Mini CCs For Sale: Rare Tin At Bonhams


As many of you know, I have a pretty extensive collection of toy cars from all sorts of different makes, but one thing I don’t have is vintage Japanese tin toys from the “golden age,” between about 1950 and 1970. What once sold at Kresge’s, Grant’s or F.W. Woolworths for just a few bucks are now seriously valuable to Boomers who blew theirs up with M80s–or maybe who just had mothers that threw them out!


In a couple of weeks, Bonhams is having an auction with tons of these cool vintage Mini CCs. The biggest headliner of all is one of these 1962 Imperial four-door hardtops by ATC, also known as Asahi, estimated to bring between $9,000 and $12,000. My “1/1-scale” Town Car cost less! While I would love one of these Imperials, that is some serious dough. The car in the auction is black, but this navy blue example looks so much nicer.


There really is no denying the coolness of vintage toys like this Imperial.  Hat tip to Kevin Martin, who forwarded me this link from the Autoweek Daily Drive. If you’ve got a hankering for more, do check out (where the pics of this blue Imperial came from) for more amazing tin toys, with everything from a Continental Mark II to a ’56 Ford to a Toyopet Crown to a Rambler Ambassador wagon! Definitely worth a visit, one page is exclusively dedicated to Cadillac toys, and another to Schuco toys from West Germany.