Big things with little cars

Hot Sixty 4th: Tomica TLV - Toyopet Crown

In this series I will showcase DLM cars ranging within the 1/64 and smaller. Here is the 13th one with another Tomica TLV with the classic Toyopet Crown.

This Crown model is the 2nd generation S40 model from 1962 - 1967. According to Wikipedia this Crown became the first Toyota to be exported to Europe, after the head of Denmark’s Erla Auto Import A/S saw it at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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When Tomica first launched the TLV (Limited Vintage) back in 2004 one of their models was this Toyopet Crown. At that time I wasn’t collecting TLV as I was not aware of their existence. I don’t exactly remembered how I discovered the TLV series but my first purchase was thru a HongKong online company called Toy East most likely around 2009.

By that time this particular model is no longer available and the prices on other online store were quite pricey. I started thinking why do I care so much for this particular casting. I guess one of the reason is this car was used in the movie ‘You Only Live Twice’ as the villains car going after James Bond.

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Another reason is probably I have a huge tin toy of the same model which I have shown on my previous blog but do not have a 1/64 die cast in my collection.

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For whatever reason I knew I would like this to be a part of my collection. When Japan Booster had a sale and had this one at a very decent price I quickly put it on my cart as it only has one available.

I don’t know if it’s just me but having taken pictures of this model I notice that the look and make of the front and back is not as refined and the front passenger and driver side has open windows unlike the more recent releases.

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Still the TLV was a start of what would become one of the most beloved realistic looking model out there.

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