The Dacia 1410 Sport pictured below is one of about five 1/43-scale models we purchased at a flea market in Rome, Italy, a couple of months ago. The models have a lot in common: we purchased them all from the same vendor, they’re all cars from either Eastern Europe or Russia and we’re pretty sure they all come from the same newsstand collection.
Oddly enough, we’re having a hard time figuring out who makes these models. The chassis isn’t stamped with a brand and Googling the model yields several different results: some sites say it’s built by DeAgostini, others say it’s built by publishing house Altaya and some even list it under IXO. We’re leaning towards a DeAgostini model but don’t quote us on that.
At any rate, the 1410 is a surprisingly accurate model. The bulk of the details are fairly well reproduced and the manufacturer perfectly captured the 1410’s somewhat awkward silhouette. Our only complaint is that it’s more fragile than other 1/43-scale models in our collection. Granted, it’s not a toy, but many of the plastic parts feel a little loose.
We think it’s an original addition to our collection – when was the last time you saw a 1/43-scale vintage Dacia? We had no idea this model even existed until we walked past a guy selling dozens of them at the flea market. We paid €5 (about $5.60) for it, and a quick look on auction and classifieds site reveals you can get a used one for anywhere between €3 and €7.
We don’t know which country this newsstand collection was sold in but we’re sure it was fascinating. The other models we bought include a Dacia 1309 pickup (visible in one of the pictures below), a surprisingly Jeep Wagoneer-like ARO 241, a bright green Oltcit and a Zastava 101.