Vintage Clockwork Schuco Red Racing Car Tin Toy

$50.00

Vintage clockwork Schuco red racing car tin toy. A well loved and fabulous little piece of automotive collectible history with functioning steering and gear stick.

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Description

Vintage clockwork Schuco red racing car tin toy. A well loved and fabulous little piece of automotive collectible history with functioning steering and gear stick. The majority of the information about this model is on the underside of the chassis. On the base of the car the words “Schuco Examico 4001” catch your attention. Sandwiching this is the information “Schuco Patent Auto 4001” and “Made in US Zone Germany”. Therefore, this item is dated post second world war after the segregation of Germany, most likely in the 1950s when the Schuco factory continued production.

This mid-century model has a clockwork mechanism which propels the toy on its four rubber wheels. Painted to match the auto body the hubcaps are additionally racing red.

Heinrich Müller and the businessman Heinrich Schreyer founded Schuco in Nuremberg in 1912. The company’s specialty was usually cars and trucks in tin, plastic and die-cast. In 1976 Schuco declared bankruptcy, however, the company reorganized in 1993 and then totally independent once more by 1996.

Measurements:

Item measures approximately 5 ¾” Long x 2 ⅜” Wide x 2” Tall

Condition:

Pre-owned, this vintage clockwork Schuco red racing car tin toy is in fair condition with obvious signs of use commensurate with age and use. Notable scuffs, scratches and small patches of rust are all over the vehicle. Patent information located on the base is also worn from use. No key is present to operate the clockwork functionality of the toy and additionally the wind shield is also missing. Lastly please view all the photographs as they serve as an extension of the description and condition report.