I thought I could do something different today and look at one of the forgotten makers of diecast cars from the past. So, let’s have a look at Baravelli. This company made all sorts of toys, and acted as distributor for Matchbox cars in Italy. But they also made two series of their own model cars. And one them was the “Serie Flash”. The models were all F1 cars of the early 1970s. They were of a very simple construction - a metal base that included the suspension, engine and a driver figure. And on top of that, a simple plastic body shell.
Despite the simplicity, the models made a decent effort of replicating the actual F1 cars - which is more than can be said for a lot of other F1 diecast cars of that era.
The blister lists 10 models:
73001 Matra MS 120
73002 Lotus 72 Ford
73003 BRM P136
73004 Tyrrell-Ford (003)
73005 Ferrari 312B2
73007 McLaren-Ford (M7C)
73008 Brabham-Ford (BT33)
73010 Lotus Turbine
But, no one has ever found a Ferrari or a Lotus Turbine, so it stands to reason that these never reached production.
Early and late versions of these models can be distinguished by the wheels and stickers. Earlier ones had “Superfast” style wheels - the look being achieved by putting paper stickers over the black wheels. Earlier models also had slightly fancier paper stickers attached to the body, like the one above.
Below is a later edition:
Plain black wheels, and a lonely round sticker at the front. Cost cutting, no doubt. Exact production dates are of course not known, but these wouldn’t have lasted much beyond 1975 I guess.
Baravelli then tried again with the “VIP Series”. These models came in beautifully looking boxes. But - the cars were a bit, you know, strange... I don’t have any of those (or - I think I have one, somewhere) - so I cribbed this one off the net:
These models were initially launched under the Baravelli brand - but later bore the name “Giodi”. I don’t know if they were bought out or re-branded. But success didn’t come their way either. The molds were then apparently sold to China and produced there under the name “Jaditoys”. I have never come across one of these though. Jaditoys though is still active today and busy flogging all kinds of models over various online platforms.
I hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past - I might do it again and dig out some more forgotten diecast for next time.