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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Last Golden Age of Matchbox: Holden Ute VE SSV...


Now that I am done showing my five favorite Matchbox castings (it will probably change again within a month), we can move onto all the others that I collect.

There are obviously quite a few, and some that are quite popular with collectors.  This one, however, might not be the most well-known Matchbox model out there.  Unless you are in Australia.

The Holden VE SSV Ute was one of the great surprises to long-time Matchbox collectors when it was released back in 2010.  Not only were collectors excited because Matchbox was being Matchbox by releasing an Australian car, but because it was further evidence that the Matchbox team at the time was listening to collectors.

For a couple of years prior, the Holden Ute kind of took on a life of its own as a collector want.  It was mentioned in numerous forum posts, and brought up to the team at every available event.  I don't know how it got started, but a bunch of collectors jumped on the bandwagon.  Over time, the team returned the favor, and did the model.


And boy did they do it.  I honestly don't need to say one thing about the casting.  Just look at it.  It is a stunner.  The Ute is an Australian staple, and Holden hit a home run with the sporty design of the SSV, and Matchbox duplicated it.  It is like the BMW 1M.  Why do the 1 Series when you can do the 1M.  Why do the Ute when you can do the SSV.  And do it this well.

There have been five releases of the Ute, but I wanted these four only.  The color selection on these four is dynamic, and they look so good together.  The main reason I did this post was honestly just to photograph them.  You may not be into the modern El Camino, but you have to at least admit this is one kick-ass model.  We need to see it again...

(Find the Matchbox Holden Ute on eBay...)
















8 comments:

  1. I have one myself, and I can safely say, this is one of the best castings ever by Matchbox. The design team really captured the Australian spirit with the ute body as well.

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  2. Such a great casting. Can we ever see these gems return to the line?

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  3. Didn't know about it until now and I gotta say I want one...

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  4. Now this is a proper- 'Golden Age' Matchbox model. I love it! I wanted the green version badly but for now, have to settle with the purple from the 5-pack. Also, John, why didn't you post photos of the white model? I know you dislike the livery but its not that bad. Plus, the actual color combination of white with red interior looks pretty sweet. If possible, get pics of that one please!

    BTW, Im loving this new photo angle! It looks much nicer and crispier than before. Good work!

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  5. It's such a great casting come on MBX do another run.

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  6. Yes, it is really a stunning modell, and it is not standing out from the cars of golden era at all.
    That means most of the real cars were stunning those times. Easily can name 30 out of the 75 each year between 2006-2011. I am glad that I was focusing on them that time, knowing something special happening those days and collected a lot of them. Lotus exige for example, just to name one. That car looks good pictured together with the new Alfa 4C.

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  7. Yes, it is really a stunning modell, and it is not standing out from the cars of golden era at all.
    That means most of the real cars were stunning those times. Easily can name 30 out of the 75 each year between 2006-2011. I am glad that I was focusing on them that time, knowing something special happening those days and collected a lot of them. Lotus exige for example, just to name one. That car looks good pictured together with the new Alfa 4C.

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