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Old 09-17-2011, 03:38 PM
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Smile Mini Marx racers ...........

Marx was an American toy company that produced a wide variety of toys. They had a distribution centre in Swansea, Wales which served the whole of the UK. To keep up with demand for their products they sub contracted work to a number of companies in Hong Kong.

This toy car is clearly inspired by the 1965 Indianapolis 500 winner - a Lotus 38 driven by Jim Clark which carried the number '82'. The '500' link is further enforced by the information on the header card. The "Roll Free Wheels" is an attempt by Marx to cash in on Mattel's "Hot Wheels" phenomena. So I guess this model dates from the late 1960's. It was manufactured in Hong Kong.

Construction is interesting. The base is die-cast metal and the body is tinplate. Engine and exhaust system are plated plastic as are the wheel hubs. The tyres are real rubber. Finishing touches include a clear plastic windscreen, plastic steering wheel and a plastic driver figure.

I bought both the red and green versins back in the late 1980's and paid a princely sum of 95p for each one.

Mini Marx 500 Type Racer 1 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Mini Marx 500 Type Racer 2 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Mini Marx 500 Type Racer 3 by Chris*4, on Flickr

Mini Marx 500 Type Racer 4 by Chris*4, on Flickr
Cheers Chris
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