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Arcade Caterpillar Disel Tractor toy with Tracks *sold*

Arcade Caterpillar Disel Tractor toy with Tracks

This is one of the largest, most solid tractor toys ever made by Arcade.  It is as strong and solid as you can get, then it is a Caterpillar brand with steel tracks!  Rubber tracks were the less expensive option and often came with different silver painted hubs.

Chrome plating has flaked off on the driver, the front grill, and the tracks, but THIS is just what happens to vintage toys like these.  It wasn’t meant to last in all its glitz.  The toy cast iron, on the other hand, was.  This is a spectacular original condition toy.

We need to mention– we have seen four of these recently in restored condition bring quite a sum, or be bid on.  You will want to note the color of our tracks and the chrome plating that chips off with age (many reproductions look great but don’t have this plating).  Paint was dipped enamel that would thin on corners normally and oxidize when original.  Note too the black color of the inner wheels that were enameled (restorations often miss this).  Also note the grill oxidation (there are reproduction grills that are shiny, not aged appropriately).

Caterpillar toy history:

Our toy is approximately from 1936 and comes with a letter of provenance, and how it was kept by a family that helped build the San Francisco bridge. The family boy received it as a keepsake in 1947 (used) from his Grandfather Robert. Grandfather Robert drove one while working for Barrett & Hilp, constructing the San Francisco/ Oakland By Bridge. It was kept in the family until now. Pretty cool history!

Here is a link to the Golden Gate history and this company: http://goldengatebridge.org/research/ConstructionPrimeContr.php

The Caterpillar Tractor Company was originally formed in 1925 as the result of a merger between the Holt Manufacturing Company and C. L. Best Tractor Company, the Caterpillar name originated years earlier. In the early 1900s, seeking for a way to improve the mobility and traction of his company’s steam tractors, Benjamin Holt replaced the wheels with wooden tracks bolted to chains. The innovation worked so well that one bystander was said to have remarked that the machine crawled along much like a caterpillar. Holt agreed, and dubbed his new machine “Caterpillar,” a name he eventually trademarked in 1910.

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Arcade Caterpillar Disel Tractor toy with Tracks

This is one of the largest, most solid tractor toys ever made by Arcade.  It is as strong and solid as you can get, then it is a Caterpillar brand with steel tracks!  Rubber tracks were the less expensive option and often came with different silver painted hubs.

Chrome plating has flaked off on the driver, the front grill, and the tracks, but THIS is just what happens to vintage toys like these.  It wasn’t meant to last in all its glitz.  The toy cast iron, on the other hand, was.  This is a spectacular original condition toy.

We need to mention– we have seen four of these recently in restored condition bring quite a sum, or be bid on.  You will want to note the color of our tracks and the chrome plating that chips off with age (many reproductions look great but don’t have this plating).  Paint was dipped enamel that would thin on corners normally and oxidize when original.  Note too the black color of the inner wheels that were enameled (restorations often miss this).  Also note the grill oxidation (there are reproduction grills that are shiny, not aged appropriately).

Our toy is approximately from 1936 and comes with a letter of provenance, and how it was kept by a family that helped build the San Francisco bridge. The family boy received it as a keepsake in 1947 (used) from his Grandfather Robert. Grandfather Robert drove one while working for Barrett & Hilp, constructing the San Francisco/ Oakland By Bridge. It was kept in the family until now. Pretty cool history!

Here is a link to the Golden Gate history and this company: http://goldengatebridge.org/research/ConstructionPrimeContr.php

The Caterpillar Tractor Company was originally formed in 1925 as the result of a merger between the Holt Manufacturing Company and C. L. Best Tractor Company, the Caterpillar name originated years earlier. In the early 1900s, seeking for a way to improve the mobility and traction of his company’s steam tractors, Benjamin Holt replaced the wheels with wooden tracks bolted to chains. The innovation worked so well that one bystander was said to have remarked that the machine crawled along much like a caterpillar. Holt agreed, and dubbed his new machine “Caterpillar,” a name he eventually trademarked in 1910.