eBay Australia's Diecast Toy Vehicles Buying Guide

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eBay Australia's Diecast Toy Vehicles Buying Guide

Whether you are looking for vintage and collectable diecast cars from the 1960s and 1970s, limited editions, or movie-inspired miniatures, you will find almost every kind of diecast vehicle imaginable on eBay Australia. Discover big brands in diecast toy vehicles like Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Biante, Classic Carlectables and more. Start shopping for diecast cars and trucks, and diecast planes, bikes and boats now on eBay Australia!

Determine Which Diecast Toy Vehicles You Want

Determine Which Diecast Toy Vehicles You Want

Before you start searching through the thousands of diecast vehicle item listings on eBay Australia, decide which toy vehicles you want. Collect your passion by searching out items you’ll love for years to come.

Some diecast vehicle collectors stick to a general category, such as diecast cars, diecast passenger trucksdiecast aircraft, and diecast bikes and motorcycles. However you may prefer to get more specific and collect a particular brand such as Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Biante, Classic Carlectables, Trax, Corgi, Dinky and more.

Rev up your toy race car collection

Although you may not be able to fit or afford a full-fledged race car in your own garage, you can stock your shelves with diecast replicas of cars made famous by your favourite Bathurst 1000, NASCAR, Formula 1 (F1), V8 Supercar, Indy and LeMans drivers.

        Diecast cars, diecast planes, diecast bikes

Select specialty toy vehicles

eBay Australia also has a great collection of specialty toy vehicles available.

Find the toy cars you love

Car enthusiasts will love the chance to own miniature versions of the cars of their dreams.

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Understand Toy Vehicle Scale Sizing

Understand Toy Vehicle Scale Sizing

You may want to build your collection by focusing on scale models of a specific size. The scale indicates how large a replica appears relative to its real-world counterpart. As scale ratio increases, size decreases. For example, a 1:43 Holden Commodore will be smaller than a 1:18 Holden Commodore.

In their listings, sellers may indicate scale as a ratio or a fraction.



1:6 (1/6)

1:18 (1/18)

1:32 (1/32)

1:72 (1/72)

1:8 (1/8)

1:20 (1/20)

1:34 (1/34)

1:76 (1/76)

1:9 (1/9)

1:22 (1/22)

1:43 (1/43)

1:87 (1/87)

1:10 (1/10)

1:24 (1/24)

1:48 (1/48)

1:400 (1/400)

1:12 (1/12)

1:25 (1/25)

1:50 (1/50)

1:500 (1/500)

1:16 (1/16)

1:26 (1/26)

1:64 (1/64)

There are some brands that focus on a specific scale. For example, Mattel uses the 1:64 scale for the majority of its Hot Wheels diecast cars. However, other toy vehicle brands offer a wider selection of sizes. For example, Biante offers diecast miniatures in a variety of sizes including 1:18, 1:43, and 1:64.

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Collect Diecast Toy Vehicles

Collect Diecast Toy Vehicles

You can determine the age of a toy vehicle by considering its materials, manufacturing techniques, and detail of the vehicle. Before World War II, manufacturers produced simple toys made of materials like cast iron and pressed steel. After the war however, the toy vehicle industry also used materials like Bakelite, diecast, and plastic.

Collect vintage and modern diecast toy vehicles

Diecast toy vehicles are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Matchbox, Corgi, Dinky, Maisto, and Franklin Mint, are known for producing vintage diecast cars and trucks manufactured before 1970. Vintage Hot Wheels, including Red Line Hot Wheels, were manufactured between 1968 and 1980. You can also find a large selection of contemporary diecast cars and trucks, diecast airplanes, and diecast motorcycles, on eBay Australia. Discover contemporary diecast cars from Hot Wheels manufactured after 1990.  

Several contemporary collectable diecast cars feature photo-etched door handles, window frames, wipers, and radiator grilles. Manufacturers of mass-produced items can use the expensive process to copy scaled down patterns onto a thin sheet of metal and then etch parts onto the metal using acid. This process produces more detail than traditional moulds.

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Pick Up the Hottest Hot Wheels

Pick Up the Hottest Hot Wheels

It was in 1968 that Mattel introduced its Hot Wheels brand of 1:64 scale diecast toy cars and contemporary versions of the 6.4 cm cars regularly hit the market. Instead of attempting to find every Hot Wheels car ever produced, collectors generally keep one eye out for:

  • Red Line Hot Wheels: Red Line Hot Wheels, were manufactured in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and have a thin red stripe around their wheels. A 25th anniversary version was also released in 1993.

