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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,312
    Empty boxes are often worth more than the cars themselves.

    I know, I know, tried to tell her that, but doubt if the message got through.

    She got an "old" Jag the other day too (translation - beat up). She thinks she's going to paint it since most of the paint has flaked off. She's good friends with an antique dealer and knows better, but no one knows better than she does. :D

    Ah, family. :shades:

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    Selling old toys is profitable for some.

    If the old model is really beat up, it is probably virtually worthless and no harm done in restoring/customizing it. Condition is key for old diecast, even a few chips can knock a lot off the value.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    That was it! It was filmed in the UK.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    I wonder if my collection of Danbury and Franklin Mint cars will be worth something someday? Most are in excellent condition. One older Franklin Mint model has bad paint that is cracked on the hood.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    They might hold their value - I think some of the earliest models have appreciated. But they probably won't be like 50s-60s vintage stuff, as it was meant to be collected and not played with. A 49 cent toy from 50 years ago can be worth hundreds today - whereas a $100 model from 20 years ago might still be worth $100.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,688
    This is reposted from Mystery car Pix where it was posted in error [Doh!]

    There are a number of impediments to collecting in the 1/18 Scale but it seems to be very popular. The choices and quality of replicas available have improved tremendously since the days when Bburago and Polistoy were the dominant makers.

    I've got a sizeable collection of a couple of dozen sports, racing and classic cars in 1/18 scale and yes my wife does complain about me turning the house into a small scale parking garage.

    My latest acquisition is this dandy 1948 Land Rover S1>

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    This miniature represents a very early LR and has some features that are odd even by Land Rover Standards including three abreast seating in the front.
    You can read more about it

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    That's amazing looking. Funny, around 1955, Matchbox made a very similar model:

    image - cute and tiny thing, scale must be around 1:75. The old Matchbox Land Rovers also have three-abreast seating detail.

    I like some 1:18 cars - there are some lovely fintail and W126 models out there now. They just take up a lot of room, and can be pricey.

    When I was a kid, I loved the Bburago models - but I actually played with them.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Most of my 1:18 scale cars are being played by my 3 year old son. I'd buy a few of the better quality ones but no point as he'll want to play with them too, so I'll just resume collecting when my son gets older. Funny thing is he got quite a few for Christmas from friends and family and with the ones I gave him he has around 10 or so that he plays with.

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

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,688
    edited February 2013
    Lucky kid, I had to make do with Dinky Toys which were around 1/43 scale.

    I had fun with 'em, I had a Sunbeam Alpine, an MG Midget,a Rolls Silver Cloud a Lagonda and several others including some cool military trucks (including a Land Rover S1) and armoured cars. My love of Euro cars probably began with those Dinkys.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    Those Dinkys would be worth a pretty penny today, mint in box. I have a few period Dinky toys - had several military vehicles once, but sold them off.

    The Bburago and others I played with are worth little today, even 25-30 years later. I could resurrect my childhood, but I guess I don't have the desire yet.

    I definitely got some of my Euro car interest from toy cars, especially Matchbox and Majorette.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,688
    Those Dinkys would be worth a pretty penny today, mint in box

    Mint! Don't make me laugh, those cars had a tougher life than James Bond's cars
    and they never saw a box after the first day.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    Then you got more out of them than their value today :shades:
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    I recall having a gold Majorette Mercedes 450SEL that seemed pretty well detailed for the time. Do you have or remember this diecast?
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
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    Remember! Toys are meant to be played with lest we become the geek in Toy Story II !
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    Yep, I have seen that one:

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    There were a couple of others making W116 castings, Matchbox and Tomica come to mind, I had/have them both.

    Majorette was a cool maker back in the 80s, sold widely in the US but with a very Euro-centric model lineup.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I see Majorette toys here in some dept stores but the quality seems cheap, not the same as I remember with full metal bottom and body, suspension, or opening doors or hoods.

    What's dissapointing is that lately Toys R Us stopped carrying 1:18 scale cars, even from Maisto, and started bringin in some really cheap looking chinese cars/figurines that I would not even glance at at the dollar store.

