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Saturday, April 23, 2011

#10 MAJORETTE – FORMULA 1 (REPCO Nr. 226, B.R.M. Nr. 228 and FERRARI Nr.229) (1968-1969)

One of the most prolific diecast manufacturers is the French company Majorette. It was founded in 1961 by the Veron family, but at that time it was called “Rail-Route Jouets”. Majorette was originally one of the two series of Rail-Route: the train series carried no second name, but every car and truck was sold as “Rail-Route, coll. Majorette”. The current name was adopted around 1966, when the company cancelled their railway models’ production. One locomotive model (Nr. 234) would still be available until 1970.

2nd Catalogue from 1970, Courtesy of Mike B.

On the first two Majorette Series (1968-69), 4 Formula 1 models were produced with the numbers 226 to 229.
  • Nr. 226 – REPCO BRABHAM (1969 - 1975)
  • Nr. 227 - LOTUS (1969 - 1975)
  • Nr. 228 - B.R.M. (1968 - 1974)
  • Nr. 229 – FERRARI (1968 - 1974)

226 Repco Brabham (blue) & 229 Ferrari (red)

227 Lotus (gold), 228 BRM (red) & 229 Ferrari (blue)
227 Lotus (gold), 228 BRM (red) & 229 Ferrari (blue)

227 Lotus (gold), 228 BRM (red) & 229 Ferrari (blue)

 In the last picture, the name of car nr. 228 (BRM) has been erased from the cast, so there were at least two different casts for this model. The erased one is obviously more recent, but we don't know the reasons for that.

BRM (Unfortunately, exhaust pipes are broken)
All models are built in 1:65 scale, and include two-piece wheels, typical for models made before 1973.
Each model was built in many different colours, and included different sponsors and numbers (they were applied randomly). The Ferrari, for example, was sold at least with two different shades of red, orange, and blue, while the Repco was (at least) in blue, dark green and orange.B.R.M. was available at least in metallic red, green, blue, turquoise, and red with yellow chassis.

Another sculpt of the Ferrari was sold with the same number. Both models are very similar, but the one which is not depicted here, lacks of front and rear wings. This one was produced at least in red and silver grey.

Models with rear wing are very fragile, since this part is made of plastic and breaks easily. Other parts, like exhaust pipes are also fragile, and the chromed parts tend to lose its shine with the years.

UDATE1 (Dec/2018): A BRM in brighter red. A few chips here and there, but a very cool model. At the time, these colour variations were quite common.

  • Name: FORMULA 1 (Nrs. 226/227/228/229)
  • Scale: 1:65
  • Year: 1969/1969/1968/1968
  • Company: Majorette (France)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7,5 cm

1 comment:

  1. Majorette used to be my favorite brand of diecast cars... so when I got a kid of my own 5 years ago I bought a few of majorette cars for him but I was a bit disappointed.

    Wrote about it in one of my articles called Matchbox vs Hot Wheels vs Majorette Toy Cars But to cut it short,

    4 reasons why I no longer buy them :(

    1. First off the bottom is sometimes not made from metal while it used to be.
    2. Secondly, before the doors used to be able to open on most of their cars while now that’s a rarity in comparison.
    3. Thirdly the wheel base/suspension is not as strong as it used to be.
    4. The price is almost double than for Hot Wheels or Matchbox and practically the same as for Siku while the quality of Majorette cars is no where near Siku in my opinion

    One of the biggest difference in quality control when it comes to the production moving from the home country to somewhere in asia :(


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