Recent auction results indicate a growing interest among collectors in the plastic toy cars made during the 1950s and 1960s in Britain, mainland Europe, the USA and Hong Kong. This book is the first to take a systematic approach to this hitherto neglected area of toy collecting, providing valuable background information on the companies that made these toys and enabling collectors to identify many hitherto unknown items. Among the many famous toy companies examined are Tri-ang and Brimtoy (Great Britain); Norev and Minialuxe (France); Gama and Siku (Germany); Ingap and Politoys (Italy); Rico and Paya (Spain). In addition, light is shed for the first time on the history of many smaller and more obscure brands. Photographs of more than 250 examples of rare and unusual plastic toy cars are included, together with an indication of the prices these items are currently fetching in the antique toy market.