Diecast cars and diecast models were once the most popular playtime hobby for children all over the world.
At the height of their popularity, millions of diecast models were made and sold every year, with their incredible detail and high quality finish making them a manufacturing masterpiece.
Because of the quality craftsmanship involved, die cast models are highly collectable and remain an affordable and celebrated hobby to this day.
Here at Warwick & Warwick, we sell all shapes, sizes and styles in our die cast model auctions.
In fact, we offer thousands of diecast cars and models as a section in our regular toy auctions, which are staged six times a year.
And whilst these items are sometimes only worth a few pounds, some diecast model collections can fetch hundreds.
If you’re looking to sell diecast models, our team of experts will be pleased to offer free advice, in complete confidence, on any matters relating to a private treaty or auction sale. Free valuations are also available with no obligation to sell.
Looking to buy diecast cars or keen to attend a Dinky toys auction?
Each sale we stage has a detailed listing of individual die-cast models with items from most of the more common manufacturers, including Dinky toys, Matchbox toys, Corgi toys and many more. Foreign manufactured items are also listed.
With more than five decades of experience to our name, we are proud to be one of the UK’s best known sellers of vintage diecast models.
Put our reputation to the test and speak to one of our diecast specialists, call 01926 499031 today.
Since Warwick & Warwick was established in 1958, we have grown to be one of the leading auctioneers and valuers for die cast model auctions in this country.
During this time, we have seen many different items come up for sale, including vintage diecast models, diecast model cars and a whole host of Dinky toys.
Discover how much money the main types fetch and why here:
Corgi diecast toys
Officially launched by Mettoy in 1956, Corgi Toys thrived because of their realistic features and licensing agreements with popular films and TV shows like James Bond, Batman and The Saint. Nowadays, the value of a Corgi diecast depends on its condition and how many were produced. The fewer models made, the rarer they are – meaning they are more valuable to collectors. Corgi toys which are in a good condition with their original packaging and leaflet are worth more money.
Dinky toys were first created by Meccano in 1933 to complement their O gauge model railway sets which were designed and built by Frank Hornby – the father of Hornby trains. Pre-war models are worth a lot of money today. This is because they tended to suffer from cracking, discolouration and quality issues, making them very rare. Post-war Dinky toys are still valuable but it depends on their condition and rarity. The most sought-after date from the pre-1970s, including French models, early commercial vehicles and TV-related models for shows like Thunderbirds, which tend to fetch a good price in Dinky toys auctions.
Designed to fit into a matchbox so that children could take them to school, Matchbox Toys originated in the 1950s by a diecasting company called Lesney. Prior to 1959, they were distributed by Moko and early boxes with 'Moko Lesney' on them are more desirable to collectors. Although Lesney went bankrupt in 1982, the Matchbox brand lived on but later models are not as sought after or as valuable. Matchbox toys with different wheels or paint colours from standard models are usually more desirable.
Other vintage diecast toys
Although the three main brands mentioned above are most wanted by collectors, there are other vintage diecast models that prove popular at auction. UK brands like Britains and Spot-On by Tri-ang tend to do well, whilst older models from US brand Mattel Hotwheels remain attractive, particularly when boxed.
Dinky toy auctions and diecast model auctions are held regularly throughout the year here at Warwick & Warwick.
The dates of our upcoming auctions are:
Our die cast model auctions start at 12 noon.
If you want to buy diecast models, the online catalogue is available around three weeks before the sale.
Click to view our online die cast model auction catalogue, once it is uploaded, and place bids on items in the sale now!
If you want to inspect the quality of our diecast cars, Dinky toys, Corgi toys or other diecast models before they go to auction, they can all be viewed beforehand at Chalon House in Warwick.
The viewing times are:
There will be no viewing facility outside these periods and viewing is not available at the Court House Ballroom.
However, you don’t need to attend our die cast model auction in person to make a purchase because commission bids can be placed in advance of the sale.
You can place bids by post, via our online facility, by telephone, fax or e-mail. For further details, please visit our Online Catalogue.
To receive a free printed catalogue or apply for a catalogue subscription, click here.
Printed catalogues contain far fewer illustrations of lots than the online catalogue and, unless you plan to attend the Dinky toys auction, you’ll be better served viewing the online catalogue.
Requests can be made for further images by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our die cast model auctions take place in the Ballroom of the Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW.
Located on the south side of Jury Street, at the intersection of Castle Street, The Court House is also the Tourist Information Centre and an ‘I’ is used to locate it on most maps.
The nearest public car parks are:
For further car parks and charging details, click here. There is also ample on-street pay and display parking outside the Court House.
Warwick Town is the nearest railway station and Birmingham is the nearest major international airport. Please visit our How to Find Us page for directions.
Because all of the lot allocations take place progressively in our premises, this means you can pay and collect your diecast models as the auction continues.
So as soon as the section which interests you has been knocked down and completed, you can pay and collect your lots without waiting for the end of the sale.
With almost 60 years of experience behind us as valuers and auctioneers, you can trust and rely on Warwick & Warwick’s toy auction experts.
When it comes to Dinky toy auctions or valuing diecast models, our team is one of the most respected and knowledgeable in the UK.
Led by Richard Beale, our resident expert with 30 years of experience, toy specialists Jill Smith and Ben Griffin are able to provide accurate valuations for any Dinky toys collection or other diecast toys.
If you’re keen to buy diecast models or discover rare Dinky toys for sale, our experts boast extensive industry connections and will be happy to help in your search.
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