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Johann Distler (J.D.N.) Tin Lithographed Windup Auto Union Rennwagen with Box for Sale


Johann Distler (J.D.N.) Tin Lithographed Windup Auto Union Rennwagen with Box 

We have for you a tin, lithographed, windup Auto Union Rennwagen with box manufactured by Johann Distler of Nuremberg, Germany.   

When wound with its key (not original, but period correct) this working example travels forward. The box is in good to very good condition.  

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 9 ¼” L. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.   



A brief history of Johann Distler of Nuremberg, Germany:   

Johann Distler/Johann Distler KG was founded in Nuremberg, Germany in 1895 and continued production until 1968. Dister produced lithographed tin penny toys, comic and erratic action transportation toys.   

In 1917, Distler acquired Brown & Myer as a partner who eventually took over when Distler died in 1923. In 1935, they sold out to Ernst Volk. After the Second World War, Distler started to produce electric trains and, later, electric toy cars as well. By the 1960’s the company could no longer compete with the larger brands like Germany’s Trix, and Marklin, and the British company Dinky Toys. Sadly, by 1962 all toy production by Distler was discontinued in Germany and the company was sold to a firm in Nivelles, Belgium. Until 1968, Distler continued to manufacture toys as Distler Toys S.A. 

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 9 in