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2013-11-05 10:25

MATCHBOX COLLECTOR’S DREAM COME TRUE: The owner of the world's largest Matchbox model car collection now has the crown jewel of his collection - a 1932 Austin Seven van to match the toy in his cabinet. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England - The world’s largest Matchbox model car collector has added the crown jewel to his collection - a life-size Matchbox van.

The vehicle, a 1932 Austin Seven van, was transformed in 1937 into an advertising vehicle for England’s Glory matches.

What did he pay for his new toy? The hammer came down at the Barons auction in Surrey, England on the equivalent of R173 100. Under its little bonnet is a 747cc engine mated to a four-speed gearbox.

Other lots sold at the Barons auction included a bright yellow 1998 Ferrari F355 convertible, which sold for the equivalent of R490 000. A 1977 Daimler Double Six Coupe, estimated to be worth R40 000, was sold for the equivalent of R93 500.


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