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As some of you may know, I am starting to sell of a big portion of my diecast car collection- mostly Hot Wheels and Matchbox.

I am fixin' to sell the fist Cougar item, and I need some help identifying it. It is a vinyl toy, made by Vinyl Line in West Germany.
Approx. 3-3/4" L x 1-1/2" wide.

At first I thought it was a Cereal premium, but now I think its too substantial too have been one.
It is definitely different (heavier, more durable) than other toys I've seen labeled as Post Cereal cereal premiums. I'm certain the pattern was taken from the Matchbox K-21 King Size Mercury Cougar except the wheel lip mouldings were left off. Due to the nature of the material and age, the body is a little tacky to the touch.

Does this ring a bell with any one? Is this maybe a foreign-issue toy?



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OK, thanks for the tip on Bill. I did some websleuthing and was able to ascertain that these were def. available in the UK, and probably elsewhere in Europe. Other cars in the line were a Jeep, Olds Toronado, Porsche 911 and Ferrari GT...
 

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Catman, I have been in contact with Bill Q. He doesn't know too much more about them, other than they were available in different colors, different wheel styles, and had various combinations of the markings or lack of markings on the base.

Item is now listed on eBay.

Red 1st Gen Cougar Vinyl Line toys Made in W. Germany
 
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