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Jeepney – Manila Taxi Scale - 1:43

After the end of World War II, the Americans who were occupying the South Asian country Philippine, left the country with thousands of war-time Jeeps. Some of these Jeeps entered the market for commercial use such as pick-ups, etc. and soon this model became a runaway hit.

But there was one American soldier who saw this as a business opportunity. Harry Stonehill started buying these Jeeps and those that were in surplus with the departing forces. He created an artificial vacuum and started selling them much later at huge profits (he created a million dollar empire inside the Philippines just selling these Jeeps and diversified into supplying tobacco, trading in cotton, production of glasses, publishing house, etc.). The Jeep evolved into a Jeepney. 

The Dyipne (as called in the national language Tagalog) is a derived from the word Jeep. Since the word jitney means a Taxi the combination of words gave rise to Jeepney.  The original vehicles were stripped down to the bare, chassis elongated, provided with oversized roofs and seats. Over a period of time this became a multi-million dollar industry and today some of these can seat 15 people. In the capital city of Manila alone there are over 70,000 of these operating and in other states and island there are another 2 lakh plus.

A rare and iconic taxi model to possess.

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Highlights
- Premium collectible
- Licensed product
- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic
- Moving wheels
- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors
- On plinth (platform base)
Specifications
Brand Potpourri
Period 1971-1999
Year 1980
Model Origin Philippine
Scale 1:43
Box Dimension (in inches) 7 x 4 x 3.5
Color Orange
Make Altaya
Theme Taxi
Material Metal

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