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The simple cars made of soft plastic (vinyl) by Tomte from Stavanger in Norway became typical for a whole category of car models. After having released plastic and rubber models in various scales between 1/24th and 1/40th in the 1950s, the company introduced a range of 1/43rd scale vinyl models in 1963. This range remained in production until 1978 and included 32 car and three train models, which were available in various colours. Most models were copies of contemporary diecast models by Dinky Toys, Corgi, Solido, Norev, Tekno and other manufacturers. A few 1/30th scale vinyl models were also made. All in all, Tomte produced more than 100 million toy cars and exported them all over the world. Many companies from other countries (e.g. Plasto from Finland, Galanite from Sweden, LKE and HP Plast from Denmark, Stelco, NP and Vinylline from Germany) soon offered similar products.

Peugeot 403 Cabriolet
blue; France 1956
Tomte (Norway), no. 10
plastic, scale 1:43; acquired 2011
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Renault R16
red; France 1965
Tomte (Norway), no. 25
plastic, scale 1:43; acquired 1978
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Studebaker Champ
salmon pink; USA 1960
Tomte (Norway), no. 7521
plastic, scale 1:30; acquired 2011
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