Thursday, September 6, 2012

Car Of The Day: September 6, 2012

Today's car of the day is Tins' Toys' 1995 Daewoo Brougham Taxi.

The Daewoo Prince is a mid-size luxury car that was produced by Daewoo in South Korea between 1991 and 1997. The car was based on the rear-wheel drive Opel Rekord E, although the body was of Daewoo design, as opposed to the Opel-designed, Holden-manurfactured body of the Prince's Royale predecessor. The Prince was powered by 1.8 and 2.0 litre Opel four-cylinder engines. The Prince spawned two additional variants, the Daewoo Brougham and the Daewoo Super Salon, all three replaced by the Daewoo Chairman in 1997.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Daewoo Brougham

Presumably the same ''Tins' Toys'' which was making crude diecast in the 1970's and 1980's, this Daewoo was available in the late 1990's and 2000's, along with two other castings, each available in Police, Fire and Taxi liveries.  Each of the 90's Tins' Toys castings has opening front doors, and pull-back motors with simulated rubber tires.  The cars are labeled on the base as 1:50 scale, which seems to be a popular scale in South Korea, but these cars are way to small to live up to that scale.  I have included a picture of the Daewoo between a Racing Champions Ford F-100 and a Siku Toyota RAV4 for comparison.

There's not much additional information from Wikipedia about the Daewoo Brougham.  I believe this green taxi version replicates a Hong Kong taxi.  Tins' Toys also made red and blue Hong Kong taxis.

Not even close to the advertised 1:50 scale, which benefits us small-scale collectors.

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