Here are a couple of the more recent releases of Matchbox’s Smart ForTwo, the red from 2008 and the green from 2009.

Since this casting was first released in 2002 in the ROW (Rest-of-world - i.e. not USA) lineup, it depicts a first-generation model, originally made from 1998 to 2007.

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This generation was first sold in Canada in 2004, and USA in 2006, and I believe all first generation models in Canada and the USA were turbodiesel-powered.

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This led to quite a shock, when the second generation, available from 2007, was only available in North America with a gasoline engine that demanded premium gasoline.

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This casting is fairly detailed, with good molded door and bumper detail, as well as a rippled convertible top. The green one has painted tailights, but while both have front license plates, neither one has rear license plates, or a painted center brake light. Since this is not a premium release (i.e. New Superfast), it doesn’t have paint detailing on the windshield edges and wipers.

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The interior is quite well done, with a correct two-spoke steering wheel, wavy dashboard, and offset seats (the passenger seat is slightly further back than the driver’s).

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The underbody seems much less detailed - I’m not sure if this was how the real Smart ForTwo looked underneath. The scale given is 1:52, since it’s a pretty small car made to fit a 3 inch blister.

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