Friday, October 23, 2015

#603 MIRA - RENAULT 4 (Ref. 130), RENAULT 18 GTS (Ref. 178) and RENAULT 14 GTS (Ref. 181) (Around 1980)


Here a new entry with more MIRA models, they are very detailed miniatures in a scale slightly bigger than the classic 1:64, maybe 1:55 (like Siku). Many models are built with metal die-cast bases, and this is the weakest point in these models. Instead of making the models sturdier, the metal plate on the base is very fragile and the axles tend to break when the car falls down or is stepped on.



From the four models pressented in this entry, there are two different types. These first two cars have a kind of Wheel that reminds of the 1:64 series by Schuco. The axles are casted into the base, the wheels are made of black plastic and finally topped with a silver hubcap. The second model, present on both Reanult 4's is much simpler with one piece only. The axles are again casted into the base.




It is difficult to date these cars, since the catalogues by Mira are very scarce and they do not indicate any year. My opinion is that the more complex wheel type represents a middle (golden) age, which was preceded and also followed by other periods in which the simpler type of wheel was used. In this case, the Renautl 4 seem to be older (note also the lower reference number).





Unfortunately, Mira was only a big seller in Spain, and being Spain a relatively small market (with plenty of competitors) it was always risky to produce new casts. This led Mira to produce the same model in several versions each, by simply applying some stickers, changing colours or inserting some plastic details (like sirens).





FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: RENAULT 4 (Ref. 130), RENAULT 18 GTS (Ref. 178) and RENAULT 14 GTS (Ref. 181)
  • Scale: Approx. 1:64
  • Year: Around 1980
  • Company: Mira (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 8 cm

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