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Tinplate Motorcar Toy by Johann Distler, 1930s



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)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.88 in (20 cm)Width: 19.69 in (50 cm)Depth: 5.91 in (15 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent, unplayed-with and original condition.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 49721stDibs: U1202098680633

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