Focal Point: Hot Rod – Unknown (attributed to Marx) • c. 1958
By Steve Butler
THE PICTURED green hot rod was issued by Saunders Tool & Die. The majority of this very popular toy were in red plastic with much fewer examples in blue, green and yellow produced. Saunders toy productions ended around 1956.
Sometime thereafter some other firm, with Marx being the best suspect, acquired some of the Saunders molds and reissued the red hot rod that is also pictured. Without changing the Saunders molds, the reissued hot rod included the following changes: