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Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s



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Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s
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By Andrew Ralston
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Paperback • 128 pages • 250x250mm

ISBN: 978-1-84584-180-5

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Features

• The book offers a comprehensive overview of diecast toy car production worldwide in the 1950s and 1960s
• It provides valuable background information on the companies that made these toys
• Most of this information is based on personal research and is not available in other books
• 300 carefully selected photographs of rare items from many different countries
• The models pictured are in mint condition, with original boxes where appropriate
• Rather than focusing on only a few manufacturers, the book gives an overview of the development of the diecast car industry during the 50s and 60s, highlighting the different trends that emerged, differences in approach in one country compared to another, and so on
• Price guide gives an indication of current values and degree of rarity
• In addition to photographs of individual toys, there are numerous reproductions of rare period advertisements and catalogue illustrations, most of them in full colour
• Rather than covering only well-known brands, the book sheds light on many smaller and lesser-known manufacturers
• The book will be an invaluable aid to collectors buying at auction and at toy shows
• The book is likely to influence many toy collectors to seek out diecast toys, and will therefore have an effect on the obsolete toy market

Description

Collecting vintage diecast toy cars has become an increasingly popular hobby over the last 25 years, and this book provides a comprehensive overview of the companies that made these toys during the 1950s and 1960s.
As well as examining the major names such as Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys and Matchbox (Great Britain), Solido (France), Tekno (Denmark) and Tootsietoy (USA), this book is unique in its coverage of many smaller and more obscure brands, not only from Europe or the USA but from countries as far afield as Japan, Israel and Argentina.
The book provides fascinating insights into the history of individual companies, accompanied by 300 photographs of rare examples, most of them with their original boxes. A further unique feature is the inclusion of a large selection of colourful and evocative illustrations from catalogues and period trade advertisements.
For the newcomer to the hobby, this volume will provide an ideal introduction to the history of the manufacturers active in this field, while experienced collectors will make many new discoveries.

Synopsis

Collecting diecast toy cars has become an increasingly popular hobby over the last 25 years.
Many of the classic diecast cars of the 1950s and 1960s are now valuable collectors’ items, and surviving examples in mint and boxed condition regularly fetch significant sums at specialist auctions.
This book provides a comprehensive survey of the companies that made these toys in the 1950s and 1960s, not only in Britain but in other European countries, the USA, Japan and beyond.
Major names such as Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Spot-On and Matchbox (Great Britain), Solido (France), Marklin and Gama (Germany ), Tekno (Denmark) and Tootsietoy (USA) are examined, but a unique feature of the book is the wealth of information provided on many smaller and more obscure brands. These include Crescent, Budgie, Chad Valley and Lone Star (UK), CIJ and JRD (France), Dalia (Spain), Buby (Argentina), Gamda (Israel) and many others about which information is hard to come by. A special chapter is devoted to early Japanese diecast models by Cherryca Phenix, Model Pet and Diapet, which are among the rarest and most sought-after of all diecasts.
Fascinating insights into company histories are provided, together with 300 photographs of rare examples of the toys themselves, in mint condition with their original boxes. A further unique feature is the inclusion of a large selection of colourful and evocative illustrations from catalogues and period trade advertisements.
For the newcomer to the collecting hobby, this book will provide an ideal guide to the history of the manufacturers active in this field, while experienced collectors will make many new discoveries.
At the end of the book, readers will find a handy glossary listing the names of many of the companies that manufactured diecast toy cars in the 1950s and 1960s.

Independent Reviews

"A fascinating glimpse of the variety to be found, from naive Hong Kong 'penny toys' to sophisticated European model with a multiplicity of working features." – Octane

"Nicely produced and well written, this book will be of interest to established and knowledgable collectors as well as being a valuable introduction for new collectors." – Model Auto Review

"This book provides fascinating insights into the history of individual companies, accompanied by 300 photographs of rare examples from all around the world, with guide prices for collectors. A heart-warming read." – Hertfordshire Countryside magazine

"Provides a general global review of toy car manufacturers from Dinky to Diapet with a colourful selection of products and price guides. Best bits, though, are the featured catalogues and box art." – Classic & Sports Car

"This new book has marvelously rekindled old childhood memories with over 300 fabulous colour photographs of examples in mint condition, with handy, if somewhat gally, 'price today' tickets." – Gay Classic Car Group

"A fascinating insight in to the world of the toy car, visiting many countries as the story unfolds." – Jaguar World Monthly

"Includes more than 250 brilliant color photographs of these toys, along with a glossary listing the names of many of the companies active in this field in the 1950s and 1960s." – S Gaugian

"A comprehensive overview ..." – Startline

"... a very nicely-produced book with plenty of appeal." – New Zealand Classic Car

"This volume provides valuable background information on the companies that made these toys. For the newcomer to the collecting hobby, this book will prove to be an ideal guide to the history of both the major and minor manufacturers active in the this field, while experienced collectors will make many new discoveries." – Old Autos, Canada

Additional Information

c. 300 examples of diecast toy cars from the 1950s and 1960s from all over the world

   

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