1996-1998 JORDAN 1/43 DIECAST F1 MODELS

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1996

1996 WAS THE YEAR  THE JORDAN TEAM FINALLY LANDED  BIG TOBACCO SPONSORSHIP MONEY,THEY CUT A DEAL WITH BENSON AND HEDGES TO RUN THE TOBACCO FIRM AS HEADLINE BACKERS.INITALLY THERE WAS SOME ISSUES WITH THE COLOUR OF THE CARS BEFORE FINALLY DECIDING ON THE NOW VERY FAMILIAR YELLOW ASSOCIATED  WITH JORDAN.

FOR MODEL COLLECTORS THIS GAVE RISE TO A VARIETY OF AVAILABLE MODELS ,HERE WE ARE GOING TO LOOK OVER SOME MINICHAMPS OFFERINGS.

MINICHAMPS 970082 OF MARTIN BRUNDLE COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS "THE MUSTARD CAR" ALSO AVAILABLE  WITH BARRICHELLO AS DRIVER.BOTH CARS ARE LIMITED EDITIONS.

THE NUMBER 1 CAR IN THE RALPH SHUMACHER COLLECTION IS THE 196 TESTCAR IN THE GOLD COLOUR AS RACED BY BARRICHELLO AND BRUNDLE THAT SEASON.LIMITED TO 3,333 MINICHAMPS No964380

                                                                           

THE MODELS OF THE RACE CARS OF RUBINS AND MARTIN DIFFERED FROM THE SHUMACHER TESTCAR HAVING "SPECIAL F1"ON THE SIDEPODS.THE MINICHAMPS NUMBERS FOR THESE CARS WERE,960011 AND 960012

                               BRUNDLE                            BARRICHELLO

THE TEAM SCORED 21 CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS IN 1996,RUBINS WITH 14,MARTIN GOT 7.

1997

THE 197 YELLOW CARS ARRIVED.THIS STARTED THE ERA OF STUNNING LIVERYS FOR THE JORDAN TEAM.THE FIRST THEMED LIVERY WAS "THE SNAKE"LATER THERE WOULD BE HORNETS AND SHARKS.

MINICHAMPS RELEASED TWO LAUNCH CARS,ONE FOR FISICHELLA AND THE OTHER FOR SHUMI THE YOUNGER AS PART OF THE RALPH SHUMACHER COLLECTION.BOTH WERE AGAIN LIMITED TO 3,333.THE SHUMACHER CAR WAS NUMBER 974381,No2 IN THE RS COLLECTION,FISICHELLAS CAR WAS No970082.BOTH CARS FEATURED THE DRIVERS NAMES ON THE REAR WINGS.

                                   FISI LAUNCH                  SHUMI LAUNCH

THE RACE CARS FOLLOWED THE SAME PATTERN AS THE LAUNCH CARS IN THAT WHILE FISICHELLA,S CAR WAS IN THE NORMAL MINICHAMPS PACKAGING RALPHS WAS IN THE YELLOW RS COLLECTION PACKAGING THEY WERE NUMBERS:970012 FISI,AND 974312 SHUMI.THIS IS No5 IN THE RSC.

                                                                               

ALL THESE CARS USED ENGINES BY PEUGEOT,FISI OUTSCORED RALPH  BY 7 POINTS FOR THE SEASON THE JORDAN TEAM CAME FIFTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 33 POINTS.

                                                                       

FOR 1998 JORDAN WOULD INTRODUCE THE 198 BUZZIN HORNETS, AN EXAMPLE PICTURED WITH THE 197 ABOVE IN THE MINICHAMPS MODEL SET 4/5(FIGURES EXTRA)THIS SERIES OF MODELS COVERED THE JORDAN CARS FROM 1991 TO 2000 IN A SERIES OF FIVE PAIRS OF CARS AND CAN BE FOUND ON E BAY AT EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD PRICES.THESE ARE EXQUISITLY TURNED OUT MODELS AND AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR SERIOUS JORDAN COLLECTORS.

THE NEXT GUIDE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE 198 ONWARDS.                               

 

                                                                           

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