Can You Identify These Seriously Cool Matchbox Cars from a Photo?

By: Bambi Turner
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Can you tell a Model T from a Ford A line, or an MGA from a Mercedes-Benz. If you love cars, this might seem like a snap, but what if these models were in miniature? Think you could still identify them then? Take our quiz to see how many classic Matchbox cars you can name using only a single image!

In 1953, a British die-casting company called Lesney Products -- which is now owned by Mattel -- produced a model replica of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation carriage. The product was a hit with collectors, and inspired Lesney to pursue the idea of metal die-cast vehicles. They chose to make the cars tiny enough to fit in a cardboard box -- similar to the ones used for selling matches at the time -- and Matchbox cars were born. 

The very first Matchbox vehicle was a simple road roller, followed by other utility vehicles, including a dump truck. Over the years, the company copied many top cars of the past and present. Most models were British at first, but later Matchbox cars were also inspired by American models and other imports. Stiff competition from Hot Wheels starting in 1968 forced Matchbox to innovate, resulting in a move toward sports and muscle cars.

Today, many classic Matchbox models are highly prized collector's items. Think you can name some of the coolest ones ever made? Prove it with this quiz!

In the 1950s, Matchbox introduced its Models of Yesteryear Series to honor real classics. This 1964 Ford Model T, which was based on the classic 1911 Model T design, was a beloved part of this iconic line of cars.

The 1958 MGA sports car was a cool white roadster with a cherry red interior. Like many early Matchbox cars, it came equipped with a tiny driver to put the pedal to the metal.

That beautiful piece of toy nostalgia is the 1958 Vauxhall Victor. Produced between 1958 and 1965, most units were yellow. If you can get your hands on a red one from the earlier production runs, you could probably sell it for enough to buy a real car.

Tractors have always been a big hit with Matchbox fans, which is probably why the company almost always includes a tractor of some kind in each year's production run. the 1976 Shovel Nose was a classic, equipped with a yellow metal body and a cool red scoop.

Matchbox was basically the only name in the toy car game until the 1980s, when Hot Wheels hit toy stores. To compete with the new upstart, Matchbox introduced some flashier models, like this Superfast 1982 Dodge Challenger.

What's more fun than rolling toy cars around as a kid? How about loading them up with gravel and dirt like real rigs? the 1961 Muir Hill Dumper came equipped with a big green bed for easy hauling.

The 1968 Esso Heavy Wreck Truck was pretty cool on its own, but some models are so rare that they are unbelievably valuable. While most of these toy wreckers came with green windows, early ones had amber windows, and if you can find one, you can sell it for a small fortune.

Check out those classic 1960 tail fins! Matchbox produced the Cadillac Sixty Special from 1960 to 1965. Some versions were green with a cream-colored roof, while later versions were silver or pale purple.

The 1961 Magirus-Deutz was a car for kids who liked to get the job done. Thanks to a moving crane and tow hook, kids could use this hardcore wrecker to clean up crashed cars.

Many early Matchbox offerings were inspired by America's agricultural roots, including this 1961 Caterpillar tractor. Made of metal, it was painted yellow with green rubber treads. Like many other early cars from the company, this one had a tiny built-in driver.

This cool car is a 1:64 scale of the classic '65 Ford GT. Produced by Matchbox between 1965 and 1970, the earlier versions were painted white with a pair of blue racing stripes down the hood.

The 1966 Dodge Twin Tipper was part of the Matchbox King Size Series. This giant green truck came equipped with a generous yellow bed that was perfect for hauling rocks -- or other toys.

Need a Matchbox vehicle that can do some hauling? Look no further than the 1963 Hoveringham Tipper. Named for the iconic Hoveringham Gravel Company in England, it was perfect for kids who wanted to move some dirt or gravel.

Produced between 1963 and 1965, the Ford Fairlane Police Car was the ultimate in cool. It came with a smooth blue paint job, a red light on the roof and police logos on the doors and hood.

Not only did this 1968 Ambulance have an opening back hatch, but it was also a Mercedes-Benz -- what could be cooler? This car was perfect for hauling away victims of violent Matchbox car crashes.

