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Matchbox Series No. 56

You see, when you’re a grown-up, they’re no longer toys… they’re collectibles. Even if you’ve had them since you were a kid. Here’s my Matchbox Fiat 1500, first produced in 1965. It still even has the rooftop luggage. I think I used to buy these things for 49¢ when I was a kid. Some of these originals from the 1960s — especially if they’re still in the box — are selling for hundreds. I can’t imagine selling one, though. Too many memories.

...and here's a real one

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max

    Very cool and I admire your retention and care of those little jewels. I used to buy them for 1.00 in the 60’s – Canadian – in the one of the long departed shops that were at the base of the Ontario side of the Rainbow Bridge complex. I understand your reluctance to part with them due to your memories and many thanks for triggering mine.

  • Max

    Oh, BTW – that 1500 was a solid machine. Simple, tough and rugged, it was the predecessor of the hardy 124. Fiat didn’t have strong distribution so sadly Americans never got to enjoy those traits and as a result, Fiat’s reputation waned.