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· Kevs Racing Bits
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Am I missing something? The listing says rare, it doesn't say anything else, there's listings all day long with the word rare even though there's usually at least one more the same on the same page.
Anyone dumb enough to spend three grand on a toy car certainly will have something rare alright.
 

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He says very rare and that red or green Aston hiding under the paint isn't, but one painted yellow is very rare. Having said that, he should point out that it's been painted as that reduces its value a lot - from, say £70 to more like £30?

Andy
 

· Gordon Steadman
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I messaged him and got the following back!!

Thanks for messaging
I had bought this many years ago as a genuine Yellow Aston.

I've actually just opened it up, and yes you are right. It's green underneath.

Must admit it had me fooled. It's a very very good spray job

I'll end the listing
Thanks again
All the best

I did point out that all the brightwork was covered and a scratch showed green under. How you could miss that I'm not sure!
 

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I agree with Steve in Colorado - I thought that was a good response from the seller.

But I'm not convinced by Don's comment about a scratch on the bright points showing a different colour plastic underneath being a pointer to the colour of the plastic used for the bodyshell. (Especially as he's a self-confessed Scalex non expert.) That certainly isn't true for 1960s Revell kits - most of their 'chromed' parts I've stripped were apparently non-pigmented white; but I did recently do a red '65 Stingray (under whatever colour paint job it came with) that had an incomplete set of chromed bits that had black plastic underneath. It wasn't a "fake".

Obviously I'm not and never have been a production engineer, but I can imagine a discussion along the lines of "and how many different colours are we going to produce this body shell in, then?" "Hmmm. so not many yellows. Are we going to increase our production costs by doing a small run of yellow radiator grilles that no one can see the colour of anyway?" "OK - you at the back there - you say 'yes' because it will authenticate some future collector's sale of one of these things 50 years from now? You're either a genius or a liability. Come see me later."
 

· Slot Car Racer and Builder
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I didn't notice the green colour on the scratch but when I first looked at the car I went that has been painted. Old Scalextric cars didn't look like that.
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No production Scalextric model from that era was ever factory painted. That should be the end of that. It's molded colored plastic from the factory, period.
If you see a Scalextric car that has been painted (one has to be blind to not quickly figure that out, regardless of how good of a job it is), and the vehicle is represented as "rare" and greatly overpriced, it is your first alert to run away from that incredible deal.
 

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Even if it was genuine is that the going price for that model? There's what appears to be a genuine one with an asking price of £3k.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Scalextric-E3-French-Aston-Martin-GT-in-yellow-and-in-original-box-superb/163831970350

It is a tidy example for sure. I recently purchased a genuine one in same condition without the original box though, the box must increase the value five fold going by my calculations. Hope the seller gets what he wants for it, that would be amazing.

Hmm, need to try find a box for it.
 

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Given that it's sold by a seller known for rather "extreme" prices, I doubt that's the going rate... maybe he was inspired by the fake one to up-value the car?

I think the only Scalex car in that ball park is the Bug, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

Don
 

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At least the roundels are old and the car looks right...

Someone once said: Its worth as much as someone wants to pay...
 

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It tickles me that it is listed at £3,000 plus £3.95 postage.

1) I would cover the cost of postage at that price

2) Posting that with insurance cover would cost a LOT more than £3.95

Very unprofessional - but at that value I would be putting it in a specialist auction not evilbay.
 

· Slot Car Racer and Builder
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The whole thing makes me wonder about the whole collecting game.

  • I am glad I am not that driven to collect slot cars - imagine the burn of wanting that car for the collection and knowing you have to pay that much for it...
  • My kids or grand kids might make some money out of my slot cars when I am gone LOL (but I doubt it)
  • You must be really driven to spend that much money on a single old car instead of buying 75 brand new Scalextric cars instead. (Even more if you pick them up for less than retail)

DM
 
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