From the smallest MicroMachines to sit-in pedal cars, children love to play with vehicles! The Museum’s transport toys include Matchbox cars, Scalextric racing sets, Hornby trains and Airfix model planes, as well as handcrafted examples.

Blue Bird car

Blue Bird car

This clockwork toy car is based on a real car driven by Malcolm Campbell. Campbell competed in Grand Prix racing and set nine land speed records in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express was launched in 2001 by Hornby following the success of the Harry Potter novels by J K Rowling. It is a model of the train that features in the book and films.

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

Somewhere in the world two Hot Wheels cars are sold every second. As with other collectable toys, Hot Wheels are popular with adults as well as children.

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James Bond Aston Martin

James Bond Aston Martin

This model car, the Aston Martin DB5, was launched by Corgi just before release of the James Bond film Thunderball in December 1965 and was a big seller.

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Scalextric

Scalextric

Scalextric was developed in the 1950s by Fred Francis. Through his small company, Minimodels, Francis introduced a line of toy cars called Scalex in 1952.

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The V&A online shop stocks a distinctive and refreshingly different range for children, big and little, then and now, including toys, games, books and accessories.

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