When I was a boy, not that long ago, I used to play with toy cars made by Matchbox, Corgi and of course Hot Wheels. It’s good to know that small children still play with toy cars and that these brands still exist, although they are now all owned by Mattel.
These days, I’m used to seeing scale models of the first generation Rx7 as expensive collectables bought by adults. So I was surprised to learn quite by accident that in the 1980s, the Italian toy company, Bburago, actually marketed a number of historically famous racing Rx7s in 1:43 scale. Even more surprising, one of those Rx7’s was none other than the famed #98 Kent Racing Rx7 of the 1981 IMSA race season.
Unfortunately, Bburago declared bankruptcy in 2005 because it continued to keep all manufacturing in Italy and was no longer able to compete with cheaper manufacturing in Thailand and China. The company was bought by Hong Kong based Maisto and the brand continues to this day.