Friday, September 19, 2014

Cast Iron Racers-Part 4-The Hubley Animated Racer

Saturday, September 20, 2014
     Sunny and still unseasonably cold


Cast Iron racers
Part 4
The Hubley Animated Racer

Of course, no discussion of cast iron racers would be complete without the Hubley cast iron "animated racer". I actually bought and sold one of these, and it's a most unique toy. I'll ass the post about it, so you can read how it works. Bertoia Auctions  is actually auctioning one today,and it's their nice photography that attracted my attention to this toy.



This green  Hubley Golden Arrow Racer is up for auction today. You can view it on Liveauctioneers, or at the Bertoia Auctions website.

Superb photography on the part of Bertoia Auctions!


Like the other manufacturers, you can see that Hubley also offered 
their racer sin a selection of different colours.




With this model below, notice that the wheels are nickel-plated disc wheels,which are different from the nickel-plated spoke wheels with black rubber tires. Although the disc wheels below have lasted longer than the spoke wheels with black rubber tires, I prefer the spoke wheels.


This is the final instalment of the 4-part series on the cast iron racers of the 1930's.
Below are my own links within this blog to the other 3 parts.

Please click here for Part I of the series

Please click here for Part 2 of the series



Thanks for dropping by to visit,
and as always,
ave a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,
Stacey
toysearcher@gmail.com

Cast Iron Racers-Part 3- The Vindex

Thursday, September 19, 2014
       Sunny, exceptionally cold morning


Cast Iron Racers
Part 3
Vindex


Today's post is from the Vindex Toy Company. The company existed around the same time as other cast iron companies of the time. These included Arcade and A.C.Williams,whom of written about. I'll be writing about Hubley's version soon.  Vindex toys are rarer and usually achieve higher values at auction. Their cast iron farm toys are always in high demand, and of course it's their well-crafted design and detail that make them more in demand.


Please click here for part I (Arcade) of this series


Please click here for part 2 (ACWilliams) of this series

The  driver on this car was cast  separately from the body.THe wheels are similar in nature (spoke) to those of the Hubley "animated racer". The contrasting gold painted tail and gold painted embossed tailpipes and hood vents certainly make this toy a collectible.

At 11" (279 mm), it was quite heavy, and I can imagine this car travelling a long distance when pushed hard on a road or a long hop use corridor.


 This red model has nickel plated spokes that are in excellent condition.
THe tail fin is not painted compared with the one below.

I like hpow the driver is bent down as if to simulate a more focussed attention on the dashboard and steering,as well as to avoid the strong wind coming at him as he races.





What's great about these fine-looking toys is that I'm sure the photographer has 
a great feeling when photographing them. I know I would. When you see such toy in such great condition, and know that children also must have enjoyed the so long ago, you just can;t help but smile!

Thanks for dropping by to visit,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night
]wherever you may be,
Stacey
toysearcher@gmail.com