Vintage Thunderjet Slot Cars
Vintage Thunderjet Slot Cars are a brand of miniature vehicles that are guided by a slot or a groove in a purposively designed track and powered by hand-held electrical controllers.
History & Description
While slot cars had been around since the 1920s, they become increasingly popular in the United States in the 1960s. The Thunderjet slot cars were manufactured by Aurora and are probably the best selling slot cars in history. One and a half million were produced alone in 1963. Aurora improved on earlier designs and created slot cars that ran smoother and were more reliable and faster than their competition.
The Thunderjets and the subsequent AFX models dominated the slot car market for over a decade and tens of millions were sold all across the United States and Europe.
Guide for collectors
Vintage Thunderjet slot cars are highly collectible and are often sold at auction houses throughout the United States. Examples are typically sold in groups and prices range from $1001 to over $3002. In addition, online bidding sites, such as eBay, regularly advertise several pages of vintage Thunderjet slot cars. Prices for individual slot cars generally hover around the $35 mark3.
There are numerous websites for Thunderjet collectors and enthusiasts that are a fantastic source of information for collecting repairs and restoration. A few good examples; HO Slot Car Racing, Model M HO and Slot Car Deals.
Notable auction sales
On January 7th 2012 at NETTE Auctions in Danbury, Cincinnati, an assortment of Thunderjet, HO size slot cars and in a variety of disrepair, realised a price of $100.
On January 29th 2011, a large lot of Thunderjet slot cars, in good condition, realised a price of $225 through Ron Rhoads Auctioneers in Spring City, Pennsylvania.
On January 29th 2011, a collection of seven Thunderjet HO size slot cars, including a Ferrari, Maserati and #13 Indy Car Racer, was sold through Ron Rhoads Auctioneers in Spring City, Pennsylvania, for a realised price of $325.
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