Rare Matchbox toy cars can fetch more than the cost of a real one, but there are still bargains to be found – so collecting them could set you on the road to a fortune.
Recently, a collection of 900 Matchbox cars went under the hammer for £281,000. Among the record-breaking prices achieved was £15,600 for a 1970s ultra-rare pre-production ‘Superfast’ Lincoln Continental.
Another toy that sold for a top price was a 1960s green refrigerator truck. Even with a scratched windscreen it was snapped up for a cool £9,600.
Other sales in this auction by toy specialist Vectis included a 1970s Ford GT40 that sold for £5,760 and a Mercedes 300 car that fetched £3,360.
Fortunately, for those who remember pushing their favourite cars around the carpet, they might still pick up Matchbox models for a few pounds.
For example, at the sale, an iconic 1970s Porsche 911 Turbo in top condition sold for £40. A real Porsche would cost you at least £45,000.
Vectis’s Louise Harker says: ‘There is currently a boom in demand for classic Matchbox models, fuelled by collectors…