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  • Gingell Ferrari 308

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    This maker ranks among the worst of the worst "generic" no-name cheapie models. When I first came across this line of models I presumed they were Summer, and a long discussion ensued to distinguish between the two makers. Summer, itself known for low end budget minded models, seems to have served as the template from which many Gingell models were created. With the long list of copies out there in the world of diecast, some better and some worse, ranging from Tomica to Hot Wheels to Matchbox and beyond...it is difficult for me to grasp why some maker would copy from the bottom of the diecast ladder. Yet, here we are!

    To Summer's credit, as the discussion mentioned previously educated me, Summer models tend to be crisply molded. By contrast, Gingell tend to be quite rough - notice the flashing and rough edges still evident around the window frames. The discussion wasn't clear if these were "retired" Summer molds sold on to Gingell (as some similar models continued in the Summer line) or if they are indeed crude copies, but that and the numbers on the base are the distinguishing features to separate Gingell from Summer.

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    The Gingell factory numbers are distinctly different from Summer's.

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    A comparison between the Gingell above and the comparable Summer below.
    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    I got rid of a ton of them as a teenager, and trashed a lot of them as a kid. I hated pancake cars. They were as cheap as they could get, and poorly made. You had to look carefully ot even hazard a guess in figuring out what it was supposed to be. But, what survived I've kept, and am now trying to identify. If I can find marked ones, with say, the Summer deer, I pick them up at flea markets. I know I have the Summer 308.

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