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Hubley was founded by John Hubley in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1894 and started producing cast iron toys such as horse-drawn vehicles, animals, tractors and guns in 1909. In the late 1930s, the company shifted to diecast zinc alloy mouldings, and cars, trucks and airplanes became its main focus. The Hubley diecast cars usually were simple toys, and they were produced until the 1970s. Around 1960, Hubley introduced three new product ranges: the Real Toys line of diecast cars in about 1/55th scale which were to compete with Corgi and Dinky Toys products; 1/24th scale plastic models, mainly promotionals for American car companies, but also some kits copying European cars such as a Renault Dauphine, a Triumph TR3, a Rolls-Royce and a Mercedes-Benz; finally, several diecast metal kits of classic American cars from the 1920s and 1930s (Ford Model A, Chevrolet, Duesenberg) in 1/18th, 1/20th and 1/24th scale. In spite of these efforts to remain competitive, the company came into financial troubles and ceased production around 1980. The metal kits were later reissued by Scale Models.

Model manufacturer: Hubley

  Ford Country Squire
ivory; USA 1960
Hubley (USA), article no. 427-80
diecast, scale 1:55; acquired 2017
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  Ford V8 Coupé
red; USA 1934
Hubley (USA), article no. 404
diecast, scale 1:30; acquired 2012
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