Polythene Miniature F68 Customline

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Polythene Miniatures were manufactured in Hong Kong, probably during the 1960s. The packaging resembles that of Lesney's Matchbox 1-75 series in both design and concept. Each box has 2 "striker" sides in red, two end flaps in white (without any letting or numbers), and two yellow pictorial "faces" containing a single line frame inside which appears the words Polythene Miniature in a curve over a line drawing of the vehicle contained in the box and at the bottom are the model number, "F.67"; the name of the vehicle, "Hillman Minx"; and the country of manufacture, "HongKong".

The models themselves were copies of Matchbox, Dinky and Corgi items although to a much smaller scale, most models being little more than 45mm to 55mm long. The models are pretty basic given the that they are made in Polyethylene Plastic and have painted on windows.

Item: 993
This model is supposed to be the Polythene Miniature F.68 Ford Customline but the model is actually a Wiking model in grey with black painted windows and black wheels attached via metal axles that resemble a small flat head nail with a crimped end. Interestingly this item is marked "WIKING, Made in, GERMANY" on three lines in the centre of the underside of the model's roof. Not sure if this is actually the model issued in this box because it is very different to other Customlines issued in this sereis. I believe the model is in the wrong box - even though it is not unusual for Hongkong companies to obtain old dies from other companies and put them back into production, without modification, for their own series.