Here is a well preserved 1959 Ford, with friction motor, from Japan. There are a few resources out there that reference the wonderful cars made as toys for each car coming off the assembly line in Detroit. In the ‘50s, all cars looked different with several choices of color. And they were BIG! Most of them were the size of today’s full size pickups.
With gas-guzzling powerful V-8 motors (remember that gas sold for only 29 cents a gallon), they had plenty of room for the whole family.
The Japanese loved making these toy cars, and would rush getting them into production once they knew what the car would look like. They couldn't afford and didn't have room to drive them on their own narrow roads.. Toy collectors love having a few in their own collections. You can bet this car was made either late 1958 or early 1959.
This particular model only says “Made in Japan” on it. We haven’t been able to identify it further, even though there is a model number on the rear license plate: 6540.But there are a couple of touches that suggest this isn’t one of the cheap knockoff toys. First the paint is thick and rich. The lithography detail on the inside is nicely done. Even the steering wheel is made of tin. The Ford logo on the front is multi-colored.
Size: 8 ½ inches long; 3 ¾ inches wide; 2 ½ inches high
Condition: There are some scrapes and blemishes: on the roof at the front windshield; and a scratch on the passenger back seat door. Other scrapes are present too if you look closely. The windshield is intact with no cracks. The friction motor works, but the car doesn’t travel far. The hubcaps are in nice condition, and so are the tires without any flat spots. There is a low point on the roof on the driver’s side back door, where it looks like the car may have been dropped.
But the car displays well for being 57 years old, and the rich red and black combination just jumps out at you!
UPDATE!!!!!!--We have found another example of this car with a box. The box included the brand name: SANYO. Also the roof-line is the same as this auto, so we can assume that the roof was MADE that way.
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