Ford in Miniature – 1935 Truck

‘Americas Great Truck Value Line’

By Dave Turner

1935 was a great year for Ford in many respects, they sold more cars and more trucks than any other US maker, the years of depression were receding, and Ford had new models in all sectors.

Ford’s 1935 truck line appeared more modern, the old Model A/B styling gave way to smoother outlines with no windscreen visor, and a grille that resembled that of the new 1935 cars whilst echoing the 1933 to 1934 cars pattern. A 221 cubic inches V8 motor was standard across the board. The ½ ton pick up came on a 112” wheelbase while a step up came with the 131½” chassis with a 7½” optional extension. For the larger trucks a 157” chassis was produced while an optional 11” extension for that was available for use in buses and other specialised vehicles.

A reasonable number of miniature 1935 trucks have been recorded but many are likely to take some finding and the identity and details of some are confused eighty or so years later. For example, the popularity of rubber toys in the 1930s and 1940s resulted in several makers in the US joining in. Two of these, the Auburn Rubber Co. and the Barr Rubber company, are both recorded as having produced 1935 trucks although most illustrations seem to be captioned as Barr products. The latter are also known to have produced some 1935 panel vans.

Some very attractive vehicular themed liquor decanters have been produced by the Jim BeamCompany and they include both pickups and tow trucks based on the 1935 Ford. Access to the liquid contents is gained by removing the top of the cab which allows the stopper located in the passenger seat to be removed. Another unlikely entry in the 1935 truck list is a child’s pedal car based on a 1935 pick up in a range called Beginnerkar.

For a quality diecast we have to go to Danbury Mint who produced some pick ups in a variety of liveries from 1995 while the DeHames Model Company, having begun in the 1970s and still operating, produced some models for the Ford Milestone Collection. One of these was based on some promotional ’35 Ford 131 ½” tractor units, coupled to Wood tanker bodied trailers and liveried “Ford Benzol” for delivering in the Detroit area.

Another 1930s US toymaker was Erie and they are recorded as having produced diecast pickups, ice trucks and tow trucks based on the ’35 Ford while another contemporaryTootsietoy produced a tow truck but it was simply a hook cast onto the modified rear section of their 1935 Coupe. More recent offerings came from Racing Champions with a 1:56 scale diecast pickup together with a tow truck. The latter was the pickup, minus the opening tailgate and the addition of a combined lifting boom and light bar. The detachable hood was made in one piece with a flat head V8 located beneath it.

Spec Cast distributed Liberty Classics diecast promotion models, or premiums, one of which was a bank/money box in the shape of a 1:25 scale 1935 pickup. Six barrels of fuel sit in the load box, the tops of which slide to the side to reveal the coin slot, while a lockable, hinged trap door in the base allows the retrieval of funds. A smaller inexpensive diecast pickup came from Road Champs around 1999 and this featured a drop down tailgate and opening cab doors, although only the lower section of the latter open. Road Champs was one of the many sub-series produced in China by Yatming.

‘Americas Great Truck Value Line’ 1935 Ford Truck
BY DAVE TURNER

 

1935 was a great year for Ford in many respects, they sold more cars and more trucks than any other US maker, the years of depression were receding, and Ford had new models in all sectors.

Ford’s 1935 truck line appeared more modern, the old Model A/B styling gave way to smoother outlines with no windscreen visor, and a grille that resembled that of the new 1935 cars whilst echoing the 1933 to 1934 cars pattern. A 221 cubic inches V8 motor was standard across the board. The ½ ton pick up came on a 112” wheelbase while a step up came with the 131½” chassis with a 7½” optional extension. For the larger trucks a 157” chassis was produced while an optional 11” extension for that was available for use in buses and other specialised vehicles.

A reasonable number of miniature 1935 trucks have been recorded but many are likely to take some finding and the identity and details of some are confused eighty or so years later. For example, the popularity of rubber toys in the 1930s and 1940s resulted in several makers in the US joining in. Two of these, the Auburn Rubber Co. and the Barr Rubber company, are both recorded as having produced 1935 trucks although most illustrations seem to be captioned as Barr products. The latter are also known to have produced some 1935 panel vans.

Some very attractive vehicular themed liquor decanters have been produced by the Jim BeamCompany and they include both pickups and tow trucks based on the 1935 Ford. Access to the liquid contents is gained by removing the top of the cab which allows the stopper located in the passenger seat to be removed. Another unlikely entry in the 1935 truck list is a child’s pedal car based on a 1935 pick up in a range called Beginnerkar.

For a quality diecast we have to go to Danbury Mint who produced some pick ups in a variety of liveries from 1995 while the DeHames Model Company, having begun in the 1970s and still operating, produced some models for the Ford Milestone Collection. One of these was based on some promotional ’35 Ford 131 ½” tractor units, coupled to Wood tanker bodied trailers and liveried “Ford Benzol” for delivering in the Detroit area.

Another 1930s US toymaker was Erie and they are recorded as having produced diecast pickups, ice trucks and tow trucks based on the ’35 Ford while another contemporaryTootsietoy produced a tow truck but it was simply a hook cast onto the modified rear section of their 1935 Coupe. More recent offerings came from Racing Champions with a 1:56 scale diecast pickup together with a tow truck. The latter was the pickup, minus the opening tailgate and the addition of a combined lifting boom and light bar. The detachable hood was made in one piece with a flat head V8 located beneath it.

Spec Cast distributed Liberty Classics diecast promotion models, or premiums, one of which was a bank/money box in the shape of a 1:25 scale 1935 pickup. Six barrels of fuel sit in the load box, the tops of which slide to the side to reveal the coin slot, while a lockable, hinged trap door in the base allows the retrieval of funds. A smaller inexpensive diecast pickup came from Road Champs around 1999 and this featured a drop down tailgate and opening cab doors, although only the lower section of the latter open. Road Champs was one of the many sub-series produced in China by Yatming.

Illustrations: 1935 Ford Trucks

1,2 &3. Road Champs 1:43 diecast from China: 48247 Pick up ‘Lionel Trains’

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4 & 5 Racing Champions 1:56 diecast from China: Pick up, rather untidy lift off hood.

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6 & 7 Racing Champions 1:56 diecast from China: Tow truck variation on the pick up.

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8 & 9 DeHanes 1:52 resin from USA: ‘Ford Milestone Collection’ 131 ½” tractor unit with Wood tanker trailer, ‘Ford Benzol’

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10 & 11 Liberty Classics 1:25 diecast from China: Pick up ‘American Airlines’.

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12. Barr Rubber Co. rubber from the USA: open truck and panel van

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13 Jim Beam decanter from USA: Pick up

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14 Jim Beam decanter from USA: Tow truck

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15 Danbury Mint 1:24 diecast from China: 505 Pick up

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1935 Truck Listing

Auburn USA 1930s Open Truck 4.75″ Rubber
Barr USA 1930s Open Truck 4.75″ Rubber
Barr USA 1930s Panel Van 4.25″ Rubber
Jim Beam USA 1980s Pickup Glass
Jim Beam USA 1980s Tow Truck Glass
Beginnerkar USA Pickup Pedal Car
Danbury Mint China 505 1995 Pickup 1:24 Diecast
DeHanes USA 131.5″ Tractor and Tanker 168mm 1:52 Resin
Erie USA 1930s Pickup 5″ Diecast

 


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