Steve Butler — November 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Really “Hopped Up”

BY STEVE BUTLER

Northern Indiana had its share of stock car tracks which served as the primary source of our family entertainment in the early 1950’s. Add to that my youthful (and continuing) preference for vehicular toys and the appeal of vintage, toy stock cars becomes obvious. Unfortunately, I can only remember owning two as a kid. Both were plastic, relatively inexpensive and are the subjects of this narrative.

First, cheapest and my favorite is a 4.5-inch stock car that was issued for several years, probably beginning in the late 1940’s. It is a rather realistic version of a 1937 Ford coupe in stock car form. Missing are bumpers, grill, headlights and taillights, hood side panels, portions of front and rear fenders and all trim. The stocker consists of 6 pieces. There is a single-piece body with a slot just below the exposed radiator at the front and beneath the lower end of the trunk. These slots are used to attach the front and rear ends of the frame. Atop the frame is a decently detailed flathead V/8 followed by lesser defined transmission, drive shaft and differential. All four plastic wheels are heat-mushroomed onto the axles.

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