Solido & Verem Diecast

This model was made in the seventies by Verem, which was a division of Solido. The wheels and interior are very crude, and I had to apply the decals myself. The rear is just a stamped representation of a grill, and looks very "Hot Wheels"-esque. However, the chrome is done nicely, and it even has a suspension. It's charm is in it's obscurity and vintage, but it does look silly next to a high-end minichamps model.

The decision to collect or include Solido, or any other vintage item, in this website has been not been without controversy. The detail on these cars is very crude when compared with modern cars, but the influence these products has had cannot be ignored. There are many other companies who produced 1:43 toy cars in the sixties and seventies, but I have chosen to exclude them. The difference with the Solido cars is that they are traceable to a specific event, and have accurate (if crude) car markings. For example, there are many Porsche 917's by a number of manufacturers, but they are of a solid color with possibly a racing number that corresponds to no particular race or driver. The Solido Porsches can all be verified that they represent a particular real-world car.

This piece also illustrates what happened to this form of racing in the mid seventies. The rise of prototypes, and not cars that the spectators could recognize as 'sports cars' took some of the romance out of endurance racing. Instead of sleek Ferraris and Jaguars, you got this bathtub-like object whizzing by you. The classically stuffy (but wonderfully written) UK magazine 'Autosport' said recently that sports car racing should have all of the 'dream cars' being allowed to show their true spirit on the track. The problem was that this car, and other prototypes of the day, were more of a nightmare.

The box has 'Edition Limite'" stamped in gold and 'ref 606' as a model #. Again, it would get laughed at if it were produced today, but in it's day it was probably state-of-the-art.


Verem Lola T-280

Reference Numbering Systems

The '100' Series

The original Solido Models had three-digit reference numbers starting with 100. This dated back to a Jaguar D-Type that was made in 1956. The last model in this series was the #199 March 707 Can-Am car.

I am looking to complete a the following guide to document all relevant Solido/Verem racing models. The list thus far:

Compliant Solido Models

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

'100' Series
DNFFerrari 312P
Pedro Rodriguez
David Piper
18
Solido
100 Series
177
1Porsche 917K 'Porsche Salzburg'
Hans Hermann
Richard Attwood
23
S 5.0
Le Mans
1970
186
2Ferrari 312 PB 'Shell'
Jacky Ickx
Clay Regazzoni
51
P 3.0
Solido
100 Series
194
4Ferrari 512M 'Sandeman'
Chris Craft
David Weir
16
S 5.0
Le Mans
1971
197
1Porsche 917K 'Martini'
Helmut Marko
Gjils Van Lennep
22
S 5.0
Le Mans
1971
198
11March 707 'STP'
Chris Amon
77
Can-Am
1970
199

The '10' Series

The reference numbers and packaging changed around 1972. For most of the 1970's, the models were two-digit numbers 10 thru 99, and many Le Mans models were issued. The most famous of these is the 1972 Matra Le Mans winner, which was the only version available until Spark Model created one at the end of 2008.

Solido also gets credit for having the only version of the Porsche 917/10 Can-Am car. Many manufacturers have promised this, but so far nobody else has delivered...

Some of these models were also issued with "1000" reference numbers. For example, the No. 86 Porsche 936 is also available as No. 1086.

Compliant Solido Models

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

'10' Series
6Ferrari 365 GTB/4
Dave Heinz
Alain Cudini
54
Le Mans
1974
16
('Gam 2' Series)
1Porsche 917/10 'L&M'
George Follmer
7
Can-Am
1972
18A
DNFPorsche 911 Carrera RSR (2.8) 'Bosch'
Claude Ballot-Léna
108
Group 4
Tour de France
1973
24
DNFPorsche Carrera RSR
Mark Donohue
George Follmer
6
Daytona
1973
24
('Gam 2' Series)
11BMW 3.0 CSL
Dieter Quester
Toine Hezemans
51
T 5.0
Le Mans
1973
25
1Lancia Stratos 'Marlboro'
Sandro Munari
Mario Manucci
111
Gr 4
Tour de France
1973
27
1Gulf GR8 Ford 'Gulf'
Derek Bell
Jacky Ickx
11
Sportscars
Le Mans
1975 Series
38
DNFPorsche 934 'VSD'
Willy Braillard
Jean-Louis Ravenel
Jacky Ravenel
69
GT +3.0
Le Mans
1978
68
1Porsche 936/77 'Martini'
Jürgen Barth
Hurley Haywood
Jacky Ickx
4
Group 6
Le Mans
1977
86
1Renault-Alpine A442B ‘elf’
Didier Pironi
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
2
B6
Le Mans
1978
87

'Record' Series

This series of variations came in a white box, and most seem to be based on the "1000" series. Most were rally and touring cars, but they did do a 936...

Solido "Record" series

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

2Porsche 908/80 ‘Immo Klein’
Reinhold Joest
Jochen Mass
1
B6
Minichamps10861

Top 43 Kits

Some of the base models were also issued in a pre-painted kit form, where the buyer would have to assemble the base as well as apply the decals.

