At this page you can see my collection of Volvo model cars. Most scale models are bought at events or in a big model car & train shop in Aachen (Germany) called Hünerbein, but some of them are bought in a local small toyshop. And of course at classic car events and shows (like the Volvobeurs and the Wittener Oldtimerfestival).
I never buy modelcars online because in most cases the hunt is better than the catch and most Volvo modelcars I have actually have a nice story behind its purchase. In most cases that story is simple: it’s an exact replica of a Volvo I’ve ever had. I want to have a miniature-version of each car I’ve owned.
At the moment I own about 40 Volvo modelcars and about 15 or 20 of other brands. It’s not a big collection but it will grow over the years (but I don’t buy a lot, only if I see something really nice). I also have some Volvo-pins, bought at the Volvo Museum merchandise shop. Have a look at the gallery below and maybe you’ll get inspired for buying a scale model or diecast yourself. Good luck!
Unfortunately I don’t own any RobEddie, André Modelcars, Somerville, Century or Stahlberg Volvo miniatures. Maybe I will have some of them in the future. But at this moment it’s a bit too expensive and I don’t have a nice cabinet to store these cars.
Scale model sizes
The most popular scales:
– 1:87 (Ho-models like Brekina, Wiking, Herpa, Busch)
– 1:64 (diecast toy cars like Mattel Hot Wheels and Matchbox)
– 1:55 (diecast toy cars, Siku)
– 1:43 (detailed metal cars like Neo, RobEddie and Minichamps)
– 1:24 (Bburago, Polistil, Revell, Maisto, Revell and Tamiya plastic model kits)
– 1:20 (some Tamiya model kits, Stahlberg)
– 1:18 (Revell, Bburago, Minichamps, Maisto, AutoArt)
– 1:10 (Tamiya r/c)
Rare Volvo miniatures
Of course some Volvo miniatures are very rare, like the André Models, Somerville, RobEddie and Century models. Some Revell-models like the Amazon and P1800 are getting more rare these days because production of them ended. A couple of years ago these models were very cheap but now prices are rising.
Also the Tamiya model kits of the 850 T5 and BTCC are becoming very rare and are pretty expensive these days. I’ve had a 850 T5 Estate modelkit several years ago when I was a kid, but I don’t have it anymore.
The AutoArt collection is also pretty expensive. These miniatures are very detailed and made in small series. That’s why they’re pretty expensive. Very popular models are: the 242 Turbo Group A miniature and the 850 R and T-5R series.
My Volvo modelcar collection
Below you can see my Volvo miniature and pin collection (but the pins aren’t much fun to be honest). Some pictures are not sharp enough because it’s a macro-photo of a very small car model (like the 1:87 ho-models). And of course: dust will appear a lot bigger than it is in real life. But you get a good idea how the model cars look like.
In most cases the miniatures are in mint condition, but for the pictures I unpacked most of the model cars. I also included pictures of the pins and some miniatures which are Volvo-related (in this case: a DeLorean with its PRV-engine and the company Volvo bought to produce small cars: DAF). Of course new pictures will be added if I bought some new modelcars.
I’ve included the material, manufacturer and scale size at the descriptions of the models, so if you like a modelcar you can find it easy on the web. I think all models are for sale at many webshops, Ebay or local shops specialized in model cars. And of course: on events and shows there are (in most cases) sellers of miniatures so you could buy some nice Volvo models at an event or show.
Most of the miniatures I own are in the HO-model scale (for model trains): 1:87. Brekina produces the most Volvo-miniatures in this scale, but also Wiking produces some Volvo-models. The 1:87 scale models aren’t really value for money (it’s about 10-15 Euro for a very small car, 1:24 models are in most cases cheaper) but they have pretty much detail for such a small scale. The models of Herpa are also very nice, but they don’t have many Volvos in their product range.
If you have any questions or comments: feel free to e-mai me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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