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The Tinplate and Specialist sale held on the 15th of May featured a good selection of large scale battery operated and friction drive tinplate vehicles from Bandai, Gama, GeGe, Mettoy and others, plus Robots, Space and novelty toys, Sutcliffe boats and military items. Further items included Triang Minic electric plastic model cars, Corgi and Dinky trucks and lorries. Plus, a large selection of Matchbox models, including King Size, Yesteryear, Major Packs, Regular Wheels, Superfast and Gift Sets; catalogues, books, carry case and artwork. The sale concluded with Spark (minimax) boxed racing cars, Minichamps Audi Collection, Ertl, Schuco, and white metal models from Brooklin and Lansdowne, plus Dragon Models World War 2 military figures.

Asahi (Japan) large tinplate model of a 1962 Chrysler Imperial hard top - an extremely rare model car and is regarded by collectors world-wide as being the Holy Grail of model car collecting. This model is finished in black with tinprinted detail to the interior and seating, plated parts, some cracking to the white wall tyre inserts but the friction drive is in working order. This car has been the subject of a high quality professional restoration and is extremely rare in any condition, so rare in fact that this is the first such example that Vectis Auctions have had. The model comes with an illustrated reproduction box and displays well, 15"/39cm long.
Estimate: £3000 - £4000 Sold For: £3600
Matchbox Regular Wheels 6d Ford Pick-up Truck Pre-production Colour Trial - metallic jade green body, grey plastic grille, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base without the letter A cast to rear of central platform, 45-tread black plastic wheels - Near Mint unboxed (slightly thin factory paint finish to tailgate & loadbed).
Estimate: £500 - £600 Sold For: £680
Bandai (Japan) 293 "Airport Transportation Limousine with 2 Handbags" - scarce 1950's friction drive tinplate example of this 4-door car - cream/red with black roof, includes roof mounted luggage rack with 2 pieces of tinprinted luggage accessories, plated parts, minor age related wear otherwise an Excellent example with friction drive to rear wheels and comes in a Fair card box (torn base) with a Good illustrated lid, 7.5"/18cm long.
Estimate: £90 - £110 Sold For: £340
Bandai (Japan) tinplate battery operated "Opel Limousine" - red/cream, with detailed tinprinting, bright plated parts, clean battery compartment to underside, includes roof mounted luggage rack with 2 pieces of tinprinted luggage, some minor age related wear but overall an Excellent scarce example, circa 1950's and comes in a Fair to Good card box with illustrated lid, 7.5"/18cm long.
Estimate: £90 - £110 Sold For: £400
ATC (Japan) large tinplate friction drive "New Ford" 2-door Sedan - 25cm/10" long - turquoise with pale blue roof and rear wings, tinprinted interior and hub caps, small dent to corner of roof and some surface corrosion beneath the paint on the bonnet and right hand front wing - otherwise a Good scarce example in a Good card box with colourfully illustrated lid.
Estimate: £100 - £150 Sold For: £340
Mettoy (UK) large tinplate "Thunderbird" Mercedes Racing Car - impressive friction drive model with working steering and driver figure - white with orange trim and racing number 3, rubber tyres and plastic spoked wheels - lacks 3 of the hub caps otherwise Good to Good Plus, 36cm/14" long.
Estimate: £100 - £130 Sold For: £420
Triang large pressed steel Thames Trader with Articulated Van Trailer in dark blue "Pickfords Removers & Storage" livery - the Thames Trader Tractor Unit is wired for battery operated head-lamps with switch to chassis side, clear glazing to cab, the upper part of the diecast cab is white, the trailer has working Scammell coupling gear with rubber jockey wheels, and opening twin rear doors with locking bar. Interestedly this scarce example still retains its load of Spot-on furniture comprising dining table, 4 x chairs and sideboard, still wrapped in greaseproof paper and with their individual box - the lorry has a number of minor manufacturers marks here and there but is overall generally Excellent Plus to Near Mint and comes in a Good card box. Interestedly the original price label of 64s & 6p still hangs on one of the rear doors, 21"/43cm long.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £1100
Triang Minic No.3 large Push & Go "Bedford Articulated Pantechnicon" - featuring a Big Bedford friction drive Tractor Unit with large van type trailer, the trailer has 3 x opening rear doors and tailgate, in red/cream "Triang Removal Service", the trailer has folding jockey wheels and Scammell type couplings - very Near Mint in a Good Plus card box with some tape marks to the illustrated lid, 14"/36cm long.
Estimate: £140 - £180 Sold For: £400
SH Toys (Horikawa Japan) "NASA Space Station No.378795" - scarce tinplate battery operated space toy is metallic blue, with clear plastic see-through compartments featuring control room, figures, dining room, rest and reception room, engine room and communication rooms, untested but does come with all 3 battery compartments in a clean condition, mystery action to underside, on/off switch and separately applied red plastic satellite dish, some play wear but overall a Good Plus scarce example, 12"/30cm in diameter.
Estimate: £80 - £120 Sold For: £380
Lineol, Tippco or similar large tinplate clockwork Armoured Car - of unconfirmed German manufacture, in 3-colour camouflage, includes openable access door to right hand side - otherwise the clockwork motor is in working order with key, spare wheel fitted to rear, battery compartment to underside powers head-lamps and searchlight, spring loaded firing mechanism to rotating gun - otherwise Good, 32cm/12.5" long.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £750
Matchbox Superfast group of Made in Macau 1980's Issue blue window boxed models including various Cars, Fire Engines, Buses & Coaches etc, individual models include MB27 Jeep Cherokee; MB13 Snorkel Fire Engine; MB28 Chrysler Daytona; MB47 School Bus etc (some duplication) - Excellent to Mint in Fair opened to Excellent window boxes along with a number of more recent issues to include 5 x "Star Car Collection", 6 x "Across America 50th Birthday Series"; 7 x "60th Anniversary"; 4 x "Best of British"; 2 x "Pre-Toy Fair 2005" Mini Cooper plus a few other items similar - all Near Mint to Mint in Fair to Excellent blister packs. (62)
Estimate: £60 - £70 Sold For: £240
Matchbox Models of Yesteryear - "The Yesteryear Book 1956 - 2002" - this book was the last issue in A5 size ring binder, has become quite scarce - Excellent condition majority of book is unmarked but does have a hand written message on the inside cover.
Estimate: £60 - £80 Sold For: £140