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  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306
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  • berriberri Posts: 9,864
    I like that greaser with the wrap around shades in the driver's seat :-)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543
    Cool. Looks like a new item, 1:32 scale?

    Revell has a couple fintail slot cars in that scale:

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  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306

    Tonka used to make pretty nice Jeep pickup and Wagoneer toys. I had a Tonka car carrier that held about five of these:

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543
    edited December 2013

    Matchbox had a lovely casting of a Jeep pickup, introduced late 1964 I think:

  • berriberri Posts: 9,864

    I always liked the old Jeep and Willy's FC pick-ups. very different looking - both of them for their time. When I was a kid you'd frequently see either of these with a snow plow at a gas station or mall. (of course that Matchbox is a newer version which I didn't like as much as the older ones - but I wonder if it's more modern looks improved sales?)

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,107

    I remember that that era of Jeep pickup was called 'Gladiator'. I like them because they're different. Concerning the Jeep FC pickup--I remember a school bus yellow one that could drive on railroad tracks, always parked outside our Erie Lackawanna train station in little Greenville, PA. Also, the former Jeep dealer in our town had dementia and lived in the same assisted-living place my mother did. I mentioned to him in passing that I liked the forward-control models and right away, he said, "FC, yes" and it was like that rang a bell for him.

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306

    Slick Fisher-Price station wagon:

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    Cute. Before my time, but I can see the charm. Some F-P toys have collectible value, especially if in the original box.

    Speaking of boxes, I want this - but wouldn't pay nearly that much for it.

    @lemko said:
    Slick Fisher-Price station wagon:

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543
    edited January 2014

    I recently got this Matchbox W111 220SE (fintail coupe) in a lucky buy it now auction:

    I have a couple of these already, but none this nice or in as good a box, or in this dark color (others are more red). The scale of this is quite small, I would estimate around 1:70 or so. With that color and silver wheels, was probably produced in 1963.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    Speaking of small scale model cars from the old car thread, I have 7 of these tiny fintails. I am not sure what scale they are, but they are small - the black fintail is HO scale, and it towers over the smaller one.

  • texasestexases Posts: 8,802
    edited January 2014

    Looks like it's about half HO, or half half O...
    So if HO is 1:87, it's something like 1:175.

    Maybe close to N scale, 1:148.
    Measure its length and divide it into your fin's length, that'll give you the actual scale.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    Looks like it might be N, yep

    For a buck, I might get a few more.

    @texases said:
    Maybe close to N scale, 1:148.
    Measure its length and divide it into your fin's length, that'll give you the actual scale.

  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,306

    @fintail said:
    Speaking of small scale model cars from the old car thread, I have 7 of these tiny fintails. I am not sure what scale they are, but they are small - the black fintail is HO scale, and it towers over the smaller one.

    Now all you need is a couple more of those HO scale fintails along with an HO scale Aston-Martin DB5 and you can recreate the chase scene from Goldfinger on you train set! :P

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543
    edited January 2014

    That would be cool, but IIRC the Goldfinger cars were Pontons. MBs were the usually the bad guy cars in cold war era movies though, fintails in some of them.

    Notable fintail in a Bond film was the car driven by Telly Savalas' gang in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", which gets tangled up in an ice race after a nice chase, gets rolled gently, and of course catches fire:

    Edit: looks like there's a model of it (there's a model of the Aston and Cougar also seen in OHMMSS)

    @lemko said:

  • steverstever Posts: 52,462

    A bit off-topic but I want it.

    I'd even visit a Ford dealer to play it. :-)

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  • jordan40jordan40 farmersville, nyPosts: 109

    i have tons of 1/18 scale model cars. and 1/24 scale cars

  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,107

    I wonder if those are actually the cars that go in the display, although I see they are numbered. I'm (pleasantly) surprised the Wagonaire is still in there, two years after there were no more Studebaker cars. I had the maroonish '64 Pontiac I see in the display.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543
    edited February 2014

    I am pretty certain the cars are original to the display, they are all period correct. The Studebaker remained in production until around 1969, and the Pontiac through 1970-71, I think (it eventually became purple).

    @uplanderguy said:
    I wonder if those are actually the cars that go in the display,

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440

    That seems like not a bad deal for the shelf and all the cars in it. I saw a TV episode recently of Extreme Collectors and there was a guy whose entire basement was filled with die cast cars, including a Matchbox store display. I forgot what they valued the collection at but it was few hundred thousand dollars I think.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543
    edited February 2014

    The current bid is a good price, I'd say real world value is 1500-2000. The cars aren't worth a lot, most no more than $20 apiece as they lack boxes - but the display is worth several hundred. Earlier displays are worth more, one from 1960 rather than 1968 would be worth twice as much.

    Among the most insane are the USA-only "presentation sets" from 1957-58. The outer box is the key - the cars themselves might average $100 apiece on a good day, but a set in the box is worth maybe $5K or more. Original cost - $4.

    Some rare color cars can be worth 5-10K, too.

  • texasestexases Posts: 8,802
    edited February 2014

    'worth 5-10k, too.'

    At those prices are counterfits becoming a problem? Repaints of less desirable models? Making one from scratch? Printing boxes?

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    Yes, fakes are an issue. Especially with rare colors - although usually the rare color will have a specific casting detail etc that the faker doesn't know, so the obsessive experts can point them out. Faking boxes is more difficult, fools new collectors, but the paper seems impossible to duplicate.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    The 1968 display with cars brought $2225, not bad. Quality old toys have fared better than many collectibles in the market.

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,440

    Wow, that's a lot. I wonder if current Maisto die casts will be worth anything. My son has a ton of them now.

    boomchek: driven 10,000+ cars, sold 1000+ cars, owned 50+ cars

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    I suspect few modern diecast will appreciate much, unless they are some really weird rare variety or edition. For comparison, those neat Bburago cars that I had in the 80s, and I know you did too, are still not worth much even if mint in box. Almost all late 90s-present Hot Wheels and Matchbox is worth less now than when new, due to middle aged hoarder types buying it all and putting it away - but nobody wants it when they sell.

  • texasestexases Posts: 8,802

    Yep, collectables aren't. Only when they weren't, are they now...

  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,543

    Exactly. If it says "collectible", it won't be. Anyone who bought collector plates or gold leaf postage stamp covers learned the hard way.

    There's a huge glut of modern diecast out there, especially Hot Wheels - they can be bought for a fraction of new price 10-15 years ago.

    @texases said:
    Yep, collectables aren't. Only when they weren't, are they now...

  • steverstever Posts: 52,462

    Easier just to buy stuff you want to play with and collect the memories.

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