Tinplate Motorcar Toy by Johann Distler, 1930s

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An incredibly rare tinplate stylized racing car toy by the company Johann Distler, in cream livery, with driver in traditional driving attire, lithographed detailing, marked number 35 with running board, bumpers and Dunlop 935 x 135 tyres and side mounted spare, and license plates J.D.N 3715.

This is the largest model Distler made and this is the rare, deluxe version, with working headlamps, in extraordinary original condition, German, circa 1930s.

Additional note: The company Johann Distler KG was established in Nuremburg in Germany in 1895. The Distler company started as a penny-toy manufacturer and specialized in lithographed tin toys. Distler's range of products comprised of over 500 items, the most famous being the street organ player.


  • Creator
    Johann Distler KG (Designer)
  • Of the Period
    Art Deco
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent, unplayed-with and original condition. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    7.87 in. H x 19.69 in. W x 5.91 in. D
    20 cm H x 50 cm W x 15 cm D
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
  • Reference Number
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