During childhood, a lot of kids dream of the day they get their driving license. However, some kids had a decade to go until that day came. So what did they do in the meantime?
They played with car toys!
Race car noises and fire truck sirens filled the home and allowed the imaginations of children to go wild.
Once the day the toys became obsolete, they were either donated, thrown away, or stored for sentimental reasons. And for those that saved any of these 12, you may have a good chunk of change just sitting in your attic.
1. Stompers - Stompers on Ebay are listed with a Buy-It-Now price anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on the rarity and the condition. The big rig models seem to be some of the most valuable and unopened models, still sealed in cellophane, can fetch several hundred dollars.
2. Aurora AFX Model Race Cars - Rare models can earn more than $100, while whole track sets can reach close to $300. One particular ’57 Chevy Nomad-bodied AFX car (in its original packaging) had a Buy-It-Now price of almost $850 on Ebay.
3. Knight Rider Knight 2000 Voice Car - The Voice Car in okay to fair condition, with some scratches on the exterior, will show up on Ebay with Buy-It-Now prices between $50 and $60. Cars that are complete with the box, in good shape, with minimal scratches, are listed closer to $90. If they’re sealed in the box, they can cost up to $900!
4. Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle - They’re rare and they’re advertised on Ebay with Buy-It-Now prices ranging from $1,000 to almost $3,000 (in perfect condition). Ones that are sealed in the box and have never opened? Way. More.
5. Barbie Star Traveler GMC Motorhome - Used Star Travelers are offered on Ebay in the $40 to $90 range. But, lightly-used ones that include all the accessories and the original box can range from $100 to over $200.
6. Hot Wheels - One of the most valuable Hot Wheels is the 1969 VW “Beach Bomb” which is worth more than $70,000! There are quite a few 70s models with some value, as well. The “Staff Car” from 1977 was only issued in a military-themed set and could be worth close to $800. Similarly, a rare version of the Porsche 911 in “Gold Chrome” paint from 1975, 1976 or 1977 could bring in $1,000+.
7. Mego Dukes of Hazzard General Lee - These Mego General Lees, including the original packaging in very good condition, have been listed for $400 to $600. If you happen to have the Mego-produced Boss Hogg Cadillac, used Cadillacs were being sold for just under $500, with two perfect ones (in their boxes) selling for $2,999 and $4,000.
8. G.I. Joe M.O.B.A.T. Motorized Battle Tank - A G.I Joe MOBAT in excellent condition is valued at about $325 in the package, while they’re worth around $85 loose. One was listed, with the box, on Ebay for $250. Another one that appeared to be in excellent condition loose was listed for $149.
9. Corgi Model 269 James Bond Lotus Esprit - “Experienced” models seem to be trading for around $20. But, when you include the box and all the rockets, they’re are listed on Ebay for between $100 and $200.
10. Mego Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino - One with the box, in non-working condition, sold for $119.99. So it’s perfectly boxed compatriots could sell for $300-$400.
11. Tamiya Wild Willys - An original Tamiya car from the 1980s seems to go for about double what a re-issue does—$200-$300. If these cars are still in their boxes, unbuilt, they can earn you $1,000.
12. Mighty Tonka Winnebago - The two-foot-long versions of these toys in the original white and green paint scheme are listed about $40 to $150 on eBay, depending upon condition. One that included the box had a buyer that was asking over $300.
So do you have a valuable, vintage car toy like one of these?