Yes, I included some shots of this one in my final Ambassador Report, but a model like this surely deserves its own post.
We have spent a great deal of time on past Gathering Models. They are almost always classic cars, they are always gorgeous, and they are gobbled up quickly.
This one, the '56 Buick Century, might be the most stellar of the stellar. It is a typical Matchbox collector's late-night fantasy. A classic emergency car, in fire livery. Old-school Matchbox collectors love classics. And they love emergency vehicles. And they love fire trucks. When the model was first shown on the projector, there was a tangible gasp in the room. No joke. I might have even heard a thump or two as collectors hit the floor.
Needless to say, this model is a hit. And I am sure there is a large number of collectors out there clamoring for one. I am just glad to have one.
One little fun fact. This model SCREAMS Matchbox, but that is pure Hot Wheels spectraflame paint on that car.
Uh-oh, I just heard another thump. I hope the Matchbox collectors are ok...
(Looking for one? There are a few on ebay. They may vanish quickly, so have at it.)
Matchbox '56 Buick Century (2013 MC Gathering Dealer Exclusive):
With the Gathering exclusive Routemasters:
With the 2013 version and the prepro donated by Mattel for auction: