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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a very rare and early Distler tin wind up motorcyclist.  This motorcycle toy was manufactured in Germanyduring the 1920’s.  The only marking is on the fuel tank and it reads “MADE IN GERMANY”.   The heavy embossing of the motorcycle components and driver in addition to the great detail in the lithography makes this toy a great example of the fine workmanship that went into early German tin toy motorcycles.  The wind up motor works when tested in the air, but fails to move the motorcycle when set on a surface.  The motor has a very short spring so the toy has a short run time.  The front forks have suffered a bend and paint loss, they remain strong and currently they are straight.  The front axle has been replaced and it works properly.  The litho surface of the toy has darkening with staining and some minor corrosion primarily on the left side.  The rear wheel has a factory die-cut error on one of the two parts near the seam in the tire area which you can see clearly in photo #12.  With the exception of the replaced axle this motorcycle is completely original.  We were able to confirm the identity of this motorcycle using a reprint of a 1928 Distler toy catalog.  The catalog is titled “THE TOYS OF JOHANN DISTLER NUREMBERG, GERMANY  Catalog Of Approximately 1928”.  This motorcycle is listed in that catalog as the “Motorcyclist” model No. 323W (please see photo #11 for a photo of the catalog page). This very early and rare toy motorcycle measures nearly 6 ½” in length and 4 ¼” tall.  It is very likely you do not have one of these in your antique toy collection, so don’t miss the opportunity to own this rare Distler motorcyclist!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL 10 PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THE TOY.

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Price: $1,695.00
Availability: SOLD