From my last blog I provided a glimpse of 4 mystery Tomica cars which I challenge the readers to find out what’s common among them and some of you were able to provide the right answers.
First let’s take a look at the first generation Toyota HiAce
Introduced in 1967, the HiAce was offered as a cab over pick-up, delivery van, and a stretched commuter vehicle. The model here is an example of an airport ladder truck/ramp stairs use by passengers to board the aircraft before Jet bridge exist. A very unique vintage model made by Tomica. Only the cab and the chassis are die cast. The other half is plastic. Also this model does not have any moving parts.
Next is the 5th generation HiAce
Introduced in 2005 the fifth-generation HiAce appeared as a wide long-wheelbase wagon, wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof “Grand Cabin”, long-wheelbase van, long-wheelbase high-roof van and a wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof van. In this generation the gear lever has been moved to the dashboard to enable easier movement in the cabin. Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions are available. The 5th generation has also increase in size compared to the first generation. The model made by Tomica is a Himedic possibly like the paramedic in the States and the rear gate can be opened. The HiAce model is very popular in many countries but is not available in North America.
The other 2 models will be featured in a future blog. Stay tune.