Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here again. Today we examine Tomica 10-2, the Isuzu 117 1800XE. This casting entered the range in August 1974, remaining until December 1980, and is a pleasure to behold:

The Isuzu 117, a pretty little coupe designed by Giugiaro, is an elegant machine once somewhat ignored, from a brand not celebrated for pretty cars, that now has a following. Tomica captures this car with fantastic quality. Scale is claimed to be 1:62, likely accurate. Proportion is excellent, and the casting has ample fine line detail. One may notice this casting is from the earlier era when side windows lacked glazing. The color also suits this car well, and matches the era. As expected, this model features the snappy door action, crisp glazing, and springy suspension we know and love from vintage Tomica. From all angles, it is a gem:

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

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Front and rear feature similarly high quality detail:

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The base is metal, which adds heft, and contains technical and identifying detail:

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This example is lucky enough to live in its original black box:

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I am certainly pleased to have this model in my collection. This is an attractive casting of an obscure vehicle , another casting that is as much scale model as toy car. This installment is the last in this series of boxed Tomica - but there will be more to follow after the next series of unboxed Tomica:

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A few 1:1 images from japanesenostalgiccar.com and goo-net-exchange.com:

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