Toy company and the maker of the die-cast model car, Matchbox, celebrates its 60th Birthday by releasing a new collection of twenty-four vehicles.
The London-born company was started by a self-trained engineer in 1952, Jack Odell, who designed the first model for his daughter to take to school.
As the school would only allow toys which would fit inside a matchbox to be brought in, he designed a scaled-down streamroller, naturally kids came flocking and wanted their own “matchbox car”
More than three billion Matchbox die-cast have now been produced, with the biggest seller the Model A Ford miniature and the most expensive a 50th-anniversary Seagrave Meanstick which sold for a whopping £17,500.
Happy Birthday to Matchbox – here’s to the next 60 years!