Posted December 1, 2014 by f1nut in Diecast models

Diecast news: Is the diecast collectors’ market in recovery mode?

Minichamps M23 1974
Minichamps M23 1974

I’ve noticed some recent sales on ebay in the last few months which suggest that the F1 diecast collectors market could be recovering. I don’t trade models myself but I get a lot of questions from other new and old collectors about values. If you had asked me about earlier in the year about the collector’s market, I would have said it seems the soft global economy is having an effect on the diecast sales – rare models that you don’t normally see are being offloaded by collectors and non-rare models are trading at very flat or low resale prices.

A few recent Spark 1:43 retail sales have raised my eyebrows:

  • Brabham BT20 1966 World championship car for 199GBP (check out my post back in 2013 on this model when it was only around US$100)
  • Barrichello Williams Renault FW32 2010 Spanish GP for 129GBP
  • Clark Lotus 33 1965 World Championship car for 169GBP
  • Laffite Ligier JS5 1976 Long Beach car for 178 EUR

Some recent ebay auction results for 1:43 Minichamps are also intriguing:

  • De Angelis Lotus 88 1981 Long Beach practice car for 261 EUR!!
  • Stewart Tyrrell Ford 006 (1973 world championship car) in the US for $US440.
  • A few Fittipaldi McLaren M23’s (1974 world championship car) for $US370+

I’ll update my latest price reports section later this month to reflect some interesting secondary market sales during the year.