Mettoy-logoThe Mettoy company , founded by German emigree Philip Ullmann in 1933. Ullmann set up a business in Stimpson Avenue, Northampton, England. He had twenty one years experience running his own toy company in Germany called Tipp, and he was soon joined by South-African born German, Arthur Katz, who had previously worked for him. In the 1940s and 1950s Mettoy produced a large range of diecast model cars & vehicles which proved to be popular and Ullmann and Katz realised that a wider range of toy cars could not only be profitable, but could also break the stranglehold that Meccano's range of Dinky Toys had over the market.

In 1964, Mettoy introduced a range of smaller scale vehicles called Husky Toys. These retailed at a lower retail price than the larger Corgi Toys, and competed with Matchbox Toys.

More big selling film and television tie-in models were released over the next few years, each with special features to entertain children, and in 1966 Mettoy were awarded two of the most prestigious awards; 'The Queen's Award To Industry' and the 'National Association Of Toy Retailers' Highest Standards Award'.

Mettoy value and price guide

What's your 'Mettoy' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia):

Picture Title Date sold Price
1940's Mechanical Racing Car Wind Up Tin 05/2019 AU $222.50
General Hospital Tin Toy British Made 06/2019 AU $180.00
Wind Up Tin Toy Gr Royal Mail London 05/2019 AU $159.00
Collectable Brimtoy Tinplate 0 Gauge 06/2019 AU $80.00
Tinplate Racing Gyro Car Great Britain 04/2019 AU $52.00
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Anne - April 12, 2013

hii have a mettoy type of racing car but do not know what it is, so i was wondering if you could help me out,if you could reply to my e-mail address and i could forward you a picture many thanksanne

Kevin - December 19, 2012

Hi I found in my attic a mettoy made Rotary printing machine could you shed and info on this for me many thanks Kevin from Northampton
►reply: Can't find much about it. On eBay there was one sold last August for about 7 GBP, boxed.