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In the field of model vehicles, the Japanese toy manufacturer Takara, founded in Tokyo in 1955, mainly became known for its Choro-Q series with small-scale caricatures of contemporary and classic cars, whose squeezed proportions make them looking "cute". This series was introduced in the late 1970s. In 1982, Takara released the Takara Silhouette range of 1/80th scale plastic models of contemporary Japanese sports cars. Six models were issued: Nissan Fairlady 280 Z and Skyline 2000, Isuzu Piazza, Mazda RX-7, Toyota Celica 2800 GT and Soarer 2800 GT. Each model was available either with or without pull-back action, and in normal, two-tone and metallic colours. In spite of their small size, the models are excellently detailed, featuring exact proportions and real rubber tyres. The range was not continued, but Takara issued another 1/80th scale model in 2003, three years before the company merged with Tomy (maker of the Tomica models): a Hino-Renault 4 CV in various taxi liveries.

Toyota Soarer 2800 GT
black/silver; Japan 1981
Takara Silhouette (Japan), no. MC-03
plastic, scale 1:80; acquired 2015
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