Channeling American Pickers

Took my girl upstate on Sunday for some apple picking (rented a Civic - thrilling) and some folks were having a good ol' yard sale right next to the orchard. Grabbed these two old metal toy cars for $12, and some casual research shows that was likely a bargain.

First up is a roadster, possibly an MG, by Hubley Manufacturing. Since it's stamped with "Hubley Kiddie Toys" it's probably from the early '60s. Missing the windshield unfortunately, but the spare tire is still there!

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A few auction sites have ones in kind of crappy condition going for at least $30, with nicer examples pushing $100.

This one was trickier, since the stamp on the underside is pretty worn and it's not an identifiable model, but I finally figured out that this is an generic aluminum "race car" by E.R. Roach Industries, likely from the late '40s or early '50s.

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The paint is almost gone and it's missing the spare tire on the back, but even ones in this condition are going for above $50 online.

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I don't plan on selling either, though - time for some small-scale resorations! Any tips?