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The Tinplate and General toy sale held on the 22nd of June started with 153 lots of tinplate and plastic, including pre and post war Triang Minic cars, lorries, buses and trains. There were Wells tinplate clockwork vehicles, items from Mettoy, Lehmann, Triang, Mobo, plus other German, Spanish, Russian, American and further manufacturers. There was a nice selection of large scale scratch/kit built boats, plus smaller boats and pond yachts. The sale also included scarce Tipp & Co Mercedes models, and Japanese made friction drive cars. The General Toys included Corgi, Oxford Diecast, EFE, Lledo, Matchbox, Lansdowne and many more, including Heavy Haulage and Aviation Archive. The sale included military war gaming figures, ships and aircraft; Atari boxed games, 7” and 12” vinyl records, cabinets, books, DVDs, and board games, plus much much more.


Mettoy tinplate clockwork "National Benzole" Tanker - smaller scale model is yellow with grey chassis, tinprinted balloon wheels, some minor marks here and there but otherwise an Excellent bright example with clockwork motor in working order and integral key, 7"/18cm long.
Estimate: £70 - £90 Sold For: £240
Triang (UK) "E-type Jaguar" pressed steel Pedal Car circa 1963 - has been restored to a Good standard in metallic blue Hammerite style finish with silver seat, lacks hub caps but does include the lattice style spoked wheels and white steering wheel together with white plastic half bumpers to front and rear and an "Jaguar E-type" badge to front. The pedals, running gear and steering are in working order, 42"/106cm long with LBL 4242 registration number to rear although lacks the windscreen assembly. Becoming harder to find.
Estimate: £150 - £200 Sold For: £320
Lines Bros (Triang UK) "Sports" pre-war Pedal Car - scarce example dating from the 1937 catalogue, pressed steel construction with detailed radiator grille, lacks the folded hood, windscreen and some of the hub caps but does include the original metal steering wheel, detailed radiator grille and seat, 42"/107cm long. The running gear and pedals appears complete and the car has been painted yellow and black to a Good standard, fitted with balloon wheels.
Estimate: £200 - £300 Sold For: £380
Haji (Japan) very rare Ford Sunliner tinplate friction drive Opentop Car - circa 1955, red lower with cream upper, matching tinprinted interior, bright plated parts, minor corrosion to the steering wheel and minor age related marks near the rear lamps - otherwise overall an Excellent scarce example fitted with steerable front wheels from the steering wheel, 11.5"/30cm long. The first such example that Vectis have had and comes in a plain cardboard box.
Estimate: £900 - £1,100 Sold For: £900
Nomura (TN Toys of Japan) 1950's tinplate Fire Engine - battery operated example is red, with elevating 2-piece ladder, includes 4 x Firemen figures (3 of them standing), battery operated with clean battery compartment to underside - Near Mint to Mint in a Good Plus card box with illustrated lid and inner packing piece.
Estimate: £160 - £200 Sold For: £320
Marusan (Japan) tinplate Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door Sedan circa 1954 - very scarce friction drive model car, 11"/29cm long, orange lower with yellow roof, detailed tinprinted interior, bright plated parts, some slight retouching to some of the window pillars and to a small scratch above a rear wing, 1 cm gap to one of the white side flashes over the rear wheels - otherwise an Excellent bright example fitted with steerable wheels and substantial friction drive motor. All is contained in a Good quality reproduction card box.
Estimate: £700 - £800 Sold For: £700
Wiking, Herpa, Tomytec, Brekina and similar a boxed group to include 2 x Tomytec Moving Bus System Sets, boxed vehicles including Wiking Special Truck Trailer, Cranes, Buses, Tractors, Cars, plus others similar. Conditions appear generally Excellent to Mint in generally Good to Near Mint boxes. (38)
Estimate: £60 - £80 Sold For: £240
Rob Eddie (Brooklin) a boxed RE30B 1950 Volvo PV61 in yellow. Conditions appear Mint in generally Near Mint box. (1)
Estimate: £50 - £60 Sold For: £140
Gemini 200, Herpa and similar a boxed Aviation group to include G2 MOH06 Convair CV-440, G2PAA 313 Douglas DC-3, G2 REP281 Convair CV-580, 556507 Convair CV-440 "SAS", 553599 Vickers Viscount 700 "Air France" plus others. Conditions appear generally Near Mint to Mint in generally Excellent to Near Mint boxes. (6)
Estimate: £50 - £70 Sold For: £320
Dinky, Triang Spot-on a unboxed group to include 1 Spot-on model Morris Mini Van in yellow, Dinky Superior Rescuer on Cadillac chassis, Ford Zodiac "Police" plus others similar. Conditions appear generally Fair to Good. (12)
Estimate: £50 - £70 Sold For: £260