Pocher models are recognised as some of the most complex and detailed automobile kits ever made
This new exhibition at the Hornby Visitor Centre features 24 rare and sought after models including the Fiat F2 130HP Racer, Rolls-Royce Torpedo Phantom II, Bugatti 50T Surprofilé Coupé. Entrance to the exhibition is Included in the price of the Hornby Visitor Centre admission ticket and free to Annual Pass ticket holders.
Arnaldo Pocher was born in 1911 in Trento, Italy. He trained as a goldsmith engraver and went to work in Turin. In the years following the Second World War he became interested in railway modelling and in 1951 he formed Pocher Micromeccanica S.n.c. alongside Corrado Muratore producing train signals, platforms and points using innovative production techniques. Under a change of name, The Corrado Muratore and Arnaldo Pocher Company, they produced finely detailed freight and passenger carriages in white metal and later locomotives and power cars.
At the International Toy Fair of Milan in 1966, the Pocher stand astonished the world with its wonderfully detailed 1:8 scale model of the Fiat F2 130HP, the car which won the 1907 French Grand Prix driven by Felice Nazzaro. The model contained 144 high-resistance plastic parts, 173 in brass and 506 in steel, copper, leather, rubber and aluminium.
The Company went on to produce ever more detailed models of motoring classics including the 1931-34 Alfa Romeo 2300 Ac Monza, the 1932 Rolls Royce Phanton II Drophead Sedanca Coupe, the 1932 Alfa Romeo Touring, the Mercedes-Benz 500K/AK containing 2,378 part and then the Rolls Royce Torpedo Phanton II Convertible with 2,905 parts.
Pocher continued to produce highly prized and detailed model cars under Rivarossi from 1981 until the organisation was placed into receivership in 2006.
Contact us for more information
- Tel: 01843 233524
- Email: email@example.com
- Address: Hornby Visitor Centre, Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate, Kent, CT9 4JX