Larger vehicles also served as models for toys in the early part of this century. Arcade, Hubley, and Dent produced an amazing variety of old toy trucks ranging from toy dump trucks and tow trucks to delivery vans and even lifesaving equipment. Also common were such highly specialized vehicles as water and pumper trucks. Many of these trucks were commonly seen on the streets of early America.
Early on sheet-steel was used as a material and a number of "friction" trucks and vehicles we produced. However, cast iron soon became the primary material for toy trucks because the casting process allowed for more accurate replication of details than sheet steel.
The largest miniature trucks were called "construction toys". Made of heavy-gauge sheet steel, they were often more than 2' long and strong enough for small children to sit on. Although toys, many were very accurate reproductions of dump trucks, hauling trucks, timber trucks and even into the earth movers, steam shovels, derricks, sand loaders, pile drivers, overhead cranes, and concrete mixers trucks. The best-known are part of the famous Buddy "L" line made by Moline.
The is such a wealth of information on the Internet about toy trucks, we decided to point you to something different. Take a look at real antique trucks and you will get a good idea of what types of old toy trucks are available. A great place to do that is at the truck museum. As far as pricing guides.... touch area. Our best suggestion for collecting old toy trucks would be to find a local antique club and ask for suggestions.