Solido Top 43 Model Kits

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

65Porsche 935
John Paul
Al Holbert
Michael Keyser
18
Daytona
1979
0041
15Porsche 935
Charles Mendez
Johnny Rutherford
Paul Miller
5
Daytona
1979
0042

15

Porsche 935 'Kores'
Jacques Guérin
"Chanaud"
Fréderic Alliot

39
Group 5

Le Mans
1979

1702

??Porsche 935 'Valiant'
?
?
?
??
Nurburgring
1978
1709
29Porsche 934
Dale Whittington
R. D. Whittington
Preston Henn
93
Daytona
1979
1712

The 1982 Solido armegeddon...

While Solido survived as a brand, the cars abrubtly end at 1981. The various series that followed were re-issues of earlier base moulds. This cutoff date has a certain elegance for Le Mans collectors, as the Group C era began at that same time. For this reason, Solido models remain frozen the Group-6 turbo era, and retain a very 1970's feel. We were also spared yet another version of the Porsche 956.

"Retro Le Mans" Series

These cars were from an early 1990's reissue series. While the moulds were the same, the paint and detail quality were slightly better than the older versions.

Solido "Retro Le Mans Series"

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

1Matra 670 Short Tail 'Elf'
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
15
Le Mans
1972
2407
2Matra 670 Long Tail 'Elf'
François Cevert
Howden Ganley
14
Le Mans
1972
2408
9Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Thomson'
Alain Serpaggi
José Dolhem
40
GT 5.0
Le Mans
1973
2409
5Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Shell'
Cyril Grandet
Dominique Bardini
71
GT 5.0
Le Mans
1974
2410
DNFPorsche 935/77A 'Hawaiian Tropic'
Rob McFarlin
Bob Akin
Roy Woods
71
IMSA
Le Mans
1979
2411
DNFPorsche 935/79 'interscope'
Ted Field
Milt Minter
John Morton
68
IMSA
Le Mans
1979
2412
DNFAlfa Romeo T33/3 'Shell'
Toine Hezemans
Masten Gregory
37
P 3.0
Le Mans
1970
2419
DNFAlfa Romeo T33/3 'Shell'
Teodoro Zeccoli
Carlo Facetti
38
P 3.0
Le Mans
1970
2420

"Racing" Series

This was the last set of cars issued before Solido went inactive in the early 2000's. While much of the series consists of rally and touring cars, there are some interesting road racing items. The final and most important piece is the Mark Donohue Porsche 917/10.

Mad props to Solido for creating a very obscure version of the Martini Porsche from the Le Mans weekend test race. This car had me puzzled for quite a while, but it does show up as #62 on the results sheets.

Solido "Racing" Series

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

1Porsche Carrera RSR 'Martini'
Gijs van Lennep
Herbert Müller
62
GTS
Le Mans 4 Hours
1973
1920
1Porsche 935 'Weisberg'
Manfred Schurti
John Fitzpatrick
Bob Wollek
6
Nürburgring
1979
1925
4Porsche 917/10 'L&M'
Mark Donohue
6
Can-Am
1972
1944

The dreaded "1300" series...


Solido #1333 - Porsche 936 "Fantasy" Boss Livery

While Solido were the first to put out well-researched cars with accurate details and real-world race liveries, there was a series of "fantasy toys" that do NOT have accurate graphics. Luckily, these all have reference code numbers that begin with "13", and have a distinct package that was designed to be hung on a retail peg hook. These cars were clearly intended to be toys for small children.

The most confusing of these is the Porsche 936 "Boss" car. There was never such a car in this livery, but this Solido model seemed plausable enough, and I researched the hell out of it. I had figured it was an Obermeier racing car from the early 1980's DRM series, and I spent many hours trying to find it in the results tables.

There are several other "fake" Porsche cars in this series, such as a Yellow "J. David" 935 and a generic 934. Again these do not represent cars that ever existed.

 

Verem


Verem #615 - Ford Mark IV, Sebring 1967

In the mid 70's, the Verem packaging shifted to a funky "intergalactic" box style. This also featured a custom-labeled plastic base which provides much better protection.

 

Verem Models

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Verem '600' Series
17Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Pierre Mauroy
Marcel Mignot
42
GT3.0
Le Mans
1973
602
?Ford Mirage
?
?
?
?
S 3.0
Le Mans
1976
604
DNFAlfa Romeo TZ1
Jean Rolland
Fernand Masoero
40
GT 1.6
Le Mans
1964
605
DNFLola T280
'Start-Pilote'
Daniel Rouveyran
Christian Mons
Christian Ethuin
61
S 3.0
Le Mans
1973
606
DNFPorsche Carerra 6 (906)
Christian Poirot
Pierre Maublanc
42
S 2.0
Le Mans
1968
607

13

Porsche 917/10 'Air Canada'
Hans Wiedmer

4

Can-Am
1973

608

2Alfa Romeo 33 TT12
Rolf Stommelen
Carlos Reutemann
3
S3.0
Nürburgring
1974
609
1Ferrari 312 PB
Jacky Ickx
Clay Regazzoni
1
Spa
1971
610
DNFGulf-Mirage GR7 Ford 'Gulf'
Vern Schuppan
Reine Wisell
12
Sportscars
Le Mans
1974
611
1Ford Mark IV
Mario Andretti
Bruce McLaren
1
P
Sebring
1967
615