When I was in Manhattan, Kansas, a few weeks ago, I walked into a little antique shop and found this fun assortment of cars. All of these cars are fairly well worn, but the price was right.
Compare this 1967 Lesney Matchbox Greyhound Bus to the Hot Wheels version from 1980.
1967 Lesney Matchbox | 66 | Greyhound Bus | metallic gray, amber windows | black plastic wheels
This Lesney Matchbox London Bus from 1966 is a little rough, but it’s in better shape than the 1970s-era London bus from my childhood.
1966 Lesney Matchbox | 14 | Daimler London Bus | green with Esso graphics | black plastic wheels
This 1965 Taylor Jumbo Crane still has a functioning boom and intact plastic hook.
1965 Lesney Matchbox | 11 | Taylor Jumbo Crane | yellow with red weight box | black plastic wheels
I had never heard of the Corgi Rockets before, so this gold chrome Aston Martin DB6 may be the most interesting car in the lot. The Rockets, which were meant to be raced on track sets, were produced for only a little over a year starting in October of 1969. Each car came with a key which could be used to remove the black plastic chassis so the car could be given a “tune-up”.
1969 Corgi Rockets | D901 Aston Martin DB6 | gold chrome
Finally, I can’t resist one of the original 16 Hot Wheels redlines, even if it’s been given a custom paint job and partially burned like this Deora from 1968.
1968 Hot Wheels | 6210 | Deora | red, with custom paint | USA | redline