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About T54

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  1. Unfortunately it is not mine, but it went for 17 grand on eBay last year!
  2. It is indeed a beauty and I am very lucky to own one of the same color in virtually the same condition. But this is the "plain" model. Later, Alps issued a deluxe version in both sedan and convertible forms, and they are simply breathtaking, knowing that they were just... toys for preteens!
  3. To tell you the truth I was not so sure myself before I truly looked at it! I LOVE older American cars but know a lot less than most of you here... Here is another beautiful Japanese toy car of an American icon, issued in 1951 by Alps Iwaya, that later moved into electronic printers after the tin toy industry collapsed: It's about 10-1/2" long, all painted tin and it has a front suspension and working differential. The steering wheel works the front wheels, and the seats are lithographed tin. They exist in gray, black, turquoise, green and red. The box is quite nice too, made of very sturdy
  4. Try this: le site de l'Amicale 504 However, please understand that a 504 cab, fully restored, is worth about 20000 to 25000 Euros. The car was designed by Pinin Farina and the bodies made in Italy, so finding parts like the missing bumpers may prove insurmountable if they are not in the trunk... You might have to fabricate them and this alone might make the restoration project so costly that it might break the bank. You might be better of to simply buy a restored car in France and have it transported here. It is a pretty car but it is dreadfully slow because of its weight, and extremely subjec
  5. In the 1930's there were few automotive artists in England more famous than Frederick Gordon-Crosby. Born in 1895, he passed away in August 1943, after having left a large amount of work in pencil, pastels, oil and even sculptures, including that of radiator mascots that now are valued as high as the best of Lalique's. Gordon-Crosby, working at one of the greatest periods in the history of the car, did an enormous amount to glamorize motoring and motorsport of his time. It’s no wonder that his artworks fetch such high prices, and that both imitators and forgers exist. Gordon-Crosby had a lo
  6. Hi Wayne, Well, here are pictures of the beast I just took: Looks like a '62 to me... but Chevies are not my specialty so I will let you decide... I also enclosed pics of a sister model that looks a bit more civilian, called "secret agent car". Both are very common toys and can be had quite cheap when they come up, especially the blue one. They are quite large at 15" and it is too bad that the Yonezawa company never made a standard road model from this tooling...
  7. Yes, the whole point of my post was to ask the question of why American toy makers did not issue tin toys that were of the same inspired design as that of Japan, France or Germany, the three countries that have produced such beautiful and now highly desirable toys. I believe that I unfortunately know the answer because I was for several years, a toy engineer, then the manager of a new styling department created on my insistence at the Cox Hobbies company in Santa Ana, California. The whole time I had a say into the toys final look (aircraft, trains, cars...) the toys looked much less lumpy, ha
  8. The cost of the many missing parts will kill you.
  9. Jeff, I am sure that by searching "1964 T-Bird tin toy car" and variations of this on Google, you will eventually find it.
  10. Ouch! Yes it is a bit steep, but they do sell at that price if absolutely pristine and in their original box... I was lucky to purchase mine in a Swedish auction about 10 years ago for a fraction of the asking price here. There are four other colors for this beautiful toy, but the yellow with red roof is my favorite. They are very hard to find in any condition and are part of the "ten best" in my opinion, in the literally, thousands of different models offered by the Japanese toy industry from 1946 to... this day. The Marusan 1956/1957 Ford being my personal all-time favorite. Most people who
  11. Actually, I now have two because I love colors, so I have both the two-tone blue as well as the beige and maroon... I love these things. I also have several of the large 1958 ATC 2-door coupe, my favorite being a two-tone green that I was able to get from Canada in un-played condition in a perfect box. I also have a 1959 Invicta (or Electra) by Ichiko in light blue and cream roof, with gold trim and working horn. I have not see another yet.
  12. Brian, You are probably right about the Buick, its size would be more like the MT toy. The SK Suda '59 Century is a very rare toy, and I am lucky to have one (same color as yours) in very good condition. Its story is quite interesting as it came from a very enthusiastic lady who runs a doll hospital in Alabama! This is a 14" friction toy, a pretty nice model made by that rather obscure Japanese company in 1960. I always LOVED the '59 Buick, especially the Electra. The rear wrap-around window of the Century was so cool... Fortunately not too many saw the thing on E-Pay or did not know what it
  13. Gentlemen, Thanks for all your great answers, and let me try to argue with some is you allow me. I also believe that antique toy automobiles and automobilia (versus currently produced models of older cars or parts trying to play the part) should be part of a forum based on the full size examples, such as AACA's. It is of course up to the forum owner to decide if this should warrant an actual sub forum, but reading the numerous responses here, I would think so myself. I personally own a slot car oriented forum with no less than over 3000 subscribers! Actually, the Tonka line as well as the
  14. While we all love our "big" old cars, I am pretty sure that many car collectors here are also fans of nice old toy cars, but like in all sizes, there are winners and there are losers. Here, for my first post, I am presenting what I think is a true winner, one that could grace the shelf of the most sophisticated and discerning car and memorabilia collector. I am also pretty sure that many AACA members played with one of these when they were kids. In 1951, the Japanese Marusan Company was trying to become a viable tin toys business. With the financial and managerial help from the American Armed
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