Unfortunately, Matchbox cars are all different scales. The cars are all made to a particular size (no more than 3"). Therefore, a larger car or truck would have to be scaled down more in order to fit the 3" Matchbox size requirement.
The series # on the bottom of the car will tell you the year it was made. Printed price guides often provide a comprehensive list and visual record of Matchbox cars, even if values can become outdated with time. Charlie Mack of Matchbox USA publishes a monthly newsletter for members that includes the latest updates on "hot" cars and includes ads and contact information to a number of the finest Matchbox dealers. He also has published a price guide, "The Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys," which is available in bookstores. Tom Larson is the author of "Warman's Matchbox Field Guide," one of the best guides on the subject. New editions are always coming, keeping the information up to date. It is available in bookstores and Amazon.com.
When model railroaders run their equipment on rails that are 7.5" apart they usually build their equipment to 1.5" scale. Since real standard guage railroad track is 56.5" or 48-1/2" and the equipment is scaled so that 7.5" equals 56.5" then the scale is closer to 1.6" scale. It is called 1.6" scale and is actually 1.592" scale. 1" then in 1.6" scale is .13274"
Matchbox cars are still being produced to this very day. They have been extended into a range of Dino, Arctic and even Batman tracks and accessories to pair with your matchbox cars.
metal and plastic
A Matchbox car can be identified by a label on the bottom of the car. Flip the car over and there will be the logo for Matchbox as well as the country of manufacture.
A matchbox is a box that is made to store matches. A Matchbox car is a car that, when invented, was so small it would fit into a matchbox. Matchbox 20 got their name from the fact that most matchboxes come with 20 matches.
The first Matchbox toy vehicle was manufactured in 1949.
it depends on the car
That depends on the kind of car it's a replica of. A Matchbox fire engine will weigh more than a Miata.
it is what ever the scale is, say its 1/8th your car would be 1/8th the size of a real car
A Hot Wheels car is a miniature scale version of a real car. They are made on a 1:64 scale of the original car.
Matchbox 20 sang "The Real World."
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