Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Decisions decisions. With a three decade span for this event day, and many period models for me to choose, it was not easy to pick just one. As Matchbox decided to make a tribute model for this casting and I had yet to represent the brand for this event (this also fits in with my weekly review), I chose this - Matchbox 34a, the VW T2 van, which entered the range in 1957. Simply a classic:

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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week 2019: 1950s - Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen T2

There is endless period charm, with the vibrant but gentle color, the crisp tampo, and the vehicle itself. If one was to hop in it and it had a radio, it would probably play something like Buddy Holly, and you’d take your time going anywhere. A timeless model that is a must in any collection of early Lesney Regular Wheels castings:

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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week 2019: 1950s - Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen T2
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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week 2019: 1950s - Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen T2

Silver trim was still applied by hand back in the day:

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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week 2019: 1950s - Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen T2

The bases 60 years ago were basic:

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The box has appeal and even more charm, a beloved design to match the casting itself:

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These vehicles entered the scene in the 1950s, just like the Matchbox line itself, and both changed the world in their own way:

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A similar 1:1 from classicdriver.com:

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Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week 2019: 1950s - Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen T2

The recent tribute model from instragram via istalker:

Illustration for article titled LaLD Car Week 2019: 1950s - Lesney Matchbox Volkswagen T2

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