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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    edited March 2012
    That's more like it, although for late 60s-early 70s police cars, I think mopar.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Two Falcon memories: In '64, my Dad wanted to get rid of our rusty but trusty '56 Chevy Two-Ten 2-door sedan. I can clearly remember going with him and my older sister to the Ford dealer, where Dad was trying to decide about a two-year old Falcon or a two-year old Fairlane. Even at that tender age of six (my sister was 13), we were like, 'Ewww, Falcon!'. Dad bought the Fairlane as it had seat belts (apparently aftermarket) but I don't remember us ever using them! It was the last Ford Dad ever owned, BTW. I also used to really enjoy the TV show "The Wonder Years", as main-character Kevin was supposedly two years older than me. They were at a Ford dealer in '69 in one episode, and the rest of the family saw a red Mustang in the showroom while the music to "2001, A Space Odyssey" played! Hilarious! Then the Dad says to the salesman, "Got any Falcon wagons?" The entire rest of the family mouths in disgust, "Falcon wagon??". They ended up with a Custom 500 4-door sedan.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    That was a great show.

    Here's the big Ford:

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    In the earliest episodes, the dad had this 63 Impala:

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    And Wayne's Corvair:

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,116
    That green 1969 Galaxie looks exactly like a car my cousin Steve owned back in the day!
  • berriberri Posts: 4,136
    I always thought Wonder Years was a great show too. Well written and kind of reminded you of life in middle class suburbia back then. Another TV show that has a great variety of vehicles, but they are mid fifties, is the old Highway Patrol series with Broderick Crawford. Actually, very well written for their time as well.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I loved Wonder Years...in fact its finale was excellent but was completely overshadowed by the 'Cheers' finale, which I thought stunk.

    The only thing about "Wonder Years' is that they played very loose with accuracy....showing a '68 Dodge Polara wagon and repeatedly calling it a '61, playing music that hadn't been recorded yet at the time of that episode, etc. Don't they think people notice that stuff? That said, I always enjoyed it. A family dynamic (at least the Mom and Dad) not unlike my very own back then!
  • berriberri Posts: 4,136
    Yeah, a lot of movies and TV shows do that too. I always liked the cars on the street in "Leave It To Beaver" and 'Beverly Hillbillies' because I kind of like some of the old Mopars (although the first year of 'Beaver" was Fords) While Andy Griffith always had a Ford, that show showed a lot of different makes as well in the street scenes (and Aunt Bea was a Studebaker fan in real life, right?). I thought the worst finale was "Seinfeld". The Johnny Cochran lawyer would have got them off on some outrageous technicality.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    I remember what bugged me about "Wonder Years" is that you could see modern cars in the background, like a block or two away from the main location. I guess that's what you get for not filming on a back lot.

    The Seinfeld finale was terrible, what a way to go.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    Found another desired car, this time not an American model, but still a nice piece of workmanship:

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    This model with grey wheels/tires and early release box, is from 1962. Amazingly delicate casting in the wheels and pillars, with pretty paint too - they don't make em like this anymore.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    Very, very nice...both the Matchbox and the real thing.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,510
    I'm sorry... :-O !!! This must be the 'Hummel' effect, rare = valuable, I guess...
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    Some Matchbox collectors are fanatical. I was expecting the Cougar to bring more, actually

    Some toy cars are worth more than their real life counterparts
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,402
    What's doubly bizarre is that this model is expensive not because it is rare in itself but because it's in a rare color. Is this for real? I can't imagine someone spending that much for a production glitch.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    For toys like this, variations are the rarity, primarily paint and wheels. A normal yellow mint in box version of that car would be lucky to hit 1% of the value of the red car.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,402
    this sounds like the tulip bubble all over again. One day, a group of people are going to wake up, point to that little yellow toy, and say: "Wait a minute, this isn't worth $10,000!"

    And suddenly, it won't be.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    Actually, I suspect that car was worth more 20 years ago than now - the internet redefined the market for most collectors, bringing once unknown items out of closets and attics for the world to see. All it takes is two fanatics.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,402
    True--for something this esoteric--something that has no inherent value--you need a very trained and knowledgable audience. If it were a real car, or a work of art, well at least that would always be there no matter what anyone thought...but with this, if the audience grows gray and goes away, I don't see the next generation taking this up, at least not at these prices.

    I suppose it's like comic books--but I think comic books have a much wider fan base...dunno...

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  • texasestexases Posts: 5,510
    I'f I'm spending $900 on a car model, it's going to be one of those super-detailed ones, or maybe three of them...
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,494
    That will eventually be the undoing of the market - when the boomers start kicking off. I don't see many under 40 collecting 50s-60s era toy cars. The next generations won't have the nostalgia nor the disposable income. But, they aren't too old yet, so there will be a few decades of stable prices for vintage diecast.

    I think the fan base might be larger than comic books, as it is global - people collect the toys in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. I don't see it acting like modern baseball cards, which are worthless now.
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