Dating matchbox cars

These old Matchbox cars survive to this day, tucked away in my parents’ loft awaiting the next generation to take them for a spin.However, this year there is another reason to blow the dust from them, for it marks the 60th anniversary of Matchbox.Lesney’s coronation coach sold well, but a miniature, 4 1/2-inch version sold even better.

Our main interests are the pre Superfast era 1-75 series miniatures or 'regular wheels' models for which we have an updated Stannard guide listing and a 1-75 model and gift set price guide.

Ever the engineer, Odell made his daughter a matchbox-compliant cast-brass road roller, which he painted red and green.

Naturally, all of Ann’s friends wanted one, too, and by the end of 1953, Lesney had trademarked the name Matchbox as the brand for its new line of -scale cars and trucks.

We have photo guides for other small scale toys made in the north London area before 1970 and price guides for CORGI toys and DINKY toys, We have also updated our DCMT Lone Star Locos, Charbens Old Crocks, Morestone Esso series and Benbros TV series / Mighty Midgets pages which have new photographs, descriptions and values, There is much more planned for the future so check back regularly to see what is new.

We currently have about 2600 pages and over 20,000 photographs on this site, We aim to make this the number one place for all vintage British diecast toy information so come back visit us again.

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