I wanted to have a nice #matchbox but ended up ordering this very cute tiny #glassbottle filled with #matches instead.
#eldstickan , a Swedish company sells these online in many different colors. (I was their first customer from Finland ☺️)
I continue #eurotuesday with a classic #lesney#matchbox#superfast#lamborghinicountach which was first released as MB27 in 1973. Daft fact it actually arrived in miniature form before the real one arrived (the first real LP400 was delivered to Australia in early 1974. Daft story, because why not. #lamborghini models often have a history of being named after bulls, due to Ferruccio Lamborghini being a taurus (sign of the bull) & having a lot of belief in it. The badge has a raging bull, & many models have a name somehow bull-related. But not this. Marcello Gandini who designed the car told the story of the name. They used to work nights & they had a profiler there from Piedmont in North West Italy. He spoke Piedmontese, & very little Italian. He used to have a habit of saying "contacc" which is a Piedmontese word for astonishment or surprise. To keep morale up everyone started doing it, & Marcello asked Bob Wallace who was in charge of the mechanics how it sounded to an Anglo-Saxon ear. He liked it. So they created a silly badge design for the concept, slapped it on the back, & it stuck. So did the car. In real life it lasted for 17 years (1974-1990), & in Matchbox form the original LP400 lasted 8 years until 1980, then the LP500S was released in 1985 lasting until 2000. It is a very iconic vehicle after all. & This is where the model started. Released in yellow (similar to the 1971 Geneva Motor Show launch model). It sported a "3" sticker on the front. It was made that like for 2 years, & so some obvious variations were found. The most noticeable is the window. At first they were purple before changing to red. Of course the shade of yellow varied a lot too. There are also base variations too for those who like to turn their models over.
Oh, no I seem to be running a day behind for #merlesvintagechallenge - but anyway, here’s what I picked for ‘PRODUCE’ - I picked up this fabulous vintage book all about how #Matchbox cars are (were) manufactured and produced... LOVE it so much! I find it such a shame nowadays just how little manufacturing still happens in our country... and how so many people(especially kids!) are quite clueless about how and where the products they consume are made...