Antique Store Finds

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



  1. That Aston is great. I remember Corgi Rockets they came out around 1970 as a response to Hot Wheels. They had a detachable chassis and were intended for track use. They weren’t around long, and evolved into Corgi Juniors (a 1:64 competitor for Matchbox and Hot Wheels). I don’t have any rockets but I’d love to find an Aston like that or the Porsche Carrera 6 and Mercedes 280SL, which were also in the range. It is only through Facebook diecast groups that I have become aware of some diecast brands like Greenlight, which we didn’t get in UK.


    1. Greenlight does a nice job, they put a lot of detail into their models. This is the first Rocket I’ve ever found, Jim, but I’ll keep a lookout for more. Maybe we can work out a trade.


      1. The Corgi Rocket range were only produced from 1969 to 1971, they were withdrawn after losing a copyright battle with Mattel over the track systems they used.
        Trades are tricky here because the Georgian postal service is expensive and unreliable.

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