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Toy, Model & Collectible Replica Cars

fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
Yeah, it's not a creative name.

But I suspect more than lemko and I have an interest in miniature cars.

Anyone have any collections or toy cars they want to discuss?

Or interested in finding a toy/model of a car you own?

Or maybe interested in the marketing/product placement aspects of toy cars? For example, the upcoming 'Transformers' movie and its questionable almost exclusive GM lineup of cars, which will work their way to the toy car market.

Anything goes..


  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,751
    I have been interested in Die cast cars. I used to try and get cars I have or used to drive but I could never find the specific model or color. I never bought ones as a collector but more like small art pieces. 1/24th scale is my favorite and I tend to keep them in small plastic display cases. I have kept a small collection that I just enjoy looking at. I have a 1998 Corvette convertible that is in 1/18th scale but it was a gift. It is very detailed however.

    Right now I Have:

    1. 1934 Ford Coupe - Blue
    2. 1939 Chevrolet Coupe - Black
    3. 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery -Green
    4. 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline – Red
    5. 1949 Ford Country estate (Woody Wagon) dark Blue
    6. 1953 Chevrolet Pickup (tow truck) Black
    7. 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Light Blue and White
    8. 1957 Corvette Convertible – Red with white.
    9. 1998 Corvette Convertible – Red – 1/18 scale
    10. 2005 Mitsubishi Propane forklift – Green

    When I found the forklift with working mast and forks I had to have it.

    Lemko, tell me it isn't so? Tonka trucks were strong toys when my son was small. I remember the elephant commercial. Tonka and Buddy-L trucks and heavy equipment built whole cities in my back yard when my son and his friends were small.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    I have a collection of several cars that are in the 1/18th scale. I tend to prefer the muscle cars, as well as classic cars...although I have several modern cars that I have received as gifts over the years. I have 2, 10' long shelves on one of my garage walls that I covered in black/white checker board contact paper, and have my cars displayed on those shelves. I have the cars displayed out of the box, but I wipe them down, and take the air compressor to them (to dust them off) from time to time.

    In addition to these, I have several model cars from various motorsports series in my living room. Some of these are valuable, so I take better care of them (save the boxes), and even display some in their original packaging.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    ...from a friend is a Danbury Mint 1:24 scale 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible. The Danbury models are extremely well-made and detailed. The quality and detail of these models seem to get better and better with each year. I don't know if they'll be worth anything someday, but I do have an extensive collection of these as well as a few from the Franklin Mint.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Yeah, that's a key...with modern ready-made collectibles, be sure to keep the boxes. A lot of these models won't appreciate over original MSRP, but some still have solid values on the secondary market. Some of the Franklin/Danbury Mint vehicles do pretty fairly on ebay. Having packaging and paperwork looks to be essential to good values.

    I have my vintage small diecast on the shelves of my TV cabinet, and the rest of the cars scattered around the living room. I don't have a ton of room though, so I am pretty picky about what I go after. There are only a few Matchbox cars that I really want, and I am too cheap to buy the early Dinkys I like.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    A few years ago I was at a store and saw a Hotwheels '65 Lincoln Continental Convertible that I liked - It looked really was white, and had a nice set of wheels. I bought this, and hung it on the wall in my garage (still in the package). After buying that initial car, I noticed several other Hotwheels versions of the same car - mainly different paint scheme and wheel combinations. I have started buying each version of the Hotwheels '65 Lincoln Continental Convertible that I run across, and keep them all on the wall together.

    There is really nothing special to me in particular about the '65 Lincoln Continental Convertible, it just seems that ever since that first one caught my eye, I have become addicted to buying them.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    Well, I do still have all the packaging and paperwork. I wasn't thinking value when it came to saving all the packaging, rather protecting the fragile models if or when I move. You should've seen when I moved into my current place. The entire trunk of my Cadillac Brougham was filled to the rim with boxes of Danbury and Franklin Mint cars as well as others.

    I just put up a shelf with two large doors in my bedroom for displaying more of my cars. It can hold at least 28. There is a cabinet with sliding glass doors and metal shelves built into the wall of my living room. I have 18 cars on display in there alone. Each car is encased in a clear plastic display box you can buy at any hobby shop. Keeping the dust off these cars is essential.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Cool -

    Are most of your models Mercedes, or do you prefer anything in particular?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    I am sure you are doing it right. I think I have around 100, maybe more, Matchbox sized diecast on my TV cabinet, but unfortunately after a couple months they do get dusty. So every 4-6 months I will clean them...which takes an hour or two. Here is where the Matchbox cars live I don't have room for a proper glassed in case though, so this will have to do.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,994
    That's pretty cool fintail :)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    I seek out some Mercedes, especially cars I own or have owned. Fintails at the top of the list.

    My main interest though is in early Matchbox, like these

    I also like early Dinky, German made cars, and sometimes I am tempted to start looking for the Tomy diecast I liked as a kid, but I don't really have a place to put any decent sized collection. I like to keep most cars on display.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "I like to keep most cars on display."

