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  • Summer S691 Volvo 164E

    Found today.

    This example is unusual in my experience because the grille area is complete. It normally looks like the plastic didn't fill the whole grille area, which makes for some odd looking grilles. I have four examples of this casting, and this is the only one that has the complete grille filled in. See the last photos for examples of typical grilles.













    The following examples have more typical grilles. Show yours if you have them!








    Last edited by atombaum; 02-23-2022, 02:36 AM.
    - Jeff
    Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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    Does anyone know what "Auyo" and "Sando" are? Couldn't find with interweb serch.

    - Jeff
    Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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    • #3
      Originally posted by atombaum View Post
      Does anyone know what "Auyo" and "Sando" are? Couldn't find with interweb serch.


      They would be intentional misspellings of "Audi" and "Sanyo" to avoid fees for using those names.

      The actual logos on an Audi Quattro:

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mark F. View Post

        They would be intentional misspellings of "Audi" and "Sanyo" to avoid fees for using those names.

        The actual logos on an Audi Quattro:

        How interesting. Thanks!

        I figured the yellow and blue was tied to the Swedish flag, and doing a bit more snooping, I see this Audi Quattro Sport was the overall winner of the 1982 World Rally Championship (WRC). The second round of the rally was held on February 12-14 in Sweden. Interesting to note that no Volvos participated in the WRC that year.
        Last edited by atombaum; 02-24-2022, 12:32 AM.
        - Jeff
        Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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        • #5
          You're welcome!

          Here are three other issues:



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          • #6
            Chrome with full grill:
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            • #7
              Clear bumper with black base and partial grill.
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              • #8
                My favorite is this yellow one.
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                • #9
                  Never saw another "full grille" example before mine.

                  Mark F. Those are in nice condition. Do they have full grilles? The white one looks like it might, but can't tell on the green one. They have the shorter front bumper, so guessing they probably have the full grille. Nice wheels too.

                  Scirocco Never saw a chrome one before. The clear bumper example is interesting, and it has the funky 4-dot wheels. Thanks for showing the base. The yellow one is sporty, and it's missing the "Sando" sponsorship on the hood and trunk. Also does not have the arrow design on the roof (same as mine). So many variations to enjoy.

                  Looking closer at Scirocco's clear bumper example, and pondering everything a bit more, I think the partial grille could be a design feature, not a casting or mold error. Who knows? Any opinions on that? The partial grille examples also have a wider bumper than the full grille ones, and the tail lights are in different locations (from the ones I've seen). Would these feature differences be considered incremental development changes or separate castings? Since they are all № S691, probably just modifications to the same casting.
                  - Jeff
                  Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by atombaum View Post
                    Never saw another "full grille" example before mine.

                    Mark F. Those are in nice condition. Do they have full grilles? The white one looks like it might, but can't tell on the green one. They have the shorter front bumper, so guessing they probably have the full grille. Nice wheels too.
                    Yes. These are all the same later issues.

                    The older issues having only the lights and grille chrome would better replicate the real car's look. The real car has painted bodywork between the grille and lights:




                    The later issues would have been simplified for easier production.

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                    • #11
                      My green model has solid grill.
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                      • #12
                        Silver large bumper model vs. chrome small bumper model.
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                        • #13
                          @Scirocco This is pretty cool because I thought I found something unique. Then you guys show a ton of variations. Great to see so many "full grille" examples of Summer S691.
                          - Jeff
                          Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mark F. View Post

                            Yes. These are all the same later issues.

                            The older issues having only the lights and grille chrome would better replicate the real car's look. The real car has painted bodywork between the grille and lights:




                            The later issues would have been simplified for easier production.
                            Hi Mark, I know you're in Canada, and I see the Ontario tags on that specimen. Is that your car?
                            - Jeff
                            Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by atombaum View Post

                              Hi Mark, I know you're in Canada, and I see the Ontario tags on that specimen. Is that your car?
                              Nope. I've never owned a Volvo other than toy ones.

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