Thursday, October 15, 2015

#600 SCALEXTRIC – PORSCHE 959 (1988)


One of the most impressive cars of the latest 80s was the Porsche 959, the other one was the Ferrari F40, and Scalextric Spain reproduced both. This time, I am going to talk about the Porsche 959, which is one of the latest cars that I bought for my collection. I first found the white version and then the black one, which are the two I currently own. There were other versions made, as I mention at the end of the article.


The cars were made by Exin from 1988 to 1992, year in which the company disappears and Scalextric is sold to Tyco. The car is a good sample of what Exin was doing in those last years, decent casting, very light cars, with stickers applied and cars with head and rear lights.


All Porsche 959 versions came with driver and co-pilot inside, which were the classic figures with integral helmet (newer model).

The car was have also all-wheel drive.


There were a total of 5 versions made, the first two that I own, then a silver coloured version with RN 577, a green version with yellow spoiler and “BP” stickers, and the final version, which is also the most difficult to find, “Club Scalextric 1995”. This last car was orange with green spoiler and was only given to club members back in 1995. For some reason, the run was short, there were not many subscribers that year or whatever, that car is quite difficult to find, as well as the previous model from 1994 (a red Ferrari F40) and the cars from 1997 (either the Bugatti in blue –rare- or the Audi in green –ultr rare-).

You can read a bit more about Club cars from the Tyco era HERE.
 
The rest 959 versions are:
  • Ref. 4083 “180” (white)
  • Ref. 4083 “Hertz” (black)
  • Ref. 8330 “Silver” (silver)
  • Ref. 8393 “BP” (green)
  • Ref. 8366C “Club 95” (orange)





FACTS AND FIGURES
  • Name: PORSCHE 959 "180" and "HERTZ" (Ref. 4083)
  • Scale: 1:32
  • Year: 1988
  • Company: Scalextric Exin (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 15 cm

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