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Old 01-29-2016, 08:03 AM
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Default Die-Cast model cars....anyone collect them?

I'm starting to get into collecting them. Trying to get them all 1/18 scale as these seem to have the best detail. I want to get one that represents all the cars I have owned, the cool ones anyway. Plus I want a few famous cars. (looking at a few Smokey and the Bandit TA's now)


This where I'm at so far. The big ones are 1/18 and the small ones are 1/24. The small ones are actually what sparked the interest. Close friend of mine gave the little ones to my son. I keep them on the shelf in my office for now because my son is 6 and he will destroy them.

My current vehicle is a 2008 Escalade EXT and this "DUB" lowrider was as close as I could come to what my real one looks like. The red 1989 Trans Am GTA was my 2nd car and the model is on it's way.

Still want to get a 1978 Monte Carlo which was my first car. Also want a 1995 Camaro Z-28 which was a very fun car.



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My nephew does. and legos galore. I can ask him where he gets them from
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If you have any big car shows in your area (we have the Good Guys car show twice a year here, as well as Barrett-Jackson auction going on right now), there's always a vendor or two with huge collections of die-cast vehicles. I've always been surprised by how many years, makes and models are available at these shows. Granted, you can Ebay up a lot of them, too. But might be a fun "mission" for you and your son to go and see what you can find.

Personally, I have a large die-cast collection I spent years and $$$ building. Everything in the collection is Pennzoil related and most are banks. Limited run stuff, all with serial numbers made by Spec-Cast, Ertl, and others. I used to have it displayed on shelves in my office and other clients touring our office were always amazed by it (Pennzoil was my client). Unfortunately, it now sits carefully wrapped, boxed and tucked away as I have nowhere to display it all. Not sure what I'll do with it, but there are some very cool collectibles in it, including a couple airplanes and a blimp! Most are trucks and some are race cars, too.

Stuff like this:


and this:
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I went to a nice shop in St. Augustine...looked for a Subaru Forester, my son's first car. The owner said there aren't many Japanese makes because those companies don't sell the licensing to the model manufactures.
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I have added a couple. How about a 1987 Grand National GNX? This is a sweet model. I have always wanted one of these. This model is nice, came with a copy of a window sticker. This car cost $30K back then...WOW

Then the 1989 Trans Am GTA. I had this exact car but mine had T-tops.

I have a couple more on the way. One is a 1978 Monte Carlo which was my first car. But that one is a 1/24 scale plastic model. Also have another Grand National (1985) coming. Also a BMW X5 which my wife had up until a year ago. That was a very nice car.
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I have a handful of 1/18 scale models - the 5 Corvettes and 2 Mustangs I have owned since 1982; I also have about 1/43 scale cars from my youth - somewhere.
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That GNX is cool !!!! I want one
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My Dad has collected the nascar ones over the years. He used to build the plastic models. I used to build them but haven't in probably 15 years. Last one I did was the Titanic
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I have a friend who lives in St. Louis. He probably has over a thousand of them. His whole house is lined with shelves on the walls. The cars are very detailed. You can ask him about any American made car and he has it and he can tell you all about it. I had a 1957 DeSoto Firedome when I was in high school. He has four of them - it's amazing.
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I have a collection of 1/18, hotwheels, dubs, and a bunch of other brands of various sizes.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
That GNX is cool !!!! I want one
There are a couple on ebay right now. They range all around the same price. Between $100 and $150. Here is one identical to mine.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-18-GMP-198...0AAOSwZ8ZW2hpV

And there is also a "chrome" version which looks cool but probably was not an actual production vehicle.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-BUICK-G...0AAOSwHaBWlVqb
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Originally Posted by 1fast6 View Post
I have a collection of 1/18, hotwheels, dubs, and a bunch of other brands of various sizes.
Show some of them!
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Back in the 90's I used to sell them on weekends at the race tracks. Also custom built them.
Fun memories. I had quite a personal collection too.
Still have 5-6 totes full of "good ones" stowed away in the attic.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
Back in the 90's I used to sell them on weekends at the race tracks. Also custom built them.
Fun memories. I had quite a personal collection too.
Still have 5-6 totes full of "good ones" stowed away in the attic.
Do you have a "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Am? If so I'll buy it if its a good 1/18 scale.
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Originally Posted by ScarabChris View Post
Do you have a "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Am? If so I'll buy it if its a good 1/18 scale.
Naw, no Smokey.

Here's one, rough box $120...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ERTL-JOYRIDE...YAAOSw~OVW1e8U

Some are over $300!!!
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I have roughly 60 redline hot wheels cars from 1968, 1969. I'm the original owner of them and would like to find a way to put a value on them. They're not in the original package, but some of them are in perfect condition. Meaning no blemishes. The ones that aren't perfect, are in good condition.

Any idea on a good source of information for trying to figure out what these things are worth? I want to sell them, but I want to get a fair price for them.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
Naw, no Smokey.

Here's one, rough box $120...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ERTL-JOYRIDE...YAAOSw~OVW1e8U

Some are over $300!!!
Yeah I have been bidding on that one.
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I have quite a few models to include classic Jaguars , Mercedes, Ferrari, etc..Got them when I was a kid in the '80s while living overseas. Made by an Italian Company. Can't remeber the name right now. Funny thing is we were having a yard sale a couple months ago and I just pulled them down from the attic and I was putting $5 bucks on em. My 8 yr old looked a few up and some were worth $500, so I put them back up in the attic..LoL
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Originally Posted by FloataBoat View Post
I have quite a few models to include classic Jaguars , Mercedes, Ferrari, etc..Got them when I was a kid in the '80s while living overseas. Made by an Italian Company. Can't remeber the name right now. Funny thing is we were having a yard sale a couple months ago and I just pulled them down from the attic and I was putting $5 bucks on em. My 8 yr old looked a few up and some were worth $500, so I put them back up in the attic..LoL
Yeah there are some that are worth a crap load. I knew nothing about these diecast cars until recently when I started getting into them. I'm more into the "regular" cars, ones I had or wanted and of course a couple famous movie and TV cars.

I'll be grabbing one of these next.

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Got the 85 Grand National in. Nice looking car as well. I may sell this one though, I like the GNX better.

I also am messing with some customizing. I put some wire wheels on this 1:24 scale 1970 Vette. Looks kind of cool.
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