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10 Cool Diecast Cars to Kickstart Your Collection

Mar 13, 2017

Most of us will never fill our garage with our dream cars. But you can definitely fill your walls and halls with your diecast car collection. It’s not exactly the same thing, sure, but until you strike it rich, it’s a great way to celebrate the cars you covet.

Whether you’ve got a substantial collection already or you’re new to the game, these 10 cars are must-haves.

01. Ford Mustang

Photo: Philly Mint

It should come as no surprise that hot rods and muscle cars are among the more popular diecast models. As in real life, the Ford Mustang is an excellent choice, and the 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe from Greenlight Toys is a beautiful rendition.

02. Ferarri LaFerrari

Photo: Diecast Society

Most of us will never be able to afford a real Ferrari—a diecast replica, however, is within reason. And the meticulous craftsmanship of the Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari LaFerrari, in a bright and brilliant red, is a thing to behold for diecast diehards.


Photo: Ghost Models 

Every gearhead dreams of flying across the track at full speed. That’s why an INDYCAR model is an essential part of every diecast collection. Hard to go wrong here, but we’re particularly fond of this 1990 Al Unser Jr. throwback, especially with the 25th anniversary of his 1992 Indy 500 win coming up

04. Army Truck

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Shop

Diecast cars rose in popularity shortly after the end of WWII, so it’s no surprise that military vehicles have been a big subset of the market. You can go bigger with helicopters, tanks, and bigger rigs, but this U.S. Army Truck from Summit Racing Equipment is a simple, clean design that we love.

05. Coca-Cola Delivery Truck

Photo: 2CollectCola

The rise in popularity of diecast cars inspired countless brand names to get in on the fun, from airlines and oil companies to fast food and department stores. One of the most iconic and enduring diecast brands, though, is Coca-Cola, which produced hundreds of models like this 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery Van.

06. Batmobile

Photo: Pro Energy Products 

Speaking of iconic, one of the most legendary movie vehicles of all time translated into a very popular toy, especially for children of the 80s and 90s. With all respect to modern-day iterations of Batman’s main ride, we love this 1989 Batmobile by Jada Toys the most. 

07. Police Cruiser

Photo: Summit Racing Equipment 

Not all heroes wear capes, but all diecast car collections are incomplete without at least one police vehicle. The contemporary Dodge Charger is an excellent choice, but we can’t go against the 1975 Chips Dodge Monaco Brougham Pursuit Car when it comes to fighting pretend crime.

08. Grave Digger

Photo: Monster Jam Superstore

Every collection needs a monster or two—monster truck, that is. Anyone that’s seen these bad boys running in real life knows that Grave Digger reigns supreme, which is why we recommend the Hot Wheels Grave Digger model. (Just please don’t run over your other cars too much.)

09. Tow Truck

Photo: Diecast Indonesia 

When the rest of your collection breaks down, it’s always smart to have a tow truck handy. There are plenty of makes and models that’ll suit you well, but we’d recommend any option from the Peterbilt 379 Tow Truck to get the job done.

10. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Photo: NASCAR Superstore

We may be a little bit biased on this one, but we couldn’t make a list like this without including one of our own NASCAR paint schemes. Dale Jr. is a popular pick year in and year out, so this Dale Earnhardt Jr. Action Racing 2015 Chevrolet car will look quite striking on your shelf.

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