Up for sale is a Louis Marx Co. Tin Windup Whee-Whiz Auto Racer Toy with ORIGINAL box. I believe this is a RARE and one of a kind windup from 1925 era made by Louis Marx.
I will try to describe this great toy in 4 sections as follows. The Race Track - Measures approximately 13 round and is in what I consider to be MINT condition with graphics that are very vivid and nice. The backside does show wear, as you can view in the photos.
The Race Cars - Each (one of four) measures approximately 2" long x 3/4" wide (at the wheels) and is in what I consider to be NEAR MINT condition because they each have some scratches. Each car features a gold color driver and wheels and each is slightly curved to meet the track curviture.The Base - Measures approximately 7 1/2 round NOT including the windup crank and/or the Stop/Start lever and is in what I consider to be NEAR MINT condition with a couple of miner flaws. While the graphics are absolutely stunning (for a 1925 toy) the round-ness shape is a little off and there are some scratches on the top. Still, when wound this toy DOES WORK! So, here is what happens and how I think it works. There are two lose pieces which fit over the top on the center peg.
First the yellow circle, then the silver arm fits with the end "tab" facing up. Then the race track fits over top. When wound and "Stop/Start" lever is pushed in "on", the silver arm goes around, making the race track tilts and goes round. The only problem I have is the more cars that are added to the race track adds weight and tne the track stops.So, you be the judge... Not sure if working properly. The Box - Measures approximately 13 1/2" tall x 13 1/2" wide x 3 3/4 deep and is in what I consider to be VERY GOOD condition with a couple of flaws. One of the side tabs/flaps is missing from the box top inside, there is one rip to that same top and also some water damage. Still, the cardboard is a heavy material and the graphics are pretty nice, as you can view. I ran out of photo space so was not able to take a pic of the backside of the box. There are no graphics on this backside, however, it does have a # 5713 on it and is not very clean. Also, inside the box is a heavy corrugated insert which the track fits into.
Also, if you have any special requests for additional pictures, I can do that as well. As such, they have an expected amount of wear from normal use and this is not a reason for a return. Thank you for your interest! The item "LOUIS MARX CO.TIN WINDUP WHEE-WHIZ AUTO RACER TOY WITH BOX, ALL ORIGINAL, RARE" is in sale since Saturday, December 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Wind-up Toys". The seller is "tropsnort1930" and is located in Chaska, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.