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Crescent Toys are probably better known for their older models from the mid sixties and earlier, between 1975 and 1980 a series of diecast trucks based on the French Berliet were produced, little information is available on these or the model range, therefore only what I know as fact has been added to this article.
It all started with the Crescent concrete mixer.
I do like the simplicity of these models, along with Lone Star and Triang of the time, many makers followed a generic route although it has been said these Crescent trucks are based on the French Berliet trucks as already mentioned.
Using the same basic chassis a selection of pickup type trucks were also produced, two of them seen below.
The military cargo truck would of had a moulded plastic canvas cover. and could of been numbered as 1260.
The exhausts are very susceptible to being broken off.
The trucks also have a plastic drop down tailgate, I have seen another coloured version in lime green.
The Recovery crane is the fourth one I have and was also in the military green, this would of has black gas bottles in the recess holes in the back, seen below.
All the number plate are the same CTC 53N making it 1975.
In 1980, Crescent Toys was bought up by DCMT and the name disappeared.
Updated; There was also a tipper although as yet I haven’t found one, a picture of an old Ebay listing has been found on Google (see below).
Another generic truck from the same production period, 1975, is shown below, this is so far the only version I’ve seen, even has the same number plate as the models above.
One of the many ranges produced by Lone Star was the Impy 1:76 scaled range of trucks etc.
Some of these are shown below;
Firstly these two Leyland trucks, based on the prototype Leyland gas turbine truck (see picture further down the page).
Next the Merryweather Fire engine with fully extending ladders and stabilisers, also based on a Leyland/AEC cab and chassis from the late 1960′s
The real Leyland gas turbine truck
The Leyland Gas Turbine Truck project evolved from Leyland’s acquisition of Rover in 1967. Rover had produced a succession of gas-turbine cars in the ‘fifties & ‘sixties and by 1968 gas-turbines had been developed for road transport.
Picture and text from http://ccmv.aecsouthall.co.uk/
Chad Valley started way back in 1860 as a stationary printers and went on to make board games, the name Chad Valley came from a local brook/stream called the Chad in Harbourne.
This truck, Numbered 232 was produced between 1949 and 1953 under the Wee Kin brand also owned by Chad Valley.
Made of diecast metal , it has a clockwork motor and operating tower.
This particular truck chassis has been used for many body types including a milk truck, breakdown truck and a flat bed truck among many others.
Chad Valley was bought out by Palitoy in 1978 and the name finally bought by Woolworth’s in 1988, the Chad Valley name still continues and made elsewhere.
For the full Chad Valley history see the PDF on this link http://www.giochidelloca.it/storia/valley.pdf
The Lone Star ‘Superfreighters’ used the Kings of the Road chassis casting as the tractor of the small range of artic trucks, these came during the Kings of the Road series released in 1983 and finally discontinued in 1986 the one below is numbered 1601 and in the livery of the then popular Roadline parcel carrier (previously the number 1601 was the Kings of the Road farm truck) The 1601 farm truck continued as 1801 in 1982 until 1986.
Below is the cab chassis unit by itself, showing the black plastic insert added to the basic, Kings of the Road chassis cab.
Another I have is this Lone Star Super Roadmasters, extending crane truck, number 1292.
The main difference between the two ranges is Superfreighters are branded box trailers, such as Roadline, Birdseye, Walls ice cream etc, whereas the Super roadmasters includes a crane as above, a tipper, fuel tanker etc, Super Roadmasters were released earlier in 1980, there was 6 Super Roadmasters produced and 6 of the Superfreighters were produced from 1983, probably future liveries were planned but never materialised.
For more on the Kings of the Road range Click here