I love imagining how shiny they were originally. But, I have to say, I love even more the peeling-paint ruggedness of these vintage ones. You can just imagine all of the little boys who played with these on the sidewalk or in their sandbox.
But when did die cast metal toys come on the scene?
The term, die-cast means to force molten metal into a mould. Lead was most commonly used for this purpose in the beginning. The early cars include only a detailed exterior-no interior, and the cars were often accented with plastic window or rubber tires for additional detail.
Die cast metal cars became most popular after World War II in the 1950s, when their detail and quality increased. In 1947, a company by the name of Lesney introduced their line of what commonly became referred to as matchbox cars. These die cast metal cars were actually enclosed in a small box that resembled a matchbox. It wasn’t until 1968 when Mattel actually introduced their line of matchbox cars-Hot Wheels.
Today, these die cast metal toy cars are a favorite collectible for their charm and simplicity.
Do you have any in your vintage collections?