  • Real Rider Hot Wheels: Between 1981 and 1986, Mattel manufactured Real Rider Hot Wheels featuring Goodyear rubber tyres, and released a four-car series of Real Riders in 1995. Treasure Hunt cars from 1995 and 1996 and racing cars also may have similar wheels. Sellers can use the term "Real Rider" to describe a Hot Wheels car with rubber wheels, and may specify if it came from the original 1981-1983 production or 1995 series.

  • Blue Card Hot Wheels: From 1989 to 1995, Blue Card Hot Wheels, featuring an all-blue package and large white numbering in the lower right corner wasa released to the public.

  • Treasure Hunt (TH) Hot Wheels: Mattel started distributing Treasure Hunt (TH) Hot Wheels in shipments of new toy vehicle stock in 1995. Although Treasure Hunt toy vehicles look similar to the new models in their shipment, they also include slight variations and custom packaging. Diecast vehicle models from the 1990s may naturally fetch a slightly higher price than the most recent contemporary Treasure Hunt Hot Wheels.

  • First Edition (FE) Hot Wheels: A new series of Hot Wheels produced after 1998 should bear the First Edition (FE) Hot Wheels name.

  • Hot Wheels race cars: Collect Hot Wheels replicas of Formula One (F1), and NASCAR race cars.

  • Monster Jam Hot Wheels: Monster Jam Hot Wheels replicate crushing Monster Trucks from the 1990s through to today.

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Maximise Your Matchbox Collection

Maximise Your Matchbox Collection

Fill your shelves with diecast Matchbox cars or diecast Matchbox aircrafts. Matchbox toy vehicles first hit the toy scene in England in 1952, being manufactured by Lesney Products and distributed by the Moko company. However, since its inception, the Matchbox brand has gone through quite a few changes and you can spot many of those changes just by looking at Matchbox packaging. For example, from 1952 to 1959, Matchbox toy boxes read "A Moko Lesney." Through 1982 however, the language changed to read "A Lesney Product" when Lesney filed for bankruptcy and went into receivership. Look for specific models of Matchbox diecast vehicles:

  • Matchbox Models of Yesteryear (MOY): In 1956, Lesney introduced Matchbox Models of Yesteryear (MOY). These replicas of classic cars from the early 1900s feature opening doors and hoods.

  • King Size Matchbox cars: Marketed as "collectable," larger 1:43 scale King Size Matchbox diecast cars measure about 8.75cm long.

  • Superfast (SF) Matchbox cars: The Superfast wheels used on today's Matchbox cars where introduced on the first Superfast (SF) Matchbox cars, featuring a thin axle, in 1969.

  • Matchbox model kits: In the 1970s Matchbox bought AMT, a plastic model kit manufacturer, and released a series of Matchbox model kits focused on 1:72 scale military vehicles. The line lasted about a decade.

  • Matchbox Sky Busters: Also in the 1970s, the first Matchbox Sky Busters commercial airplane replicas and a new line featuring Continental Airlines came out in 1992.

  • Matchbox Challenge Cars (MBCC): In 1996, Tyco released a series of 10,000 Matchbox Challenge Cars (MBCC). When Mattel purchased the Matchbox brand name, it temporarily halted distribution until 1998. You'll discover Matchbox Challenge Cars (MBCC) in shades of gold, with black interiors, clear windows, and blister cards that look different from other Matchbox cars released the same year. While most were released individually, No. 55 and No. 70 were only released in 10-piece starter packs.

  • Anniversary Matchbox cars: In 1992 and 2002, Matchbox respectively turned 40 years old and 50 years old respectively. The milestones were commemorated with the release of anniversary Matchbox cars.

In the early 1980s, Universal Toys bought the Matchbox brand name and Lesney co-founder, Jack Odell retained some Matchbox tooling rights. He released diecast toys similar to Matchbox under the Lledo brand name, which has its own section on eBay Australia.

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Value Diecast Toy Vehicles

Value Diecast Toy Vehicles

Certain diecast toy vehicles have a higher market value than others. You can estimate the market value of toy vehicles by searching Completed Listings. The results will tell you the amount other buyers paid for similar items in the past 14 days and will help you set the maximum price you're willing to pay for an item. Expect to pay more for:

  • Limited Editions (LE) toy vehicles: Limited edition toy vehicles runs have a predetermined number of copies. They are highly collectable as the manufacturer destroys the cast once it produces the final copy of the toy vehicle. Sellers should include information about which vehicle in a run they are selling and the total number of vehicles produced in a run. For example, 124 of 1,000.

