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Schuco Radio Auto Music Box
By Bill Jelen

About a year ago, someone wrote in the MBSI Bulletin about finding a toy tin car with music box made by Schuco. They were looking for more information, and since my subscription lapsed, I am not sure if any information was provided.

In yesterday's mail, I received the latest catalog from the Lilliput Company (1-800-TIN-TOYS). Lilliput is a distributor for a European company that is making new toys from the original Schuco dies. On page 3 of the catalog is a new item which sounds like a re-issue of the above mentioned toy. Here is the description:

New! #5000 Radio Auto $299.50
Schuco finally retooled the Radio Auto after 52 years. Made from 1938- 1943, the #5000 had the shortest product life of any Schuco toy, hence the desirability of the few extent originals. They have fetched more than $4500 at auction! The "radio" is an actual music-box. You turn the music on-off by moving the antenna. You set the steering by moving the fog lamp. Automatic stop-go feature will bring a big grin! Tu-tone paint jobs. Colors: Dark Blue / Light Blue, Dark Green / Light Green 5.62" long.

The 64 page color catalog has a picture of the Radio Auto as well as many other tin toys, and new this year, 2 pages of Reuge & Jobin music boxes.

Bill Jelen

(Message sent Tue 3 Dec 1996, 22:58:38 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Auto, Box, Music, Radio, Schuco

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