Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

9:59 on a Summer Sunday

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I may have shown this on LaLD before, after one of my flea collar excursions, but here it is again, in greater detail.
LaLD’rs may be familiar with my fascination with obscure brands and the hunt for same.
I had plenty of them already in my collection without even knowing, but my interest was sparked after I posted shots of a little van and the logo on the bottom, and was congratulated for finding an example from the “worst diecast company” in the world. Can’t find that post...

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Anyway, that day, I “discovered” the Summer brand.

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Here we have their interpretation of the Porsche 959. Unusual, for Summers, it has opening doors. I know I’ve never seen everything Summer makes/made, but I believe this is my first with working features.

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That lede photo up top will give you an idea of the “quality” that goes into these gems. So, for me anyway, finding one with opening features was a great day. Especially one in halfway decent condition. My belief is that it was copied from the Matchbox and Tomica versions, Tomica for the opening doors, but with true Summer manufacturing panache.

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The base isn’t branded with the Summer name or logo, but the number S8630(S) is confirmed by a quick visit to Swifty’s Garage; where, it turns out, two different numbers for the Summer Porsche 959 are listed. The Summer name appears only on the rear wing/spoiler.

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But, while still looking at the base, that’s one of the best diecast renditions of a Porsche flat six I’ve ever seen in 1/64 scale, at least on a “cheapo” cast.
Nice pipes, crankcase, even what appears to be an indication of individual cylinders.

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