Saturday, 29 December 2012


Take a look at the little beauty in the accompanying photographs.
It's only yer actual CECIL COLEMAN toy SUPERCAR from the
1960s - wow!  I've had this for quite a number of years now, but it took
me even longer to acquire from when I first saw this imitation BUDGIE
TOYS plaything back when I was a mere kidlet.  (The flash has wiped
out some colour and detail, but you get the picture - pun intended.)

Talking of Budgie Toys, I actually owned one of their diecast
Supercars for half an hour or so (might've been a wee bit longer) way
back in 1965.  I'd swapped a red toy yacht and a water pistol with a boy
around the corner for his rather beat-up "marvel of the age" - only to
soon change my mind when I realized it was on the verge of falling to
bits.  He was somewhat reluctant to swap back, but I 'insisted'.

Regarding the Cecil Coleman version however, I first saw
this toy circa 1966 or '67 in my local SAFEWAY store, hanging on
an end-of-aisle display, whilst being dragged around the shops by my
mother.  If I recall correctly, it was only 2'6d, but, despite my pleas,
I came away empty-handed.  A couple of years later, I saw another
one on a stall in Glasgow's famous BARROWLAND market ('The
Barras'), but again (even 'though it was only 1'9d this time)
my earnest entreaties fell on deaf ears.

Cut to around thirty years later when I saw one advertised for
£350 in a collectors mag.  I had to have it, of course, so promptly
stumped up the admittedly overpriced amount, even by then-current
standards.  (I bought it from a well-known seller who tends to charge
on the extreme side compared to other dealers.)  What can I say?
These toys are as rare as hens' teeth and it's only money.

It came in a carded blister-pack, with plastic figures of MIKE
(not the one from The Krankies), and MITCH The MONKEY.
I'll show them another time, as they're tucked away at the moment.
(And I want to repaint the figures to a higher standard first.)

It must be admitted that dear ol' Cecil's Supercar is a rather
flimsy, underwhelming vehicle in the cold light of day, compared
to how I remembered it from my childhood . Then, it seemed like a
plaything of unlimited possibilities;  in reality, it's a two-colour, fra-
gile affair that looks as if it might fall apart if someone breathes
too hard in its vicinity.

Now, I have to admit that I've got quite a few items in my col-
lection for which I've paid rather steep prices, but I don't buy to
cash in at a future date when they've increased in value.  I purchase
things merely because I want them, and I don't mind bringing an item
up to my rather high standards if I consider it can stand improving.
I'm lucky in being able to repaint things to a far higher specifica-
tion than when they were originally issued.

A Coleman Supercar without 'improvement'

Case in point:  when I acquired my excellent STEVE ZODIAC
and ZOONY on a JETMOBILE toy by GOLDEN GATE, Steve's
body wasn't glued together properly, leaving a one millimetre gap be-
tween the two parts.  Also, his hands weren't painted, and the seat of
the jetmobile wasn't fitted properly.  They are now, and the overall
look has been vastly improved since it came into my possession.

Same with my Supercar.  Previously, it boasted a mere two
colours - red and silver, and was rather boring to look at.  Now,
with a bit of 'detailing', it looks far more substantial than it actually
is.  Some collectors would regard my 'improvements' as sacrilege,
but, as I said, the monetary potential in the collectors' market is of
no interest to me;  all I'm concerned with is an item looking as
good as it possibly can.

And doesn't my Supercar look brilliant?!

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