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Toy, Model & Collectible Replica Cars

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  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    Ecto-1? Yeah, it's a very bizzarely proportioned version of a '59 Caddy ambulance if it's the one I'm thinking of. I've always liked those Japanese tinplate toys of American cars. The proportions and details would be way-off, but they kind of remind me of a surrealist sculptor's take on auto design.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    Yep, Ecto. Hey, it was the 80s, can't expect too much from a toy aimed at 6 year olds.

    Those old tinplate cars are almost works of art in their own way now, very interesting. Big bucks for some of them too...I'll have to sick to my tinplate fintail and smaller gullwing.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    ...an amusing detail of some tinplate cars from the 1930s and 1940s would be a picture of the driver's and passengers' faces on the windshield, profiles on the side windows, and backs of their heads on the rear window.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    Most of my little cars are 1/18th or 1/24th but I did save a couple of small scale Tyco slots including a Porsche 917K w Gulf livery and a Ferrari 512S. I think they're 1/64 scale.

    I wish I had some of the others I used to have (Chapparals, Porsche 908s and the like).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • derrado1derrado1 Posts: 194
    A relative bought me a Christmas gift off of eBay. I'm a little irked it hasn't come yet. It's a 1:16 diecast 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado, in this beige/bronze colour. If I were starting a real car collection (and, god willing, I will some day), a '67 Toronado would be on my list, but it differs from the '66 in only a few minor ways. Anyway, I picked this out and the only alternative for me was the same car, but in black. I don't think black does the Toro justice.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    I have a little German tin car like that, but it's actually from the 60s, it's a little Opel coupe.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    ...are the plastic dealer promos. However, most are psychotically expensive I've seen plenty of these promos available at Carlisle, but I'm unwilling to pay $300-$400 for what is essentially a nicely detailed monochrome plastic toy. Those that I can "afford" are damaged or warped - that is if you call $90-$100 affordable.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    Back in the day I had some of those 1/24 (or was it 1/25th) dealer promos including (get this) a '64 Mustang notchback. :cry: :cry:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    I have 2 of those - a 62 T-Bird and a 63 Galaxie convertible.

    I have had a couple more over the years...I had a 49 Ford, but when I was in school and shunning such collections, I sold it! That was an odd one, it had mirrored windows. And I had a 62 Galaxie that I found at a yard sale, which had smashed windshield pillars. I sold it on ebay for $25.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    My collection is so large it would probably take me 2 days to type all the cars up onto a list to post it. Plus not to mention most of them are packed away for our move to a new house.

    I have (the jest of it);
    1. Every Matchbox Car set (#'s 1-75) from 1970 thru 2004
    2. Almost every car & truck the Franklin Mint made from 1989 thru 1996 (I use to work for the Franklin Mint and got most cars at their employee truck sale for $3-$5 each)
    3. A HUGE Nascar Texaco Havoline Die-cast collection (about 150 cars), plus every Texaco Airplane
    4. Every Hess truck

    If I every get around to taking most of them out of packing and setting up, I will try and take a picture and post it on my Carspace.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    Is the Franklin Mint still in business elsewhere? I know the suburban Philadelphia location on US Rte 1 South has been shut down for some time. They used to have stores at the Willow Grove Mall and King of Prussia mall a while back.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    Did you start the Matchbox collection as a kid, and buy them from new?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    The Franklin Mint is still very much in business, I get their catlog biannually.

    link

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    Thanx for the link!
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    The Franklin Mint location in Media, PA (south of Philly) is where I worked. I worked in the Mailroom and Print Shop there, as far as I know all of the major offices, print shop, r&d, mailroom, and museum are still there and under normal working conditions. They did move most of the manufacturing part, but I don't know where to.

    As for the MB collection (and Hess Trucks), my father started it right before I was born (guess he knew he was going to have a boy) and I've been continuing it on since. All the MB cars are in the boxes not the blister packs, but since mattel purchased the matchbox name from tyco, they stopped making the cars in the boxes, so I stopped buying. So yes, Mattel now owns both Hot Wheels and Matchbox.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    It seems like many of us here also belong in CCBA. I guess we got our bug for this when we were kids, starting with collecting hotwheels and matchbox.

    I admire your collection Odie. I love matchbox as well but I stopped buying them when they went cheap in 2003 or 2004. The designs didn't resemble any real cars. It seems like they started producing nice models once again.

    One set of cars I wish I bought was the Hot Wheels 1:43 Ferrari collection that was out in 2003 iirc. They weren't expensive, and they had nice models.

