C.1955 Yonezawa, #153 Atom-car In Orig. Box
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C.1955 Yonezawa, #153 Atom-car In Orig. Box:
Toy Name: Yonezawa, #153 Atom-Car in Original Box Year: c.1955 Description: 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 chassis!
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 cover.
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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