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.
The “Van” name hints at the fact that in 1970s Japan wagons weren’t really seen as family transport, but more as commercial vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
That’s all for today - sayonara until next week!