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Lot 137: SOLIDO Ferrari F1 Ref. : 122 x 2. SOLIDO 215 Ferrari Ref. : 129.Platinum House
March 3, 2011
Paris, FranceLive Auction
SOLIDO Ferrari F1 Ref. : 122 x 2.
SOLIDO 215 Ferrari Ref. : 129.
SOLIDO Ferrari F1 Réf. : 122 x 2.
SOLIDO Ferrari 215 Réf. : 129.
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Solido is a french manufacturer of die-cast model cars and trucks based in Oulins, Anet, France, about 40 miles west of Paris. Cars are usually made of the alloy zamac in varying sizes, but mostly 1:43 scale.
Solido was established in 1930 by Ferdinand de Vazeilles in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre, France. Vazeilles' first product was a metal Gergovia spark plug on wheels. The first Solido lines (Major, Junior and Baby) were introduced in 1932, 1933, and 1935, respectively. The Major series was 1:35 scale and was already phased out by 1937 according to Edward Force (Force 1993). At this time several different cars were made, a few of different truck models, and also military guns and cannons. These were simpler toys, fragile and subject to metal fatigue.After World War II, the company was relocated farther west to Anet. In 1952, a smaller rather crude 1:60 scale 'Mosquito' series was introduced featuring 12 models. The first 1:43 scale '100' series was started in 1957 and this set the stage for Solido's ascendance, though models were not numbered until 1962, according to Force (1993). The first military vehicles, for which Solido has become particularly well known, appeared in 1961.Through the 1960s, models continually improved in detail and realism, and were often based on blueprints from actual car manufacturers. The '100' series was a combination of realistic production cars as well as competition models, mostly from European manufacturers. French Citroen, Peugeot, Renault and Matra were often the focus, but vehicles from Italy and Germany were also common. British selections were not as prevalent. In the mid-1970s, there were about 50 models in the standard line.By 1970, the company was fairly diversified, making a superior line of classic cars (L'Âge d'or - about 12 models), Les Militaires (about 40 models), commercial vehicles (Toner Gam - about 15 models), and "Poids Lourds", a series of larger heavier diecast trucks (about 10 different models). Several gift sets were available. During the early 1970s Solido became the benchmark of the collectible 1:43 scale diecast vehicle.