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Tinplate toy by Johann Distler, 1925

A distinctly rare, stylized tinplate toy racing car of fine quality by German maker Johann Distler.

This model being the large ‘deluxe’ edition, in cream livery with running boards and bumpers and fine lithographed detailing and working headlamps and (most importantly) in extraordinary original and ‘un-played-with’ condition. German, circa 1925.

Length: 20 inches (50 cm).

The firm of Johann Distler KG was founded at the end of the 19th century in Nuremberg, first selling tin ‘penny’ toys and later specialising in high-quality, electric cars and trains. The company ceased in the early 1960s after failing to compete with up-and coming manufacturers such as Dinky.

Price Code: ££££

Reference: 4972