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You Sold Your Car. What Do You Do With the Diecast?

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by Ron Ruelle

I parted ways with a beloved automobile a few days ago. It was a 1993 Mazda Miata that I bought to celebrate surviving 2020. Low mileage, all original, no mods, just a brand new 31-year-old car that looked and performed the way you wish your 5-year-old car did.

As with many of the cars I have owned over the years, I acquired some diecast models of it as well. Who can deny the awesomeness of a miniature version of your car, especially if you can find it in the right color and specs?

So what do you do with the diecast after the car is gone? I’ve faced this decision a few times with varying results.

2004 mini cooper

2004 Mini Cooper – I got this car as a wedding anniversary present. Fun, zippy, and cool, it was a terrific car, and there were a lot of diecast models of it. Two decades and two transmissions later, I parted ways with it in a divorce. Save for a couple of small-scale models, the diecast went with the car.

1971 buick riviera

1971 Buick Riviera – My favorite car of all time, the floaty boattail Riviera was stylish, fast, and comfortable. Over the 30-plus years I owned it, the only things I needed were time, money, and space to properly restore it. Alas, I could never find all three things at the same time. I sold it as a non-running project car with a lot of parts when I moved cross country a few years ago. I collected just about every variant of every boattail diecast available, from 1/18 down to Micro Machines size. There were several in my color as well. I kept every last one of them, though only a few are on display right now.

1959 buick lesabre flattop

1959 Buick LeSabre – For a car that captures the chrome-coated big-finned late ’50s to perfection, there haven’t really been a lot of models of the 1959 Buick in any scale or body style. I have a 1/18 convertible on the shelf next to the same-size Riviera. The rest are in storage at the moment.

chevelle world spread

Chevrolet Chevelle – This one might stretch the definition here because I have never owned a Chevelle. As you may have guessed, I am more of a Buick guy. But I worked for a magazine about Chevelles and El Caminos for 17 years, so I collected a lot of models in all scales, all years, and all body styles. I even wrote them off on my taxes as business expenses for research. When the magazine came to an abrupt end, I lost interest in owning that many models. I kept a few of the 1/18 models, but the rest were sold to clear space.

1993 mazda mx-5 miata coaster

1993 Mazda MX-5 Miata – I hated parting ways with this car. Miatas will always put a smile on your face. Considering its status as the biggest-selling sports roadster of all time there have been surprisingly few models of these cars. The 1/18 models are really high-end and expensive, so I only have the smaller stuff. I will likely keep these, as they don’t take up much space, and they really are fun. Just like the real thing.


Ron Ruelle is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who also writes about model cars. You can see his work at www.ronruelle.com

2 thoughts on “You Sold Your Car. What Do You Do With the Diecast?

  1. A friend once gave me a model of a MKVI Golf in four doors and the exact same color as our 2011 MKVI Golf. When the car got totaled from hitting a deer, we managed to find an identical spec and color 2014 Golf completely by chance. We finally passed the car on to our youngest daughter this year. We presented her with the model first as it was far easier to wrap.

  2. I would keep them, like old photographs, they are pleasant reminders of the times driving them.

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