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C.1955 Yonezawa, #153 Atom-car In Orig. Box For Sale
Yonezawa, #153 Atom-Car in
Outstanding example of
Yonezawa's awesome 16" long "Atom-Car", open cockpit torpedo style
racer. Resembling some kind of futuristic racer it was one of the most beautifully designed toys to come
out of Japan during the 1950's. It's in pristine condition grading
excellent+ to near mint!
In addition it comes with its original box that still has 100% of its
original paper label. The car is scarce especially in high grade. But
having the box in any condition is indeed a rarity. Since the early
1990's I've seen possibly three, maybe four boxes for this toy that
were complete, or nearly so. It grades excellent.
Most importantly the Atom-Car is complete with all of its original parts.
The driver's head, rear fin, every piece of chrome, and all four black
rubber tire overlays with chrome bubble hubs are present. The tires are
merely rubber shells stretched over plastic orange/yellow wheels and
are frequently cracked, warped, or entirely missing.
Functionally it works great; the friction motor turns easily without
binding, while producing a loud "grrrrrrrr" noise from underneath the
The two-piece box was inexpensively produced using thinly corrugated
cardboard which becomes extremely brittle as it ages. The applied cover
print includes a simple color illustration of the Atom-Car without most
of its detail. The box was produced by Kyodo (KDP) trademark. It was
printed along with Yonezawa's "Y" in opposite lower corners on the
Two additional versions of this car were produced by Yonezawa as
Atom-Car #8 and Atom-Car #27. These differed in some of the lithography
colors, as well as a different driver. #153 was the only Atom-Car
produced with the round head, brown helmeted driver.
Size: 16". Condition: Car grades excellent+ to near mint, complete with
all original parts, and both friction motor and sound work great.
Chrome is bright and glossy without any flaking or rust. Tires show no
rim wear. The most prominent wear point is on the top-right of the
driver's helmet. Underneath the car there's a faint scuff in the center
chassis near the tail. The large rear fin has a tiny spot of wear on
the front and rear corners. Other than that there are isolated tiny
nicks and scratches which are all small and commensurate with its
infrequent handling. Black tire overlays are all present although the
front left is not perfectly centered on the hub. I didn't want to take
the chance of trying to recenter it and possibly crack the rubber and
it's such a minor thing that I left it alone. Front right tire has a
similar issue, but it's not as noticeable.
The box grades excellent with 100% of its original cover print intact.
There are several white pinpoint size flecks, some residue in the upper
right corner and an occasional nick or paper scuff (such as some spots
on the tail fin). The cover corners do show some wear and light
cracking. The interior cover corners are reinforced, but these are so
well done they may have been intentionally added at the factory. The
front left vertical cover edge is also creased, but it's hardened from
age. A sliver of exterior cardboard is missing from three of the four
cover corners. The entire box hasn't any other tears, holes, or
repairs. The condition is really amazing.
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