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Post  roddie on Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:29 pm

Rod, we probably had the same Matchbox suitcase back in the day. I remember mine looked like this one with the Ford GT print.

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Post  roddie on Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:43 pm

I hung-up all my packaged Hot Wheels and Matchbox vehicles in the shed this afternoon. I used solid galvanized steel wire stapled across the wall-stud bays. Each bay stores 10 packages.. so there's approximately 85 vehicles in my collection.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:02 pm

roddie wrote:Rod, we probably had the same Matchbox suitcase back in the day. I remember mine looked like this one with the Ford GT print.

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Yep. That's the one. It's still around here somewhere (full of cars).
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Post  roddie on Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:13 pm

Back on topic.. Smile I thought I'd share some photos of a few 2018 (50th Anniversary) models that I've bought recently. These aren't "all" the one's I've bought this year.. but are a few that I remembered to photograph. There's dozens of miniatures in my collection that have not been documented with a photo.

As I've mentioned previously.. I don't usually pay a premium for the miniatures. They're "current" releases.. and usually cost $1.00 or less. Well........... I splurged when I saw the one below for $3.97.. Laughing

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wait for it......................  Shocked

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It immediately caught my eye. There's just something about old Volkswagens that strikes a happy-nerve with me.  Smile

Then there's this Datsun 240-Z Borla/G-ready edition...

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Funny thing; I passed on a white "Fairlady-Z" model a few weeks ago and haven't seen another one since... but not for the lack of looking.  

Today while out shopping... I bought this one.. (one of my all-time favorite automobiles..) a retro 2017 representation by the Ford Motor Company..

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It was the only Hot Wheels Ford GT on the rack.. so I grabbed it. Cost me 94 cents... plus 7% RI state sales tax.  Laughing

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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:28 pm

This noon time I watched "Motor Week" on PBS with John Davis.  Been watching him for years.  They drove one of the new GT's, all black and evil looking.  $495K.  One of the first ones out the door auctioned for 4 times that amount.  I think over the next four years they are building 4000 of them.  

Seems a recent issue of "Automobile" magazine reported that buyers had to agree not to sell for a specified period of time and the buyer finked out upsetting FoMoCo no end.

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Post  roddie on Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:01 pm

rsv1cox wrote:This noon time I watched "Motor Week" on PBS with John Davis.  Been watching him for years.  They drove one of the new GT's, all black and evil looking.  $495K.  One of the first ones out the door auctioned for 4 times that amount.  I think over the next four years they are building 4000 of them.  

Seems a recent issue of "Automobile" magazine reported that buyers had to agree not to sell for a specified period of time and the buyer finked out upsetting FoMoCo no end.

Bob

I can certainly appreciate the "retro" versions that Ford has built in this century.. but they can't hold a candle to the excitement that the original GT40 created on the racetrack back in the 1960's. Supercars "today" seem like they're a "dime-a-dozen".. whatever they cost to actually buy. Give me an analog racing engine and gearbox.. any day of the week.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:10 pm

That's funny. Pat Goss on the same PBS episode spoke of the same thing. Today, nothing on new cars under the hood is adjustable, No points, condensers, carburetors.

I have the best of both worlds, a new Honda Accord EX that does everything and requires nothing, and a 1977 MG Midget that demands attention. Smile

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Post  roddie on Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:24 pm

rsv1cox wrote:That's funny.  Pat Goss on the same PBS episode spoke of the same thing.  Today, nothing on new cars under the hood is adjustable, No points, condensers, carburetors.

I have the best of both worlds, a new Honda Accord EX that does everything and requires nothing, and a 1977 MG Midget that demands attention.  Smile

Bob

I Love This Forum! Bob, It used to be that any guy who was mechanically-minded could fix his car.. or at least understand what needed to be done, if he didn't have the tools. Today; you need pay some "kid" top-dollar.. just get out of bed......
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Post  roddie on Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:27 pm

some recent purchases..

This is a Mattel "Hot Wheels" 50th anniversary 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.. with the tin "collector-button".. just like the original, back in the day. My very first "Hot-Wheels" car was just like this one. I've wanted to find this car for my collection.

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Next is a Mattel "Hot Wheels" 1969 Dodge Charger 500!! Another one of my favorites!!

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Next comes a special miniature being offered. A "Mattel/Matchbox" reproduction of the Ford GT40.

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Hot Wheels released a repro "2017" version of the machine (I have it..) that's cool.. but can't touch the original for styling IMHO..

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I have the original "Lesney/Matchbox" version.
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Post  roddie on Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:58 pm

It's an addiction.. I'll admit. Stemming from my youth; I've once again started collecting 1/64th scale miniatures, For the last 3-4 years, I've been buying (mostly) the $1 American Muscle-car series of cars that I see on the rack at my local WalMart store. I also watch the "Matchbox-Series" offerings. Mattel bought the Matchbox Series line from Lesney/England.. some time ago.

Tonight I was shopping at my local WalMart.. and saw "x3" miniatures that I was interested in..I bought them.. What?

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I have a LOT of cars now.... and my wife repeatedly asks me what I'm going to do with them. I thought that one of "you" could help me out with an answer.. Laughing
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Post  GUS THE I.A. on Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:54 am

Crazy. I just popped in to see what's up. Heck, Hot Wheels? I have about 350, or 400; the idea was to give them to the grandkids. They are just cars that I thought were neat-nothing special. I did buy them the 6 lane race track, with the gate at the finish line.

I'll keep looking around in here.
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Post  Davenz13 on Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:21 am

I have about 200 Hot Wheels, mainly vintage race cars, drag cars and muscle cars.

Back in 2011 I saw some hot Wheels models that I instantly fell in love with, the Vintage Racing Series.
I think the shop had four different models so I bought one of each. As soon as I got home, I googled them and found that there was a run of 30 being released six at a time.

After a search on eBay I found some suppliers who were very reasonable in price and shipping so gradually obtained the set of 30. Looking at the receipts they averaged out, with shipping, at about NZ$10 each (about US$6.50ea at that time) for NZ$300 for all 30 (about US$195.00 at that time).

The six rows on the bottom of the photo, right side in, are the Vintage Racing series.
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If you eBay search Hot Wheels Vintage Racing you will be amazed at what they are asking for individual cars now.

The cheapest one (prices without shipping) was NZ$4.51, (one only) the next cheapest one was NZ$9.80 (one only) and the next cheapest one was NZ$30.14. From there, they rapidly rIse all the way up to NZ$827.80 (about US$550.00) for the Datsun BRE 510. The cheapest price I could find for the Datsun was NZ$422.20, (about US$280.00).
A seller has the four Richard Petty cars from the set listed at NZ$978.59 (about US$650.00.

Whether they get those amounts for them I don’t know but it would appear the set is going for a lot more than I paid for it.

So Roddie, show this to your good lady and tell her by buying Hot Wheels you’re saving wisely for your retirement.  cheers
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Post  roddie on Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:15 pm

Davenz13 wrote:

So Roddie, show this to your good lady and tell her by buying Hot Wheels you’re saving wisely for your retirement.  cheers

Hey Dave, Most of the Hot Wheels/Matchbox miniatures that I'm buying, probably won't be worth much more than I paid for them.. for decades to come. I only have a few "premium" issues.. and even "they" were likely produced by the thousands.

I get a warm & fuzzy feeling when I look at my collection.. because I would never have amassed this many vehicles when I was a kid.
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Post  Mark Diedrichs on Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:10 pm

Don't be silly Happy people!!!!!! It's all good... Love hot wheels. Mark
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