Ever imagined that toy car you played with as a kid could be worth £11,500? That’s the price a previously unseen Dinky Bentalls van went for at auction at Christies.
That’s a one-off, but prices are on the up for the most rare models, if they’re in excellent condition and with the original box. The box is all-important – in one recent auction, the box for an Avengers set (without cars) went for a whopping £300. Why? Because the cars with box would sell for £600 – without the box, about £80.
So how much are your toys cars worth? Well, that all depends on the model. A typical 1950s car, like the Dinky Morris Oxford (mint and boxed – pictured), should sell for around £60-£80. However, a more recent 70s car, like the Starsky and Hutch Torino, should be worth about £100-£150. Which basically means there are no hard and fast rules. It’s probably worthing checking out the Vectis website first though – they are the leading toy auction service, with estimates and past auctions giving an indication of many toy car values.
So, thinking of investing? According to the experts, it could be a shrewd move, especially as the older cars will only get more rare. But make sure you only buy cars in the best condition with boxes and allow at least 5-10 years for your investment to grow.