Who Invented the Toy Car?

Who Invented the Toy Car?

Who Invented the Toy Car?

In 1953, Jack Odell created the first matchbox car in London, England. The first car was a steamroller made of brass and painted red and green. In an assembly-line style production line, Odell and his partners worked from a London pub called The Rifleman.

Odell came up with the idea when he made a miniature steamroller for his daughter who normally carried spiders in a matchbox to school. His daughter loved the miniature creation so much that Odell decided to mass produce his idea.

Once he created the steamroller, Odell designed the land rover, a London Bus, a bulldozer and a fire engine. Finally, after 18 creations, Odell finally made his first matchbox car, which was the MG TD roadster.