Matchbox Car Collection Expected To Fetch over $1million

By Meera Dolasia on July 25, 2008

Fans and collectors of Matchbox cars are looking forward to this fall with great anticipation. For on September 16th and 17th, Dr. Scott Gillogly's collection of 3,500 Matchbox cars will be auctioned off in Middlesbrough, U.K. by Vectis Auctioneers.

Dr. Gillogly, who had always been a big fan of these miniature life-like cars as a kid, became an avid collector a few decades ago. However, now in his mid-fifties, he thinks its time to sell them and enjoy the money.

The experts at the auction house, who have dubbed the extensive collection, 'a collectors dream come true', believe that the cars will fetch over $1 million USD.

The reason Matchbox cars, especially some of the older ones are so coveted is because there was only a limited supply of each one.

Very early on, the first manufacturers, Lesney Products realized that if produced in limited quantity, they could become collector's items. Accordingly, only 75 cars of each model were made - Mattel, who bought the company, has continued to follow the same strategy.

What makes Dr. Gillogly's collection even more special is some of the really rare models he has got. One that is expected to fetch over $12,000 USD is model # 13, a Dodge tow truck made for British Petroleum.

When Lesney Products made the first batch, they painted the cab and the boom green and the bed yellow. However, BP didn't like the color scheme and they had to reverse it. Because there are not even 75 of the first batch, these trucks are even more precious than normal Matchbox cars. In addition to the cars, the Doctor also has original boxes, which in some cases could fetch more than the car they house.

So if you are an avid Matchbox car fan, plan on heading out to England this fall - for you'll rarely see a collection this great again - unless one person buys it all.

Sources: Essortment.com Daily Mail.Co.Uk, Telegraph.co.uk

 

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  • jaiSunday, October 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    so cooooollll
    • hunter429261
      hunter429261Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:21 am
      I have always loved old matchbox cars
      • 4804124450
        4804124450Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm
        my cuz got them at home
        • $1,000,000 coolSunday, September 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm
          i can not believe that this will fetch over $1,00,000
          • AnonymousTuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:14 am
            This is cool
            • docowsgomooFriday, April 4, 2014 at 11:35 am
              WOW 1mill on toys, my mom would never buy that for me X)
              • opopWednesday, January 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm
                lol
                • lolWednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:52 am
                  cool
                  • omgTuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:03 am
                    lol cool
                    • susie
                      susieWednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm
                      whoa!!!! $1,000,000!!!!

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