Sunday, April 24, 2011

Automobile fun for $1

One easy and affordable way to get into the collectible or classic car hobby is Matchbox cars. These little cars originally made in England in the late 1950's are still in production today. They still follow the same simple idea as they did in the beginning. Miniature reproductions of cars, trucks, other equipment. They have produced thousands of models over the years and still make some great cars today. They quality has varied over the years, but today's toys are very good quality for the price. Matchbox has made many great sports and classic car models over the years. There is probably a model of the classic collectible or everyday car or truck you drive. I began playing with matchbox cars when I was a little boy in the 1970's and still buy them today.
The photos are a sample of some of my collection. The red bus with gray wheels is one of the very earliest matchbox models made in 1954. There is a photo of there different "matchboxes" which is how the cars were packaged for sale till about the mid 1980's. They are a De Tomaso Pantera, Alfa Romeo 155, and a Snow Trac. The "blisterpack" style packaging was introduced in the 1970's and is the most common form of packaging today. There is a photo of a variety or Porsche cars a 910, two Porsche 911 turbos, and a 935.The other photo is of some European rally cars. Two of the cars are in the modern "blisterpack" packaging. They are a Ford Escort 2000, Fiat Abarth, Ford RS 200, and a Skoda 130 LR.
Go out and buy a Matchbox car for yourself or a child you know. Open it up and enjoy this simple and fun form of motoring.

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