Friday, December 9, 2016

#752 PUNTAX - SEAT 600 (Around 1970)


This nice Seat 600 has a plastic pencil sharpener inside.

As a kid, this was the only Seat 600 I had in this scale. No company made the die-cast model in 1:64 scale, what in my opinion, was a complete marketing error. It would have been the best selling model among all "Made in Spain" 3 inches die-cast. You could buy a 600 in 1:43 scale (see for example #293), but this bigger size sells much less. At least back then.


The car was available in several colours and I remember having had a red one and another blue one. Being made of plastic, they were (are) very fragile. Anytime they are stepped over, they break and could be directly dispossed of.


The blue car in the pictures was found much later, a few years ago. Despite its good overall shape is also broken in the base. The brand Puntax should be there, where the missing part is.
The cast has some limitations, but it has nice details: windshields, painted headlights and casted base.
I cannot give an exact year of manufacture, but I will try to make an approximation. I had a few in the mid 80s, but other people I know had the same model earlier… I would say the toy could have been made from 1970 on… maybe until the late 80s. The box in which they were sold has a style which is very much from the late 60s, but, since they were made in Spain, they could probably be from the early 70s.

The next two pictures are from todocoleccion.net. Note also the four colours available and the variations, body colour + interior colour (the interior is actually the pencil sharpener). The base colour could also vary, being the most common light blue, grey and dark grey.



FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: SEAT 600 SACAPUNTAS/ PENCIL SHARPENER
  • Scale: Around 1:64
  • Year: Around 1970
  • Company: Puntax (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 4.5 cm

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