Some of the best toys don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, or even horns, to make them a plaything that kids will love for years. Our newest find is¬†Candylab’s stunning, yet durable, wooden toy cars. After Candylab wooden toy cars received some acceleration from a super-successful Kickstarter campaign, six styles are ready to roll up to your house in time for the holidays for any vehicle-loving child and their mid-century-modern-loving parents.

Designed¬†in Brooklyn, made of solid beech wood, colored in water-based paints, and rolling on food-grade rubber tires, Candylab’s entire garage of toy cars are the kinds of heirloom quality toys we adore over the plastic options out on the mall store shelves. ¬†Each one pays pays homage to 1960’s American modernist style. And, oh, what a gorgeous style this is, from the sleek orange GT-10 to the¬†ready-for-speed Carbon 77.

Candylab's Police Cruiser wooden toy cars

Candylab wooden toy cars: Fire Chief

Candylab wooden toy cars: Carbon 77

Candylabs Vintage Style Wooden Toy Cars
Law- abiding kids may also want to add the Police Cruiser and Fire Chief vehicle to their collections, just in case some of the other models start playing a little fast and loose with speed regulations around the playroom floor.

While these heirloom pieces may look too nice to touch, hey, they’re toys. I¬†think they’ll look even better once they are broken in a bit. At just over 7″ long, these aren’t puny compact cars, but will fit well into the hands of kids¬†ages 3 and up. And all they require to go is some imagination. That’s the best kind of fuel I know.

You’ll find wooden toy car models at Candylab Toys. You can also find them at boutiques like the MoMA store (with a members discount) and indie toy shops like Maisonette.

Plus check our archives for more wooden toys we love that make holiday gifts for babies, preschoolers and beyond.