C.1950 Tipp & Co., No. 595 "silver Racer" In Original Box For Sale
Tipp & Co., No.595
Silver Racer in Original Box
of the all-time most popular, as well as most ingenious clockwork tin
litho toys ever conceived was Tippco's Silver Racer, made in West
Germany. Even after more
than 60 years it's still highly desirable in any condition, yet is
seldom found. Super high grade working examples are especially tough to
find and the original box is practically non-existent. Reproduction
boxes way outnumber originals.
After many years this is the first high grade example of the Silver
Racer with its original box I've found. The toy grades in incredible
near mint- condition and all
functions work beautifully! The box is complete and all
original. It conservatively grades good+.
The uniformed driver and co-pilot were produced in two variations; 1)
as in this
example with orange helmets, yellow and black jackets, brown trousers
and black boots, and 2) yellow helmets, orange and yellow jackets, gray
trousers, and brown boots. Although both are difficult to locate, this
example which is variation #1 is much scarcer as compared to #2.
The toy consists of a full-figure uniformed driver and motorcycle with
attached third-wheel side-sled. A matching uniformed daredevil co-pilot
stands crouched and upright on the sled facing straight ahead. As it
moves forward the co-pilot swings down in front of the third wheel and
extends out into empty air. His weight, now shifted far over to the
appears to force the cycle to counter-balance by also turning sharply
left. This suggests that hair-pin turns which would normally be
impossible to negotiate are easily accomplished. The cycle completes
the turn. Then the co-pilot
moves back up into position directly above the sled which appears to
straighten out the cycle's front wheel.
Of course, the ingenious part is that it's all an illusion. Sure, the
counter-balanced weight of the co-pilot probably has some effect, but
the cycle turns
left primarily because its front wheel is connected indirectly to the
moving figure with a metal rod. The synchronization is perfect which
But there are other characteristics which enhance the illusion and add
to the realism.
Ultra-high quality - Notice
how the right and left halves of both the driver and co-pilot line up
precisely and realistically.
Technical lithography - Colors
were purposefully designed to draw your eye to the
action, while subduing the actual mechanicals. For example the
motorcycle's highly embossed surfaces were contrasted in metallic blue
and silver, and the uniformed figures are boldly colored black and
yellow. These colors
cleverly draw your eye away from the neutral gray metal rods which are
responsible for making everything work.
Exceptional design - The attached key was
"hidden" underneath the sled, while the tiny unobtrusive start/stop
switch can barely be seen on the rear of the sled.
The box features a different full color illustration
on the front, top cover, and rear panels. The front shows the co-pilot
crouched parallel to the top of the sled ready to make his move. The
top has the iconic image of the leaning co-pilot extending out
beyond the edge of the sled. While the rear panel has the perspective
from the back of the motorcycle just as it completes its turn. The
side panels were simplified with white line on blue background
Size: 8" long, 5Â½" tall, 6Â¾" wide (co-pilot leaning). Condition: Superb
exceptionally outstanding example. Near mint-. Amazing bold color,
luster, and gloss. No major scratches, dings, dents, or rust. No tire
rim wear. The only signs of wear include the following; a tiny scrape
(caused by movement of the gear) on the floor of the sled just in front
of the co-pilot's toes, a small scrape on the co-pilot's left rear
buttock (caused by movement over the metal guide rod, and lastly the
tiny areas of discoloration due to handling and use on the silver
underside of the sled and front curved edge. That's it! And again the
toy works great; with
everything functioning exactly as it was intended.
The box grades good+, maybe slightly higher. It is complete, but
because it's such a thin wall box it easily sustained damage over the
years. Tears, wear, creases, aging, and a small missing
sliver from the front upper left cover corner exist. Only the exterior
print is missing. The actual box cardboard is still in place so there
is no hole. Colors are strong
despite isolated light stains, faint color fading (rear panel), seam
tears, yellowing, and cracking throughout. Corners and edges are well
worn. Only after close inspection did I notice that one panel on the
inside cover was relined (directly underneath the top cover
interior surface color of this added piece was perfectly matched to the
original panels. This piece was probably added due to all the cracking
and tears present on the top cover. The interior edges were glued
into place so the edges seem stiff. Some overlapping of the paper
probably occurred on the top right corner (see 1st box photo above the
head of the co-pilot). The repairs seem to have been made by removing
the corner staples, gluing the single panel of interior paper into
reinserting the staples. Only problem was that the staples weren't
lined up (should be the same height on every corner) so additional
holes were made on two of the four corners. This has been corrected.
Despite these things the box is very presentable and the fact that it
exists at all is incredible. No repairs were made to
the box bottom. It's only slightly age discolored and lightly faded on
the base panel.
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