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  • Matchbox Porsche 911 Turbo

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    I'm sure if I got the official name incorrect I will hear about it.

    Much like Hot Wheels, I've been avoiding featuring Matchbox models because the brand typically gets a great deal of coverage elsewhere. Not that there aren't fitting, suitable and even laudable models, just that I like to spread the love around especially among brands that don't get a lot of online attention.

    In my not always so humble opinion, this is one of the best Superfast era models the design team at Matchbox came up with. This is one of those I enjoy seeking out the (poor man's) variations. As I understand, this Wrangler jeans promo issue is one of the more difficult for mere mortals to find, so I am very pleased to have it reside in my collection. The opening doors are a plus, but the lines of the model are aesthetically pleasing if not pretty darn accurate to a late '70s Porsche Turbo.

    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.

  • #2
    IT's a pretty decent model of a nice 911.

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    • #3
      Nice to have a difficult to find issue in one's collection, This one looks pretty good. Congrats.

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      • #4
        looks good to me.

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        • #5
          This was a nice Porsche casting from Matchbox - had the Wrangler version at one time but now in another garage.

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            • #7
              It's a beauty, especially in the hard to find Wrangler design, which I'd never seen before.

              As far as the proper name for it, as you know Matchbox seemed to just mark it as a Porsche Turbo, though packages sometimes said Turbo Porsche, and the BAMCA website lists it as the Porsche 930 Turbo, though I understand 930 was Porsche's internal number for the turbo, later called the 911 Turbo, it all seems a little confusing, but basically seems to be talking about the same car.
              Doug

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              • #8
                Really great casting, but overdone in every other brand than Matchbox, the redline is the best early Porsche in 1:64 to my opinion

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                • #9
                  Nice piece! I have this one.

                  (BAMCA's photo, not mine).

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                  I admit, Wranglers are my go-to trousers (the classic 13MWZ I tend to get the most life out of--and it was just their own internal politics why I stopped buying Levi's--last pair I bought about 8 years ago lasted barely 6 months before the zipper broke and the area where the inside of the leg attached ripped), but I am wondering what was the big deal in the '80s? ERTL had a Wrangler line that had basically everything (including dolls and action figures--not just diecast), and they sponsored multiple race cars--while Dale Earnhardt's is the most iconic, they did sponsor a Porsche that was similiar, but not exactly like this one.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LamborghiniDiablo8 View Post
                    Really great casting, but overdone in every other brand than Matchbox, the redline is the best early Porsche in 1:64 to my opinion
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                    Here is a Redline. it debuted some years before the Matchbox. My memory is fuzzy, the Redline probably '72, the Matchbox probably '78-79ish, so 5 or 6 years later.

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                    Sorry for the lousy old pics, but this at least gives the silhouette of the Mbx.

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                    Still old pics, but at least they are viewable.

                    I'm not sure where the Redline got its ducktail. It's a cool feature, mimmic'd by others.

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                    This is the car I know as the Porsche Turbo. The tag to the borrowed image says this is a 1982, as far out from the Mbx as the Mbx is to the RL. It looks...in an expected toyish manner...to replicate the full size car, and the lines are pretty darn accurate.

                    As for the RL, in 1972 the Porsche 914 was in vogue. Some makers call it VW/Porsche 914, and the factory hot rod was a 914-6.

                    But that is a totally different boxy design.

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                    I did find a '72 Porsche Carrera, and the RL seems to match it pretty well.

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                    It also reminds me of the Corgi jr Porsche Carrera...which oddly enough, ended up issued as Hot Wheels.

                    So it would appear the Mbx is a decent example of the Porsche Turbo, the RL is a decent example of the Porsche Carrera; two different cars altogether.

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                    Another nice '72 Porsche was the Targa. I don't know Corgi jr made the '72 model, but they are the only I can think of that made the Targa at all.

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                    And once again it was issued as Hot Wheels.
                    Last edited by jt3; 09-09-2022, 06:04 PM.
                    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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