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Alps Tin Friction 1953 Packard Patrician Sedan 16" Very Good Restored Condition For Sale
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ALPS Tin Friction 1953 Packard Patrician Sedan 16" Very Good Restored Condition
PLEASE READCOMPLETE DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY AND VIEW PHOTOS CLOSELY BEFORE offerDING.
Here is a very rare and very large 16"tin friction powered 1953 Packard Patrician 4 door sedan.This highly desirable piece was made by the distinguished toy maker ALPS of Japan in the mid 1950s. Any tinplate toy carlover knows how hard it is the find one of these impressive pieces. It is one of few "Holy Grail" toy cars that is on every discriminating collector's wish list. If you watch tin vehicles on at all,by nowyou've seen the very nice red Alps Packard sedan that has been posted with a Buy It Now of $10,000. Here is your chance to own a similar car at barely a fraction of that cost. Starting at only $.98 with you simply can't go wrong.
Up forsaleis awonderfully restored version of is thispreeminent tinplate toy. After massaging the body to be mirror smooth, the car was painted just as a full size car would be with primer undercoat and hand rubbed auto enamel final finish. The emerald green body has a beautiful high luster. One chip does show on drivers door window frame at back bottom corner. This can be seen in pic #13. Trim all shines brilliantly but there are some dimples and dings. Rear bumper and some trim pieces have been expertly fashioned from aluminum and polished tin. Windows have been replaced with same gauge styrene as originals. Both windows are crystal clear, void of any cracks or breaks and firmly attached. Interior has outstanding fabric designand original large metal steering wheel is still intact.Friction motor still runs like new; long, strong and smooth. Nicely treaded rubber tires are all good with no flat spots.There aretwo small tin panels missing on front and rear of chassis, but if you did not see the slots in chassis you would never know they were gone. I often wondered why these panels were installed on these cars as they seem to serve no purpose other than to possibly hide the tin connecting tabs.This magnificent pieceis by no means a perfect example but evenin restored conditionit has a commanding presence. Again, Ihave on this car and a ridiculous low starting offer. It will sell to the highest buyer. The toy is still an excellent investment piece and one not to be missed.
Last photo is depiction of similar car for reference from The Big Book of Tin Toy Cars.
Check out my other sales for more great old tin toy cars, motorcycles and trucks! I am happy to combine shipping.
International buyers are welcome and encouraged to emailbefore sale ends for shipping rates.
PLEASE READ BEFORE is described to the best of my knowledge and ability. I take many photos from various angles, and all have super size ability. Unless noted, these photos will clearly show the true condition of item. Photos are of actual item being saleed. I recommend each potential buyer view the photos closely. Item is being sold as is so please ask any questions before sale ends and I will be happy to help you.
Your itemwill be securely packaged for asafe journey, but protective shipping coverage is offeredand strongly recommended as I accept no responsibility for item once itis mailed. Delivery confirmation is included on every domestic shipment to insure the package arrives at it's destination. For international shipments, priority airmail and first class postage are available. Shipping charges are fixed as is shipping method.A slight handling charge is built in to cover shipping room costs and help. I do not skimp on packing. I am a collector as well as a dealer, and many times have been chagrined to open a box and find a rare vintage toy broken en route. Not due to postal misuse, but bypoor and insensitivewrapping. You will not receive toys packed like this from me. All my items are thoughtfullyand carefully packed as though I would be mailing them to myself. Prices are set by size and weight.USPS Priority Mail dimensional weight rates will now apply for certain large packages shipped to select zones within the U.S. Priority Mail can be very expensive with an oversize package, as many of my toys require, thereforefor those larger items I use Parcel Post which is just as safe and almost as fast. If you have a concern over cost, or prefer a different method of shipping, please let me know and I will be glad to work with you. Please email any concerns before leaving response, and I will do my best to accommodate you.
All items are shipped day after payment is made unless of postal holiday or some unforeseen weather circumstance.
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Alps Tin Friction 1953 Packard Patrician Sedan 16" Very Good Restored Condition: $1,025