[REVIEW] Tomica Nissan Laurel 2000GX

Land of the Rising Sun-day

1y ago

Tomica time, Land of the Rising Sun-day, is here again. Christmas is just around the corner, green is a Christmas color, and this model is a prize. Today we examine Tomica 14-1, the Nissan Laurel 2000GX. This model, the 14th entrant to the Tomica line, entered the range in June 1971, remaining until February 1975, and is a beauty:

I like these Japanese hardtops of the 70s, and this model is captured in fine style, showing Tomica was setting out to be known as a quality maker from the beginning, Detail and proportion are excellent, with the nameplates cast in to the front fenders being a nice touch. Scale is claimed to be 1:62, likely accurate. This casting only exists on "old" wheels, which suit it well, resembling hubcaps. Like other early Tomica, this has glazing only at front and rear, as crisp as we expect from the brand, and this casting also features the snappy (more gentle than later models) door action and springy suspension we enjoy from Tomica. From all angles, this is a gift that keeps on giving:

Doors open to reveal a detailed interior with accurate steering wheel (must be a tilt wheel in the low position):

Front and rear feature similar quality detail:

The base is metal, as usual for the era, and features technical and identifying data:

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

I am quite happy to have this casting in my collection. I had wanted one of these for some time, but the prices were more than I wanted to pay. Finally a reasonable one appeared, and I went for it. A lovely little model:

A 1:1 from wheelsage.org:

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Comments (2)

  • I love the big "GX" on the licence plate!

      1 year ago
  • Fantastic color for this. Surprising detail for such an old piece too.

      1 year ago