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Hi,heres the rarest car made by Marusan. its a 544 Volvo made in ho scale. Its light blue & pretty ugly.
The modeling is very poor. But the headlights with their little rhinestones are beautiful. The car for years was thought to have never been made. Then 2 showed about a month apart on ebay going for over 1000 dollars.
Of course i didnt pay anywhere close to that.
Thanks,bernard
 

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You're right, the modelling is very poor, looks like the folk who made it had never seen a real one.
I don't understand why anyone would pay $1000 for something like that just because it was rare.

The PV544 is one of my favourite 1:1 cars, there's just something about that shape, there are 3 for sale (at varying prices) on Ebay UK at the moment.
 

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Thanks Bernard, our family used to own Volvos so I'm always glad to see slot versions, and didn't even know this one existed!

Even tho it's kind of like a low-rider Volvo...

Can we see a bottom view when you get a chance?

Don
 

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Hi guys,heres a photo the chassis & a comparison between the Marusan Volvo 544 & the 1/24 th scale Volvo 544 by the German company White Point. Well some people will pay large sums for some cars because there is no other way to get them. Is it worth it ? If you can take that same car & later sell it for the same price or more then you paid the right price. A rare car is not always worth a whole lot & a common car can go for a lot because of demand.There are slot cars i would pay alot for if i could find it & if i had the money at the time. I have passed on some cars because i thought they were too high,& ive regretted it ever since. They may have been the only examples i will have ever had a chance to add to the museum. There are some cars ive been seeking for 15 years & cant find. If one showed up i would have pay the price or forget about being serious about building a world class museum. Thanks,Bernard
 

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I had a 64 and later on a 62 PV544, and if I saw the HO version I would be hard pressed to tell you what it was supose to be. Is the white point version a vac body ? As for the real cars , they are a unit construction meaning welded box section metal frame and my 64 had rusted so much, I had to get the front end supports welded up so it wouldn't collapse. Eventually sold it for enough to buy that Marusan, but I didn't .
 

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Hi Gar,the body is vac. Yes its interesting when a slot car is worth the same as a real car.
Ithink the marusan would be less upkeep & would be faster. Thanks,Bernard
 

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Thanks Bernard, I actually had the 64 up to 100mph but didn't dare do more. It had something like 144,000 miles on it when the fiber timing gear exploded taking out the aluminum cover. I was only going 75 mph at the time. Decided to rebuild the motor and found the pistons still in factory specs due to a special design of spring steel cast into the wrist pin boss on the pistons. Had lots of fun with that car , drove it across Canada, sea to sea.
 

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Hi Gar,i had a 1978 Volvo station wagon,it was a piece of junk.
My 1971 Saab 96 0n the other hand was a great car till i wreaked it.
I still think my Marusan Volvo is faster than your real Volvo,at least in scale speed.
Bernard
 
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