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Scaled down: DeAgostini’s 1/43-scale Dacia 1410 Sport

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.

11 thoughts on “Scaled down: DeAgostini’s 1/43-scale Dacia 1410 Sport

  1. Dacia, ARO and Oltcit are all Romanian brands. And, yes, the magazine was Romanian as well. (Can’t remember the name, though). Good price, and good purchase, for sure!

    • Yep, that’s why I figured it might have been a Russian newsstand collection. Not all of the cars were Romanian, I think they had a Tatra, too, and a few Ladas.

      • Yes, you are correct. The magazine is 100% Romanian, however they had all these “Eastern” cars. I have a Trabant and an old(er) Moskwich… If I only knew where I stored them…

  2. Yes, they belong to the “Legendary Cars” Collection that was sold here in Romania, and were issued by DeAgostini. The 1410 Sport was unique to Romania, while the 1410 Sedan, 1300, ARO’s were issued under different colours in Hungary, Poland and Serbia. Most were foreign cars (mostly Russian DeA, however there were some very nice Romanian cars as well). Quality was mostly abisimal, however there were a few perks here and there, like the 1410 Sport featured.
    As for the castings, the foreign ones like Tatra’s, Trabi’s and so forth were IST models, Renault (like the 16 and 10, together with the Dacia 1100) were IXO/Altaya. The Dacia’s I believe are IST, however not all are present in the company’s current lineup.
    It was a nice collection, (I usually bought 2 of each and modified/upgraded one). Too bad they went broke at nr. 84, the suppliers here gave DeA a hard time. Models cost about 5 Euros each, and came with a plastic base, blister and a small magazine with a dubious content, especially the photos.
    As for the ARO 241, they were quite capable beasts, regular International Rally participants, and gave Landrover a good beating (there even was a comparison in some British car mag, between the 241, Jeep, Range Rover and the 241 was on par with the Range). Too bad for later quality issues, they went broke, some American company tried buying them, and eventually it turned out to be a con.
    Good stuff. Thanks!

      • Multumesc, si mie imi face placere sa stiu ca suntem multi cei ce impartasim aceasta pasiune!

    • Yikes – how long ago did they go broke? That’s interesting, I had no idea. I guess that might explain why I found these models at a flea markets, they must have sold off their excess stock.

      • Well, DeA didn’t actually go broke, they just pulled off the market, after not being able to turn much of a profit lately. Last nr. was issued in february, pity. Even though most had an obscenely low quality assembly (glue all over the place, fingerprints embeded in it, missing parts and so on), it was nice to know someone was issuing obscure Romanian models, such as Dacia’s (1100, 1300, 1300 Break, 1304, 1309, 1410, 1410 Sport, 2000-a Renault 20 built from CKD , 500, ARO 241, 242, 243, 244, 10, the IMS M461, Oltcit-the Romanian Citroen Y, built in Oltenia, hence OltCit, and the TV van, 41, 14F. Pity they didn’t get to issue the R18, it was built from CKD kits as well by Dacia. They were planing to issue a rare bulletproof ARO that belonged to Ceausecu, as an “anniversary 24th of December model-commemorating the Revolution from ’89, however they did not get to issue it, and some prototypes or unissued models can be sporadically found on eBay, at enormous prices. The collection in Hungary is currently reaching nr. 160. Shame.

      • Wow, that’s a hell of a collection, thanks for the link. 1/43-scale old Eastern Bloc cars are really hard to find here! I imagine can probably find a few of these online.

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