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Joustra French tin wind up, complicated mechanism.

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Model Cars972 of 1806My collection of early matchbox cars. Camtoy dump truck, wind up tin. 30s?
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Posted 3 years ago

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Dr_Rambow
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Bought this from a collection up in North Jersey. A little outside my collecting interests, but I only got it because I thought it was different. The gentlemen had some other Schuco cars (which have a similar amount of text on the bottom), so I suppose this may have been acquired around the same time he was getting those.

The mechanism on this one is REALLY neat. Wind it up, flick the switch to "go" and the car starts to go along in a straight line. Eventually it will start turning left, make a 90 degree change in direction, and continue. At one point, the car will stop, the hood will pop open, and the man opens the door to see what the problem is. He eventually goes back in the car and then repeats the whole process over. By far the coolest piece, mechanically speaking, that I have.

Mystery Solved

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  1. RonM RonM, 3 years ago
    Good one.
  2. Benking, 3 years ago
    Wow, I sure wish to find such too!

    So, Made in France?
  3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 3 years ago
    Yep, made in France by Joustra, probably 1950s. I think it's a really neat thing, and apparently so do a lot of folks. Thanks for the love!
  4. RonM RonM, 3 years ago
    Every time this one pops up,I like it more.
  5. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 3 years ago
    Woah, I'm flattered by the amount of attention this got. Thanks everyone!
  6. Benking, 3 years ago
    Rambow, every time I look at it, I am overjoyed!

    Think that I saw one a few years ago, and I now wish I had tried it!

    Is that a complex mechanism?

    Happy St-Valentine!
  7. t54, 3 years ago
    Joustra (Jouets de Strasbourg) made a whole series of these, with different mechanical functions, bodies and colors, from 1951 to 1960. There is even a 2-decker bus with tourists popping out of the roof! They were inspired by a German toy by Prottengaier, re-issued with various bodies since 1938.
    I had that very toy sedan shown in the above picture when I was 5 years old. They sold so many that it is rather easy to find on eBay France and even in the USA, average price for a good one is about $150.00.

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