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Altaya, Citroen Mehari

by Peter
Categories: Altaya, Cars, Citroen, Diecast models
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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 Audi Quattro

by Peter
Categories: Altaya, Audi, Cars, Diecast models, Matchbox
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The Audi Quattro is another one of those iconic cars that has still has a large following, Matchbox, in later years made a diecast of this fantasic car.

It came in various colours and with different decals.

The first shown here in white was made in Macau in 1982 and from what I know have a few different decal patterns but based on the one below on white paintwork, this was the only one to have yellow glass.

This one was made in China, the decal are far more modest and in fact look a lot better, the colour was metallic grey/bronze

This one in red has China on the base plate too but was actually made in Hong Kong and changed the decals again, there is a blue issue made here too for the USA market with similar decals

Finally, the line up including one of my creations in yellow.

To see more on my code 3 custom Audi Quattro Click Here


The two below are the Superkings Audi’s by Matchbox complete with extra spotlights and rally decals there are numbered K-95 and released in 1982 in the UK, some have made in England on the base but most of them were later  made in Macau, both of mine are from Macau.

The picture below is a much rarer ‘Made in England’ version, note the different decal set, this picture and model belong to Phil Hemmings  and has kindly allowed us to add it here.


Another one I have is the IXO / ALTAYA Audi Quattro A2 1983 1000 Lakes Rally

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Driven by Hannu Mikkola  and Arnie Hertz, Scale 1:43

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Part of the CHAMPION RALLY CARS Die-cast Collection
The real car

The Audi Quattro is a road and rally car, produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi, now part of the Volkswagen Group. It was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show on 3 March.

The word quattro is derived from the Italian word for “four”. The name has also been used by Audi to refer to the quattro four-wheel drive system, or any four-wheel drive version of an Audi model.

The Audi Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of the then-recently changed rules which allowed the use of four-wheel drive in competition racing. It won competition after competition for the next two years. To commemorate the success of the original vehicle, all subsequent Audis with their trademark quattro four wheel drive system were badged “quattro” with a lower case “q”.