I’ve been accumulating (Collecting is what connoisseurs and people with selective tastes do, and I’m nowhere near as discriminating as I should be) Diecast model cars since just before I learnt that putting them in my mouth was a bad idea. Like anybody else I have owned countless dozen models and toys over the years, and among all the Ferraris and Porsches sometimes one will turn up that genuinely adds to my education.
A Matchbox Superkings toy was the first I ever knew of the ’74 Mustang II, for example; although this particular red and white car with COBRA written down the side had such mangled proportions it made the car look altogether a more muscular machine than it turned out to be. I was about seven, and easily impressed. Anyway, I’m now 32, and that sensation has returned. This is a model of the Riga Autobus Factory 2203, Latvija, a vehicle I had never heard of until about a month ago.
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