With reports a British man’s collection of Matchbox cars is set to bring in a six-figure sum at auction this week we’ve started looking differently at the old toy-box in the attic. Here’s our guide to the playthings that could be worth a mint and some pointers to bear in mind before you start touting your childhood knick-knacks on eBay.
What is collectable? Matchbox cars are no longer child’s play and a Lincolnshire man’s prized collection is expected to fetch upwards of £100,000 at auction this week. We’re not talking Mini Metros and Ford Fiestas here though – these are from the upmarket Models of Yesteryear range.
When originally made? This range, featuring old-style Mercedes, Jaguars and Rolls Royce miniatures were made between the late 1950s and mid 1970s.
Worth? Estimates of the whole collection, a whopping 2,281 cars, fetching around £100,000 may seem excessive but the 1965 purple Y3 Benz limousine alone is worth around £2,000. You could buy a real car for that!
What affects the price? As with real car sales the condition of the bodywork and paint is a key issue, as is the number of models originally made and how many have survived to the present day – the rarer models, like the Y3 Benz, can be worth a small fortune.
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