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Category: Pressed Steel toys

Triang Hi-Way pressed steel truck

by Peter
Categories: Pressed Steel toys, Tri-ang
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In 1966 a new Tri-ang range of pressed steel vehicles which was the Hi-Way series and branded as ‘modern trucks for modern children’ was produced.

One I have is the tipper and pre-dates 1969 as the wheel centres changed in 1969 to a moulded centre rather than the flat disc.


Wheel type after 1969

triang wheel type 2

This Triang tipper  has been lightly restored, rather than re-painted, I have taken it apart a good clean including the glass and put back together, I think it looks better this way.


On the subject of glass, there are two types, the one above is a rigid  clear plastic and quite hard, the glass unit has the screen and back window attached by the top only an can crack easy, the second type had side pieces that can be seen through the side windows as seen below.

This type is a softer plastic and distorts over time as can also be seen in the picture close up.

triang windows

My second Truck would of had coloured wooden bricks in the back.

Triang HiWay 4

Triang HiWay 5


Many collectors don’t like this later toy, although I like them as they stem from my era.

This series would continue through to the end of Tri-ang in 1973.

Tonka, Pepsi bottle truck

by Peter
Categories: Buddy L, Pressed Steel toys, Tonka, Trucks
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When you mention the words Tonka Toys to almost anyone, the image of big yellow metal trucks falling from cliffs and quietly rusting away in the back yard comes to just about all of us, but there was far more to Tonka toys over the years but still to this day the big yellow truck is synonymous to Tonka.

From the late 1970′s comes this Pepsi bottle truck complete with it’s bottle crates.

Scales at about 1:24.


The pictures below shows this truck with the Buddy L Coca Cola version of the same scale.



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Kovap, pressed steel, Volkswagen T2 vehicles

by Peter
Categories: Kovap, Pressed Steel toys, Tinplate Toys, Vans, Volkswagen
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This is a make of toy I had never heard of before buying this one and is made in  the Czech Republic.

These are scaled at 1:43 and is actually a very nice example.


This ambulance is numbered 0613.


A second model I have is 0611 T2 pick-up.

Kovap T2 pickup

As can be seen from the picture below there are a few to collect.


The real vehicle

The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus (US) or Camper (UK), is a cabover panel van introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Following – and initially deriving from Volkswagen’s first model, the Type 1 (Beetle) – it was given the factory designation Type 2.


Real vehicle text and picture from Wikipedia

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Buddy L, Coca Cola truck

by Peter
Categories: Buddy L, Pressed Steel toys, Tonka
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Buddy “L” toys were originally manufactured by the Moline Pressed Steel Company, started by Fred A. Lundahl in 1910. The company originally manufactured automobile fenders and other stamped auto body parts for the automobile industry.

Buddy L made such products as toy cars, dump trucks, delivery vans, fire engines, construction equipment, and trains. Fred Lundahl used to manufacture for International Harvester trucks. He started by making a toy dump truck out of steel scraps for his son Buddy. Soon after, he started selling Buddy L “toys for boys”, made of pressed steel.

Above info from Wikipedia

Buddy L 1979 Coca-Cola Delivery Truck



Complete with plastic lid and bottle crates, scales at about 1:24.

Something you don’t see on many pressed steel toys is the opening bonnet with a detailed engine.

A comparision with the Tonka Pepsi bottle truck below



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