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!