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David H
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   Yes, more of that "something I found while looking for something else."  Here are a couple of Hallmark Christmas ornament style vehicles, at least close to 1/43 in scale.  They show no signs of ever having been opened before.

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  Yes, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, fifth in the ornament series, and a 1995 copyright date on the license tag. Price is still on the box, $12.95.  Well, maybe a good one for someone who likes anything with the Camaro name.

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  This is the 1937 Ford, heralded as the first Ford V8 pickup.  The ornament is dated 1998, fourth in the All-American Truck Series and priced at $13.95.  It's a darn good model of an unusual subject.  

  There was a third Hallmark with these two, and it's so much better that I hesitate to combine it with the Camaro and the Ford.  But here goes:

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    This 1935 Auburn Speedster is die cast metal and weighs more than the other two put together, and the workmanship (China) is definitely superior. Forget that hook catch between the seats;  this is a fine model, and if it's not 1/43 then it's so close I'm not complaining.  This was the third in the Vintage Roadster series, it's dated 2,000, and the original price tag is still on it - U.S.A. $14.95, Can. $19.95.   If I recall correctly, I was paying about $85 for a Brooklin then;  this Auburn is of even higher caliber IMO.

   

 

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David Green
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Very nice David. I have a few dozen of these Hallmark ornaments which so far remain in their boxes.

They look well proportioned but not what I collect in the main. I really like that Auburn though.


   
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Ed Davis
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I remember a couple of Hallmark stores back in the 1990s and early 2000s, and seeing the ornaments.  I did not collect them, but remember some were quite nice. That Auburn looks very nice. Let us know of interesting finds.

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Michael Garrett
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Well I have to confess I have a collection of all the Hallmark cars and trucks since they started issuing them. Put them out at Christmas.  They won't all fit in my town so have to display some on a table.

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David H
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@mike   I really like what you are doing with these Hallmark vehicles!  Well done, and it makes a Christmas just that much more of a better memory.  

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I have tried to get them to make some using the "Orphan" cars.  Would love to see them do some Studebakers, Nash, Kaiser Frazer, Frazer, Packard....   No luck so far.


   
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I have the 1937 Ford pickup a 1950 GMC pickup and both are very close if not exact to 43rd scale.   My collection also has a 1930 Ford Model A and a 1932 Chevrolet roadster which are pretty accurate as well.  A 1972 Chevrolet pickup is too small.   I like that Auburn and may add that to the collection given David's confirmation on scale.

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Michael Garrett
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@john-quilter Hallmark put out a short series of Roadsters from 1998 to 2002.  They included the 31 Ford, 32 Chevrolet, 35  Auburn, 30 Cadillac and a 54 Buick Wildcat.  I found them the closest to 1/43 scale.  Most of the rest seem to be around 1/50.  The 54 Buick  Wildcat was the last in the series and an unusual one.  I was glad when they switched from Plastic to diecast on all their models.


   
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I want to thank David Holcombe for turning me on to the Auburn Speedster.  Mine arrived to day from an Ebay vendor and I am very pleased. And the price was right which makes it even better.    Seems David was right on the scale as am particular on that.    Thanks, David.

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