Wednesday, May 4, 2011

1959-1960 diecast 87th scale model cars

Ahi is not, as one might expect, a Japanese name, but is an acronym for Azrak-Hamway International. There were at least four sets of American cars (1957 though 1960 model years), at least one set of foreign cars as well as sets of 'old timers', military vehicles and road equipment vehicles. In these sets, a dozen cars were displayed individually in tiny plastic showcases. Admittedly the sculpting is somewhat crude but they are still recognizable with specific features on grills and hand painted trims.  Each is slightly less than 2" long. Ahi models and the very similar Linemar (a division of Marx) Elegant Miniatures often turn up on Ebay. Linemar also made the Tinykins and Disneykins figures.
1959 Buick
1959 Cadillac
1959 Chevrolet
1959 DeSoto
1959 Chrysler
1959 Dodge
1959 Ford
1959 Oldsmobile
1959 Plymouth
1959 Pontiac
1959 Rambler
1960 Buick
1960 Cadillac
1960 Chevrolet
1960 DeSoto
1960 Dodge
1960 Edsel
1960 Ford Falcon
1960 Lincoln
1960 (?) Opel Capitan
1960 (?) Volkswagen
1960 (?) Daimler DK400 Limousine

3 comments:

Eric J. said...

Great page here with some very nice photos. I have a few of these myself and I really enjoy this series of cars. Your comment on the years produced is correct as every one I have found falls within this time period. Ebay is about the only place I see these cars offered. And I keep coming across previously unknown body styles. Thanks for posting this page. Great stuff.

Unknown said...

I wanted to thank you for such terrific pix of these AHI / Cragstan diecast models from Japan. I bought a set off eBay recently and your post helped me quickly identify most of them. 87thscale.info has some group shots of this short lived line. Perhaps you will consider posting yours there too so they will be easier for collectors to find since info is so scarce. Yours are in perfect condition and quite rare. Thanks again!

Scott Santoro said...

Actually, I did send jpegs of the cars to 87th Scale, some of which he included on his site.