    And on the topic of space, my fiancee is cool with my stuff as long as it's not in the living room which is understandable. The problem is that since I started working at Honda I seem to bring all the showroom promo items home including posters, banners, brochures, and the rear end of a real Honda Civic. :P

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

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I think the biggest part (and I mean LARGEST) of my collection was my Tire from Davey Alison's Texaco Havoline #28 car that was signed by the entire crew and himself. I had it made into a table with a glass top, but when I moved from the Philly area in '99 I had to sell it (and I'm not telling how much, that would be rude to the person that purchased it.), but I still get to see it every now and then.

    Odie
    Odie's Carspace
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    I wish my grandpa would have started socking away Matchbox and Dinky for me ca. 1955. But no...I couldn't be that lucky!

    I think I only have a couple 70s era Matchbox in their boxes...a blue 450SEL and a blue Ford tractor and harrow...I am sure you know the ones.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    That reminds me...one of my fave Pocket Cars was a little Honda Civic with a racing paint job. I remember bringing it to school with me when I was in kindergarten. It was of the old school 73-79 style.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I have a bunch of matchbox cars from the 80s but they're all from flea markets, and without boxes.

    When I was a kid my first ones were a red Porsche 911 Turbo, a silver Porsche 928, a white Audi Quattro coupe, and a Pepsi truck.

    just set up my carspace:
    boomchek's garage

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    Cool...

    I guess I should update my carspace sometime.

    I loved the Matchbox 928...apparently the 928 is a hard car to model with its odd proportions, so most toys of it didn't look right. But the Matchbox one looked ok, I still have mine, it's blue. I also have that Audi, that was one of the last real made in England Matchbox. Was the Pepsi truck a model A Ford? I think I had that too, but I don't recall seeing it lately, so it probably didn't make it.

    I guess I should dig out the modern cars sometime.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    No, the Pepsi truck was a red tilt cab Dodge truck, with a white cube on it and a blue and white Pepsi sticker. I still have the truck, but I peeled the Pepsi stickers off when i was young.

    A few years ago I picked up a couple books at Wilkinson's on Matchbox cars. They're pretty neat with one book covering every matchbox from 1969 to 1982, the other 1982 to 1992. They have a color photo of every Matchbox, plus pricing on them.

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

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    Ah OK, I don't remember that Pepsi van. I swear I had a model A that was a Pepsi van.

    I have a similar book to those, for 1947-1969, the ones I primarily like.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    Wow a collectible car that probably is worth quite a few bucks. ;)

    Rocky
  • jkinzeljkinzel Posts: 735
    While I do not collect, I have lusted over some of these trucks. Way out of my price range for a dust collector, but a work of art.

    http://www.allamericantoyco.com/
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I also have some Matchbox models of yesteryear.

    One is a Capt Morgan Rum Model A van, the other a London double decker, and my sister dug up a red Dusenburg at the beach once.

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

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    ...I had a large metal toy Texaco gasoline truck. By the looks of it, it was from the 1950s and probably worth a fortune today. I also remember an nice toy articulated ladder truck that once belonged to my Uncle Albert. Don't know what happened to that one.

    I'm sure everybody remembers the tough steel Tonka trucks. I had a LOT of these as a kid. My favorite one was of a car carrier that was loaded with a set of four 1963 Brooks Stevens-designed Jeep pickup trucks and station wagons. This past Decemer I went to Toys-R-Us to buy a Tonka truck for my little nephew for Xmas and discoverd they are now mostly plastic and manufactired in China! Ugh!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    I have some Yesteryears too...a handful of vintage ones I got with a small collection of early regular Matchbox, and I have a few leftover from when I was a kid. I probably had about 10 of them at one time when I was little, but they seemed to end up in worse condition than smaller cars - due to their easily detached parts no doubt. I remember back in the day ERTL also had a line of similarly sized (ca. 1:43) old time cars, I liked these too...I recall a nice model T sedan and 1940 Ford woody that I was fond of. They all ended up very playworn.

    The early Yesteryears are actually pretty nice, exceptional detailing given the technology and scale of production. I have a couple examples of a steam/traction engine that is like a little jewel.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,305
    Those vintage style pressed steel ones are pretty cool.

    I don't have any pressed steel vehicles...I do have a Hubley Ford phone truck, but I think Hubleys are a diecast pot metal. I once had a couple old Structo trucks with wide whitewall tires, but they were sold some time ago.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,204
    I had a toy tow truck that was so detailed it had whitewall tires and separate metal hubcaps and a very detailed boom. I can just barely remember it, but it was a very nice toy.

    Does anybody recall Nylint toys?
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