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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    Wow! My cousin had that Dodge wrecker back in the day. Who would think it would be worth that much?
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    I like the looks of that era ('61-71) Dodge truck. I don't recall that particular Matchbox, though.

    Anybody remember "Lassie" on TV? That era Dodge truck was used throughout. I always remember asking my Dad why it looked like the wheels were going backwards when the truck was moving forwards!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Your cousin probably didn't have one with a green cab like that. That's why it is so expensive, rare.

    I remember a Dodge Sweptside on Lassie (the show ran continuously on Nickelodeon in the 80s). Also Fords. And the old man who had a Model T that ran on railroad tracks, I wanted that when I was a little kid!
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    I see. I had to go back to see the difference. He probably had the yellow cab with the green body that's only worth around $16 per the other wreckers offered.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    The normal wrecker is extremely common. I guess that makes the rare one even more special.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Wow that's crazy money for a toy.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Here's a cute little piece I found lately. Visited a local collector who is clearing out a massive model railroader estate. Bought a couple Matchbox out of the lot, and examined piles of neat vintage plastic buildings - I would have taken a lot of them off his hands, but I just don't have the room nor the real interest. However, he gave me this 60s vintage HO scale service station, no doubt of West German origin. Perfect for some of my HO scale fintails:

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
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    Check this out - a lithographed tin Mercedes with a miniature Telefunken radio!
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
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    This "remote control" fintail appears to match the color of your ride!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I have a tin fintail like the one with the radio, made by Bandai in the early 60s.

    The remote control model is by GAMA (German), I believe. That one looks like my color, indeed. Nice.

    Dinky made a fintail in something close to my color, too:

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,004
    Someone is dumping a big lot of them in the UP on craigslist. No idea if any are pre war or otherwise collectible.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Looks mostly postwar, some 1930s material. Always be leery when a seller proudly claims to be using material from a 2004 collectors guide - they probably aren't connected to market realities.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,004
    I figured the $7,000 book value was way pie in the sky. Otherwise, they'd eBay them.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited September 2012
    Ebay is generally the best place to determine collectibles values (via sold listings - not wacky "buy it now" dreamers). I suspect it is a collection worth a maybe half that price there, at most.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,167
    From AutoWeek...

    By: Jake Lingeman on 10/23/2012

    "If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on a World War II-era Daimler-Benz DB10 12-ton Prime mover, the Auctions America event on Dec. 8 may be your only chance.

    The auction house is concluding its 2012 season by helping the National Military History Center in Auburn, Ind., sell more than 80 vintage military vehicles and more than 100 pieces of war memorabilia.

    'This is truly an exceptional opportunity for collectors of both vehicles and military hardware to acquire many one-of-a-kind lots and prototypes,' says Donnie Gould, Auctions America president. 'The museum items are not relics; they tell not only the American story in both war and peace, but also the histories of Germany, France and Britain.'

    The DB10 is a half-track, meaning it has regular wheels in front to steer and tank treads in back for torque and grip. This particular vehicle currently has no engine but specifications call for a Maybach V12 gasoline engine. It doesn’t come equipped with any arms either, but could be fitted with a 7.92-mm MG34 or MG42 machine guns when the zombies come calling. The 12-ton half-tracks started production in 1935 and kept rolling until 1945. Their main purpose was to move a large variety of artillery in service with the German army.

    A 1943 Chevrolet C60L CMP 4x4 General Service truck will also cross the block in Indiana. It has a 216-cubic-inch I6 making 85 hp. It has a four-speed transmission with one reverse gear. The C60Ls and similar models built by Ford accounted almost a quarter of the trucks built in Canada during WWII. This is a three-ton model that features a cab with a reverse slope windshield and embedded headlights. Several body types were produced including ambulance, gas and water tanker, dental clinic and general cargo, as displayed.

    In addition to the heavy machinery, the auction will also offer a selection of motorcycles, including this 1937 Victoria KR9. The German army-gray cycle has a 15-hp, two-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a four-speed, hand-change gearbox. Top speed is about 65 mph. These bikes weren’t purpose-built military vehicles. Most were purchased for service from civilian stocks. It’s mainly for paved-road use, the lack of rear suspension and suspiciously low ground clearance make it more a transport bike than a warzone tool.

    Tickets to the one-day auction are available for $10 per person for the preview day on Friday, Dec. 7, and auction day on Saturday, Dec. 8, which will allow visitors to access the museum. All the proceeds from admissions for both days will go directly to the National Military History Center, which is currently looking for funds to shore up its finances and create more room to better display military items."
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I bought a copy of this DVD at the MB Museum. - yes, a fintail documentary. I had a copy of this back in the 90s made from PAL to NTSC VHS, but lost it. I now have a region free DVD player, can't wait to watch it again.

    Also found a fintail book at Sinsheim, and bought 9 boxed HO scale toy cars from about 20 years ago, at a flea market in Austria for EUR 2 each.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    My European finds - nothing too hot. Found an assortment of vintage Matchbox at a flea market in Liechtenstein, but the crazy seller wanted CHF 75 apiece for them, or roughly double ebay prices. No sale.

    Went to a flea market in Austria and bought these HO cars for EUR 2 apiece, all are early 90s vintage, tractor a little newer:

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    And the cool fintail DVD and book, nice souvenirs:

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    I just saw the Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, MI is closing at the end of the year. A lot of automobile museums seem to be shutting. I guess it's the economy and the rising costs of operations and insurance these days. Very Sad!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,004
    Looks like Chrysler is going take it over but just open it for special occasions. (press release)

    Roadside attraction kind of stuff is suffering all over. Lots of competition for entertainment dollars.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    Yeah, I think you're right. At least Arizona still preserves an original section of the old Route 66. If people that can remember those traveling days, they probably best take a drive on it before it vanishes too.
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