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Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Nissan Cedric Van

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It’s not the first Cedric we’ve featured here - hopefully it won’t be the last one either. They’re just such a classic Japanese brand. This is the slightly oddly named “Cedric Van” from the 230 series, as made from 1971 to 1975.

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The “Van” name hints at the fact that in 1970s Japan wagons weren’t really seen as family transport, but more as commercial vehicles.

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Tomica made these at about the same time as the real cars were made, from 1972 to 1977. There was a civilian version, as well as Police, Fire and Road Maintenance versions. The government apparently was the largest buyer of the wagon versions - probably a reason why the private sector didn’t go for them much.

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This Nissan Service version is much newer. It was made in 2003 for a famous Japanese online shop called Gulliver (www.gulliver-inc.com). These guys sell any kind of diecast, and also have occasionally released their own castings, as well as special Tomica models.

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Unfortunately, their website is in Japanese only. But I have on occasion managed to place the odd order. They have some pretty hard to find stuff there every now and then.

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That’s all for today - sayonara until next week!

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