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Research on this tractor hasn’t been easy. “Greenberg’s Guide to Marx Toys” devotes 16 pages to tractors. Marx started manufacturing tractors in 1926. Greenberg suggests that Marx had many farming customers in the Midwest who shopped through the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs. It made sense to cater to the children in these communities where there were more tractors than cars!
Our best guess is that this toy was made in the late ‘40s or early ‘50s, even though the first model was introduced in 1935. The plastic wheels are the giveaway. And………….it still has the driver!
Size: 5 ¼ inches long; about 3 ½ inches at the windup key; almost 4 inches at the driver’s head
Condition: This toy uses a wire spring windup, associated with the better windup toys of the past. We wound up the toy and felt confident winding it up beyond our normal couple of turns. It takes several windup turns before the tractor will move. We suspect this is due to storage with the windup engaged and the brake set.
The lithography is detailed on both the tractor and the driver. The driver is removable which makes for wrong and lost drivers. So this is a plus to have the driver at all.
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Marx Midget Tractor with Brake and Rubber Tread
$140 USD SALE PENDING
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