Acme Toyworks Curved-dash Oldsmobile, ca. 1903
This is a toy car that belonged to my father. And from what I understand, he got it from his mother, who may have got it at a yard sale.
Well, I find it really interesting because it is an example of a Curved-dash Oldsmobile.
Now, the Curved-dash Oldsmobile was the first major production vehicle in America. And it influenced toy companies, so this was made by Acme Toy Works. So you see the big "A" on there, and it's a very accurate portrayal of a Curved-dash Oldsmobile. So Curved-dash Oldsmobile started about 1901. This was a toy from about 1903. And the other interesting thing about this particular toy is, it was one of the very first pressed-steel, heavy-gauge automotive toys made in this country, which became much more popular, say, in the '20s. But back in 1903, this was pretty radical. And it has a very big mechanism, and rubber tires. We do have a little tire problem. We need to have a change there. But it's in beautiful condition, it's baked-on enamel, it's a beautiful car, and the stenciling is real fine. I love the red scroll-- it just has a great look. So value-wise, on the market, retail, it's about $800.
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