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Mattel's Dream Car

Mattel's Dream Car
Creator: Mattel Inc.
Date: 1953
Mattel made this "Dream Car" in the 1950s. According to the Mattel catalog of 1953, the car was available in four futuristic colors of Red Blaze (pictured), Chartruese Dreamliner, Black Diamond and Blue Bullet. It was described as "The only car of its kind in the world of toys. Low slung, impact resistant plastic body. Permanent, high gloss chrome trim. BOMBER BUBBLE transparent convertible top. SPEED STREAK friction motor. 4 furturistic colors. Individually packed in eye catching 3 color box."


Model Pontiac

Model Pontiac
Date: between 1956 and 1959
The car was given to Danny R. Sevy by his grandfather, John Henry Sevy, in 1959. It was purchased new from the Pontiac dealer in Louisburg, Miami County, Kansas. These model cars were produced as marketing tools by Pontiac.


Timely Turnabout toy car

Timely Turnabout toy car
Creator: Timely Toys Inc.
Date: between 1950 and 1960
Timely toys, Inc. produced the Timely Turnabout car in the 1950s. This futuristic car has a clockwork key mechanism. A fifth wheel in the the car's center causes it to turn around.


Toy jeep

Toy jeep
Date: between 1947 and 1960
This brightly colored toy jeep was made in Japan after World War II, either during or shortly following U.S. military occupation. Toys such as this were produced for export to the United States.


Toy Mobilgas car

Toy Mobilgas car
Creator: Mattel, Inc.
Date: between 1950 and 1963
Mattel produced this tin racer with a promotional Mobilgas logo in several colors. The Socony Mobil Oil Company changed its tradename from "Mobilgas" to "Mobil" in 1963.


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