Hi there and welcome back to mytoycars.blogspot.com! My entire Matchbox diecast collection is probably less than 100 vehicles, but in my collection I have a couple of these International Armored Cars.
I think I got these from some random toy warehouse many years ago.
I remember that there was this large cardboard box filled with all these loose armored cars. If I recall correctly, they were priced at 50 cents each. What's interesting is the white chassis because I don't think this model ever had a white base.
I think they were produced for some kind of company promo and that these were the extras/leftovers.
I would imagine that the company would have put their own logos on these trucks to be used as giveaways or something. Do you have any of these blank promo cars in your collection?
This Johnny Lightning Chevy Van casting originally appeared in the 2002 Boogie Vans series. It's based on the 1975 G20 Chevy Van.
This version of the Chevy Van comes in a matte gray and black colour scheme. It's part of the 2008 Rock Art Release 2 five vehicle set.
This particular model is adorned with the Led Zeppelin logos and Zoso designs on the rear and sides of the van.
This casting is all diecast and quite heavy.
The only changes I would make to this casting would be to replace the plastic tires with rubber ones.
On the body, I wish JL had added fender flares, portholes and skylights to the van. These features were pretty typical of the vans back in the 70s.
In the 1970s, some custom cars called Zingers came onto the car show circuit in a big way. These cars had huge tires and big overblown engines. Here's some more info about how they came to be:
In 2003, Johnny Lightning introduced a new series also called Zingers. I'm pretty sure these car designs were influenced by the originals. I've only got a few of the JL Zingers in my collection, but not to worry, Johnny Lightning is still banging them out in 2018. You can find the complete list of Zingers at jlcollector.net. This sweet black and gray Chevy Malibu Zinger is one of my favourites.
This one is from the Toys R Us 4 pack that came out in 2010.
The interior of the Malibu is a light gray, almost blue colour.