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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone knows of a Slot Car Rarity List.

A list containing aspects such as rarity ratings, 1-10 (10 being extremely rare)

Might even contain collectors comments, country of origin, current value etc..

I`m guessing such a list would be massive .... but not impossible.

p.s In some respects, I guess this collectors corner is one big list.. just not quite sorted.

If not... perhaps I shall start such a list.. After all, I do have a life time in front of me to gather the info required
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The 1998 fourth edition of the Gillham Scalextric books that Don mentioned has a rarity rating column in the general list of British catalogue cars (including company imports from Spain and France). He has separate lists of Spanish and French catalogue cars where he doesn't attempt to rate rarity.
The "rarity factor" runs from 1-6, the 6 being the most rare.
He doesn't try to include "desirability". A specific Electra is rated 5. Before you fall off your chairs, I should point out that he breaks Electras down into seven types.
He obviously knows a vast amount about Scalex production, and his lists cover changes in drivers' head sizes, decal types, wheel sizes and colours, motors, guides and much else.
It verges on trainspotting in the shunting yards, but he does call the rarity factor "a rough guide only".
He was doing it before the mushrooming of on-line auctions - and slot forums - and dealing with just one brand. The mind boggles at the amount of info that would have to be taken into account now. Computers would help but...
Rob J
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I fully agree, Philippe. I was just describing one extraordinary system that DG mentioned, not recommending that it be adopted.
It depended on a vast amount of work over many years, and the "rarity factor" column in the list is only one column after several more useful ones. The info on components and livery is in the list for its own sake, and Roger Gillham's "type" breakdowns are there to make them clear.
If Mickman does start a general database, I'd suggest that only a simpler system would work.
Rarity is low on my own priorities, though I suppose it adds a little if I like the car for itself. I'd never buy one of those Electras, however.
Rob J
A suggestion for Mickman and anyone else thinking of compiling an online Rarities database:
Include links to existing authoritive websites such as the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum's.
It and others have information on the rarity of individual models.
Setting up a comprehensive database would be difficult, to put it mildly, and controversial, as you've seen in the past few days.
Personally, I'm not enthusiastic about helping people look for the rarest models as such. But it's a different matter if someone has a model, or is thinking of buying one, and is looking for advice on rarity.
For a start, the LASCM address is .
Others may offer more.
Now, time to return to Rodgers & H - Hart, not Hammerstein.
Rob J
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