1950's MARUSAN KOSUGE Ford Police Car Tin Toy Japan for Restoration Project. Notice that there are dents and paint on top of the original. A well-known toy maker before the war, to produce what would become one of the all-time classic toys ever made, the 1951 Cadillac. This was produced as a friction-powered toy, as a self-propelled battery-powered version as well as a cable-controlled version with a steering wheel on top of a battery box. The toy was made of stamped steel with a painted body and chassis base, with a lithographed steel-sheet interior.The tires are real rubber but the whitewalls are stamped and painted steel rings. The wheels are steel as well as the whole friction mechanism. The windows are acetate, stamped from flat sheet. The paint quality is outstanding for a toy, and there are over 150 pieces in each, over 200 in the electric versions. All were assembled by women over long tables, the final product boxed, then packed into large wooden crates for export to American toy stores. The colors were very precise, the more common friction-powered model painted in gray, with less common versions in black or red, and in 1953 after the success of "A Solid Gold Cadillac" movie featuring Judy Holliday, a... The self-propelled electric battery powered models were yellow with a green roof, and that was an actual Cadillac factory color scheme.
However, the friction-powered models were never produced in that color scheme. At least that is what all the books and documentation, including that of the still existing Marusan company itself, advanced. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Tin\Vehicles". The seller is "ruriv-82" and is located in this country: US.
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