Buddy L Bus, ca. 1928

Value (2013) | $800 Auction$1,200 Auction

I bought it at a garage sale.

How much?


And what do you know about it?

Not much. I think it's a children's toy. The reason I bought it is because of this sticker on it for the Indian Motorcycle Company.

Oh, so you think it's something to do with the Indian Motorcycle Company.

Well, it was I think a gift. You bought a motorcycle and this was their appreciation that you purchased one of their motorcycles.

I'm afraid you're wrong.

Ah, okay.

This is a Buddy L Toy. Not only is it a Buddy L Toy, it's one of the most desirable of the Buddy L Toys: it's the Buddy L bus. It's one of their greatest pressed steel toys made in Moline, Illinois. It was made in the late 1920s. It's fabulous, but it's a little rough.


Missing wheels. People do restore these. But even in this condition, it is worth a little more than $20. I'd say easily $800 to $1,200 at auction.


Now, the best-known example sold for $15,000.

Oh, I'm happy with $800 or $1,200.

I thought so! (laughs)

Appraisal Details

Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
Carversville, PA
Appraised value (2013)
$800 Auction$1,200 Auction
Anaheim, CA (June 22, 2013)
20th Century

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