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Brmm Brmm [Mar. 5th, 2018|09:40 am]
Tony Grist


I've never been much of a one for cars. I mostly can't tell one model from another- and I never learned to drive. However- when I was 10 or 11 or thereabouts I went through a period when I splashed out my pocket money on a collection of Matchbox "Models of Yesteryear". I couldn't tell you why exactly. Except that I've always liked miniatures and I've always liked things that are old and quaint.

Anyway I lost sight of them. I left home and abandoned them- with all my toys- to my parents' tender mercies- and assumed they'd ended up in the bin or in a jumble sale. But not so. My sister was having a clear-out last week and found them- mixed in with some things of hers- in a shoe box.

It's like getting a little bit of my childhood back.

The cars in the picture are a 4 1/2 litre Bentley in British racing green from 1929 and a Type 35 Bugatti from 1925.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-03-05 12:34 pm (UTC)
That brings back memories of my own...I loved the little Matchbox cars for a time though I think my dad was happier that I did than I was collecting them. I know that mine were sold in a garage sale and of course now we have a granddaughter who loves cars.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-05 02:32 pm (UTC)
That's a shame about the garage sale....

Mind you, one could replace them at minimal expense. I've been looking on eBay and old Matchbox models are cheap (well some of them are.)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-03-06 08:00 am (UTC)
They are lovely! I'm not very into cars but had a lot when I was little. I got rid of them all (they were very tatty) except a Corgi 2CV, which I think I was given because I loved our family 2CV so much. I only recently realised it's the James Bond model, so now it lives with the other Bond cars I've picked up along the way.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-06 09:08 am (UTC)
These survive in reasonable condition because I always thought of them as display models rather than toys. I used to have them lined up along the top of my wardrobe.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-03-07 07:55 am (UTC)
Ah yes - all mine were very well played-with on one of those plastic mats with a city laid out on them. I was very fond of a Beetle with a steering-wheel on the roof so you could turn the wheels, and a pull-back-and-go ambulance.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2018-03-06 01:25 pm (UTC)
Those look in good condition and therefore might be worth quite a bit. Our toy cars got played with a lot and bashed around and were probably given away to distant relatives or the church's Toy Service, where we donated outgrown and no longer wanted toys to send to an orphanage in Cheshire. This makes me sound even more ancient that I feel!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-06 04:08 pm (UTC)
I checked on eBay and specialist sites- and I don't think I've got anything rare. Toy cars were produced in huge quantities and the valuable ones are those with unusual paint jobs and things like that.

Besides, having got them back after all these years I intend to hang onto them.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2018-03-06 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right. As well as rare editions, collectors want pristine models still in their boxes. But the best reason to hang on to them is because you still enjoy having them. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-06 04:48 pm (UTC)
Collecting can all too easily become obsessive. I know because I have the gene- and need to keep myself under iron control.
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