Once again, the design of the pickup was based on the Ford F series of the period. Custom vans were produced in a 3 year span from 1977-1979. The key identifying feature is the hood design. The twin short antennas were replaced with a single whip. You're going to need a catalog to see the color variations to determine a 1966 from a 1965. In 1978, model 3875 Para-Medic Unit, 3885 Winnebago Camper and 3956 Utility truck were part of the new Play People series. The embossed Tonka T that had graced the grille on the 1958 through 1960 models was removed.
A trailer hitch is on both. In other words a raised white letter sidewall on the same floatation tire already in use. The hood now sported a scoop, unique to 1957. The Tonka T was now emblazoned on the center of the front bumper. I have putting together photos I have taken of my toys to build this terrific online reference and Museum Website with Literally Thousands of photos documenting the history of Tonka Toys from 1948 until the late 60's. In 1979, even after a radical color and graphics change to Bell Telephone, the truck still carried the 3956 model number.
If you are vintage treasure hunters like us, you will understand what we are referring to! Just please keep that in mind when you receive an antique item. Release Year: 1978-84 Release Year: 1969 A rare color version only produced in 1973. As soon as we have a cleared payment from you, we will send out your item s within 1-3 business days--we usually ship out orders the next day. The 1974 version is based on Tonka's standard model 2360 Style-Side pickup. The tire retained the narrow whitewall and the same wheel cover as the previous years. The tire was changed to an injection molded plastic material as was the separate whitewall.
If you have any Tonka Toys you would like to sell, please let me know. This is how I add or upgrade the terrific toys in my online Museum. Also available in 1976 and 1977. Models 3989 Mighty Forklift with Container and 3945 Mighty Grader were deleted in 1979. In the tables below, I've listed a few different Identification Features for the various truck model years. The grille and front bumper was a one piece plated steel design.
If you purchase multiple items, they will all be wrapped separately, unless instructed otherwise beforehand. There was also another feature added to the rear of the pickup. The 1976 version was orange. Except for the Hi-Way series and the Allied Van Lines semi, all other 1957 trucks sported the familiar bright finish bumper. In four years Play People will become a memory. Value: A clean, original, unretouched, complete 1963 truck, excellent to near mint condition, bright paint, mint decals. Tires were black rubber and the aluminum satin finished wheel covers still sported 5 round holes.
The aluminum wheel cover with five round holes was deleted. So if for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us within 14 days of purchase. Tires were molded one piece black rubber. The pocket under the bed was deleted. Depending on the model, trucks were manufactured with either a rubber whitewall inserted into a black rubber tire or the familiar one piece rubber blackwall tire.
Some are fairly broad, you will only be able to narrow down the age of your truck to within a few years and some will identify the exact year of manufacture. From the Patrick O'Neil collection. The Identification Features listed below, are applicable to the Tonka classic Regular series of trucks. Release Year: First year of appearance was 1970. The front clip was the same round fender design Tonka introduced in 1954. Tonka historian Laumann offers the following on the 1975 Western Auto pickup. Tonka logo's on both doors change colors in the light.
The Western Auto patch was not included with the truck but makes for a nice display. The hubs were also black with a hot stamped silver trim ring. And to back up this variation, there's one featured in Near mint 1965 Western Auto pickup. Tonka Toys Identification Guide Cheat Sheet Tonka truck identification, at least in the early years, is really pretty basic stuff. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of owner.
How do you easily tell a '59 from a '58? Also new for 1959 was the introduction of two new wheel covers. Windows are clear, no cracks. Value: A clean, original, unretouched, complete 1963 truck, excellent condition, bright paint, numerous paint chips in bed, scattered paint chips on cab and roof, mint decals. The wheel covers were aluminum with a satin finish and 5 round holes. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask at any time and we will get back to you asap! Values are not set to determine prices as auction and dealer values vary greatly and are affected by demand and condition. Only model 3986 Mighty Adventure Buggy was deleted in 1978.
And the Regular line grew to include the Gas Turbine futuristic cab in 1965. The front bumper and grille, although still plated steel, were now separate pieces with the grille held in place by a single, clear, smooth plastic headlight on each side. Please feel free to ask. There appear to be two variations in 1974. The open space on either side of the headlight bezels was filled in with black plastic.