Greetings and welcome to Forty 3rd which focuses on models within the 1/43 - 1/50 scale.

It’s been a while since I featured some of my 43rd scale models so here is my comeback showcase with the Cararama Fiat 500.

So a brief info about Cararama. Cararama is a brand made by Hongwell Toys Limited which is a private incorporation registered in Hong Kong specializing in making die cast scale models and toy vehicles. It is one of the most prestigious and well-established manufacturers in die cast field. Hongwell offers the best collection of scales 1:24, 1:43, 1:72 and 1:87 scale models.

Here is a brief info about the Fiat 500 that I found on the internet. The Fiat 500 is a city car which was produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat between 1957 and 1975.

Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957, it was a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 2.97 metres (9 feet 9 inches) long, and originally powered by an appropriately sized 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, and is considered one of the first city cars. I guess you may consider this as the VW beetle of Italy.

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I bought this model during an overseas trip years ago and unlike most 1:43 which usually come with acrylic display case, this one comes in a cardboard box. No opening parts but model looks good. The headlights are not painted but comes as separate parts.

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With the exception of the doorknobs most of the chrome parts were individually molded as well. Only thing is they use chrome for the tail lights instead of semi opaque plastic. The price at that time cost less than what you can now get for a regular Tomica. Truly a bargain.

Part of the roof is made of dark plastic which represents a folding fabric roof instead of a molded plastic fabric.

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I’m not sure about the year of this model but looks close to this 1957 1:1 car

Photo from autocognito.com

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I truly loved the look of this car and is now back in the states with a resurrected modernize with the retro look just like the Mini.

Note: I’m not sure if the scorpion symbol on the hood represents something or just some random tampo.

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Fino a quando il mio prossimo blog, CIAO!