In pre-World War II England, Meccano’s Dinky Toys reigned. Today its colorful delivery vans and sports cars and coupes are highly prized, in part because they were not especially well-made. Early diecast toys used a zinc alloy which was susceptible to metal fatigue. Also, children wore the toys out quickly, so few survived.

Postwar, Dinky continued to flourish but two new companies kept things competitive. Lesney launched its Matchbox brand in the late 1940s, and Corgi entered the fray in 1956, introducing clear windows and aluminum hubs on its cars. It took Dinky until 1958 to add windows to its cars, but by the 1960s it was exporting models designed to appeal to the U.S. market.


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]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Pre War Dinky Toys Tinplate Petrol Station No 48 ( Good ConditionDinky Toys Space 1999 Eagle Transporter Spacecraft Model Number 359 1975-79Dinky Toys Space 1999 Eagle Freighter Spacecraft Model Number 360 1975-79Dinky Toys Bedford Pullmore Car Transporter No 582 ( 6 Rivet Version, BoxedOriginal Dinky Toys Supertoys Marell Multi Bucket Unit Skip TruckDinky No 984: 'dinky Auto Service' Car Carrier In Working Order Vgc Dinky Toys No 465 Morris 10 Cwt Van "capstan" Empty Box Only.1959 ExcellentAtlas Editions Dinky Toys Coffret Les Prototypes De 1960 Renault & PanhardDinky Toys Space 1999 Eagle Freighter Spacecraft Model Number 360 1975-79Original Boxed Dinky No 985 : 'dinky Auto Service' Car Carrier Trailer Vgc Dinky Toys Maserati, Ferrari, Talbot F1 Racing Cars X3 Job LotOriginal Boxed Dinky No 430 Commer Breakdown Lorry VgcDinky Toys Dublo Lansing Bagnal Tractor & Trailer, 076, C1960Dinky Toys No 234 Ferrari Racing Car.empty Box.for Scarce Spun Hubs Issue 1962Original Dinky Toys Bedford Pullmore Car Transporter With Ramp 582 A/f But Vgcb Dinky No.582 Bedford Pullmore Car Transpoter With Fawn Ramps VgcDinky Toys Standard Vanguard Saloon - No. 40e/153 - Nice Car - Nr - Low Start Dinky Toys-ambulance-30fVintage Dinky 982 Pullmore Car Transporter Nr Mint In BoxVintage Dinky Toys Diecast Model Farm Spares Implements X 6 1109Dinky Toys Dublo Bedford Artic ,072, C1959Vintage Original Dinky Toys Jaguar Xk120 Sports Car No 157 Qgc / Gc Sage Green.French Dinky Toys No 24a Chrysler "new Yorker" Empty Box Only.1956-57Dinky Dinky-514g Guy Truck, Yellow, "weetabix", Truck Dirty Q515Dinky Toy Shop Display Sign Cast Metal Double Sided 1960s Corgi Spot On MatchboxVintage Original Dinky Toys Nash Rambler Estate Car No 173 Gc Boxed.Atlas Editions Dinky Toys 14 Triporteur With Cert Original Dinky Toys Supertoys Empty Box For 943 Leyland Octopus Esso TankerFrench Dinky #80c Military Char A.m.x. 13 Tonnes Tank Near MintDinky Toys Hillman Minx Saloon - No. 40f/154 - Good Car - Must See ItemDinky Military Lot 80c 623 80e 673 New Old Store Stock W Original Boxes Nice SetDinky Toys No 230 Talbot Lago Racing Car. Empty Box Only.1954-60 Excellent (2)Vintage Original Dinky Toys Plymouth Plaza Saloon Car No 178 Gc.Marc By Marc Jacobs Henry Dinky WatchVintage Original Dinky Toys Military Army Centurion Tank No 651 Gcb.Dinky Toys,ufo Shado Interceptor,good,complete,working Condition,no Box..Vintage Dinky Toys Diecast Model Cars X2 For Restoration 1103Vintage Dinky 286 Ford Transit Fire Appliance Very Near MintOriginal Dinky Toys Supertoys Empty Box For Marrel Multi Bucket Unit 966Dinky Toys No 340 Land-rover Rare Empty Box Only With Duel Colour Dots .1956-66Dinky Toys No 40g/159 Morris Oxford Rare Duel No Empty Box Only1954-60 ExcellentOriginal Dinky Toys Supertoys Empty Box For 661 Army Recovery TractorDinky Toys No 231 Maserati Racing Car. Empty Box Only.1954-60 Excellent (2)Dinky Toys No 153 Standard Vanguard Saloon. Empty Box Only.1954-60 ExcellentVintage Dinky Supertoys Diecast Foden Eight Wheel Flatbed Lorry To RepaintAll Size Lot Replacement Tyres-parts Restore Dinky.corgi.solido.matchbox.gama Dinky Supertoys No. 502 Foden Flat Truck ChassisUfo Shadow 2 Mobile By Dinky - From Gerry Anderson's Ufo Rare Blue Edition4 Vintage Original Dinky Toys Aircraft Javelin Hunter Meteor & Shooting Star.Dinky Toys No 140b Rover 75 Empty Trade Pack Box.1951-54 ExcellentLatest Uk Release! Atlas Dinky #39f Studebaker Coupe. Sealed Box + CertificateRare Pre War Meccano Dinky Toys No. 30c Daimler Original Very Good ConditionDinky Toys Big Cat Jaguar Xj 5.3 Litre Coupe No 219 ( Near MintDiecast Dinky Toys Army Military Mighty Antar With Centurion TankFrench Dinky Supertoys Willeme Log Carrier, 36a, C1956Dinky Toys No 531 Leyland Comet Lorry With Stake Body. Empty Box.1949-54Ltd Toy Stamp & 1960s Dinky Farm Tractor And Trailer Mint In The BoxesNice 6 Piece Lot Vintage Dinky Toys Tractor / Trailer / Farm EquipmentConway Stewart Dinky 540 Fountain Pen Blue Mottled 1950'sDinky Pre-war Military #162a Light Dragon Tractor With #162b Trailer Near Mint