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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
These are part of the Lone Star diecast railway system known as Treble O, they are tiny with a scale of 1:160 or what better known in model railway terms as N gauge.
I picked these two cars up on Sunday at the Lone Star exhibition at Whitewebbs museum in Enfield Essex, I already had a few of the tiny Austin trucks but wasn’t even aware of the cars.
Obviously one is a Land Rover truck, the other a Citroen, I believe these were the only two types made.
As a size comparison, here they are against a standard Matchbox car from the same period.
The two Austin trucks I have have been badly hand painted and may have to be stripped and restored, the only other vehicles I know of from Lone Star in this scale is a single decker bus, and an Austin truck with a boxed trailer, all the wheels have axles as any other diecast car but on a tiny scale and they do turn, amazing engineering on such a small scale.
Although I have no intention of collection the Lone Star treble O railway series these are after all diecast vehicles and as such deserve a place in my collection.
The Citroën Méhari is a utility car and Off-roader produced by the French car maker Citroën and produced here in diecast metal by Altaya in 1:43 scale.
Great detail on this model and fantastic colour, this was an actual colour they were supplied in by Citroen.
The real car
The Méhari was based on the Citroën Dyane 6, and had a body made of ABS plastic with a soft-top. It also employed the 602 cc flat twin gasoline engine shared with the 2CV6 and Citroën Ami. A four-wheel drive version of the Méhari was produced from 1980 to 1983 and had excellent off-road qualities, due to the lightness of the vehicle (the standard Méhari weighs just 570 kg (1,300 lb) and the interconnected fully independent long-travel 2CV suspension used by all of the Citroën ‘A-Series’ vehicles.
These were used by the French and Irish defence forces.
144,953 Méharis were built between 1968 and 1988, the name came from a type of racing camel.
Matchbox were always on the ball and even in the early Superfast years seemed to produce up to the minute models.
This article brings together the Matchbox Citroen SM and the BMC 1800 Pininfarina, in a way they are connected in the real world but first the models.
The Citroen SM No51 was released in 1972, the same year the real one won the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year award in the U.S, and was in production until 1977.
This was available in red metallic or blue metallic and the red one has either a white or red interior.
The BMC 1800 Pininfarina, N056, was released in 1969 and with Superfast wheels, this was available in Gold and later in orange, the real car was in fact a concept design that was never put in production.
The real cars are linked in a way depending on what you read, the BMC, although never produced as a production car the design predates the Citroen CX by seven years although look a lot similar, there was also to be an BMC 1100 version, this later could be seen in the design of the Citroen GS.
Some interesting web pages on both cars below;
The Citroen SM
BMC 1800 Pininfarina