Vintage model car kits

The model kit car hobby began during the WWII era with Ace and Berkeley wooden model cars. The first real plastic kit, a 1932 Ford Roadster, was developed by a gentleman from England named Derk Brand. He was also known for creating a line of 1/32 scale model car kits in England. These kits were later introduced to the U.S.

It wasn't long before promotional models for car dealers were being manufactured. This was a big plus for the car salesman, because while he was trying to make a sale to the grown-ups, he could give the children a model car to play with. During the 1950s and 1960s, interest in the hobby flourished, which led to many companies making a profit. Several companies such as AMT, Jo-Han, Revell, and Monogram began producing model car kits in large numbers. The full-size Dodge Monaco was among their first kits to be released. Today, it is a valuable collector's item.

In the mid-1970s, interest in the model cars began to diminish as the collectors got older and moved on to other interests. In the early 1980s, younger people replaced model building with video games. The late 1980s brought model cars back to life with the help of Monogram and AMT. Monogram produced a series of replicas of NASCAR race cars and AMT produced a kit of the 1966 Chevrolet Nova. This brought model car enthusiasts together again.

The Internet today has also given a boost to the kits. One can even buy a plane model kit, train model kit, boat model kit, car model radio controlled kit, and many other great products. Collectors can now search online for special models they are looking for, read articles on model car kits, and even look at the pictures of the kits. If you are looking for a hobby, this may be the one for you. Many people also like to build model cars to look like the classic cars they had growing up or currently have in the garage.

Manufacturers

Looking for rare or vintage model car kits? Find model kits like Pocher, AMT models, Revell, Monogram in plastic or metal kits for your collection.

Updated: 27 July 2020

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Comments (3)
Glynn - June 17, 2020
I would like to know what one of my models is worth and how rare it is. 1969 Cobra formal roof hard top or convertible. Unassemabled in the box. I have never seen another one, and am afraid to build it. I think it is an AMT. Thanks
Hi, have a look here to see if you can find yours: AMT model kit Cobra.
John - April 5, 2020
I two plastic kits - both brand new,(1) Monogram visible P-51 50 Anniversary Model (still in plastic over wrap).(2) Special Hobby P-39Q 1/32-scale (Czech) Probably the most detailed model kit I've ever seen.
Here are some more P51 kits: Monogram P51
Joe - December 22, 2019
Hi I'm looking for Assembly instructions for 1912 model T Delivery truck nr. 27444.
Are you looking for this one? Maybe you can find a kit for parts and instructions: Gabriel Industries 1912.