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This wellknown French manufacturer of modeltrains also manufactured different series of carmodels to be used as loads for their cartransportercars. Around 1975 the first series of carmodels was withdrawn and replaced by a new range of poorly detailed models. Jouef also made models for the UK under the 'Playcraft Railways' brand, there were only six cars made by Jouef for Playcraft which were also sold as loads.
The first series of models was made between 1957 and 1965. These models have additional detail painted on and have white wheels with painted red hubs.
* Information received from Alain Plassais: The Farmall tractor can be found with Rogeron, Francorusse and Bonux markings too. Where the Jouef label was replaced on the car models this is not the case with the tractor; the 'Jouef' name was not removed and can easily be read above the rear axle on the right, the Rogeron (or Francorusse, or Bonux) names are found (not easy to see) next to the driver seat on the left.
The second series of models was issued between aproximately 1968 and 1975, the models are the same as in the first series but details were no longer painted and the wheels are now plain red.
Jouef models came in some surprising varieties, pictured above are the bottomplates of three Ariane models, 'Jouef' on the left, without brandname in the middle and labelled 'Coop Champ' on the right. According to Sylvain, Coop was a French company of groceries and small super-markets ('Magasins Coop') which no longer exists and 'Champ' may have become 'Champion', which is a supermarket chain in France as well. Maybe these companies used the model as a sort of give away ? Also, compare the bottomplates pictured above to the ones of the Rogeron models.... same bottomplate, different brandname again.... And apart from the three bottomplates above you may also find these models with 'Francorusse' on the bottomplate.. All models were manufactured by Jouef though.
A closer look at the bottomplate of the CitroŽn DS19 / DS21 reveals that the model was called DS19 in the first series but that the name was changed to DS21 in the second series of models. Updating your models the Jouef way !
Apparently the models have also been released with grey wheels.... apart from the Peugeot 203 pictured below, the Simca Aronde, Panhard PL and Peugeot 403 are also known with grey wheels. Any information about these models ? Anyone ?
Another series of models appeared on the market in 1976. These models were less detailed.
Besides the car models, Jouef also released a yard tractor and a model of a 'Trailor' trailer. Apart from being sold in set 664 pictured below, the trailer models have also been available as load on flatcar.