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Johann Distler founded his tin toy factory in Nuremberg in 1895. Originally the company mainly made "penny toys", i.e. push-along pocket money tin toys; later it also produced clockwork planes, trains and cars. After 1938 Distler was owned by Trix, a German manufacturer of model railways. A legendary tin car was the Distler Electromatic 7500, a battery operated Porsche 356 cabriolet in about 1/18th scale released in 1955. The factory closed in 1962, but in 2001 the brand name was reactivated by a Chinese company introducing highly detailed 1/18th and 1/43rd scale replicas of the first Mercedes car from 1901. Several 1/160th scale models were presented the following year at the Nuremberg toy fair, but remained very rare. Soon afterwards, Distler became a division of the Schuco company and specialized into 1/24th scale metal figurines and carriages. Schuco also reissued the famous Porsche model in 2004.

Mercedes 35 HP
white; Germany 1901
Distler (China), no. MBC032941
diecast, scale 1:43; acquired 2002
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