People have been playing with Matchbox cars and collecting them since they first appeared on the market. Lesley products made the first matchbox car in ; it was a reproduction of the coach Queen Elizabeth used during her coronation according to The Collectors Weekly. Models of these durable cars have been collected every since that time. Some makes and models are rare and extremely popular, thus increasing the price.
Ford Mustangs are a car that just about every young man or woman dreams of owning someday. The Matchbox Orange Ford Mustang has red interior and black tires with silver wheels. The base of the car is painted black underneath the frame. The number on the box is eight. This particular model is worth several hundred dollars according to The Collectors Weekly. One of the reasons this boxy car is so valuable is because of its sea-green color; Matchbox manufactured very few of these.
This toy car cost only 48 cents back when Matchbox first offered it. According to an article by P. Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years.
Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis. By: Chelsea Fitzgerald Updated April 12, Share It. About the Author. Photo Credits.British made die cast toys Welcome to our world of vintage diecast toys which is dedicated to British made diecast toy vehicles made beforeNow that the summer is over we will be continuing with our Superfast pages which can be found under the index and also our Husky guide, This new Superfast and Husky sections are being written with the kind assistance of Mick Bruce.
Our main interests are the pre Superfast era series miniatures or 'regular wheels' models for which we have an updated Stannard guide listing and a model and gift set price guide.
We also have sections on other ranges by Matchbox including the early Lesney toys, the Accessory and Major pack series, the MG1 Service Stations and the King-Size section regular wheeled models. There is also a little bit of Lesney history on our Lesney factories page and our Matchbox advertising pages. We currently have about pages and over 20, photographs on this site, We aim to make this the number one place for all vintage British diecast toy information so come back visit us again.
If you have any unusual 's or interesting 'error' pieces that you think should be listed here please contact us. Other British made diecast toys. The image at the top of the page is a toyshop window sticker from about Free counters provided by Honesty.
You may be wondering: "Why a Matchbox guide on a Hot Wheels website?
I wanted to provide another resource for collectors. Chances are, you had a few as a kid! That being said, for now, the guide will focus only on the Lesney years, with the Regular Wheels era through the end of the Lesney SuperFast line, which ended with Lesney's bankruptcy in June of Since the Matchbox name is owned by Mattel with Universal and Tyco previously holding itit makes sense to add this section to the website; a small tribute to a ground-breaking and historic brand.
Hope you enjoy the guide! When it comes to pricing your Matchbox cars, there is no "bible", per se. There are several guides to choose from on the Internet, and in book form.
Take the values with a grain of salt, and take into consideration the current state of the economy to make educated trades and sales. All values listed are approximate. There are simply too many variables to place a "set" value on any model, so a range will be used instead to indicate where that particular model may fall on the secondary price scale. NOTE: I've added a search engine at the bottom of this page, in the event you're not sure what year a particular model was made.
Regular Wheels Era Trouble finding a car in the guide?One thing my parents did right was to save my collection of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars from when I was a kid. Thanks to them I have about cars from the s and '80s.
I gave them to my stepsons when I moved in with them, but when I read a report on GoCompare about how much some of these old cars are worth now, I had to go raid the kids' toy stash.
Some of these cars, typically from before my time, are worth literally thousands of dollars or pounds, as the site values them. This Magirus-Deutz truck with a tan body is incredibly rare, with only two thought to have been produced. Most of the real-life cars I've owned have cost less than that. I did, however, own this Ferrariexactly as seen here.
It was my prime choice for playing Magnum P.
So my Thomas Magnum wanna-be is safe. Another car I had was this ambulance, the "Stretcha Fetcha. Not bad for a toy originally sold for 0. Finally, while browsing the list, I recognized this Lamborghini Countach. I had the exact same car pictured here, although years of hard play and massive crashes took its toll on my paint job. Of course, even if I had the valuable versions of any of these cars, they wouldn't be worth as much because I played with them all the time.
According to Neal Giordano, the founder of the North Carolina Hot Wheels Association who has been valuing die-cast toy cars for over 20 years, hardcore collectors put a premium on antique models that are still in their packaging, especially if the packaging is in excellent condition.
It's difficult to ascertain how much opening or not opening may diminish value, as some models would fetch far more than others.My Top 10 Most Rarest Lesney Matchbox Models!
The appeal of these cars, of course, is their nostalgia value. Even just researching this article you should've seen how my eyes lit up when I found that Lamborghini that looked just like mine on the list.
It's like finding your old car that you really liked, years from now, in like-new condition. Now that you're older, wiser, and have the means, it would be particularly tempting to buy it. It can feel like buying a piece of your childhood back, and that's worth a great deal to some people.Clear All Filters. All Brands Click here.
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Lists of Matchbox by Year
Matchbox cars and vehicles Matchbox has a long and interesting history for the collector as it has changed hands many times with new and old series being introduced through the years. Started in with small lie of different size toys the company changed in to producing their now famous line of 75 miniatures. Later in a new series called Major packs were introduced and later changed to a series called King Size. In Matchbox changed the axles and wheels on the vehicles to compete with Hot Wheels this series was called Superfast.
Around the same time the King size series was changed to Speed Kings and in the series was changed to Super Kings. As shown above the company has produced many different series and lines for the collector to search for and collect.
There are many different numbers and variations to search for and the values at this time are all over the place with different guides giving many different values.
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Help me decide if we want to call this the C case following tradition or U case the code on the box. I think it looks a bit like a Dodge Charger. What do you think? This high speed racer was designed by Lindsey Lee.