The model I have is of an Opel Rekord wagon. It has the usual resin attributes: it's light, and the back wheels don't seem to want to turn. But it's a gorgeous shade of red, the front grille is incredibly intricate, and you can actually read the script on the car. The bottom only says "Paradcar, No. 69." The "69," interestingly, seems to have been written on the original mold, or at least made to look as if it were just scratched onto the mold.
Stop the presses! Actually, that was true when I wrote it, but I finally was able to find another one on Ebay (a big hint, guys and girls -- set up Ebay to alert you when a car shows up that's seen rarely!). The car I got is a Ford Galaxie -- I'll have to get the Matchbox version to compare the two. The car is still unopened on its card -- which is probably misread by a lot of people as "Jaya" (in fact, I've seen it listed on Ebay that way) because, well, that's what it looks like the logo says. The front of the card also says "Internacional," but the back of the card and the bottom of the car say "International." Curious. The bottom also has the Paya logo, and the words "Paya, Made in Spain, Ford Galaxie 2108, Jefe Bomberos 2107." I assumes this means that the Fire Chief version (the one I have) is #2107, and the civilian version is #2108. Other companies have used this as a cost-cutting measure -- you can use the same chassis for several models without making any changes.
Overall, its obvious that the car doesn't have the quality of a Matchbox, but I'll let you know what other differences there are when I get the Matchbox version.
Playart (Hong Kong)
Take a look at Doug Breithaupt's site for a great article on Playart. Doug mentions that the cars were sold at McCrory's (among other places). I bought my cars at Scott's 5 and 10, a McCrory company.
"I own a copy of 'The Golden Book Of Model Cars 1900 - 1975' by Paolo Rampini (Italy). He has a huge collection of model cars (most 1/43, I think) and compiled several books, like Alfa Romeo model cars, Brumm, Ferrari, Bburago, Italian model cars...
"Most of them are very expensive because of their number of pages and photos (golden book has 470 pages color pics and 330 pages with lists). And there I found your Chevy Nova. He calls it Chevrolet Super Sport Coupé, made by a company PLOMUR (or PLOM-UR) from Uruguay, founded around 1965. He says its made of lead, it was produced in red/black and blue/black and in a Red Cross, Army and Police version, around 1975/76."
Philippe Quidot from Normany sent along some more information about this obscure brand (thanks Philippe!):
" Just a word to indicate (that I had another) model (from) this
company, a Chevrolet Camaro (1/43).
Being made of lead, I hope these were for collectors and not kids!
I received an email from Thanasis in Rhodes, Greece who has a really nice site about Greek toys (including Polfi) at www.toymuseum.gr. Take a look -- I think you'll enjoy the beautiful pictures! Also keep your eye out from him on Ebay as Ixis; I just bought 9 Polfi cars from him! I'll get pictures up as soon as I can...
Polfi Ferrari bottom
Politoys started with plastic models in 1960 with cars that are marked 1:41 scale, of both both European and USA cars. Politoys switched to diecast in 1965, and in 1970 the name was changed to Polistil. Conventional wisdom says the name change was made because rhe UK toy company "Palitoys" was getting concerned about Politoys' international push.
Decast cars were made in 1:43 and 1:25 (possibly larger sizes too?), and in 1:66 under the Penny name (see Doug Breithaupt's article on Penny).
Politoys/Polistil also was a licsensor of Walt Disney toys.
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