Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Someone here asked me recently to write a bit about native Australian diecast. So this is my first installment in a small series of posts about the (few) Australian brands that are around.

Trax started about 20 years ago, making 1/43 scale models of classic Aussie cars by the big three - Holden, Ford and Chrysler. They also made the occasional larger scale model - but only one small scale casting, this FJ Holden Panel Van.

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Illustration for article titled Throwback Thursday: Trax FJ Holden Panel Van

It came out in a series with different newspaper names from the major Australian cities - the Telegraph being our local rag in Sydney. It is a bit larger than the equivalent Matchbox model - probably around 1/55.

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I don't know how much people outside of Australia know about the FJ Holden. It was a development of Australia's first own mass produced car, the Holden 48/215. On the outside, the FJ differed from the first Holden mainly by having a different grill and various mechanical improvements. It became a legendary car with a reputation for being dependable, rugged and well suited to local conditions.

It was produced from 1953 to 1957 and was available as a 4 door sedan, or 2 door panel van and ute. Just under 170,000 units were produced after which is was replaced by the much more contemporary looking FE model. 2017 will mark the end of local Holden production. From then on, all Holdens will be imported from various GM factories around the world.

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Trax is still going and has expanded into making models of modern cars as well as models of cars that were popular in Australia (though not necessarily assembled here).

This is a link to their web page: http://www.topgear.com.au/

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