I found an old toy car a few months ago. An old woman had passed away a year before and her family was just getting around to clearing out her house.
I met some people there who told me that she never threw anything out. That much was obvious – there was just a ridiculous amount of stuff being thrown out for over a month. I found a lot of great things there, but when I think of the place I think of the bags and bags of sugar that must have been 20 years old. (Someone actually took a bunch – he said it was useful for his zero-waste cottage somehow). There were also probably a good bag full of old chocolate. Not to mention the unopened 1986 Cheez Whiz I took!
I never showed you this old toy car though, and think is worth it’s own post (especially in these slower winter times). I’ll try to tell you about it as best I can (as someone who didn’t know anything about it before reading a wikipedia article).
This sturdy car is Lady Penelope’s Fab 1 Thunderbird. Lady Penelope was a fictional secret agent for a secret English organization in the old TV show “Thunderbirds,” which first aired in the mid 1960s. I guess she was sort of like a female James Bond.
Lady Penelope was a secret agent but in her free time was also a supermodel and fashionista; everything about her therefore had to be fab. This was her car – a six-wheeled Rolls Royce called FAB 1. She also had a yacht (FAB 2) and a racehorse (FAB 3), not to mention a mansion. She also liked tea.
The front grill of the FAB 1 comes down to reveal a missile bay. The toy also does this (I just discovered this so I’m pretty pumped)! It also has a bulletproof bubble roof. Oh yeah, it’s also amphibious. Overall, the car is pretty dope.
The superior craftsmanship of this little toy car is evident. It’s made of a sturdy metal that would hold up well to being dropped (an essential quality for a kid’s toy). The paint is still bright even after about 50 years.
The only thing wrong with mine is that the plastic bubble-roof has mostly broken off. The interior plastic is also slightly off-color but that could probably be restored quite easily.
Nonetheless, it’s enough to devalue this car, which is actually a valuable collector’s piece. A FAB 1 in pristine shape and original box recently sold for 600$ on Ebay.
I could probably get 10$ or so for my FAB 1 as is but I’ll probably keep it for now. Maybe I can give it away as a gift someday, or maybe sell it if I become truly broke. Regardless, it’s a pretty cool toy and a pretty bad-ass car.