Toys of Yesterday and Today

Manoil P-9 Plastic Pickup Truck



We’ve previously taken a look at one of the seven Manoil die cast cars produced in the early 1930’s – Manoil Sedan – read post here. But did you know they also manufactured plastic toys?

To give you a quick refresh of their history, The Manoil Manufacturing Company was started by two brothers (Jack & Maurice) in 1934. Originally located in Manhattan, they later moved to Waverly, New York. They continued to manufacture toys until 1955 and subsequently shut down production due to economic conditions.

The truck pictured above is a post-WWII plastic pickup truck that was produced in their last years of manufacturing – in the 1950’s.

This pickup truck is 2-7/8″ in length and has the following markings on the bottom:


Made in the USA




Manoil logo

This pickup truck was made of a hard, thin plastic and had rubber wheels with metal axels. According to the pictures in my reference books, it would seem that these toys were very plain. No writing, advertising, decorations, etc. However, it appears that the owner of this particular truck wanted extra embellishments and hand-painted their own advertisements and accents on the body and side doors to make the toy more attractive.

Manoil toy cars, trucks, automobiles are no longer being manufactured, however, they can still be found and would make a very affordable collector. Remember, Manoil made both metal and plastic toys offering a nice mix for your collection. Happy Hunting!



Posted 4 years, 6 months ago at 6:38 pm.

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Coca-Cola Ford Beverage Delivery Truck-Siku




Advertising collectibles are some of the most sought after items around, especially those associated with top market brands. Now while some find the older pieces more desirable, there are more current items out there – like this pictured Ford Coca-Cola Delivery Truck, #2918 – that are just as interesting due to its association with Coca-Cola.

Manufactured in West Germany by Siku ( Sieper Werke Gmb H) this model is a 1:55 scale model ‘die cast’ item. Siku Eurobuilt manufactured this truck to scale, accurately depicting the real truck in all of its specifications. This even included the blueprints and working details associated with the actual truck. Note: Siku is also registered as making toys in not only West Germany but also Great Britain and here in the United States.

The measurements of the original – life-sized – Coca-Cola delivery truck are as follows:

  1. Overall length – 411.4′
  2. Wheel base – 238.4′
  3. Overall height – 132.0′
  4. Overall width – 110.0′
  5. Cab height – 107.7′
  6. Track, front – 68.3′

On this diecast model, you’ll find that the truck panels open and it comes with its own hand truck and beverage cases (plastic). This classy model even has independent suspension! A lot of Coca-Cola collectibles are out there, however, you may find that this particular one is harder to find with Siku manufacturing some of the best diecast model toys for the collector.


Posted 6 years ago at 7:38 pm.

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Custom Fleetside El Camino 1968 – 1969 Redline!

Harry Bradley’s Custom El Camino was the first car he designed for Mattel. It was modeled after his own ‘custom truck’ which he drove to work every day.

This Custom Fleetside El Camino was produced in both the US and Hong Kong. The US version can easily be identified by the mold mark on the black plastic bed cover. Another identifying mark is the very small steering wheel. Below you will find some more design features:

  • Produced in 11 different colors
  • Metal chassis
  • Plastic interior
  • Black roof
  • Black plastic cover on the truck
  • Horizontal taillights (US only)
  • Carburetor pipes extending out of hood
  • Mold mark on truck bed cover (US only)
  • Small steering wheel (US only)
  • Raised dashboard (US only)
  • Redline wheels

This was one of the original ‘redline’ Hot Wheel cars produced by Mattel and still remains a hot collectible today.

If you are looking for a good Hot Wheels book I recommend Tomart’s Price Guide to Hot Wheels. This is my favorite guide book for identifying Hot Wheels.


Posted 7 years, 11 months ago at 9:24 pm.

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