Danbury Mint ends die-cast model sales

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The final die-cast car from Danbury Mint was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe | Danbury Mint
The final die-cast car from Danbury Mint was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe | Danbury Mint
The final die-cast car from Danbury Mint was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe | Danbury Mint

The Danbury Mint has gone out of the car business. The Connecticut-based collectibles company, known for its finely honed 1:24 scale replicas of classic cars, announced recently that it would no longer include the die-cast cars among its lineup.

The final offering was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe, of which the company produced 2,500 versions that quickly sold out.

Danbury Mint has been marketing the die-cast replicas for more than 20 years, producing hundreds of brands rendered in miniature. But the two Chinese factories that produced the cars have closed, the company said, leaving it with no production facilities. The rising cost of producing the high-quality models was also cited for ending their sales.

The Danbury Mint website includes no mention of model-car sales, but shows the company’s continuing concentration on jewelry, commemorative coins, sports memorabilia and figurines.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.