Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Day two of Radcast starts with another American machine that leaves no doubt of its time. Today we start off with Tomica 45-2, the Cadillac Seville. This casting entered the range in February 1981, and is an excellent model of a controversial design:

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Ah, the bustleback. Love it or hate it, it was in production for 6 model years, and was a common sight for some time. These cars are kind of a guilty pleasure for me, but I would only want an un-pimped model. This Tomica version is fairly tasteful, all things considered. The two tone paint mimics a real world paint scheme, and there is ample fine line casting detail. Proportion is accurate, scale is a claimed 1:69, probably accurate. Of course, this model features the snappy door action, crisp glazing, and springy suspension we expect from period Tomica. HW also had a bustleback Seville, even with a sunroof, but I think the Tomica with opening parts and precise detail is the finer model. From all angles, there’s no mistaking this for anything else:

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Doors open to reveal a detailed interior and accurate steering wheel:

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Front and rear have similar fine detail:

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The base is metal, which adds heft and allows for ample technical detail and identifying data:

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This example is lucky enough to live in its original F-series box, which illustrates the same paint scheme:

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I am definitely happy to have this model in my collection. I’ve always kind of liked this car, and I remember having the normal Pocket Cars in my childhood fleet. This two tone variant was never a Pocket Cars as far as I know, and is less common:

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A 1:1 of a 1981 model, from notoriousluxury.com:

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An example of how I would want one from favcars.com (1980 model, no vinyl top or continental kit, non-wire wheels or caps, preferably blue):

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From curbsideclassic.com, the area of controversy, the bustleback, made to resemble a classic era razor edge Rolls-Royce:

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