  • Limited production cars: Toy vehicle collectors often seek Treasure Hunt (TH) Hot Wheels, and Matchbox Challenge Cars (MBCC). Johnny Lightning White Lightning diecast cars are also rare and feature a white base, rims, tires, or interior. They make up about 1% of a run and other toy vehicles in the run will not have the same white component.

  • Out-of-production toy vehicles: Sometimes, toy vehicle manufacturers choose to stop producing an item and later reissue an identical toy vehicle. Collectors often keep an eye out for out-of-production toy cars and trucks.

  • Retired toy vehicles: A toy vehicle manufacturer can choose to stop making a particular toy vehicle and may reissue it with changes to detail or colour at a later date.

  • Toy vehicles with papers: Franklin Mint (FM), is one company which specialises in collectable toy vehicles, and often includes papers, like a Certificate of Authenticity, with their diecast creations.

Look for diecast toy vehicles in mint condition

Typically, replicas with all of their original packaging and paperwork sell for more than identical items without packaging. If you plan to resell a diecast toy vehicle, always keep the original packaging intact. The word "mint" indicates that an item has no wear or defects. You may see variations in toy vehicle item listings:

Sellers should describe any damage to the diecast toy vehicle and provide a clear picture of the diecast vehicle in their listings so that you can make an informed purchase. If the condition of the vehicle isn't specified, then ask the seller directly.

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Care for Your Diecast Toy Vehicle Collection

Care for Your Diecast Toy Vehicle Collection

Store and maintain your diecast cars and trucks, diecast aircraft and diecast motorcycles, properly so that you can share your passion with future generations.

  • Deter dust: Use a display case to protect your collection from dust and show off prized possessions.

  • Prevent fading: Keep your diecast toy vehicles out of direct sunlight which can fade colours.

  • Retain value: If you plan to resell your toy vehicles, keep them in their original packaging.

Use a soft brush, or soft cloth, to clean dirty vehicles. If you need more cleaning power, then add a few drops of a lukewarm water and mild detergent solution to your brush, or cloth. Although you'll want every part of your toy vehicles to look shiny and new, resist the urge to clean decals. You won't be very happy if you rub away their detail.

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Find Diecast Toy Vehicles on eBay Australia

Find Diecast Toy Vehicles on eBay Australia

Once you know what type of diecast toy vehicle you want, go to the Toys & Hobbies portal, click on Diecast Cars & Trucks, or Diecast Planes, Bikes, Boats , and start shopping for item listings on eBay Australia!

                            Diecast Cars & Trucks Categories List             Diecast Planes, Bikes, Boats Categories List  

  • Categories: The Categories list is located on the left hand side of each page and will hep you narrow down item listings by brand or item type. Under Diecast Cars & Trucks, you'll find links for Collectable Diecast Cars, Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Biante, Carlectables, Trax, and more. Under Diecast Planes, Bikes, Boats you'll find links for Bikes, Motorcycles, Aircraft, Farm Toys and more. Once you click a link you will find another categories list that will help you further narrow down your results.

  • Keyword search: Search eBay Australia listing titles for specific words. For example, if you wanted to find a Peter Brock racing car, you'd type "Brock" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay Australia's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't seem to find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell the eBay Australia Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save your search on My eBay and eBay Australia will email you when a match becomes available.

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Buy Diecast Toy Vehicles With Confidence

Buy Diecast Toy Vehicles With Confidence

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay Australia and PayPal protect you.

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Know your purchase

Carefully read the details in item listings.

  • Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

  • If you want more information, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

  • Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay Australia (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay Australia are not covered by eBay Australia protection programs.

  • Never pay for your eBay Australia item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.

  • What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

  • Most top eBay Australia sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the unlikely event that a problem arises during your transaction, eBay Australia and PayPal are there for you.

  • Pay safely with PayPal: PayPal enables you to pay without the seller ever seeing your bank account or credit card numbers. In fact, PayPal protects buyers 100% against unauthorised payments from their accounts. Plus, with PayPal Buyer Protection, your purchase can be covered up to $1,500.

  • eBay Australia Security & Resolution Centre: Visit the Security & Resolution Centre to learn how to protect your account and use eBay Australia's quick and efficient resolution tools.

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Need More Help?

Need More Help?

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