• Mar 11, 2010
In honor of Tomica's 40th anniversary, jeweler Ginza Tanaka has produced a one-of-a-kind replica of the toymaker's die-cast 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 (the Z432 was a Japan-only model powered by the same S20 inline-6 used in the C10 Skyline GT-R). Unlike anything Tomica sells to the public, "toy" is made of platinum – including its exquisitely-detailed box. If it were to be made available for purchase (it isn't), it's estimated worth is around $80,000. Japanese Nostalgic Car jokes in its headline that even at that price, it's still less than what one would pay for a real Z432, given their rarity and desirability (a total of 420 cars were produced between 1969 and 1973). As for this platinum bauble? It's being publicly shown at the Hong Kong International Jewelery Show this month, after which it heads back to Japan for next month's Osaka Tomica Fair.

[Source: Japanese Nostalgic Car]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy panel gap, Batman! ;-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's really bizarre that they'd do an $80,000 car model, and do such a crappy job of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a kid I used to prefer Tomica toy cars over Hot Wheels because I felt that the Tomicas had slightly better details, including the movable doors. The drawback of course, was the comparatively large panel gap.

      Keep in mind that this thing is a little over 2 inches in length, and a faithful reproduction of the toy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's really amazing is the way they've appeared to capture the build quality of an early '70s Japanese car in this model. Those panel gaps are strikingly authentic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive. Although for $80K I'd think you should get a passenger's door that didn't fit like it came off of a different car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Datsun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The magic of scale models is the FACT that they actually LOOK like smaller versions of real cars. This however, looks like a pile of crap worth $80,000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a nice piece jewelry. Wish I were there to take some photos of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take "things I will never understand" for $1000, Alex.