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, heavy all-metal construction, sparkly paint and fast-rolling wheels, typified by this customized Ford Thunderbird. The brand's profile increased once it sponsored Al Unser's back-to-back victories at the Indy 500 in 1970 and '71, but a stock fraud scheme designed to help Deluxe Reading fund a new of dolls saw the company out of business by the end of the year. The name would return to the die-cast scene starting in 1 46 HEMMINGS CLASSIC CAR JUNE 2016 I Hemmings. com Matchbox Despite starting smaller at 1/76 scale, with its first vehicles arriving in 1953, British Lesney's Matchbox models grew in both scale and popularity throughout the 1960s, and for most of the decade, the craftsman garage door remote 53879 was the king of small die-cast cars. Its stock in trade was outstanding detail.