Still Cheaper Than The Real Thing: Platinum Tomica Nissan Fairlady Z432

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The 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432 is a beguiling blend combination of the twin-cam S20 six (shared with the hakosuka 2000GT-R) and sexy S30 Fairlady Z looks, making it a blue-chip Japanese collector car of the highest order.  And now Jeweler Ginza Tanaka has made a one-off replica of the Tomica Z432 model in platinum!  It’s 7cm long, weighs 210 grams, and everything down to the opening doors and the wheels (which can spin) and even the box has been faithfully replicated. It took a month to make by hand and a great deal of that time was spent polishing it to the high lustre you see right there.  There’s only one made, it’s not for sale, although if you did want one, Tomica estimates its cost at a cool $80,000.

This very special model was made to celebrate Tomica’s 40th anniversary this year.  Since 1970, over 800 different models have been made, and over half a billion of the little toys have made their way into the eager hands of young kids (and not-so-young kids) all over the world over the past four decades.  The model will be displayed at the Hong Kong International Jewelery Show this month, and will return to the homeland to be displayed at the Osaka Tomica Fair in late April.

[via 7Tune]

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11 Responses to Still Cheaper Than The Real Thing: Platinum Tomica Nissan Fairlady Z432

  1. Dan said:

    The ultimate collectible for someone who has it all

  2. ゴキブリX said:

    HOLY SH*T!!! $80K!!! Image the j-tin I could trade for this platinum masterpiece!
    ーゴキ

  3. Kev said:

    …it’s all about the latinum :-)

  4. vballin said:

    how about some unobtainium?

  5. Ben said:

    I wonder if the box opens like a real Tomica box. Otherwise that is one solid block of platinum? There goes my dreams of getting one of each Tomica.

  6. Nigel said:

    Just get a standard one and break out the silver spray paint. Don’t touch for a week,
    then… Voila!

  7. Sr-FairladyZ said:

    “Unobtainium”…LOL!

  8. skeebs said:

    For 80k you’d think the door would look like it’s not going to fall off.

    Guess the child labor force isn’t keeping up these days.

  9. tkmedia said:

    no wing mirrors?

  10. Kev said:

    Re all the comments about door gaps and general fit, check out what a Tomica 240Z looks like:

    http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/3301250971_20c2a1f5df.jpg

    I’d reckon that the platinum car isn’t meant to be a scale model of a real z432, it’s meant to be a replica in platinum of the Tomica toy. So if the toy had some flaws in scale, then the platinum one would have them too. :-)

  11. Taro Tokyo said:

    Kev wrote: “…the platinum car isn’t meant to be a scale model of a real z432…”

    Thanks for pointing that out Kev.
    I was thinking that the model was really screwed up since the front bumper and wheels are quite different than the US version. Even though I have done a frame-up restoration on 1971 240Z (US version), I never knew about the Fairlady Z432 (pre-Internet era).