Wednesday, October 5, 2011

#69 MATCHBOX – LAMBORGHINI MARZAL and MIURA (1969)

It is very common to find Lamborghini die-cast miniatures. These cars are fast, powerful and look great, ever since the foundation of this brand in 1963. The Miura was produced between 1966 and 1973, and is considered by many to be the first “Supercar”, from the several versions that exist, there were around 800 units built. The Marzal, however was a prototype/ concept car from 1967 designed by Bertone, and there was only one unit made.
 
Despite that fact, the Marzal Lamborghini was reproduced much more often than the miura as a die-cast toy. We have already seen the Marzal once in TFTP (#23): Dinky, Polistil, Playart, Guisval, Matchbox and many more reproduced it as a toy. 

The Miura has also been reproduced massively in this scale, by many different toymakers.

Matchbox included them in its 1969 collection. 

The Miura was originally released with regular wheels in bright gold colour, although later versions came with Superfast wheels in a darker gold colour (the one in the pictures), or even a rare copper colour. There is also this version with "Auto-Steer" feature.

The Marzal was directly released superfast wheels, the dark red version is the first one, although in several releases it was painted pink. Years later, it was also released in the Super G.T. line, although with much lower quality and fewer details. Note that the model in the picture has practicable doors.

Ultra Rare "tow slot" Lamborghini Miura LS-33-A

These are two colour versions of the Lamborghini Marzal:




FACTS AND FIGURES
  • Name: LAMBORGHINI MARZAL and MIURA (Ref. Nrs. 20 and 33)
  • Scale: 1:64
  • Year: Around 1969
  • Company: Matchbox (G. Britain)
  • Size: approx. approx. 7 cm

2 comments:

  1. "The Marzal was originally released with regular wheels in bright gold colour"...you are confusing the two, that was the Miura. "The Miura was directly released superfast wheels, the dark red version is the first one, although in several releases it was painted pink." that was the Marzal

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  2. Hi Diggory!
    Thanks a lot for your comment! It was a mistake, I just corrected it.

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