Here is an early Yonezowa toy from Japan. Construction indicates the post Occupied Japan period to possibly 1961 or so. Open the garage doors, wind up the car, pull the key out, hold the car lever to the rear of the car, releasing the lever on top of the car, place the car in the garage entrance nearest the "Stop" on the top of the garage, close the right door (rear garage door), push the "Stop/Start lever to the "Start" position, and the car will come out of the garage. Got that?
Whew. That's a lot of work to watch a little car run around on the floor. It might be more fun to position the car so it runs into the garage and stops.
Size: The garage is 5 inches long, 2 ¾ inches high, and 3 inches wide. The car is 4 inches long, 2 ½ inches wide and 2 inches to the top of the lever.
Condition: The garage is in great shape. Hardly any scratches and very few dings. The car has some scrapes on the top from hitting the lever inside the garage. In other words it has been played with. The silver paint on the bumper is showing wear. Even so, we are surprised at how well this toy works considering it age. The key appears to be the original.
It does need a little coaxing to come out of the garage sometimes. It seems to work best on a rough surface. We tried in on linoleum and the hard plastic surface for our office chair. It worked best on the hard plastic surface.
Nice little set.