Jan 18

Collecting American Diecast Model Car Classics

Collecting diecast model car replicas is a hobby that offers something for just about every interest and age group.  If you are a red blooded American male, or a female for that matter, cars are something that really peak your interest.

Car shows have become wildly popular and successful, and I’m not talking about the traveling circus that is the North American Auto Show.  I’m talking about Classic Car Shows that are popping up in every city and town across America.  Some are huge and include hundreds of vintage collector cars and dozens of vendors selling parts and memorabilia.  Some are small with a dozen or more cars gathered in a parking lot or at a diner – some even feature car hop service to set the mood with roller skating waitresses and fifties music playing on outdoor sound systems!

Regardless of the type of car show, the essential component common to every event is the automobile.  America’s love affair with cars started back in the thirties and has never looked back.  There is no doubt however that the heyday of America’s car manufacturing was in the 1950s and 1960s.  This is the time when design studios and engineering departments ruled…before the era of the bean counter.  During that time, style and horsepower were king and America produced incredibly beautiful and powerful cars that are loved by generations of collectors both young and old alike.

Classic car shows, car hops and automotive get togethers are attended by millions of Americans every year.  We are society of car lovers.  Unfortunately, most of us can afford a garage full of pristine classic cars.  Luckily, that doesn’t mean that we can’t all own a car collection that our friends will envy.  It only means that our collection can be housed in display cases and can be shown off on a desk or shelf.  I’m talking of course about a scale model diecast car collection.

Diecast cars come in all shapes, sizes and styles.  So you can build a collection based on the type of cars or trucks you love, the amount of money you want to spend per car, and even the amount of space you have available to display your collection.

I’ve been collecting diecast cars for over 15 years and have a very sizable collection.  My passion is for American classics from the Fifties and vintage race cars.  When I started my collection, I had plenty of space available, so I chose to build my collection with 1:18 scale diecast replicas which happen to be on the large sized with each car about 10” to 12” long.  When I reached 300 or cars in my collection, I started buying smaller scale cars in 1:24 scale diecast which run 8” to 9” long and 1:43 scale which are 3” to 4” long.

My collection includes a lot of America’s “orphaned” marques like DeSotos, Studebakers and Packards.  Since the consolidation of the auto industry over the past 4 years, I now can include Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, Plymouths and Mercurys in my orphaned category as well.

I also collect vintage fire truck diecast and historic race cars.  In fact, my collection of vintage NASCAR race cars and Indy 500 Watson roadsters are some of the coolest diecast replicas I’ve come across.

To get your collection started, I would recommend visiting a reputable company that has been in business for many years.  There are a lot of fly by night companies out there selling various diecast on eBay and other shopping sites.  But if you want to get a good feel for what’s out there while at the same time making sure that you get quality service, selection and price, I would recommend a company like http://www.valuediecast.com which has been in business for nearly 20 years selling diecast cars and many other types of unique and interesting collectibles.

So go ahead, have some fun and start building your own diecast car collection today!


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  1. Richard Henderson

    I am trying to find some information on a couple of cars that were given to me after a death in the family. They are both 1:18 scale 1970 Superbirds. One is black chrome the other is yellow chrome. They were made by RC2/ertl. Can you point me in the right direction to get more details.
    Thanks, Richard

    1. TomO

      Those cars were most likely created for Super Cars Collectibles by RC2 using their molds. Those are high quality pieces that were typically created in very limited editions of 360 to 900 cars total. Enjoy them!

      1. Tichard

        Thanks, The black chrome box says 1 of 996, the yellow chrome is 1 of 300. I appreciate the info.

        1. TomO

          Glad to be of help! Those are very low edition numbers – especially the yellow chrome version. Truly a rare find!

  2. Danilo Candido

    Hi !

    Congratulations ! Very nice blog and pics !
    My website collection (under construction):


    Thanks for visit !

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