Watch­ing the pen­nies

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CASH IN THE AT­TIC

Spot-On die-cast mod­els were in­tro­duced in 1959 by lead­ing Bri­tish toy­maker Tri-ang. They were hop­ing to cash in on the boom­ing die-cast mar­ket dom­i­nated by Dinky and Corgi Toys. To dif­fer­en­ti­ate their mod­els from com­peti­tors, Tri-ang made their cars and lor­ries to the same scale (1:42) so that they look cor­rectly sized when placed to­gether. They were pro­duced in Dublin un­til 1967 when Tri-ang ac­quired Dinky Toys. Con­di­tion and vari­a­tion of Spot-Ons af­fects value and this 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 is val­ued at £150-£200.

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