    My wife didn't care for the way I had my cars displayed aound my previous residence before we got married - I had ALL of my models displayed in the bedroom and living room. Now that we are married and have a house, I display most of my cars in the garage (my territory) to make her happy. However, I do keep about 8 or so motorsports models in the living room on a small shelving unit. I also have a valve out of a NASCAR engine autographed by the driver displayed on that same shelving unit.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Ah yeah that makes sense. Myself, I am single and I don't have a normal garage, so I have other options.

    I also have a few car parts scattered around...emblems and a grille.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Here's an smallest toy fintail. I don't know what scale these are, like 1:160 maybe...possibly for some weirdo small train layout. I have 6 of these cars that I found at a yard sale, and I am sure they are German in origin. Here's how one stacks up against a dime, a Matchbox car, and a large tin fintail:



  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    To her credit, she isn't into "sit arounds", so she isn't forcing my cars into the garage in order to make room for her Precious Moments figurines or anything like that.

    The coolest car thing I ever saw "allowed" by a wife, was a buddy of mine once went to the NHRA races, and somehow managed to get a used, huge rear tire (slick) off of a funny car from one of the pit guys. He took it home, hosed and scrubbed it very well, and then laid it down on its side in his bonus room and had a piece of glass cut for the top of it - made a nice coffee table. He then displayed a model of the car it came off of in the center of it.
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  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    That tiny blue fintail looks to be N-Gauge for a model railroad. Speaking of Mercedes, I have a nice larger scale model of a black 1966 Mercedes 600 limo.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,994
    Those are cool fintail :)

  • Thats pretty cool. If I did that my wife would kill me.
  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    Slot cars from the late 60s & 70s can be highly collectable as evidenced by the following link. To bad that mine were all thrashed and discarded many years ago. :P 0066779677QQihZ019QQcategoryZ2620QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Yeah, I was thinking N or Z scale.

    Old plastic HO scale cars are another big branch of collecting...the good ones are primarily from German firms like Wiking, Herpa, etc. I have a few HO scale cars - some 1960s cars from now-defunct EKO, and a Herpa MB W140.

    Who makes the 600? I think Dinky made a good one back in the day, and maybe Solido has made one lately.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Yeah, low survival rates on those. I had an old 1/32 slot car that I didn't really care for, so I put it on ebay...brought $30 or $40 I think. Not bad for a quarter at a yard sale.

    My big find was 8 nice old redline Hot Wheels in an old carrying case at a yard sale. I paid $2 for them. I don't really care for Hot Wheels, so I just cleaned them a little and put them on ebay. I sold them individually, and the lot brought something like $350 total.

    Some Matchbox bring decent money

    Not bad for a little toy car

    The really rare stuff easily brings several grand, but isn't often on the market.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    That is pretty cool. Reminds me of the furniture made from old car parts - the 57 Chevy rear end sofa, etc. I think most of that is fake though.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    The 600 I have was manufactured more recently by Sun Star. I paid abourt $30 for it a few years ago.
  • Me and my roommate made a coffee table out of a GM H-body deck lid for our college apartment.

    Worked great since it was only 30 or 40 bucks at the junk yard and flat as can be.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Ah I see. I've kept away from most modern stuff...simply no place to put it. When I was a kid I loved the Burago cars though, and would get a free catalog from them each year. In 1995 or so I bought a Kyosho Supra, and the following year I bought a Revell 1:18 fintail...those were the last large moderns I bought. Right after I bought the W126 I bought a Minichamps 1:43 560SEL, a lovely little model.

    Here's a Matchbox priced like a real car
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    I didn't have that particular car, but I know my cousin did when we were kids. I wonder if he still has it?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    That car is worth so much because it is a rare color. The normal one is a green-gold, and is a $25 item in mint condition.

    Here's a couple for you:

    Tomy Seville

    Tomy Fleetwood

    They also made an ambulance based on the Fleetwood.

    Tomy Continental

    These were all sold in NA under the "Pocket Cars" brand.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
    OK, I guess cuz didn't have a hidden gem somewhere in his toy chest. His was the more common green-gold car. Geeze, it's amazing what some collectors will pay for something just because it's an oddball color.

    I love that Fleetwood! It appears to be of the pre-downsized 1976 model. I had a 1975 Cadillac Sedan DeVille which looks very similar to the '76 model.

    A member of my Cadillac club has the last Cadillac ambulance which was based on the 1979 Cadillac chassis. I believe it was built by Miller-Meteor. I have a very nice 1:18 scale model of a 1959 Cadillac Superior ambulance.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,072
    Yep, I believe that Fleetwood is one of the 75-76 models. They made it in a few colors too. I am sure you would like the ambulance as well.

    I remember my brother had a poor larger scale model of a 59 Caddy was a toy from the old Ghostbusters cartoon lol
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