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Buddy L Pressed Steel Mint No. 413 “Van Freight Carrier” Truck in Box for Sale


Buddy L Pressed Steel Mint No. 413 “Van Freight Carrier” Truck in Box

Toys don’t get much better than this.  We get to offer a mint boxed Buddy L freight van/truck for sale.  The toy comes near mint and boxed.

The freight truck (moving van) has a working tailgate and the cab can remove from the trailer.  The top of the trailer can be removed by kids for more loading fun.

The tires are in excellent condition.  The paint is near mint and original with some minor pops around the tailgate as shown.  The truck/tractor is in excellent condition with some darkening of the bumper.

We estimate this circa 1940, possibly just postwar.



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, 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 toymaker. 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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Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 26 × 12 × 14 in