    Here's my son about a year ago with some of the cars I gave him. The coolest thing is he's such a car guy and he's only 3.5 years old but can name pretty much all car makes and many models out on the street:

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    edited February 2013
    Like so many other things, when Majorette moved production from the first world, quality suffered. All Majorette vehicles from my childhood were made in France - I think later toys are made in Thailand.

    Cute pic - having a car nut dad has to help, you can teach him and enable a collection. I know my dad's like of old cars helped get me going. I can't remember when I could start naming cars, but it came around fairly young I am sure.

    When you go on your upcoming vacation, look in department stores - I bet they will have something. You'd love some of the toy stores in Germany, some I have visited have practically an entire floor for toy cars.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Thanks.

    He's such a Mercedes fan. Our good friend had an 03 SL500 which my son loved, but then he got rid of it and got an 06 CLS which my son also loves.

    I'm excited about our vacation because he'll get to learn some non North American makes like Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, and stuff that we don't see here generally. Even he recognizes some of these makes too from car magazines that we read together.

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

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    I still have a Majorette Cadillac Brougham limo that is stamped "Made in France."
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    That's funny - what does he notice about MB? Back in my day, they were pretty uncommon still - I don't know what got me started. No real friends of the family had one, but I remember a doctor who had a smoky W126 300SD that interested me. I always liked my toy MBs, something about the styling - even of sedans, they seemed right.

    When I was a little kid, I remember I liked MGs, VW (Rabbit based) pickups, and Porsches most, and I liked antique cars.

    The logos for those French cars will be easy for him. He'll be able to discern Citroen styling, no doubt.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    I had two of those, one was white, the other kind of a grey or green. I remember the sliding sunroof. Lost to the ravages of time.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Not sure what he likes about them, he just does. But I think his favorite car to ride in was a Maserati QP, one I had for a weekend from work. He loved the piano black trim and all the cool switchgear:

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    Speaking of Majorette Cadillac limos, I still have mine from my childhood, which of course my son plays with:

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    Great pics, both of them. I still have some of my old toy cars, but most were ruined or given away.

    My earliest cool car memory is riding in a white 911 with a whale tail - I remember it had sheepskin seat covers (early 80s), I was enthralled. Also, family who lived across the street had a white RX-7, I loved that thing and would tag along with them just to ride in it - if I was lucky, their son and I could get a ride to school (kindergarten!) in it.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I bet a Porsche in the early 80s would have been cool. Exotic cars back then were not as common as they are today, so it was a rare sight seeing a Porsche, Ferrari, or Lambo on the street, let alone riding in one.

    My favorite memory as a child was back in Poland when a family friend came to show us a Fiat 131 Supermirafiori.

    In the 80s in Poland where all you had was communist Ladas, Trabants, and Polish Fiats, this car blew me away. Sunroof, power windows, cool styling for that time, and he took us for a spin, promptly getting the speed up to about 180km/h which I remember vividly. It was a cool experience!

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    Exotics really were exotic then. A Ferrari or Aston today barely makes me look - but I remember it was a huge deal when I saw my first Ferrari on the road, and even things like MBs and BMWs were unusual enough to turn my head. The cars being cheaper and easier to acquire today has changed the landscape.

    Your story reminds me of something I watched on TV when the wall fell - someone in Hungary or Czech had somehow acquired an 80s Celica, which was apparently a real exotic, and he was driving it to Austria or Germany.

    I remember there was a Fiat 131 wagon in town when I was maybe 11 years old - it was even badged "automatic", probably not a good thing.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,010
    My favorite old Corgi - the coupe with the box that shows a fintail (Corgi didn't make a fintail, it was an illustration error that was never corrected):

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    Corgi was prolific later than Dinky, I had several new Corgi toy cars when I was a kid in the 80s. My favorite was the 190E with a sliding sunroof:

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    edited April 2013
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    Looks like a 1962 model by the details.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,312
    You probably aren't seeing the second pic message that the rest of us see, but it's accusing you of "image deep link = bandwidth theft". Oh, the humanity. :D

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,688
    I had Dinkys, lots of 'em and frankly IMO they were much better, more realistic than Corgis which always seemed crude by comparison to me.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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