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  • High Speed Lancia Stratos

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    This is another one of those quirky connections between companies.

    High Speed was known for making contract runs that were sold under other brand names. This model, crude as it is, is early High Speed, as are other models depicted on the cardback.

    A promo run for Wendy's restaurants featured some of the same castings pictured, so it is little surprise to see (Simba) Dickie branding on the product package. Simba Dickie we know also has control of Majorette, and Schuco. I mention Schuco because not long after this model was issued, a short series sold as Schuco sometime after were also High Speed castings. This implies Simba Dickie and High Speed had business ties.

    Business ties behind the scenes can become quite convoluted, which I hope this model serves to illustrate. Sometimes it is impossible to tell who made a model, if there are no maker marks and the model was sold under some other brand. This is most evident with a maker such as the Universal Group, where the business ties are so convoluted it is nearly impossible to unravel.

    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
    Your explanation above explains why after reading the subject title and seeing the casting, and I said, "Oh, that can't be right."

    Good thing we have those collectors like you, who dig into the odd castings and identify who and when they were made.


    • #3
      i agree this made for a very interesting read.


      • #4
        A cool story for a decent model. I don't really collect stuff like that, but it's cool to read the stories of them