No, we don’t feature a lot of Greenlight here. We have heard from a lot of you about that, and we probably don’t have a sufficient reason as to why that is.
But then again, when you think about it there are a lot of diecast lines we haven’t featured. Have you ever seen M2? Or Jada? Or in the last while Tomica basic? Not a lot of Majorette either. And maybe we should. Like we said, we don’t have any reason why other than there are not many of those models in the Lamley collection.
But there are some un-ignorable exceptions. A couple of months ago we featured the undeniably cool vintage wagons that popped up in the Auto World lineup, as well as the yacht-tastic AW Cadillac Coupe DeVilles. We may bypass Auto World’s plethora of Mustangs and Camaros, but those models were impossible to pass up. And there are more coming.
The same goes for Greenlight. There is no denying the quality of Greenlight models. The detail on many rival the best of 1:64. But once again, the dominance of so many models that we have seen before, a la Mustangs and Camaros, dulls most excitement about them, at least around here. I personally have always admired the police lines, as the liveries are real police departments, and the castings fantastic. But collecting those means opening a whole new chunk of space I don’t have.
But like the yachts of Auto World, there are the occasional models that must be picked up, and Greenlight’s Chevy C10 Camper was a no-brainer. It is undoubtedly a Cool is Cool is Cool model.
We don’t have to explain why. Campers are cool. Wait, I should clarify. Not all camping machines are cool. RV’s are nice, but not cool, and the UK’s caravans are cool only when Top Gear is dealing with them. But campers? Pure nostalgic cool.
Wait. Let’s clarify again. Campers on a 2014 S-10? Not cool. Campers on a ’68 C10, or on this Ford like we encountered on Saturday? Crazy cool.
If I hearken back to the days of Toughskins and wood-paneled wagons and family vacations, thoughts of passing campers is automatic. Never set foot in one, wandering the West like we did meant seeing a lot of campers.
So thanks a ton to Greenlight for celebrating the camper, and kudos to a great C10 casting, which is one of our favorite classic trucks. Lamley readers know we get giddy for vintage trucks, and with a camper on top? Super giddy. And, whether it was on purpose or not, a vintage truck with a camper that looks like it is too heavy for the bed? Super-duper giddy.
(You can find the camper-topped Greenlights on ebay…)
Greenlight 1968 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne with Camper: