Buddy "L" Toy Bus, ca. 1930

Value (2018) | $5,500 Auction$6,500 Auction

I was born in 1929, and I figure I must've got it probably a year or two after that.

That makes complete sense, because that's exactly when it was made. It is a Buddy "L," and that... Buddy "L" was made in East Moline, Illinois, so it's appropriate we're in Chicago seeing a gorgeous Buddy "L" like this. Now, you didn't really play with it much, did you?

Well, I thought I played with it quite a bit.

Quite a bit?

I remember even sitting on it when I was younger, and...

Well, that's the great thing about Buddy "Ls"-- they're very durable. They're made of sheet steel, like an automobile, and they're baked-on enamel... I mean, they're very tough. I mean, they even have a frame underneath like a real automobile. And one of the interesting things about this toy, it was rideable. You could steer it with the spare tire, which I love.


And it has all the original decals. It has 22 individual seats, two bench seats. There's the original decal on the door. It's in beautiful condition. Has the decals on the front, the back. Finding a Buddy "L" in this condition is very hard to do. And what do you think it's worth?

If anything, I'd have to guess maybe $1,000.

Ten times that-- it's $10,000, easily.

This bus?

$10,000, easily.

Ten... Oh, my land.


Appraisal Details

Village Doll Shop
Adamstown, PA
Morphy Auctions
Update (2018)
$5,500 Auction$6,500 Auction
Update (2017)
$4,500 Auction$5,500 Auction
Appraised value (2003)
$10,000 Auction
Chicago, IL (July 26, 2003)
Enamel , Steel

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