Vintage Scalextric cars

Scalextric's roots actually date back to 1952 when a small company called 'Minimodels Ltd.' introduced a range of metal bodied model racing cars which contained a unique type of clockwork motor under the trademark 'SCALEX'. By the mid-1950s, the models were modified to take small electric motors and the 'Scalextric' brand ('SCALEX'-Electric) was born. Production of Scalextric products began in 1957 out of Hampshire, England, and 1960 saw the introduction of the plastic range of cars as the tinplate cars ceased.

Through the years Scalextric been owned by companies such as Tri-ang and Rovex Ltd, and in 1971 production of Scalextric and Hornby trains began from Westwood, Margate. In 1982, an independent company was formed: Hornby Hobbies Ltd (later Hornby Plc) and during the mid-1990s production of Scalextric was transferred to China.

1980 Scalextric commercial:

Scalextric is the premier electrical model car racing system based on the 1/32nd scale. Cars are approximately 6 inches in length and track layouts from the standard sets range from 3 ft. by 5 ft. to 9 ft. by 9 ft.. A track layout can be further expanded to any size using the extensive range of track pieces in our range.

In 2004 Scalextric released its highly acclaimed Scalextric Digital system allowing up to six cars at a time on a two lane layout. This system allows lane changing, overtaking, drafting, pit stops and braking, making it the most realistic slot car racing experience available.

Updated: 31 May 2019

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Comments (2)
Cheryl - October 9, 2020
Hi I have a c120 martini Brabham BT 44B Scalextic model racer and a C123 VOP shadow formula 1 car both in original boxes never used. Could you please advise on value. I also have some curved track pieces. Many thanks
The C120 around USD 15 (AUD 25), the C123 approx. USD 20 (AUD 30). For curved track pieces, have a look here: Scalextric Curved Tracks. .
Charles - February 5, 2013
Hi I am looking and want to obtain two cars and controls for my scalextric 500(c538) Any luck pl thanks
Maybe you can try searching for Scalextric 500 or Scalextric 538 on this website.