Ever since I bought a few Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Ambulances, I’ve been searching for a Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Hearse because, according to Matchbox Cars Wiki, “In the back of the vehicle is a coffin, which has a hand coming out of the slightly opened lid!”
A few months ago, I found one in a 5-pack but it was pretty expensive: 750 pesos for the five meant 150 for one. At the time, a mainline Matchbox model cost around 120 pesos (I think), and so I wasn’t willing to pay 750 pesos just to get the one car I wanted. Some time later, it went on sale for 500 pesos. I was excited to see that two boxes were for sale. I was less excited to see that the two boxes were different. That meant that I had to buy the two, spending 1000 pesos to get one car.
One box (the one I bought), had no text at the bottom of the box front. The other one had the text “Coffee Cruisers” (see the picture here). The two boxes also had slightly different box backs. The back of the box I bought is shown below, but I wasn’t able to take a picture of the back of the other box.
I decided to buy only one of the boxes. I chose the one without the text, thinking that it was probably the rarer of the two. I could be correct; an internet search for the boxes results in more pictures of the box with the text.
I wanted to see the inside of the hearse; I didn’t want to open the box. Yesterday, I tried applying nail polish remover on the cardboard to loosen the glue. I knew it would work if plastic was glued to cardboard, but I wasn’t sure if it would work for cardboard glued to cardboard. I applied the nail polish remover and nothing seemed to be happening. I finally got impatient and opened the box by force.
The cars have different colors and different scales. I could not see what “theme” tied them together. I also did not understand why the pack was called “Coffee Cruisers” as the vehicles did not seem to have anything to do with coffee. I suspect it has something to do with “Cars and coffee” car shows where any car brand, type, or period is allowed.
More information about the 5-pack is found here. It contains a 1963 Cadillac Hearse (1:81), a 1956 Buick Century Police (1:72), a 1961 Jaguar E-type Coupe (1:61), a Dodge Viper RT/10 (possibly a 1992 model) (1:59), and a ’56 Ford Pickup (1:64).
So which one is the odd one out? The Cadillac is the only hearse; the Buick is the only public service vehicle; the Jaguar is the only one from a non-American brand; the Dodge is the only one that isn’t from the 1950s or 1960s; and the Ford is the only truck.
I’ll be blogging about the individual cars in the future.