And in excellent condition it's also the highest grade example left in the world without doubt! Like the Marx company did frequently the toy was built with the same base, buildings, pumps, and car lift used for other Marx sets such as the Used Car Lot, Bus Terminal, General Alarm Fire House.Only the lithography is different. However, one of the big differences between this and some of the other sets; its production was cut short after only one year due to the War.
Which is why so few have been found. It's all lithographed tinplate with a pressed steel truck. It has two electrically lighted gas pumps wired to a battery hidden in the building. The bulbs are new reproductions.The pump handles and hoses are original. Three "stand-up" signs separate the pumps.
The one in the center holds four NOS rubber tires. The lift raises and lowers manually. The side lever has its original wooden handle. A tin litho air pump is in the right rear corner by the lift. The buildings were lithoed with white bricks and glass windows.
From the rear you can see men mechanics and car washers working among the vehicles. The roofs to the Washing and Greasing stations are corrugated and lithoed with a large white sea gull in the center above a blue ocean with the name Gull Oil above and below. A lever behind the center building turns the lights on and off. The set was completely rewired professionally to install a new positive terminal inside the building. The dump truck is blue and yellow with black wooden wheels and stamped "Made in USA".
The radiator assembly has a bronze finish which I haven't seen before aquiring this special set. There are no identifying marks. The box is is one piece with the lid hinged in the back. It's printed in red on a yellow background on the top and sides. The front and rear were printed red on a white background.The instructions show installation of the gas pump bulbs and their operation. The truck is beautiful and one of the best I've seen. It has a couple flecks on the outside of the bed, and a faint small rub on the roof. Also spotty wear on the edges of the running boards and dump bed. The extreme left tip of the front bumper has a spot of rust which is so small and blends so well into the color of the metal that I hadn't noticed before this examination. The box is excellent and complete. It's solid with square edges and panels. It has only a couple of light cover creases. Just some softening around the front and side panel edges. The lid has a small stain spot which is probably not removable.
It also has the original owner's name, Norman Becker written in pencil in the upper left corner. The fact that it was "Norman's Gasstation" was reaffirmed with some pencil text in the center right area. Also three bunches of pencil point or compass point holes which didn't perforate the cardboard. I guess Norman was bored.
The instruction sheet is discolored and is missing a section of the lower right corner and upper left edges. However all of the text and schematics are complete. A once in a lifetime opportunity.
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This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Tin\Other Vintage Tin Toys". The seller is "raremarxplaysets" and is located in Colts Neck, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States.