1935 E.R.A. "R.1.B" by Matchbox

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David H
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1935 E.R.A. "R.1.B" by Matchbox

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I am not a racing fan, but I found this one stuck away in a closet here. It's a Matchbox Yesteryear Y-14 / 1935 E.R.A 'R.1.B' according to the box. This metal model is dated 1986, old enough to also have on its underside "Made in England." Its scale is not posted, and Yesteryear models had quite a variation in scale. Here's a quick snap of the E.R.A. beside a Franklin Mint Corvette, usually noted for its adherence to the 1:43 scale.
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And here are a few quick shots of the E.R.A. According to the box information, only 17 of these were built in the mid-1930's by English Automobiles, using a modified Riley 6 cylinder engine. It won major races at speeds up to 145 mph. One was noted as the "Dick Seaman car," later owned and raced by Patrick Marsch.
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It's interesting to find something like this that I've packed back and forgotten. I hope some of you enjoy it.
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Very cool. I think those were 1/36 scale but I'm not sure.

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I have one of these - mid blue with yellow wheels. It's definitely not 1/43 but is a nice model. These are pretty rare in 1/43 sadly - personally I'd love to expand into a few 30s grand prix cars.

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StevieSX wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 7:03 pm
I have one of these - mid blue with yellow wheels. It's definitely not 1/43 but is a nice model. These are pretty rare in 1/43 sadly - personally I'd love to expand into a few 30s grand prix cars.
Me too, but I don't want one this badly.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143203642353?h ... SwNSxU6qWS

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The Matchbox ERA seems to be variously described as 1:35, 1:36 or 1:38 depending on which website you visit.
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Alex_W wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 7:16 pm
Me too, but I don't want one this badly.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143203642353?h ... SwNSxU6qWS
I've seen them at a lot less than that but still typically around the £80 upwards mark.

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