Just a few more Matchbox Best of the World previews to go. We have already shown the Land Rover Defender 110, Austin Mini Van, Lamborghini LM002, Cadillac Sedan Deville, and BMW 1M. To come is the ’75 Mack, ’93 Mustang, Routemaster Bus, and BMW Motorcycle. Today is one that is bound to be popular, the ’66 Dodge A100 Pickup.
I can say I know it will be popular because so far all the Matchbox A100’s have been popular. The First Edition was gobbled up quickly, as is the third with Firestone livery. The second, in purple, was the hardest, at least for US collectors. The batch it came in wasn’t released everywhere, and the purple A100 became nearly impossible to find. In all my travels, only City Market in Moab, Utah yielded the purple A100.
So based on that, I assume the new Best of the World version will sell well. It has a lot going for it. It starts with the premium wheels in white of course, but the racing livery on this one is fantastic. I can’t find actual car it resembles, but the racing livery over green really works. Especially when you consider this is the 4995th design by Michael Heralda, who retired from Mattel earlier this year with 5000 decos under his belt (the 5000th is also part of the Best of the World line).
Having seen all of the Best of models, it is hard to pick a favorite. I am partial to the BMW 1M, but this one is up there as well. Hopefully collectors agree with me and make this series a success. It could open a lot of doors for future lines if Best of the World sells well…