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Plastic Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s: The Collector's Guide Paperback – Illustrated, 22 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (22 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841256
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,267,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This picture-laden softback brings out all their colourful appeal and features many obscure brands, not to mention their often eclectic subjects. - Octane -

There have been various guides to tin and diecast toys, but Andrew Ralston celebrates early plastic designs in this colourful 126-page Veloce paperback. - Classic & Sports Car -

Diecast and tinplate model cars have been well-documented down the years, but plastic cars have not been as well-served until now. This is a big subject for one book, but Andrew has handled it well, giving background information on the makers. Highly recommended. - Model Auto Review -

This new book on Plastic Toy Cars sure brought back many fond memories ... a very valuable asset to have if you are into toy cars. As a guide it is very important especially when showing the excellent photos of the cars and the current value. - IPMS -

This book includes more than 250 brilliant colour 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

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Walter on 8 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
To be fair to the author, he not only doesn't claim it's a comprehensive guide, he goes out of his way to state it's not! However, it rapidly becomes clear that the author only really likes medium scale, realistic-to-prototype family saloons, coupes and such-like. Oh, he doesn't like ethylene either, so that's half the book's scope gone before you start.

Format is a bit of introductory blurb to each section (Country by country), thumbnail scetches of a few companies, then lots of pictures, but with three or 4 photo's per page, there's a lot of blank paper. What is present is nice, don't get me wrong, it's what's missing that's the problem.

There are few small-scale (except when he visits Europe, when he pays lip-service to Ingap and gives Wiking a bit of coverage). I think there were only two military vehicles in the whole book! Commercials are in the minority, there's no construction stuff, in the American section he's failed to cover more makes than he has named. Britain likewise; no Kleeware, Poplar/Thomas/Taffy - not mentioned, Tudor Rose fair better but Beeju get a catalogue cover and one twisted bus? Raphael Lipkin get a 'whole line' to themselves, actually they get an Antar in civilian colours on page 24, but he hasn't looked underneath!

The disappointments are legion, but...The section on France is strangely very informative and quite comprehensive, I guess he perticularly likes the French products?.

This is a very well illustrated book on a narrow subject, not reflected in the title. The author is clearly a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable collector, but this book seems to have been rushed out 4 or 5 years before it should have been, and the gaps show. Wait until you can get a second-hand copy or get 'Dimestore Dreams' for the American story, and wait for something better.
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Excellent book. A well illustrated and wide ranging overview of the toys of that era. Obviously only a select sample, given the book's size, but very well done. Good starting point for info on many of the well known, and more obscure, manufacturers of that era. Recommended!!
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By lee edwards on 17 Dec. 2014
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exelent book
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Excellent review of plastic model cars of the past, in full color 2 Oct. 2013
By M. Nusair - Published on
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My own collection of model cars is relatively haphazard, one of this and a few of that. This book helped me identify a few cars that I've owned for years, not knowing who made them or where. The manufacturer's name was occasionally known, but where and when were they in existence? Very enjoyable for the wealth of information about the various manufacturers of the 50s and 60s. The pictures are excellent, in full color as expected these days.

The interconnections between the various manufacturers, as to who bought whom and the development of each line, were described as well. Very enjoyable.
If You Are Into Weird Stuff 19 May 2014
By Kevin L. Martin - Published on
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Don't buy this book if you are looking for a catalog of AMT, Jo-Han, Revell or Monogram 1/25-scale plastic kits. They ain't here. but if you want beautifully-photographed toy cars from Norev, Gama, Siku and other little known (at least in the US) makers, this is your book. This work was published in 2007 so the price guide is of little use, but otherwise this is a great reference work for the collector.
A decent and fun book 26 Nov. 2012
By Jim Gibbons - Published on
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This book does not go into a lot of major details, but is a nice reference. It's more of a trip down memory lane for us Baby Boomers who had some of these cars more than anything else, but it makes it a wonderful trip.
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