The origin of the die-cast model car can be traced back to the end of the 19th century, almost at the same time as the invention of the car. Just like children in the 19th century like to play with models, the demand for the latest models for adult technological innovation has quickly been recognized by car model manufacturers.
Over the past 120 years, millions of children have owned miniature replicas of these adult cars, whether they play at home or keep them as adult collectors. Many early models are still known as collectors’ time guardians.
The early manufacturers of die-cast model cars were Meccano and Corgi. The early model was very basic, consisting of a small car truck body with wheels, but without internal details. These models are made of lead or zinc alloy. Very early models often fell victim to zinc pests caused by impurities in the alloy, which caused the casting to crack or break. This is why it is difficult to find a model that was in good condition before World War II.
However, some car model are by no means a cheap option. Some people even leave their wealth for a mini car. This was true in 2011, when the world’s most expensive model was sold for a total price of 2.4 million euros. It is a 118-scale replica of the Bugatti Veyron and is entirely composed of diamonds, platinum, gold and silver. Collecting mini model cars is a passion, but sometimes it can become very expensive!