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The History Of Model Cars Initial Stage (from The 1940s To The 1950s)

Jan 04, 2018

The history of model cars (Chapter 3)


Initial stage (from the 1940s to the 1950s)




At this stage, car non-owners started to buy models for viewing, displaying and gifting, and the market for car models began to grow. Static models started to grow and got popular. Specialized model car manufacturers began to emerge, but the competition was not intense. After World War II, model car productivity recovered slowly. In the 1950s, the quality of model cars began to increase substantially. breakthroughs were made in the making of model cars, for example, goggles and plastic interiors made of clear plastic. Breakthroughs were made in the manufacture of model cars, for example, start using transparent plastics to producing windshields and plastic interior. some existing model car brands gradually restored the glory of the old days. At the same time, many new car brands began to emerge.



LESNEY began rolling out popular models in 1947, the "Matchbox 1-75" collection familiar to many collectors. The reason why it is called "Matchbox" is that the package is about the size of a matchbox



"Matchbox" was the first one who entered Mainland of China, affecting almost the first generation collectors.


Corgi, launched by Mettoy in the 1950s, also has a wide range of influence among model collectors.