RexToys [Pt] #21 Chrysler Airflow Touring Sedan (1935)

Rextoys is a toy manufacturer that is no longer in business. In their day, they made a range of vintage 1:43 scale vehicles in various liveries, including some that were military related. Originally their models came packaged in an attractive maroon outer package containing and acrylic display case with black base. Later packaging just consisted of an acrylic display case and base. A history of the company can be found here as part of my Manufacturer Histories section.

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This model is the RexToys [Portugal] #21 1935 Chrysler Airflow Touring Sedan in orange with black, simulated fabric, roof panel. The model has no opening features and consists of 4 main casting components (body, spare wheel, baseplate and front and rear bumper casting) and a number of small cast parts such as the headlights and grille. The Airflow was one of the first full-size American production car to use streamlining as a basis for building a sleeker automobile, one less susceptible to air resistance. Chrysler made a significant effort at a fundamental change in automotive design with the Chrysler Airflow, but it was ultimately a huge commercial failure.

At the front, the grille is represented by a chromed metal casting that is set into the body casting. The headlights are also a separate casting that is fitted into the wheel arches (mudguards) and have a chrome "lens". The bumpers (front and rear) are on a separate chrome casting which doubles as a representation of the chassis, engine sump and gearbox, drive shaft and rear axle. The front windscreen is clear plastic and contains two, top mounted, windscreen wipers. The side bonnet louvres are separate castings in silver chrome. At the sides the doors are cast into the cab area and the handles and hinges are cast also. At the rear is a separate spare wheel cover and a small cast petrol cap - on this model the rear numberplate and rear lights are still attached to the bottom of the display case and have not yet been fitted to the model. On each side running board is a black "rubber" pad, part of the model's metal black baseplate.

The interior is all tan plastic, with tan plastic, left hand drive, steering wheel. All glazing is clear.

The baseplate on this model is a simple flat casting clearly marked "Chrysler Airflow 1935" at the centre top, 1/43 REXTOYS®" at the top centre middle and "Fabrique au Portugal" at the bottom centre middle.

All wheels are cast metal - one piece cast metal, solid hub and separate rubber tyre, Chromed (?) and mounted on plain steel axles.

I do not know when this model was first issued.

Item: 2444