When I was a kid, I started to realize that humanity is doomed when Matchbox cars started to become less durable pieces of plastic than rugged crushing metal. Things were certainly looking brighter in 1965.


In 1965, Matchbox cars weren't made in the People's Republic of China. China wasn't a superpower, and London's Hackney district was more famous for having a successful diecast industry than for breaking gun related crime records.

But long before 3D modeling, just how much work did it actually take to create the perfect scaled down replica of a popular motor vehicle? The fantastic archive of British Pathé holds the answer:

Hat tip to NAK!

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