What's for sale?
This is a battery-operated, toy cable car in green plastic and in its original box. It's by the Cosmo toy company of Hong Kong and is modelled on a suspension railway car, rather than an Alpine cable car. It was available in red and green and this green version is usually harder to find.
It is a simple design which also uses black and silver-coloured plastic. Silhouettes of the drivers and passengers are printed on a paper background and fixed behind the windows.
Inside is the battery compartment for two type 'D' batteries powering the motor and a light at each end. A protruding switch at the front controls the motor and changes the car's direction. The motor is meant to move the car along the supplied cord, which the instructions show rigged between two trees.
We have tested that the motor and lights work but we have not tried it on the cable, and we cannot confirm that it is fully operational. You should consider it as a display piece only.
The passenger compartment is not normally illuminated from behind. However, we've seen toys like this used as ceiling decorations and they also look great at Christmas hanging up and illuminated from the inside by LEDs. We are including some battery-powered LEDs to get you started.
This is new-old-stock, which means that while it is old and the packaging may be worn or damaged, it has not been retailed to the public.
Who made it and when?
It was probably made during the 1960s or perhaps the 1970s. The maker's mark on the battery cover reads:
- NO. 9991
- MADE IN HONG KONG
- PATENT NO.
What condition is it in?
- New-old-stock (old retail stock that has never retailed)
- The toy is in very good, unused condition
- The box is in good condition
- The box is worn, creased and there is a patch of blue ink on the front
- The instruction sheet is a non-original photo-copy
- The switch, the motor and the two lights at each end work
- We haven't tested the motor on the cable, so we can't confirm that it is fully operational
- It is sold as an item for display and not as a working toy
What are the measurements?
- 22cm long
- 4cm wide
- 4.5cm high
- 281 grams including the packaging
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