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Bar Vitelli

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« on: October 04, 2017, 08:53:41 AM »
I missed out on this 1973 Fiat 126, it sold for £205, it's a 1973 model in a beautiful moss green which is the same colour as my 1976 car, would have been lovely to have it but £205 is a bit too pricey.........for a TOY car!  :o

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1973-Polistil-S17-Green-Fiat-126-Model-Car-1-25-Scale-in-Original-Box-/332389127509?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=PNlXW9Y7ZChiiLa6VK8WFlHKv%252Bc%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 09:04:52 AM »
I am absolutely astounded that someone paid £205 for that!  :o
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 09:01:49 PM »
.for a TOY car!  :o

A toy to you, perhaps, or an accurate scale model of historic significance and some rarity in the model collectors' world. Since there were 22 bids this seems to me a fair open valuation, and given what other models go for in the collectors' world this seems not unreasonable to me, given the condition PLUS the original box.

I sold a model once to a collector, and the model was in a box with the type of upright panel on the back to enable the model to be hung on a display/dispenser in the shop. To make shipping and packaging easier, I folded this 'flap' of cardboard down over the top of the main box - boy did I get a rocket from the purchaser for damaging the box !!

As for the economics, I have a unique one-off model of my Scimitar for which I paid £160. Speaking with the maker, I learned that to make the mould for a white metal casting costs around £3,000. Then there is the finishing, painting, adding the interior, wheels, door handles, lights, aerial, etc etc etc....  To make this sort of thing even remotely viable you need a batch of at least 25, and this is achieved through a group buy similar to what you might regard as perfectly normal for an obsolete spare part. Once the main bodies have been cast then each one can be individually finished.

The end result is no more a 'toy' than your custom-made rare spare part is 'old scrap' !  ;)

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 09:20:53 PM »
I bought 2 rolling 126 shells for less than someone paid for that model  ;D

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2017, 12:54:29 AM »
Blimey! I didn’t pay that for my one. Good investment then!


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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2017, 11:45:21 AM »
I thought you were the bidder! I've still not forgiven you for outbidding me on that original Fiat 126 press release box!  ;)
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2017, 10:47:18 AM »
.for a TOY car!  :o

A toy to you, perhaps, or an accurate scale model of historic significance and some rarity in the model collectors' world. Since there were 22 bids this seems to me a fair open valuation, and given what other models go for in the collectors' world this seems not unreasonable to me, given the condition PLUS the original box.

I sold a model once to a collector, and the model was in a box with the type of upright panel on the back to enable the model to be hung on a display/dispenser in the shop. To make shipping and packaging easier, I folded this 'flap' of cardboard down over the top of the main box - boy did I get a rocket from the purchaser for damaging the box !!

As for the economics, I have a unique one-off model of my Scimitar for which I paid £160. Speaking with the maker, I learned that to make the mould for a white metal casting costs around £3,000. Then there is the finishing, painting, adding the interior, wheels, door handles, lights, aerial, etc etc etc....  To make this sort of thing even remotely viable you need a batch of at least 25, and this is achieved through a group buy similar to what you might regard as perfectly normal for an obsolete spare part. Once the main bodies have been cast then each one can be individually finished.

The end result is no more a 'toy' than your custom-made rare spare part is 'old scrap' !  ;)

I agree completely. I'm sure it has value for the person who bought it even though it may seem a bit steep.