My artist friend, Randy Regier, is moving to Kansas City. Randy’s meticulously crafted sculptures are toys inspired by the expectations of his youth. For this reason, his studio is a storehouse of old stuff – toys, books, advertising materials and mid-century appliances – to use as inspiration or materials for his work. So when Randy invited a few of us to come over and pick through a few boxes of things that he elected not to take with him on the move, I jumped at the chance.
Among other odds and ends, I brought home a box of old children’s textbooks, some vintage slot cars, and a box of mostly loose diecast cars. The diecast cars included some nice Majorette and Corgi models (that I will show in future posts) and an assortment of “off-brand” models. A few of these are unidentifiable brands. I don’t go out of my way to collect these kinds of cars, but you have to admit, some of these have a certain charm.
Even though they spelled Firebird as two words (Fire Bird) and the design on the hood is a little crooked, this is a pretty nice little casting of the classic Pontiac. It even has opening doors.
Fire Bird | black | made in Hong Kong
The ’63 Corvette is a beautiful car, but this casting seems a little lumpy.
’63 Corvette | red | made in Hong Kong
Another lumpy example, this one a ’71 Mustang Fastback.
’71 Mustang Fastback | orange | made in Hong Kong
The photos don’t really show the glittery sheen of the paint on this model, which I think is supposed to be a Ferrari 308.
Ferrari | silver | made in China
I like the interesting choice of colors and decoration on this Chevy Stepside Pick-up.
Chevrolet Stepside Pick-up | salmon with Cosmos graphics
The next two are a pair of fun Formula One cars, though I wonder if the paint colors and sponsor decals are historically accurate.
Martini Racing F1 | blue | made in Hong Kong
Ligier Gitanes F1 | silver | made in Hong Kong
This dump truck (maybe a Hino?) would be fun in the sandbox.
Dump Truck | light blue | made in Hong Kong
And finally, a rather badly proportioned version of KITT, the car from the popular ’80s TV show Knight Rider.
Knight 2000 | black | 1982 Universal Studios | Made in Macao