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UK STUDEBAKER TOY
CAR COLLECTION


Minimarque 1963 Grand Turismo Hawk




Mikansue 1953 Studebaker




Milton 1957 Golden Hawk




Mercury 1956 Golden Hawk


Shrock Brothers 1955 President Speedster

Jeff Sion from the United Kingdon sent pictures and information about his Studebaker toy car collection. Jeff is particularly interested in 1:43 scale models of 1953 to 1964 Studebaker hardtops and coupes. Thus far he has collected 31 different models including some very rare items.

Starting from the top, the Minimarque 1963 GT Hawk in what Minimarque calls "Metallic Silver Mist" is one of four color variations of this model. It is also available in Metallic Rose Mist, Metallic Green Mist, and Ermine White. MiniMarque models are cast in white metal and hand finished to a very high standard. A complete listing of available models can be found on the Illustra Models web site.

The Mikansue 1953 Studebaker was sold as a kit. As purchased, it needed to be assembled and painted. Although "Mikansue" sounds Japanese, these models were made in England and the company name is a combination of the first names of Mike and Sue Richardson. Mikansue models were manufactured until the late 1980's and are relatively hard to find today. Here is a picture of an unbuilt example from a recent ebay auction.

The Milton 1957 Golden Hawk is a licensed version of the Corgi 1957 Golden Hawk made in India. Milton versions of Corgi Toys are generally less well made than the English originals. The castings are rougher and the details appear less sharp. The best explanation I have seen for this is that the dies used in their production were already well worn when sent to India but I don't know that for a fact.

The Mercury 1956 Golden Hawk was made in Italy and is a rare model particularly in excellent condition such as the example in Jeff's collection. This model has been copied by Scottoy and is currently available but not in the original colors of orange and green. Scottoy was founded in 1993 in Genoa, Italy to reissue models that Mercury had produced in the 1960's.

The Shrock Brothers 1955 Studebaker President Speedster in Jeff's collection is a very rare model. Jeff indicates that it is Number 21 of 21 made in the "lemon and lime" color combination. Shrock Brothers of Pennsylvania manufactures and markets a line of Studebaker models in various scales and also reproduces selected Studebaker parts.

BoS 1953 Commander Starliner




Provence Moulage Starliner Race Car


The BoS 1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner Hardtop is a newer model. BoS is a German company and its models are ready-made in resin. My understanding is that BoS stands for "Best of Show." They are highly detailed inside and out with accurate color schemes. The BoS 1953 Starliner has also been issued in dark blue over light blue. BoS also makes a 1:43 scale 1951 Champion Starlight Coupe, a 1951 Champion Convertible, and a 1963 Avanti. These models retail for around $40 in the U.S. if you can find them.

The Provence Moulage Starliner Race Car was built from a resin kit by a French model builder. This makes sense since Provence Moulage is a French Company that is no longer in business. The model has been built as a Carrera Panamericana Race Car. The Carrera Panamericana is a revival of the original race which was run from 1950 to 1954 just after the Mexican stretch of the Pan American Highway was opened. Studebaker Starliner Hardtops and Starlight Coupes have enjoyed considerable success over the years in this event.

Conquest 1955 Studebaker Speedster




Minimarque 1957 Silver Hawk Coupe


The Conquest 1955 Studebaker Speedster in black and white is one of several color variations of this model. Conquest/Madison models are hand-crafted in white metal from precision molds and individually finished. The models include chromed bright work, white wall tires as appropriate, and simulated glass windows. The Conquest/Madison line also includes a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk and a 1947 Studebaker Champion Station Wagon Prototype. Conquest models sell for about $250 as indicated by various eBay listings.

The Minimarque white over blue 1957 Silver Hawk is also one of several color variations of this model. It has been made in a number of color combinations including green over turquoise, dark blue over light blue, black over grey, and white over red. My understanding is that the white over red version is a special issue sold only by Route 66 Models. MiniMarque models are cast in white metal and hand finished to a very high standard. A complete listing of available models can be found on the Illustra Models web site.

Solido 1953 Studebaker Commander Hardtop



This beautifully restored Solido 1953 Studebaker Commander Hardtop was restored from an example in poor condition that was purchased on eBay France. When purchased the plastic top was warped and cracked, the chassis was rusted, and the tires were rotted. Here is a picture of the model before restoration. Jeff cleaned the chassis, repainted the interior, and installed new tires. A new roof, metal finishing, and outstanding repaint were done by a professional model maker. The metallic blue over blue is a very attractive color scheme for this model and the solid white tires are correct.

This model is catalogued in both Studebaker Toy Treasures by Jim Geary and in the Solido Toys Variation and Price Guide by Dr Edward Force. Jim Geary gives the scale as 1:43 and Ed Force gives the scale as 1:40. It was produced in a number of body colors including yellow, metallic blue, light green, light blue, red, orange, light tan, and black. The plastic roof which incorporates the windows could be either black or white depending upon the body color. The interior had only a front seat as shown in this picture of an example with the roof removed from an auction on eBay France. This model was available both as an assembled toy and as a boxed kit to be assembled.

The Solido brand of diecast toy cars has changed hands a number of times over the years. It is currently part of the Simba Dicke Group. Solido issued a 1951 Studebaker Starlight Coupe in several colors. The 1951 Starlight Coupe was Number 115 in the Junior series and the 1953 Studebaker Hardtop was Number 115 in the Junior Series. However, Solido is perhaps best known to U.S. collectors for its 1:43 scale 1957 Silver Hawk which has appeared in many variations both as a coupe and as a hardtop.

Thanks to Jeff for sending the pictures and information about his great Studebaker toy collection. Jeff indicates that he is always looking for 1:43 scale models of Studebaker hardtops and coupes and would enjoy hearing from other collectors with similar interests. He can be contacted by e-mail at jeff@magnifeyes.co.uk.


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