Model buses have long been a popular genre of childrens toys. The main makers in the 20th century were Corgi, Dinky, Matchbox, St. Petersburg, Royal Coach, and Tootsie Toy. Some Japanese and other Asian companies also released models similar to those of Corgi and Dinky.

Model buses were made of lithographed tin, pressed steel, aluminum, plastics, and even a few in cast iron. Look for condition, but also for real-life bus lines and city names stamped on the buses. Pressed steel, lithographed tin, and cast iron model buses generally fetch the highest prices.

Another subgenre of this category is bus banks, which were made by some of the same companies, and are still popular today. Most are either tin or pressed steel, and about half are from western companies like Corgi. The rest are from Asian companies.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

DFW Elite Toy Museum

DFW Elite Toy Museum

Ron Sturgeon's excellent gallery of fancy model cars and other vehicles. Nice high resolution shots with classy mus… [read review or visit site]

The Show Room

The Show Room

This gallery at Dave's Show Rod Rally features model show rods from 1960 to 2001. Favorites include the 1958 Thunde… [read review or visit site]

VW Toys and Models

VW Toys and Models

A comprehensive site completely dedicated to miniature Volkswagen vehicles. Browse hundreds of toys by country, man… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Rare 1930's Kingsbury New York Greyhound Bus Pressed Steel Toy 228 18inAntique Rare 1930's Kingsbury Greyhound New York Bus Pressed Steel Toy 228 18inArcade Double Decker Bus With Driver & Box Mint - No Reserve And Free ShippingVintage Tin Vw Volkswagen Bus Bandi Japan Friction Vintage Matchbox Lesney Vw Split Screen Van T2 Bus Collection Qty 3 Inc One Box2013 Hot Wheels Rlc Red Line Club Gulf Volkswagen Vw Drag Bus 1 Of 4000 ReadHot Wheels Rlc Real Riders T-1 Race Team Vw Drag Bus #1043/4000!Vintage Corgi 434 & 431 Volkswagen Split Screen Camper Bus & Single Cab C1962-662003 Hot Wheels Hall Of Fame 17th Collectors Convention Customized Vw Drag BusYonezawa Tin Vw Police Bus Friction+battery Operated 60s Japan Top ConditionHot Wheels Snake & Mongoose Vw Drag Bus Drag Race Set Drag BusHot Wheels 2013 Rlc Hwc Exclusive Vw Volkswagen T1 Drag Bus Real Riders Blue Htf1:43 O St. Petersburg 1927 Twin Coach Model 40 Bus Custom Chicago Surface LinesRedline Hot Wheels Original S'cool Bus No Reserve2014 7th 7a Mexico Hot Wheels Convention Volkswagen Vw Drag Bus Yellow 6/20!Vintage 1933 Arcade Cast Iron Greyhound "parade Of Progress" BusVintage Marx Tin Toy Grehound Bus Station + Tin Toy Taxi - Car LotFranklin Mint Limited Edition 1962 Vw Micro Bus Die Cast 1:24 ScaleEheim West Germany Ho Model Trolley Bus System 3 Buses2002 Hot Wheels Charity Exclusive Customized Vw Drag Bus Best Vintage Yonezawa Japan Sight Seeing Bus Gm Gmc Fishbowl 15" Tin FrictionHot Wheels Vw Drag Bus 2002 2nd Annual Nationals Gold Dinner Phil Riehlman2014 7th Mexico Hot Wheels Convention Dinner Exclusive Pink Vw Drag Bus #17/20!Ahm Ho Scale Trolly Bus System Minibus-eheim System3 Lego Harry Potter Sets - Hagrid's Hut, Knight Bus, Quidditch4866 Lego Harry Potter Knight Bus~opened Box~mostly Sealed Bags~complete Set!2014 7th Mexico Hot Wheels Convention Dinner Exclusive Gold Vw Drag Bus #9/20!Original Spot-on Lt Routemaster Bus Box Data Leaflet SheetVintage Matchbox Lesney 23 Vw Bay Window Camper T2 Bus Collection 1970 Qty 62005 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt Customized Vw Drag Bus Real Rider Tires Momc Rare!Mego Batman Mobile Bat Lab Vw Van Bus 1975 Volkswagen 15 In. Long 8 1/4 In. Tall1996 Hot Wheels Jc Whitney Warshawsky Volkswagen Drag Bus Sealed Limited EditionVintage Toy Tin Litho Friction Greyhound Bus - Express 9893 - 15" LongHerbie Fully Loaded 32" Vw Green Micro Bus Van 1:6 Scale R/c Body W Surfboards1:72 Liaz 677 - Eaglemoss Test Edition - Soviet / Russian City Bus - RareLionel Super O Track Lot 20 Total Pieces+bus Bars2002 Hot Wheels 2nd Collectors Nationals Dinner Vw Drag Bus Sample Sticker Lego Harry Potter - The Knight Bus (4866) 281 PiecesHotwheels Volkswagen Drag BusBurnett "national" Bus - El Lights - Gamage's Store Box - England - 1920/30sTin Golden Eagle Super Tandem Continental Trailways Bus Antique Vintage 2015 Hot Wheels Riverside Show Vw Drag Bus Green Fade 4/102015 Hot Wheels Riverside Show Vw Drag Bus Blue Fade 6/103 Lot Vw Drag Bus & Truck- Real RidersHot Wheels Limited Edition Jc Whitney Warshawsky Vw Drag Bus! Mint In Box!Tomy Tomica-75 Special "fbs-tv" Lbls, Bus, Red & Silver, Plain White Box L212Old Buddy BusHot Wheels 2005 Treasure Hunt No.13 Customized Vw Drag Bus, Mail Away Promo VhtfLego Harry Potter 4755 Prisoner Of Azkaban Knight Bus Complete UsedDte 6 Card Hot Wheels Bw Dumpin A, Fire Chaser, School Bus, Firebird Funny Car2015 Hot Wheels Riverside Show Vw Drag Bus Pink Fade 1/10Matchbox Superfast Best Of British X3 Austin Mini Van E Type Jaguar Bus - MibVintage Tekno Denmark Vw Bus Oma Margarine Volkswagen Diecast AdvertisingFutaba R2008sb S-fhss/fhss 8-channel 2.4ghz S. Bus Airplane/heli ReceiverHot Wheels Philip Riehlman 10th Anniversary Customized Vw Drag BusVintage 1920s Greyhound Bus Charrabanc Wyandotte Pressed SteelHotwheels Rebel Run 2013 Brazil Wild Wings V.w. Drag Bus From Liberty Promotions2015 Hot Wheels Riverside Show Vw Drag Bus Yellow 3/10Hot Wheels Volkswagen T1 Drag Bus Blue & White Rlc Vw Bus W/rr Real Rubber TiresLionel Super O Track~10 Straight/10 Curved/12 Original Bus Bars