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Pilen S.A. was a manufacturer of toys in Ibi, Alicante, in Southeastern Spain who started making diecast toys and key chains in the 1960s.

They began making 1:43 scale diecast vehicles in the 1960s and called them "Auto Pilen". They also re-used some of the previous molds from the French Dinky line.

In the late 1970s, they began making a 1:63 scale line of diecast vehicles fitted with 'speed' type wheels and numbered and identified as the "800" series. #s used range from 800 to 819, with many used twice as rally, police, fire or taxi variations. They were sometimes, but not always, labeled as "Car In Chic". Most are models of vehicles found in Spain and have a combined metal interior and base piece. Each came in a clear plastic case and a paper plinth with the model number and casting name printed on it. Later models had plastic bases. Most have opening doors. The body color used were simple and realistic.

Many of these were later issued by Guiloy with plastic bases and less detail.

In the late 1980s, Pilen made a 1:64 scale sized range of diecast. The Jaguar XJ40 is similiar to the Corgi Junior model. The clear acrylic plastic container has the canine logo of Artec (?) on it. Pilen was apparently bought by AHC of the Netherlands. AHC was (?) Dutch models also affiliated with Doorkey.


Cars in Chic Casting List

800 - Seat 131 Familiar
801 - Seat 131 Familiar Ambulance
802 - Porsche 917
803 - Porsche 917 'Martini'
803 - Seat 131 Familiar Policia
804 - Chrysler 150
804 - Talbot 150
805 - Chrysler 150 Policia
806 - Ford Fiesta
807 - Ford Fiesta Rally
807 - Renault 4F
808 - Seat 131 Sedan
809 - Seat 131 Familiar GC Trafico
809 - Peugeot 504
810 - Chrysler 150 Taxi
810 - Seat Ritmo
811 - Chrysler 150 Rally
811 - Ford Fiesta
812 - Ford Fiesta Iberia
813 - Ford Fiesta Policia
814 - Seat 131 Fire Car
814 - Range Rover
815 - Renault 4 Van
815 - Range Rover Bombero
816 - Renault 4 Telephone Van
816 - Range Rover Safari
817 - Seat 132
817 - Ford Torino
818 - Seat 132 Rally
818 - Ford Torino Policia
819 - Renault 4 TV Van
819 - Ford Torino 'Starsky and Hutch'



Sourced references -

https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/auto-pilen-series
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 
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