Lacroix De Laville, 1898, an oddity
From the early days of the automobile, here are photographs of a survivor.
And here it is in (close to) 1:43 scale:
The RAMI line of models were made, generally, in the 1970's in France, based on the holdings of a museum there. They were imported to the United States and helped popularize the collecting of this type and scale of model cars. With variations in colors, the RAMI models still show up for sale at times. I think their scale is fairly consistent with 1:43. The figures are my addition.
Here's a quick shot of my RAMI holdings: (Click on any picture to enlarge it.)
Enjoy, bon ami! David H
The Rami models certainly exude charm David. I only have these two.
I Really like these early French RAMI models.
Use the search option in the top right hand corner of the The Diecast Zone page to find several others by David, Harv and me.
An impressive collection David.
Great display, David! Great RAMIs everyone! I have a couple...
A couple more, one from the relatively unknown ranks and one that's a little different from Schnelle's : (Click on the picture for enlargement.)
Here's some information, just in case it's needed:
RAMI was an acronym for "les Rétrospectives Automobiles MIiniatures" (in English, Automobile Miniatures in Retrospect). The acronym was seen on packaging without the periods between the letters of the acronym, but on some of the vehicle bases with the punctuation. J.M.K. was a further acronym that stood for the three founding members of the company: M. Jarry, Henri Malartre and M. Koch. Though the models were often known simply as RAMI, the full name of the company was RAMI by J.M.K. (from Wikipedia)