Christmas Treasures: Vintage Matchbox Ornaments

In 1994 and 1995, Matchbox made sets of commemorative 1930s Austin 7 vans to celebrate Christmas. Each one is equipped with a loop on top so that they can be used as ornaments. They immediately became collectors’ items and of course are popular items to find around Christmastime. You can find a bunch for sale by using this search here on eBay. Prices range from about $10 for a used set to just under $20 for new in box sets.

Even the boxes are festive! You can find enough for sale to decorate your entire tree if you choose, although I guess you’ll have to wait until next year to put it up. Do any of you decorate your trees with automotive motifs? Please share pictures if you do! And if you want a real one, the closest thing I could find for sale was this American Austin here on eBay!


  1. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Merry Christmas to all Barn Finders everywhere! And thank you for the kind words, complements and feedback (both kinds!) that you post!

    • PackardMike

      Merry Christmas to the BF staff & families. Thanks for the memories.

  2. Gunner

    Merry Christmas to all the BF Family! I have learned so much from this most awesome website, in so many ways. You have helped me make some important decisions in the selection of a labor of love to put in my garage. I wish each one of you health and happiness always. You are a great bunch of people! :-)

  3. Glen

    I didn’t think I’d see a Barnfind today, glad I checked my messages! Merry Christmas everyone.

  4. Rspcharger Rspcharger

    Merry Christmas everyone. If you like these ornaments you should check out the Johnny Lightening Holiday Muscle collection from the early 2000’s. Utterly fantastic.

  5. rando

    I have a few car related Hallmark ornaments. Hot wheels stuff. A tiny black pedal car that gets lost every year. a pink 70 Cuda, 56 Nomad, Dodge truck, and this year a 49 Merc Kustom with ugly wheels. Oh and an Airstream camper. Fun stuff.

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