BRI­TAIN’S TOY CAR WARS: DINKY VS CORGI VS MATCHBOXGiles £20

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Product News -

The His­tory Press

Ev­ery clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast over the age of 40 will re­mem­ber a time when they spent most, if not all, of their pocket money on Dinky, Corgi or Match­box diecast mod­els. This large-for­mat pa­per­back charts the rise and fall of those three ri­val toy-mak­ers from the 1950s to the 1980s, when es­ca­lat­ing pro­duc­tion costs forced them out of a mar­ket­place flooded with cheap over­seas imports – damn you, Hot Wheels! – and into for­eign own­er­ship. That mint ex­am­ples of these minia­ture Mazak mar­vels can now sell for higher prices than their full-size orig­i­nals is proof of their en­dur­ing ap­peal. Au­thor Giles Chap­man ap­proaches the text with the eye for de­tail of a true col­lec­tor, along with gen­er­ous help­ings of pe­riod ad­ver­tis­ing and photos of the toys them­selves. A real nos­tal­gic treat. DT

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