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Matarazzo Tin Windup Saloon Sedan
Here is a car from the Matarazzo Toy Company of Argentina. 1934 is marked as the beginning of toy manufacturing in Argentina. Before World War II, Matarazzo was the largest toy company in South America. Social and political climates limited Matarazzo’s import/export growth. And that’s why there are so few Matarazzo toys in North America.
This particular toy dates from the early 1950’s. You can see the influence of the German and French toymakers in its style and windup. Wind it up and watch it go. It works well.
Size: 7 ½ inches long; 3 ¼ high; 3 1/8 wide at the rear fenders
Condition: When we bought this toy we knew it would take a special collector to want it—one who looks for rare toys at reasonable prices regardless of condition issues. And this piece does have condition issues with the paint. Somewhere, on its journey to the United States, it was either stored in an area where there was some kind of chemical or there were impurities in the paint. Thus, the blotchiness to the paint has become part of the paint.
In any case, most likely some of the discoloration will come off, but not all. There is a risk of scraping the paint down to bare metal. You can see some of that effect on the roof.
If this toy were in better condition, it would sell for 3 times what we are selling it for. It’s just for that special collector.
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