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Vintage 1962 Exclusive Sears Shioji Turnpike Auto Transport Pressed Steel 9 Friction Vehicles Japanese with Box for Sale

$385.00

Vintage 1962 Exclusive Sears Shioji Turnpike Auto Transport Pressed Steel 9 Friction Vehicles Japanese with Box for Sale

This 1962 vintage Sears Roebuck & Co. exclusive Turnpike Auto Transport with 9 friction cars and original box manufactured by Shioji of Japan. This trailer is pressed steel with the cab and cars made of lithographed tin. The wheels are all made of rubber. There is a removable loading ramp that lowers to allow the cars to be “driven” up it. This comes with:

  • Transport Cab (friction working)
  • Transport Trailer
  • Removable ramp
  • Studebaker Lark – (metallic blue; friction non-working)
  • Ford Thunderbird Coupe – (cream colored; non-working)
  • Opel Coupe – (red; friction non-working)
  • Ferrari Sport Coupe – (sky blue; friction working)
  • Citroen Sedan – (cream colored; friction non-working)
  • Rolls Royce Sedan – (black; friction working)
  • Volvo Station Wagon (red; friction working)
  • MG Sports Car (cream colored body with black roof; friction works)
  • Mercedes Benz Convertible (metallic blue, yellow and red interior: friction works)

There were several versions of this toy that were produced every two years or so in limited quantity for nine years beginning in 1960. This one is the 1962 version which was the only one to have a separate set of fold-down parking wheels. The futuristic “space-aged” style design was exclusive to Sears and used on several of their trucks and space toys. The Shioji trademark can be seen on the bottom of the cab.

This piece is in good all original condition with no restorations, repairs, or touch ups. The lithos are in great condition with the usual patina, scratches, scuffs and chips that are seen with age and heavy play. There are some wheels on the cars that are missing or have missing tires and hub caps. Some chrome pieces are missing.

The box is in okay condition. The art work is strong and the box has some tears and the corner is missing. We did notice some warping on the bottom cardboard box from humidity. The box shows wear, fading, rips, and scuffs that can be expected with age and heavy play.

Hitching the cab and trailer it measures almost 2 feet long. The cars are all approximately 5½” long. Individually, the auto transport measures approximately 10½” (cab length) 20″ (trailer length). The cars are approximately 5½”. We encourage you to examine the photographs to further determine condition and quality (More pictures to come).

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Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 28 × 14 × 12 in