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Monday, February 6, 2012

#113 PENNY – BRM – V8 – F.1, LOLA CLIMAX V8 – F.1, LOTUS – CLIMAX – F.1 and FERRARI – F.1 (Nrs. 0/1, 0/2, 0/3 and 0/4) (1967)

Penny didn’t mean anything to me before I bought these cars. They are beautiful reproductions of F1s from the 60s, so I decided to buy them… they were not cheap, but I bought them anyway. I knew I had a couple of similar cars at home that could be copied from them (I may talk about them in the future), but nothing else. When I came home I quickly checked what could be behind this mysterious brand, and then I found this was the name used by Politoys to name its 1:66 series.

In a previous entry, I explained that Politoys was founded in 1960, and started producing scale cars in plastic and 1:41 scale (they looked probably like these ones). After a few years, maybe around 1965, the company started producing its first diecast models in a similar scale (1:43), just like other companies, like Corgi, Norev or Solido were already doing.

By the first 60s, a new “player” comes in: Matchbox. The success of its 1:64 line is so huge, that the traditional toymakers mentioned above consider launching their own lines of 1:64 cars. Politoys introduced the “penny” line for this purpose. This series spans from 1967 to 1970, year in which the 1:64 models started being sold in Polistil boxes.

In that year, it is important to remember, that Politoys changes its name to Polistil. Many people argue that the reason for this was that Politoys was too similar to Palitoy, a british toymaker, and it misleaded the customers.

The “Penny” series didn’t have the success of its Matchbox counterparts. Its main market was Italy, it is believed that there weren’t much units exported to other European countries, so they are extremely rare to find, specially if they are mint and boxed.

Politoys/Polistil always had a great interest in F1 and racing emphasis, as we commented when talking about Polistil models in 1:55 and 1:41 scale. These Penny toys are the proof that this interest was always there and it was sincere.

In this entry I’d like to show the first 4 Penny models I own. In the next articles more cars will be shown. This F1 line consisted of 15 vehicles, I own 12 of them. I have included the name of the pilot just for curiosity. This information may not be 100% accurate.

BRM – V8 – F.1 (0/1)
Pilot: Graham Hill

LOLA CLIMAX V8 – F.1 (0/2)
Pilot: John Surtees (among others)

LOTUS – CLIMAX – F.1 (0/3)
Pilot: Jim Clark

FERRARI – F.1 (0/4)
Pilot: Phil Hill (among others)

  • Name: BRM – V8 – F.1 (0/1), LOLA CLIMAX V8 – F.1 (0/2), LOTUS – CLIMAX – F.1 (0/3) and FERRARI – F.1 (0/4)
  • Scale: 1:66 (approx.)
  • Year: 1967
  • Company: Penny/ Politoys/ Polistil (Italia)
  • Size: 6 cm


  1. I have one 0/1 whats the price and year

    1. Hola Israel,

      Ese coche ahora mismo puede costar unos 30 Dólares americanos en perfecto estado con su caja, 15 dólares en perfecto estado sin caja y menos de 15 dólares si tiene algún defecto.

      Si está muy gastado o le faltan piezas, o tiene partes rotas, no vale nada.


    2. Y el año es 1966, si la caja es diferente (de cartón con una ventanita), puede ser algo más moderno.

    3. Gog un millon de gracias por la inormacion entre en una tienda de cosas usada e encontre una bolsa con 10 carritos me costo 3 dollares americanos este era uno de los que estaban es igualito el de la foto

    4. Tambien tengo un MATCHBOX #25 -3RW, PETROL TANKER 1964 como cuanto vale

  2. !Qué bien! Es curioso que una miniatura italiana haya llegado hasta los EE.UU.

    El Petrol Tanker es más complicado de tasar, puesto que hay muchas variantes: según el color del camión, el color de la base, las pegatinas que lleve, el modelo de caja y por supuesto el estado en que se encuentre... puede valer entre 0 y 300 dólares, si es una variante ultra-rara, quizá más.


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