For nearly as long as cars have been around, children have played with die cast toy cars. Many of these early toys are valuable collectors' items. Some major brands like Hot Wheels and Matchbox have been around over forty years and have special editions that can be worth thousands of dollars. The first die-cast model cars were produced by the Dowst Brothers company of Chicago in 1915. It was a Ford Model T Touring car. The brand soon expanded to include a Ford truck and taxi cabs marketed as Tootsie Toy. Professional appraisers can help determine that value of any old die-cast toys.