Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

I'm going old school today. I'm on a kick lately of '70s-'80s Matchbox (and some Majorette). Here's some particulars from the heart of Japan.

I'm featuring five cars today from Matchbox, and the first three are Nissan Z cars, shown here. There's an S30 260Z 2+2, an S130 280ZX, and a zenki model Z31 300ZX Turbo ("zenki" more or less equivocates to pre facelift model).

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Here's a battle you may have seen in the late '70s, an S130 "Z" and an SA22C "7."

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Here's a battle you may have seen in the early '80s, a zenki Z31 "Z" and an MA67 Supra.

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(NOTE: In JDM trim it'd be called the MA61 Celica XX 2800GT. I quietly wish that these cars would be represented true to their JDM counterparts, but I realize they sold them outside of Japan and probably wanted to market them accordingly, hence the Datsun 260Z-280ZX instead of Nissan Fairlady Z. I need more Tomicas!)

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Here's the Datsun 260Z 2+2, which was an S30 chassis (first gen Z) car.

(Marketed in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z 260Z 2+2, and this model is actually RHD!)

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Here's the Datsun 280ZX, which was an S130 chassis (second gen Z) car.

(Marketed in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z 280ZX, and this model is also RHD!)

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Here's the Nissan 300ZX Turbo, which was an Z31 chassis (third gen Z) car.

(Marketed in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX Turbo. Under the hood you can see the VG30ET 3.0L DOHC 24V Turbo V6. I love the "Nissan" and "Turbo" cast into the upper tailight lens)

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Here's the MA67 Toyota Supra, aka the JDM MA61 Celica XX 2800GT. This car is RHD also so I'm curious as to what market this casting caters to. Europe? UK? Interesting stuff. You can clearly see the name SUPRA cast into the plastic decklid.

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Last but certainly not least, the SA22C Mazda RX-7 (first gen 7). Curiously, this car is also cast as RHD, so I'm just going to pretend that it's the Savanna RX-7 SA22C sold exclusively in Japan through Mazda's special sales channels.

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