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Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s: The Collector's Guide (General: Diecast Toy Cars) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Andrew Ralston
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28 May 2009 General: Diecast Toy Cars
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.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841805
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 25.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Andrew Ralston received his first Dinky Toy car, a Riley, when he was about five years old, and ever since has been passionately interested in anything to do with cars. He has built up an extensive collection of models, with a preference for the more unusual items, and has written many articles on the subject for magazines in Britain and the USA. Educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford, Andrew is a teacher by profession and has also published numerous textbooks on the English language. He lives in Glasgow with his wife, Hazel, and daughter, Miranda.

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If you already own the hefty volumes covering the familiar products of Corgi Toys and Dinky Toys, this book provides details of the fascinating history and products from many of the lesser known toy car producers from around the world.

Model cars from foreign manufacturers never appeared on the British toy market during the heyday of toy car popularity during the fifties and sixties and, as such, were completely unknown making the subjects of this book both rare and unusual.

Models are covered on a country by country basis including sections dealing with UK producers as well as those from around the globe, many of which are little known even today. The histories of the companies involved are illuminating and concisely dealt with, but it is the high quality colour pictures of exotic models from some of the most important collections in the world in the 'gallery' pages which make this book so entertaining. I particularly like the five page spread featuring the delightful products of Danish company Tekno, and the opportunity to see some of the rarest models of all from Japenese manufacturers such as Diapet.

At the current Amazon price this book also represents fantastic value for money and is a must-buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diecast toy cars 9 Jan 2014
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The book arrived in time for christmas , it was a gift to me from my wife. The book was informative . I would recommend this book to anyone starting up in the toy car hobby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 8 Aug 2013
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Just received yesterday but it is nicely laid out with great illustrations and pictures. Looking forward to reading it thoroughly.
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