Back in the day, toy cars were some of the most coveted playthings. But while they were certainly fun to play with, they weren’t very expensive in most cases. A lot of youngsters had no idea what their favorite toy would eventually be worth, and many parents would buy these toys simply with the intention of making their children happy, not as a potential investment.
If your parents have held onto your childhood toys all this time, you could be sleeping on some big bucks. Check out the graphic to see what your favorite toy cars may be worth these days, and make sure that you take inventory before clearing out the attic to prepare for your spring yard sale.
These days, toy cars dating back to the 1960s have increased significantly in value. The Dukes of Hazzard was one of the first television shows to launch a toy line. A model of General Lee, the Dukes’ ’69 Dodge Charger, is worth roughly $600 today in good condition, and the money doesn’t stop there.
Those cheap Hot Wheels cars that were worth less than a dollar in 1968 have at least doubled in value, which could be lucrative to someone with a large collection. Some limited edition cars have reached prices all the way up to $70,000.
Of course, for many people, these toys are priceless since it’s impossible to put a price tag on your childhood. So whether you decide to sell to collectors or keep them safely in your home, know that there are other people out there that have enjoyed — and continue to enjoy — these toy cars just as much as you did.