The three biggest factors affecting collectible toys value are rarity, condition, and the presence of original packaging. This 1962 Imperial model from Asahi combine all three of them into a rare item, as well as a “very good” condition appraisal. Because of that it sold for a price of $17,500, including buyer’s fees, earlier this week.
Other collectibles cracking the auction’s top five included a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II two-door sedan from toymaker Marusan, complete with its original (but misprinted with a 1958 Lincoln) box, which sold for $7,500; a 1956 Ford Fairlane sedan from Marusan, missing its windshield but complete with well-worn original packaging, which sold for $6,875; a 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer concept model from Mitsuhashi, minus its box and showing average wear for its age, which sold for $6,000; and a 1950s Jet Rocket V-7 lithographed tin toy from Kokyu, missing its packaging and its rear stabilizers, which sold for $5,000.
For complete results from the Yoku Tanaka Toy Collection sale, visit Bonhams.com.
1949 Studebaker pickup truck
The engine is a 169.6-cubic-inch Champion L-head six, generating 80 horsepower. When coupled with the standard three-speed transmission and 4.82 rear, it could deliver in excess of 22 mpg at a 40-mph average. Seen on Reddington Road in Tucson, AZ
Morgan Aero Coupe, sporting a BMW-sourced 4.8-litre V8, with 367 bhp to play with. 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It’ll top 170 mph if you’re feeling brave. Power figures are one thing, but the noise it produces is frankly astounding.
100 years old today! The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental improved highway for automobiles across the United States of America. Conceived in 1912 by Indiana entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher (who started a race track that became Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.