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Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s

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Chapter one: Introduction Chapter two: Great BritainChapter three: FranceChapter four: Germany Chapter five: Italy and Spain Chapter six: Other European countries Chapter seven: USAChapter eight: JapanChapter nine: The rest of the worldGlossary listing manufacturers of diecast toy carsBibliography

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.


This book provides a comprehensive overview of diecast toy cars made during these two very productive decades Many companies shown may be generally forgotten today but their products are still sought after. The pages feature models from firms like Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox, Marlin, GAMA, Solido, Tenno and Tootsietoy. This book brings back memories of the toys of these eras.- Model Auto Review. The latest reprint in Veloce's The Collector's Guide series. [This] paperback by Andrew Ralston concentrates on miniatures from the 1950s and '60s. Images are a combination of period photos and large-scale shots, with price guides. - Classic and Sports Car. It's time to reminisce with this book. It's not only full-sized cars that have moved on since your childhood.- Practical Classics. Another Veloce classic back in print after a long absence. A comprehensive look at diecast toy cars of the 1950s/60s, including Dinky, Corgi, Spot-On, Matchbox, Tenko, Solido and Tootsietoy as well as many lesser-known brands from around the world. Hundreds of photos (including boxes) with much detailed information and guide prices together with many evocative period illustrations from catalogues and advertisements. A great read and an ideal introduction to these classic toys while being a valuable resource for the experienced collector. - Club Lotus News. Ten years ago, this book appeared for the first time and it has now been reprinted. The format is slightly smaller, but the content is the same and gives a broad overview of models from the fifties and sixties. - Auto in Miniature. Veloce has just reprinted its collector's guide to Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s. First published in 2009, its 128 pages are crammed full of photos and descriptions of the classic decants we know and love, from all over the world. Manufacturers have produced a wide range of miniature American prototype vehicles, most of which were relatively new when first released. Covering car and truck models from the UK, Europe, America, Japan and then the Eastern Bloc, each chapter has a description of how the market developed during the period and which companies were active. There follows a gallery of mint examples of typical models produced by each company, many of which, not surprisingly, are American vehicles. What's interesting is how many can still be found, though conditions vary from mint to well played with. It demonstrates effectively how many were produced. Well worth a read. - Classic American.

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