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Matchbox toy show at Antique Automobile Club Museum


A little antique car that was part of Matchbox’s Models of YesterYear series | Diecast Toy Exchange
An antique car from Models of YesterYear series | Diecast Toy Exchange

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosts its fourth annual Matchbox Collectors show on September 21, featuring the tiny die-cast cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and other fun vehicles produced in England long before there were Hot Wheels.

Matchbox toys by Lesney started the trend of miniature toy cars in 1953 with the production of inexpensive but high-quality vehicles small enough to fit into a matchbox. They were even packaged in little cardboard boxes and were cheap enough so that kids could buy and collect them. Matchbox vehicles today are grown-up collector items.

The show at the museum is presented by the Diecast Toy Exchange and features some rare and valuable pieces, such as a 1960s-era mint-green Pontiac and matching camper trailer. It’s a one-of-a-kind set valued at $10,000 because it was a color-trial sample and never produced for sale.

A classic motorcycle with sidecar | Diecast Toy Exchange
A classic motorcycle with sidecar | Diecast Toy Exchange

Vendors at the show will sell a wide variety of more-affordable Matchbox toys from the 1950s through the present day. A pair of limited-edition toys produced specially for the show will be for sale while supplies last: A 60-piece series of 1992 Dodge Vipers that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Dodge brand (priced at $12 each) and 40 models of Convoy Trucks (at $30 apiece).

The AACA will offer reduced-price tickets to the museum during the show. Visitors also can take a look at the museum’s full-size collection of vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles going back to the 1890s. Two special exhibits are taking place: Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles in America and the Mark Watts Reflections art exhibit.

There also is the opportunity for a sneak peak at the upcoming 100 Years of Dodge exhibit, which opens September 26.

For more information about events at the AACA Museum, see www.AACAMuseum.org.

The specially made Convoy Truck commemorating the Hershey show | Diecast Toy Exchange
The specially made Convoy Truck commemorating the Hershey show | Diecast Toy Exchange
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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.
  1. I Garth A Clowes was the Pres.of Match Box U.S, A. , prior to its aquision by My good friends Mattel (Mattt Mason & Elliat Handler)
    Any questions ?
    Garth A Clowes ( Founder of Entex Industries)

  2. Who can talk to about values of very Matchbox Toys in there original boxes and most never opened……..Thanks………jim

  3. It is tragic that mattel has acquired Matchbox and has no idea about the models that made the line successful, classic cars etc.and fine detail NOT HOT WHEELS I know !!! I salvaged the

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