The Revell toy company was founded by Lewis H. Glaser circa 1950. One of Glaser’s first toys in 1951 was an inspired merger of two of young boys’ favorite playthings: cap guns and cars. The toy has a 1/16th-scale mid-‘teens Maxwell roadster that had a wire cable topped with a thumb-and-two-finger grab handle. Its chassis had a contact through which a roll of caps could be fed.
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As part of Mecum Auctions’ 24th annual Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis, Ind., May 17-22, a separate auction arena was enlisted in addition to the vehicle podium for the purpose of offering several prominent collections of automobilia. Among these items of automotive collectibles was the 400-piece, 30-year collection of Mike Guarise that was offered for sale on May 21, 2011
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Simplicity. Functionality. Durability. This trio of words, for the most part, has disappeared from the promotional blitz of modern toy cars. In our Swiss-army-knife-is-so-yesterday-unless-it-comes-with-built-in-GPS-and-carbon-dating-capabilities rush to capitalize on advancing technology, even among childrens’ toys, the plastic play cars from the late 1940s through the early ’60s reminds us of these three very important characteristics. Read More +
I’ve regularly written for Old Cars Weekly (also published by F+W Media, Inc., publishers of Antique Trader. – Ed.) about my passion for tin toy vehicles. Read More +
THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Saving old cars from their demise is such a large part of Bob Herbst’s life that he has devoted the yard around his rural North Carolina home to storing several hundred vintage vehicles he wants to see get returned to the road. Read More +