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Posted 6 years ago

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Can anybody tell me which of the hondarora is the rarest (if any) in the supplied picture?
yesterday I purchased the middle one with black wheels and I didn't see untill I got home that this one had black 5 spoke wheels.
I usualy see these wheels on the green one or yellow one.

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  1. James512, 6 years ago
    If the green one is "olive drab" then I would say that one is the most valuable in the bunch. On the other hand if it's just "olive" then it's worth about the same as the others. Here is how it's listed in The Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys from 2002, MB 18-B Hondarora, issued 1975: 6. olive drab body, black handlebars, no driver, black engine, no label, black seat, wire wheels ($50-$75)(TP) The olive body is valued at ($7-$10)(TP)... Hopefully you have the olive drab. :) Keep in mind too that this book is 10 years old so I'm sure it's worth a bit more now than it was then.
  2. Diamond Diamond, 6 years ago
    Thank you James512. I have heared this term "DRAB" more often.
    I am not sure what that means. Can you explain it to me?
  3. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 6 years ago
    Awesome! Love these!!
  4. James512, 6 years ago
    Unfortunately I don't much about the difference between olive and olive drab... From what I've read, olive drab is a green used by the military. I wish I could be more helpful but that's about all I know about olive drab.
  5. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 6 years ago
    Olive drab is the color commonly used on military vehicles. It is the olive color in a satin finish instead of a glossy finish. This effect is extremely difficult and uncommon to reproduce in a toy model vehicle, and yours actually appears to be glossy instead of drab. The proper drab finish wouldn't reflect the camera's flash as much as yours does.. it should appear very dull. There were so many fewer olive drab finish pieces produced, it is very unlikely to come across one. In this market, 10 years after the 2002 Encyclopedia that James referenced and in a recovering collectors economy, I would value the olive drab bike at $100-125 and the ordinary olive finish at approximately the same $10 as in 2002.
  6. Diamond Diamond, 6 years ago
    James512, Thank you anyway for your input. Every bit of information helps.
  7. Diamond Diamond, 6 years ago
    aycockonxion, Thank you very much for your information. I had a feeling it was something like that, but was never sure. I call that type of paint variation "flat" as is my own Chevy. "flat black"
    You certainly seem to know what you are taliking about. Can you shed a light on my Mack dumptruck as well?
    I'm not a real Matchbox collector. I used to get a new model every week from my mother when I was a kid and I was always carefull enough with them to keep them in good condition, but I threw away the boxes and now I am in the proces of getting them back in their boxes and in that proces I have picked up more models and variations and learned a couple of things and am trying to learn more. But the ultimate goal is all my childhood models back in their boxes and leave it at that, so all exess variations will be for sale or trade again.
    I already do not have enough time for my main hobby which is Coca Cola cans so I don't really need more collections to look after.
  8. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 6 years ago
    Diamond, my pleasure.. glad to help! It is exactly the same style of paint job as your "flat black" Chevy. I'll head on over to your dump truck and see what I can come up with on that one.

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