Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

The Obscure Ones...they just get a hold of me and don’t give up! I’ve had a great time finding out about the obscure brand diecast over the last couple years, mostly from the folks here at LaLD. I thought I’d got a handle on it and didn’t feel the need to rescue them all, blah, blah, blah.
I thought I did it. I’ve passed up on so many “savable” examples and just walked away...until today.

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What the heck is this??? A Karmann Ghia with teeth! Why have I never seen this before!? Based on what I’ve learned about this “class” of diecast, the base starts creeping up the sides as they try to lower the costs...

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which makes me wonder if these were ever produced with a full metal or plastic body. Can anyone shed more light on this? The wheel/rims are smooth and don’t look like they ever had “chrome” highlights, but that can be fixed easily enough.

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Made in China (d’uh) and 9614 are the only clues. If these were produced without the base being so much a part of the body, I have a new grail.

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Cousins. The overbite grill cracks me up.

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