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We grew up on jalopies, so every few years my dad would have a "new" car. We loved it. Every car had its quirk and created its own memory. My poor son has only known one car his entire life and I'm probably gonna drive that Nissan Versa until it dies quietly at over 200k miles.
Anyway, one day in college my brothers and I listed every car my dad owned and it turned out to be about 20. Over the years, at stores, I would head over to the toy section and dig around for any car that was either something my dad owned or resembled it.
I would paint them up and make one for my dad and one for me. Luckily over the past few years some new castings have been coming out that allowed me to replace my own creations with actual castings of the vehicles. I was so excited when the Ranchero and Datsun pickup truck came out.
I'm still missing a few and I was wondering if you guys had any of them. I don't really collect cars for value, just sentiment, so all I have is a 50 foot roll of orange track to offer.
The following list may seem funny to real collectors, but the cars I covet the most are:
1) We had a white dodge Aries and a maroon Plymouth Reliant. I've seen a K car casting before, but haven’t seen one in person yet. Fresh cherries make it, I think.
2) A 1972 ford econoline - till now I've used chevy and dodge vans, but nothing comes close to the grill on the ford.
3) 1970's Honda civic cvcc - We used to call it The Egg because it was white with yellow interior.
The following cars, I already have 1 of but I could use 1 or 2 more if you can spare them.
1990's dodge caravan
1980's Pinto- I found a pinto in the American graffiti diorama, but I haven’t seen another one.
1980's supra body style
1997 dodge ram body style
full size bronco -- 1993 bronco was my first car, it was white too. I loved that thing, I miss it.
These cars do not need to be in mint condition or even running condition. As long as the body is there, I'll be able to find a frame and tires that fit.
I do not care about brand or size. Hot wheels/Matchbox size is preferable for convenience, but anything smaller or larger will be welcome.
I bought 2 rolls of track off some guy on craigslist. He said that he had them rolled up for a long time and I've kept them rolled up for about 4 years.
I only have one with me right now. There's a little old lady near Pasadena who has the other one. If I ever head back to CA, then I'll get it out of the storage if it's still there.
The one I'm offering is not brittle in any way, but like I said it's been rolled up so it will take some work to straighten it out again.
Let me know if anyone is interested.
Willp.s for anyone wondering, my crazy dad is currently driving a Suzuki X-90. I'm planning on using the matchbox cliff hanger casting for this.