Ford pickups have always been top sellers, so it's no surprise that Matchbox made their own version. This 1971 Ford pickup comes with a cool red paint job and a white cap for extra storage and seating.

Aston Martin is one of the biggest names in racing, so of course Matchbox made their own scale model version back in the '60s. The 1961 version usually came with the number 19 on the side -- but the few painted with a number 52 are ultra-rare and valuable.

This 1959 Merryweather Fire Engine is cool enough just because it's a fire truck. What makes it even more fun for kids, however, is its bright red paint job and working ladder.

Need to lift totaled toy cars? Look no further than this 1965 Jumbo Crane, which came with a safety yellow paint job and a big red hook.

In 1968, Matchbox released a white metal Girder Truck, which came with a frame designed to carry plastic red girders. Many of these girders were lost to the ages over the years, so it's the rare version of this toy that comes fully loaded these days.

Commer was a famous British milk company. Back in 1961 when home milk delivery was still a common practice, Matchbox produced this Commer Milk Truck, complete with tiny bottles lined up in rows.

Matchbox produced this Impala Taxi between 1965 and 1968. It had a cool yellow paint job and the word "Taxi" etched across the hood in bright red lettering.

The 1965 Fiat 1500 was one of the coolest Matchbox cars ever produced thanks to its unique turquoise paint job. This was no sports car, however; the luggage strapped to the roof made it clear that this was a family ride,

Kids with a need for speed were crazy for this 1982 Red Rider. Equipped with big rear wheels and white painted flames, its most striking feature was the giant engine mounted on the hood.

A hovercraft is cool no matter the size. This 1976 Matchbox version was lime green with a brown base and amber windows.

When you're a kid, there's not much better than combining cool cars and sweet soda. This 1961 Coca-Cola truck was the first Matchbox vehicle to use gray plastic wheels, and also came with yellow open-sided shelving.

There's nothing like a kid and his tractor. This 1954 Massey Harris Tractor sported red paint and a tiny tan driver to plow the fields.

Need a Matchbox vehicle that can travel with ease in the snow? The 1964 Snow Trac tractor featured a red metal body and cool gray treads for traveling in the toughest conditions.

By the 1950s, engines had long replaced horses for transporting goods across town. Matchbox threw it back to the good old days, however, with this 1954 Horse-Drawn Milk Float, which came complete with miniature horse and driver.

Most versions of the 1966 Opel Diplomat are gold, but a rare sea green variation exists. Find one of these cars with a sea green paint job, and you've found yourself a toy worth thousands.

Even back in the '60s, kids were crazy about ice cream. This 1963 ice cream truck was inspired by the British Commer Ice Cream Company.

The 1965 Range Rover Matchbox vehicle was a tough green truck. Perched on top were a set of brown crates, proving this vehicle was prepared to do some heavy hauling.

The 1953 Aveling Barford Road Roller was the very first Matchbox car ever produced. It was one of three vehicles the company produced in 1953 -- the others included a dump truck and cement mixer.

The standard version of this 1965 BP Dodge Wrecker featured a yellow cab and green bed. If you can find one of the rare units where the colors are reversed, you can sell it at auction for quite a chunk of change.

Most versions of this 1967 Matchbox Mercedes-Benz 230 SL were white with a red interior, while later ones were yellow. Got one painted apple green? It's ultra-rare and super valuable.

Matchbox produced hundreds of Ford Model A Vans over the years. Companies loved this model, and commissioned their own branded versions to use in advertising and promotions. Collectors can find versions of this toy marked with everything from cereal logos to gas station names.

Various models of the Matchbox double-decker bus are equipped with advertising signs and brand names. Some 1957 versions of this bright red bus had a sign advertising the Matchbox brand itself.

Produced from 1964 to 1970, this Pontiac Grand Prix came with a cherry red paint job. Early versions had wheels that were almost entirely black, while later ones had silver hubs.

This Matchbox classic looks like it came straight out of an old-school gangster movie. This white metal toy is the 1957 Jaguar XK140 coupe.

Motorcycles are always cool, right? To make toy motorcycles even better, Matchbox added a sidecar to this 1962 Harley, which meant it could actually roll straight without falling over.

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