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    Mercury of Italy largely gets overlooked, not just in America. Most of their production in the 1950s as far as I've seen are diminutive, 1/80 scale or smaller, and comparatively rare - not unusual for a seller to ask $50 and up for one of these tiny models. Mercury likely would still not be on my radar were it not for their long lived series of construction equipment that began life about 1959-60, and travelled the globe from there.

    Most seasoned collectors are familiar with the Speedy line of about 1/66 scale models. So I was quite surprised to find these two, and by golly they are quite near true 1/64.

    Since the Mercedes gets trotted out from time to time, I figured it is the Ferrari's turn for a spotlight. I've not seen another example of either of these since I acquired them, I presume from sometime near when the cars were new and on the track, sometime mid-1950s.
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    Those are both very nice, and yes very hard to find. I've only seen one other smaller Mercury model in 20+ years of searching.

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    • #3
      Never seen before, but very nice old Mercury's.. I remember back in the 90's I used to see quite a bit of the older more obscure brands at big toy shows, that was back when we used to have toy shows, but I wasn't looking for them much then, mostly the brands I knew of, which included older Tomica and Majorette which oddly were not considered much by most collectors here in those days, so those were my obscure, and I missed the boat on some of the truly difficult to find models like you show here.
      Doug

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      • #4
        The old guy here - I remember way back when some of these old Mercury models would show up on sales lists back in the days before the internet - when they were typed and mimeographed and sent out through the mail - I can think of at least two dealers back in those days who had some of the Mercury models along with many other European brands. Fun times back then and neat to see one of theses old Mercury models find its way into your collection Wes.

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        • #5
          Bert's eclectic meter is pegged.
          Bert sez...
          "Wanna sell more?
          MAKE IT 1/64!!!"

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