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Matchbox Cars

Matchbox cars are a popular toy brand established in 1947 by Lesney and Rodney Smith along with their partner Jack Odell. Created at an English pub, the trio formed a partnership that forever changed toy manufacturing. Odell is credited with establishing Matchbox when he produced his iconic miniature cars for children during the holiday season.

Jack Odell helped produce the large-scale die-cast miniatures that were Matchbox’s first models. Later, he produced a model for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Odell sold the detailed models to tourists who attended the royal event. Later, he took that same model and shrunk it down to 4 inches long, creating an instant success and a pathway to commercial production for Matchbox toys. The company sold one million coronation coaches in its first year of manufacturing.

The small-scale miniatures were dubbed Matchbox due to the size of the boxes they were sold in, essentially mimicking a box of matches in size. The company started commercial production in 1953 via Lesney Products, eliminating their earlier distributor Moko of England. Today, the company is owned by Mattel Inc. and produces commemorative lines mimicking original models with newer elements. Mattel is also known for manufacturing a competitive line in 1968 called Hot Wheels.


Quick Facts

  • Matchbox collectors seek early production models as well as color variations of specific vehicles. Boxed and mint condition examples are highly regarded by today’s buyers
  • A rare unreleased large-scale Matchbox Liang dump truck sold at auction on March 2010 at the Matchbox Club’s 25th Convention for £10,200, a record price for a Matchbox sold at auction
  • In the original larger-scale coronation coach, Jack Odell paid homage to the death of King George VI in 1952, shrinking the size of the coach and adding the legs of the king inside the detailed miniature

Recommended Items at Auction

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COLLECTION OF LESNEY MATCHBOX MODEL CARS WITH CASE
Apr 14, 2:00 PM PDT
COLLECTION OF LESNEY MATCHBOX MODEL CARS WITH CASE
by District Auction
Est: $300- $600
$3507 Bids
A 1992 Thunderbirds Commemorative Set by BBC Radio Times, Matchbox Edition in Original Packaging
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1992 Thunderbirds Commemorative Set by BBC Radio Times, Matchbox Edition in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD604 Bids
A 1993 Matchbox Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 & 4 Multipack, Unopened in Original Packaging
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1993 Matchbox Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 & 4 Multipack, Unopened in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD352 Bids
Three 1994 Matchbox Thunderbirds Figures, Gordan, Alan & Scott Tracy, in Original Packaging
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
Three 1994 Matchbox Thunderbirds Figures, Gordan, Alan & Scott Tracy, in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD602 Bids
Matchbox No. 68 Mercedes Coach
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Matchbox No. 68 Mercedes Coach
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Group of 2 Matchbox 900 TP-17 Die-Cast Vehicles
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 2 Matchbox 900 TP-17 Die-Cast Vehicles
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
A Collection of Matchbox Models of Yesteryear, Custom Diecast Model Cars, Original Boxes
Apr 22, 2:00 PM AEST
A Collection of Matchbox Models of Yesteryear, Custom Diecast Model Cars, Original Boxes
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
MATCH BOX CARS
Apr 18, 12:00 PM CDT
MATCH BOX CARS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
MATCHBOX COLLECTIBLES ATKINSON LOGGER DIE CASE TOY VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Apr 14, 6:00 PM CDT
MATCHBOX COLLECTIBLES ATKINSON LOGGER DIE CASE TOY VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
A 1993 Matchbox Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 Electronic Playset in Original Packaging.
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1993 Matchbox Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 Electronic Playset in Original Packaging.
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
A 1992 Matchbox Thunderbirds Rescue Pack, Five Models in Original Packaging
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1992 Matchbox Thunderbirds Rescue Pack, Five Models in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD401 Bid
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2X MATCHBOX MODEL FERRARI CARS, INC SPIDER
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
2X MATCHBOX MODEL FERRARI CARS, INC SPIDER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
A 1993 Matchbox Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 & 4 Multipack, Unopened in Original Packaging
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1993 Matchbox Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 & 4 Multipack, Unopened in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
A 1992 Matchbox Thunderbirds Rescue Pack, Five Models in Original Packaging
Apr 18, 6:00 PM AEST
A 1992 Matchbox Thunderbirds Rescue Pack, Five Models in Original Packaging
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD401 Bid
2 vtg 1991 Matchbox Team Convoy Car+ Van+, 4
Apr 14, 9:00 AM MST
2 vtg 1991 Matchbox Team Convoy Car+ Van+, 4
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Autographed Matchbox Team Convoy Hendrix Motor
Apr 14, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed Matchbox Team Convoy Hendrix Motor
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
(4) Group of Vintage Matchbox Diecast Toy Vehicles
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
(4) Group of Vintage Matchbox Diecast Toy Vehicles
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
LOT OF 4 VARIOUS ERTL AND MATCHBOX MINIATURE FARM TOYS INC. TRACTOR, TRUCK AND IMPLEMENTS
Apr 15, 5:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 4 VARIOUS ERTL AND MATCHBOX MINIATURE FARM TOYS INC. TRACTOR, TRUCK AND IMPLEMENTS
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Matchbox No. 23 Bluebird Dauphine Trailer
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Matchbox No. 23 Bluebird Dauphine Trailer
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
Vintage 1991 Matchbox Hot Stocks Pit-Stop #22
Apr 14, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage 1991 Matchbox Hot Stocks Pit-Stop #22
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
SEALED - Matchbox Twenty: Where the Light Goes (2023), alternate album artwork
Apr 25, 7:00 PM EDT
SEALED - Matchbox Twenty: Where the Light Goes (2023), alternate album artwork
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
Military, Russian, Trucks Diecast Toys & More
Apr 26, 8:30 AM EDT
Military, Russian, Trucks Diecast Toys & More
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
Group of 65+ Matchbox Die-Cast Trucks and More
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 65+ Matchbox Die-Cast Trucks and More
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
Group of 40+ Matchbox Die-Cast Vehicles
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 40+ Matchbox Die-Cast Vehicles
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Matchbox Cars


Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

R & R Auction INC

R & R Auction INC

Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC