They are little treasures. Priceless. Full of history. They give shape to a gigantic car park which, paradoxically, fits in a room. None move. Although they remain in the same place, despite their immobility, they transfer memories. They are miniature cars, a very special way of expressing the passion for irons.
Nostalgia takes to the streets and travels magical paths. Classic, historic, sports cars, famous for their appearance in unforgettable films, trucks, vans… They all have their charm. Collecting scale cars is an exciting hobby.
“Most of us collectors devote themselves to it to rediscover a part of childhood. It’s a way of trying to achieve what we had when we were kids,” says Jorge, known at Rivadavia Park as Paiyon, the Uruguayan.
Jorge has a collection of 1500 cars. But it is not limited to this category since it has figurines from the most varied eras and everyone knows the position of purchase and sale that it has occupied for 22 years in this part of the city of Buenos Aires.
Jorge’s collection began with a 1975 Pontiac Firebird made by Matchbox. And the most precious is a Corgi Toys Batmobile from 1966 in its original box.
Here, some decisive questions arise for any collector. The company that created the car is of vital importance, as it guarantees the attention to detail, a much appreciated condition.
Matchbox, Corgi Toys, Majorette, Maisto, Kinsmart, Italeri, Hot Wheels, Herpa, Guiloy, GMP, Eligor, Bburago, Brooklin Models Ltd, Greenlight, Ixo, Jada Toys, MR Models Collection, Norev, Norscot, Otto Models, Sun Star and the National Bubby are among the most popular.
Another non-negotiable point, each piece is in its original box.. This situation brings the value of these small works of art to a higher level.
At this point, it should be noted that the most popular manufacturing system is die-casting, which features metal construction – zinc alloy with lead – die-casting with plastic inlays.
There are also the ranges most sought after by amateurs. The favorites are 1:43 and 1:18 because, with a length between 9 and 11 centimeters, they ensure that the details are respected to the maximum. They are followed in order of preference by 1:24 and 1:32 and, thanks to Hot Wheels and Matchbox, interest in the 1:64 has grown.
Jorge has a strong devotion to the 1950s and national classics. While many of his colleagues fall asleep in front of reproductions of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and the Citroën DS, he points out the opposite:Not everyone has the same taste, but here in Argentina many of us choose different models of Fords and Chevrolets.”.
Sergio Goldvarg is a 65-year-old architect who left Argentina pushed by the 2001 crisis. He settled in the United States, in South Florida. has the privilege of having been included twice in the Guinness Book of World Records for its model car collection.
The first appearance dates back to 2005, when it had 7,000 cars, and it repeated this praise in 2009, already with 12,000 models. Today, its impressive displays house more than 18,000 vehicles, divided into two scales -1:43 and 1:18- and Formula 1 cars, Sport Prototypes, rally cars, historical models, pumpers and buses from all over the world. ..
“I had an instant love for small cars, especially Matchbox models,” he says. It all started in 1962 – at the age of 5 – with a Matchbox Merryweather Marquis fire truck which is still in pristine condition and in its original box.
“My collection really became a passion when he was 6 years old and, already with 300 Matchbox models, my parents gave me a Jaguar D Type 1:43 scale, made in France by Solido. Thus, the hobby that never stopped was born“, he says with enthusiasm.
He quickly found his first job related to his hobby: “I was barely 10 years old when an interesting idea came to me: to put ads offering to buy miniature models of second-hand collector cars. I restored each of these models and I offered them in shops in my neighborhood. This was my strategy and soon I was making enough money to buy my own toys and collectibles.
In 1980 he worked as a journalist for the magazines Corsa and Parabrisas, in which he wrote the first notes devoted to scale cars. A year later, he graduated as an architect and was Buby’s advisor, where he participated in the design of Mini-Buby models such as the Renault 12, Renault 18 and Chevrolet trucks..
His love for cars led him to found the first 1:43 scale white metal car factory in South America. In 1988 he was born The Goldvarg Collection. “I was always looking for cars that I liked, but were never built to scale,” he recalls. This desire can be seen in the inscription on all their products: “From a collector, to collectors”.
His first creation was a 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire. He traveled to California and sold 100 units. In the United States, France, Germany and the Netherlands, their products began to gain traction. They appeared on Chrysler Imperial 1951 and Chevrolet 1946. “A turning point in his production was my KaiserHenry J.. The demand was overwhelming. The public went crazy and they loved it,” he says proudly.
The years have passed and the craft production has not stopped. Installed in Florida continues to create and add templates: “I continue to collect model cars with the same passion as when I started over 50 years ago.”