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Feb 21, 2012 (3:41 pm)
Got another American car Matchbox:
1961 Ford police car, issued in 1963 and made for only 3 years. This is an early model probably made in 1963. It's a decent casting of an odd car:
#266 of 375 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 21, 2012 (3:58 pm)
Now you just need a pickup so you can re-enact 'This here's an emergency vehicle, too!' from Andy Griffith...
#267 of 375 Re: . [texases]
Feb 21, 2012 (9:02 pm)
I was thinking of the Andy Griffith connection, as well as the cop car that lost its rear end in "American Graffiti".
There was also a fire chief car based on the same casting, I don't have that one yet - one went for $120 on ebay today, some collectible markets remain healthy.
#268 of 375 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 22, 2012 (8:09 am)
I'm surprised Matchbox didn't capitalize on the success of the Andy Griffith Show and make this a Mayberry Sheriff's car.
Feb 24, 2012 (12:48 pm)
I like '61 Fords, mostly the Starliner hardtop. I'd never seen this Matchbox before.
#270 of 375 Re: . [lemko]
Feb 24, 2012 (3:03 pm)
Matchbox didn't have any character related tie-ins that I can remember until maybe the late 70s. Corgi was the big 60s character toy maker, with Batman and the rest of the comics later, Green Hornet, James Bond, etc.
Eventually I will hunt down a copy of the red 61 Ford fire chief car. I've limited my collection in scope, and I don't need a huge amount of models to get to a stopping point - sadly the amount of money required is somewhat inverse to the number of cars.
Dinky had a nice 61 Ford (scale ~ 1:43) and they along with Corgi had a large amount of American cars:
#271 of 375 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 24, 2012 (6:45 pm)
That's a really nice Ford! Where do you find these Dinky cars and what prices can one expect to pay for a nice example like that one! I'm sure they have some Cadillacs and Buicks I would absolutely love.
#272 of 375 Re: . [lemko]
Feb 24, 2012 (8:27 pm)
The Ford is not mine, just a pic from the internet. Most of these cars, boxed, go for maybe $75-150 apiece.
Here are some American cars you might like. Dinky and Corgi had a huge lineup, most of these were available in numerous paint schemes:
And even a fintail:
Feb 25, 2012 (3:46 am)
Thanks for the great postings. The detail and proportions on the 220 looks about the best of all of them.
I have a Corgi Wagonaire camera car, with a cameraman in back. It's a darkish turquoise, not unlike the Matchbox Wagonaire. UPI did buy a bunch of those and there are photos on the 'net of cameramen in the back just as shown in the toy here.
#274 of 375 Re: . [uplanderguy]
Feb 25, 2012 (12:14 pm)
I included the Studebakers on purpose
I like the various finned Mopars the most, they seem well proportioned and are cool. I think some collectors specialize in those alone. Those diecast firms had a mild fetish for American cars, which in the 50s were far ahead of most Euros, styling wise.