Plastic Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s

Plastic Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s : The Collector's Guide

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The history of Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys and other makers of diecast metal cars has been covered in great detail in many books and magazine articles; by contrast, information on plastic toy cars is much harder to come by. Yet collectors are taking an increasing interest in plastic cars, particularly as the rise in the value of early diecast and tinplate models has put many of these out of reach of the average enthusiast. For the first time, this book aims to provide a systematic introduction to the vast number of plastic cars made during the 1950s and 1960s. Years of research have enabled the author to uncover many fascinating facts about the companies who made these toys. Some were major players in the toy industry, like Tri-ang and Brimtoy in the UK, Norev and Minialuxe in France, Gama and Siku in Germany and Ingap in Italy. Many others, though, were more obscure, and some only modeled one car before disappearing without trace.More than 250 photographs of these toys are included, with the emphasis being on the most colorful and realistic examples, all of them based on real vehicles of the period.
In many cases, the toy is pictured alongside its original box, the presence of which can often double the value of the item to a collector. Readers will also find a handy glossary listing the names of many of the companies who were active in this field in the 1950s and 1960s, together with some evocative period advertisements and catalogue illustrations. If you though that a model car had to be made of diecast metal to be worth collecting, this book might change your mind...With 250 colour photos, extensive appendices and identification aids, this is a must have for any collector or dealer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 248 x 248 x 12mm | 521.63g
  • Dorset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845841255
  • 9781845841256
  • 727,688

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Classic & Sports Car, March 2008 UK magazine The Plastic Population There have been various guides to tin and diecast toys, but Andrew Ralston celebrates early plastic designs in this colorful 126-page Veloce paperback. Reviews in 'Plastic Toy Cars', including values, are broken down into countries. Some are so crude that the make, such as the Tudor Rose Ferrari, is hardly recognizable, which is part of the appeal.Model Auto Review, March 2008Review by Rod WardUK magazine Diecast and tinplate model cars have been well-documented down the years, but plastic cars have not been as well-served until now. Plastics have been used for toy car ranges such as Norev, Ssiku, Wiking and Minialuxe, for slot cars such Minic Motorways, and for many toys in all levels of quality and accuracy from every country in the world. This is a big subject for one book, but Andrew has handled it well, giving background information on the makers. He also covers such 'mixed media' toys as Wells-Brimtoy which were part plastic, part tinplate. The plastic material ranges from acrylic to polystyrene to polythene, and all types are considered here. Not everything can be covered in one volume, but the reader will get an introduction to the products of Ingap, Gama, Beeju, JEP, Politoys, Renwal, Telsalda and many other makers. Highly recommended.
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Table of contents

Chapter One: Introduction [Subheadings: plastics in the toy industry; plastic in the collectors market; how much is it worth?]; Chapter Two: Great Britain. Chapter Three: France; Chapter Four: Spain; Chapter Five: Italy; Chapter Six: Germany; Chapter Seven: USA; Chapter Eight: Hong Kong; Chapter Nine: other countries; Glossary: listing major manufacturers of plastic toy cars; Bibliography.
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About Andrew Ralston

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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