 1/78
Here’s another nice variation of the 1958 Chevrolet Impala casting by M2 Machines, from release 23 of their Auto-Drivers series. I noticed – on the recently revamped M2 Machines website – that the Chase Car for this release is also an 1958 Impala. So, I’ll be on the lookout for that one to go with the others already in my collection.
2013 Auto-Drivers R23 | 1958 Chevrolet Impala | white
This was my weekend garage sale find. We went to a big church sale and I found this on a table with a bunch of unrelated items – the only die cast toy I could see in the entire room. Matchbox first made the GMC Tipper Truck in 1968. There is also a later version with Superfast wheels that is worth quite a bit more than this black-plastic-wheel model, but this one fits nicely with some of my other old Lesney Matchbox cars, especially my GMC Refrigerator Truck. Notice there is a little strip of red and white striped paper that is taped to the inside of the tipper. I don’t know the story behind this, but I think I’ll keep it on there. This little truck has a couple of nice play features: Not only is the tipper fully-functional, but the cab also tips forward to reveal the engine.
1968 | 26 | GMC Tipper Truck | red with metallic gray dumper | black plastic wheels
This is for my wife, who has been a longtime fan of Archie Comics. In this case, it also works out fine for me, because I have been a longtime fan of the Hot Wheels Super Van. I’ve had a flamed-out black version since I was a kid. (For more on Archie Comics, see below the photos.)
The original Super Van was made between 1975 and 1985, the first casting looking much like my childhood model with the exception of the redline tires. Other variations in my collection include the 1977 Paramedic and Thor from 1979. In 2003, Super Van was retooled and many more great variations have come out, including my recently acquired Old El Paso Super Van. This Archie version is pretty sharp, with its two-tone metalflake blue paint, 10-spoke wheels and redline rubber tires.
X8347 | 2013 Archie Comics Pop Culture Series | Super Van | metalflake dark blue & metalflake blue with Archie Comics deco | RLRR10SP | 1:64
Archie first appeared in Pep Comics #22 in 1941. Created by publisher John L. Goldwater, written by Vic Bloom, and drawn by Bob Montana, it wasn’t long before the character had his own title. Archie Comics – whose characters were meant to be relatable to the “regular guy” – went on to be one of the longest running titles in comics history, selling 2 billion comics in a dozen languages distributed worldwide.
I’ve got a box of old comic books that I bought at a garage sale awhile back. Just for fun, here’s a page from an old Archie Comics. It’s missing the cover, but from the ads I can tell it’s from around 1950. As you can see, the stories are typical of “Regular Guy” Archie and his daily misadventures.