A childhood passion turns into a big score for Simon Hope, founder of H & H Classics, a British auction house that specializes in classic cars and motorcycles. His love of cars began at an early age when he would receive Matchbox cars as birthday and Christmas gifts. According to Simon, he kept his cars in perfect condition and always returned them to their boxes after playing with them; not to protect the cars, but to protect his grandmother’s mahogany dining table.
As he grew older, Simon realized that there was a community of collectors hunting for the rare toy cars, but he continued to only buy what he loved. After amassing a collection of almost 3000 cars, and with a heavy heart, he decided to sell. Three auctions were held over several months, and in the end the total take for all the cars was £300,000 ($392,785). The most expensive car sold was a lime green ERF Dropside truck that sold for £7,000 ($9,139). Not a bad haul for a childhood hobby.