Buddy L Pressed Steel #5427 Flat Tire Wrecker with Flashing Light in Box for Sale
Buddy L Pressed Steel #5427 Flat Tire Wrecker with Flashing Light in Box
We have for you a pressed steel #5427 Flat Tire Wrecker with Flashing Light in box that was manufactured by the Buddy L Toy Company (Buddy L)/Moline Pressed Steel Co. of East Moline, Illinois.
This comes with a rugged steel spring suspension and a flat tire to change out. It does have a crescent wrench, but the original tools have long since gone missing. There is a replacement nut on the left drivers’ side tire that is loose. This comes in the box and the box is in good condition. The battery-operated light flashes when the switch on the bottom is turned on.
This piece is in great all original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch ups. This piece shows the usual patina, fading, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, missing accessories and wear that are to be expected from age and play. This is approximately 14 ½” L . We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.
A brief history of Moline Pressed Steel Company/Buddy L Toy Company of East Moline, Illinois:
The Buddy L Toy Company was founded in East Moline, Illinois in 1920 by Fred A. Lundahl. However, Moline Pressed Steel Company did not actually start manufacturing toys under the Buddy L name until 1921 starting with a pressed steel pick-up truck that expanded into a veritable fleet of almost 30 cranes and other construction toys some five years later. Up until that point, Moline Pressed Steel Company manufactured parts for farm implements, truck parts, and automobile fenders and other stamped auto body parts for the automobile industry.
It is interesting to note, that the company was named after the founder’s son Arthur whose nickname was Buddy L. Lundahl started the company because he wanted to make toys that were new, different, and durable. Buddy L produced cranes, steamrollers, trucks, trains and construction toys.
Throughout the years the company that manufactured Buddy L had many names beginning with Moline Pressed Steel Co. until Mr. Lundahl sold the company during the depression. After that the company switched hands a few times before being sold off in 1995 by SLM International under bankruptcy protection. By 2010, Buddy L was owned by Empire Industries of Boca Raton, Florida, a subsidiary of Empire of Carolina where it has become more of a name than a toy maker. In 2001, after filing bankruptcy Empire Industries and its holdings were sold to Alpha International, Inc./Gearbox Pedal Car Company/Gearbox Toys/J. Lloyd International of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Other names: Moline Press Steel Company (1910 -1913); Buddy L Manufacturing (1930); Buddy L Wood Products (1944); Buddy L Corp. (to date).
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|Dimensions||15 × 15 × 20 in|