Yat Ming

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Maserati Bora from Yat Ming

Yat Ming (formerly called Yatming), is a die-cast car model maker, much like Matchbox. The company is based in Hong Kong. Yat Ming Industrial Factory Ltd was founded in 1970 by Mr. Wai Ming Lam. Yat in Chinese means "best or number one". The Ming portion came from the founder's "middle name".

The company started out making muscle cars, European sedans, and transport trucks from the USA in the early 1970s. In the mid 1970s, JRI. Inc. (Road Champs) purchased the tractor trailer designs from Yatming and began marketing them under the Road Champs name in the 1980s. In the late 1990s, the company moved towards making more realistic models, and moved away from its toy-maker roots.


  • Sahakangas, Kimmo (2006). Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. Iconografix. pp. 116,117. ISBN 1-58388-174-3. 

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