[REVIEW] Tomica Honda 1300 Coupe 9

This is my first real post here at drivetribe. I am from the kinja LaLD. where I usually show off one casting per week. My collection is nearly all vintage items, so if that's your thing, you might enjoy my material. I am also posting this at kinja LaLd as well, as I don't think everyone has migrated. Eventually I will probably migrate over to solely here.

This is Land of the Rising Sun-day, Tomica Time. Today we examine is Tomica 7-1, the Honda 1300 Coupe 9. This casting entered the range in December 1970, remaining until March 1975, and is a trip back to the early days:

We go back to the beginning with this review - this was the 7th model introduced to the Tomica line. It shows traits typical of early castings - no side glazing, paint that seems just a little thicker, and more simple (but still quite decent) interior detail. Tomica was already on the fine line casting detail ideal, and this model has plenty. Scale is claimed to be 1:60, likely accurate. This casting exists only on various types of old wheels. Door action isn’t as snappy as later models, but the glazing is nice, and the suspension is springy as we all like. From all angles, one can see Tomy was starting off on the right foot with Tomica cars:

Doors open to reveal interior detail:

Front and rear have similar detail, the finely cast front end along with rear detail and badges on the trunklid are nice touches:

The base is metal, as were all early castings I am aware of, and features technical and identifying detail:

This casting is lucky enough to live in its original black box:

No doubt I am pleased to have this casting in my collection, I have a couple of these - maybe I'll sell off some material again. It has historical interest, being such an early item, and there can’t be many castings of this car:

A 1:1 from flickr:

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Comments (4)
  • Awesome read Fintail, classy as usual. I first learned about the Coupe 9 in Gran Turismo 4 on Sony's PlayStation 2, and I'm quickly becoming a Tomica nut. Someday I'd love to have a Tomica museum worthy collection like you!

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    • Glad you like it. My collection may not be museum quality, but the hoard could be museum-adjacent. I did some sorting over the weekend, I have roughly 170 mint in box Tomica and about...

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  • I love this car, even though it is nearly forgotten. So much clever engineering went into it.

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