Yesterday we showed Tomica Limited Vintage’s near-perfect take on the Porsche 911 S, and the response from our readers has been great. We have more Porsches to show, as well as a Mercedes and soon an Audi. But we mustn’t forget TLV’s bread-and-butter, Japanese cars.
I mentioned yesterday that TLV is a very dangerous addiction. The $15-$20 pricetag these models carry, especially for US-based collectors who have to buy them from overseas sellers, can deplete a diecast budget in seconds. But any buyer’s remorse one might feel at the time of purchase quickly vanishes the minute the model is in-hand.
Today’s example is the Mitsubishi Galant GTO. Early Japanese cars have such a tremendous amount of character, and TLV captures that flawlessly. The obvious American muscle car influence is there, just as it is in early Celicas, with the ducktail rear and Mustang-y taillights. Ah, the joy of those lines. It makes me more and more depressed about the 2013 Ford Escape I drive for work. The car with no personality, a bluetooth sync system that doesn’t work well at all, and can only bring driving joy when I roll down the windows and close my eyes and pretend I am driving something different, but that has never been a smart idea at 85 mph.
You can’t drive minicars, but they can sure help you remember the joy of driving. So thank goodness for TLV and their love of the lesser known. There is a Galant in the Lamley collection. Damn that’s cool.
Tomica Limited Vintage Neo Mitsubishi Galant GTO 2000 GSR: