Uruguay

Like in other South American countries, metal or plastic model cars were produced by various companies in Uruguay in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Plomur, founded around 1965, was one of these manufacturers. They made simple, but very heavy lead models in 1/43rd scale, e.g. a Chevrolet Chevy SS Coupé in various colours and as a Red Cross, police or army vehicle, as well as a Chevrolet Camaro. There were no logos or writings on the baseplates. Plomur was probably in business until the early 1980s. Morelia, another company from Uruguay, released several plastic models in the 1970s and 1980s. The range consisted of toy cars in rather big scales, but copies of Politoys, Dugu and Rio vintage car models in about 1/43rd scale were also made by Morelia. The vintage car models were also available in kit form under the brand name "ArmaAuto". Another Uruguayan company, Nibo, manufactured plastic toy cars in the 1980s. Around the same time, the Argentinean company Plastirama produced plastic cars in about 1/40th scale from the "T-zzzers" series by Kenner in Uruguay. Already in the 1950s, Banco Transatlántico del Uruguay commissioned the ATMA company to manufacture a promotional model of a bus which served as a mobile bank office in the suburbs of Montevideo. The model is made of plastic, about 20 cm long, and could also be used as a coin bank.

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