Collectibles Matchbox Cars

There is nothing more rewarding to a car lover than owning a bespoke set of your personal favourite automobile replica models. For the majority of people that cannot afford to spend millions on owning the real full size cars, collecting Matchbox car models is the perfect option. They are small enough to fit on to a shelf or away in a display cabinet and are sure to create enthusiasm and nostalgia with guests and car lovers alike.


Matchbox incorporation has been making small toy cars for over 60 years and in this time; they have built tens of thousands of different models. Originally, the cars were designed and sold as children’s toys. However, because the products were built to such a high quality and to a fine level of detail, they quickly caught on with the adult collector. This gave Matchbox a targeted niche market on a new level at which to aim their products. The company then started designing and manufacturing bigger ranges of their cars. They also produced and sold many ranges that were limited to in some cases only a couple of thousand worldwide. By doing this, Matchbox could vastly increase the exclusivity of certain models and it is these ranges that are in smaller supply which boast and are of a higher demand that are considered as the most valuable to a collector.

The majority of Matchbox cars are replicas of the full size cars at a 1:43 scale. In some cases models were built at a scale of 1:50 and bigger models such as lorries, trucks and busses came in a scale of 1:100. As the popularity of these cars grew, so did the size of the models. There was a range of models that were designed and marketed to a scale of 1:24 but, however, this size of car did not catch on to the extent that the smaller models did. As with all collectibles, the most highly thought of items will come with the original packaging.

Some of the most popular collectible Matchbox cars are replicas of racing championship cars. Examples of these ranges are replica models of rally and formula one cars. The ultimate display for a matchbox collection would include placing the cars on a developed landscape that would have roads developed through and around houses. Scenery such as trees and bushes also add to the display effect. The layout and landscape can be rearranged as and when the collector feels the need to and the cars can be rotated to reflect the era of the surroundings.

Matchbox have built replica models for all of the major car manufacturers including many manufacturers that are no longer producing cars and high-end performance sports cars such a Lamborghini’s and Ferraris’. The typical new collector will have a preferred category of car such as supercars, family road cars or indeed trucks and vans. A typical collector will tend to begin their personal range by purchasing the replica model of current vehicle or their most desired car. The most popular markets are the American muscle car market and the early cars such as the Ford Model-T and all cars that were inspired from then onwards.

A Matchbox car collector should identify several key considerations before purchasing a car. Probably the most important factor in an item that will potentially be added to a collection is the condition of the item. A collection piece that is in good condition will have a higher valuation in both monetary terms as well as the personal collection value that it will hold with a collector.

Models that are extremely rare also hold more value and the rarity of a piece will have a greater bearing on the items price than any other single factor. In order to ensure that the Market was not over crowded, Matchbox’s owners decided that only 75 models would be marketed at any one time in the main range. These were numbered #1 – #75. When a new model was released, one of the 75 in the main range was discontinued. For a collector, this means that models they currently own will have already or will soon not be made anymore. This is exciting for a collector as it forces the market to be niche by constantly limiting the manufacturing lifetime of a specific model. Matchbox also created the Yesteryears series, which comprised a range of exclusive cars in limited supply. These were especially designed for the collectible market and were primarily replicas of cars from the early years and high-end sport and muscle cars.

Another factor in the collectability of a Matchbox replica car piece is the presence and indeed condition of the box. A model with a missing box will tend to slice the price of the model and for a serious collector it will be disregarded. This gives an opportunity to those that are more casual collector to pick up good quality models at a fraction of the price it would normally be.

Matchbox also dabbled around in producing replica items from the war such as tanks, military vehicles and fighter aeroplanes. Other ranges of Matchbox cars include industrial vehicles that are more commonly seen on building sites such as diggers, cranes and forklifts as well as novelty ranges such as modern airport set and a range of replicas of cars that were made famous through films.

The market for Matchbox collectors is huge and only growing with more and more models being developed. A new generation is emerging as some of the earliest models have been passed down the family chain. There is a Matchbox replica car model for every one to own and enjoy so begin you collection today.