This is the Marx Grocery Truck from the 1950s. At least that is our best guess for dating. Why? Because we couldn’t find another example of this toy anywhere: past auctions, current auctions, online toy shops, etc. We could find its all-metal predecessor, with examples all over the Internet. But not this toy.
So what we have here is a difficult to find (We don’t use the “RARE” word, because 20th Century toys were mass produced and a truckload of these could show up tomorrow!) transition toy from metal to plastic. And it comes with the box and cargo. Notice that the box shows the pre-runner of this toy which was produced in the ‘30s. And check out the decal: it’s the same as the ‘30s truck.
We doubt too many of these toys were made. Perhaps Marx was testing the market for plastic toys, and this was part of the experiment. Notice that the stake-bed is metal, whereas the truck and chassis are plastic. The stake-bed would get the most use, and we don’t think Marx was ready to commit to an all plastic truck. And neither were Marx’s competitors and customers. At least not yet.
Size: Almost 14 ½ inches long; 4 ½ inches wide at the stake-bed; 4 ½ inches high at the cab
Condition: The plastic portion of the truck is in excellent condition: no breaks, no scratches. The metal portion shows some wear: The driver’s side decal is missing a piece at the top; a scrape is present along the bottom edge of the bed on the same side; and there is a spot which didn’t get blue paint. A few nicks in the paint here and there.
The cargo is empty miniature grocery cartons. All are mint. One hasn’t even been formed.
The box is in very good condition. It has creases and bends, and is starting to separate at the seam.
Many collectors aren’t interested in plastic anything. But we believe this toy has some historical significance, as Marx, the major American toy maker was making plans for its future: it was testing the market with transition toys such as this.
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