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Distler toys

Johann Distler, Nuremberg, Germany, 1895 - 1968. Produced lithographed tin penny toys, comic and erratic action transportation toys.

The company "Johann Distler KG" was established in Nürnberg in 1895. Johann started as a penny-toy manufacturer, specialized in lithographed tin toys but his range of products comprised 500 items. In 1917, Distler took on Brown & Mayer as partners. In 1923, the partners took over after Distlers death. Brown & Mayer sold out to Ernst Volk in 1935.

Just after the Second World War Distler started to manufacture electric toy trains and, later, electric cars as well. Distler's electric Porsche 356 model, produced since 1955, was a beautiful. Distler's rather simple printed tin models were usually not sold in specialized toyshops, but in department stores. In the beginning of the sixties, Distler could no longer maintain it's position against the larger and better brands like Schuco, Trix and Märklin in Germany, and for example Dinky Toys in the UK.

The production in Germany was discontinued in 1962. The company was sold to a firm in Belgium (including machines and production rights), where Distler Toys S.A. in Nivelles continued the production of the Distler brand until 1968.

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Gary H. Carlson - September 29, 2013

I have owned a D-3150 BMW Distler Roadster for since the very early 1950's. It is Green with red wheels and seat.Somewhere along the way, the complete right rear wheel has been lost. Can you help me find a wheel to replace it? Otherwise it is in beautiful shape. I would deeply appreciate help. I have owned it since new.
►reply: Best is to contact toy restoration shops, they might know how to find one. Look on my links page under 'Restoration & repair'.

Karin - July 18, 2013

Any ideas of where to find a small front wheel to a Distler car with a monkey that tips his hat?Thanks!
►reply: Try the repair and restoration sites on my link page, maybe they can help Karin!

Doctorbozo - January 28, 2013

How does the rear bumper on the distler packard wind up work? Mine is in the down position and seems to be spring loaded. Does it interact with the spare?
►reply: I couldn't find any info regarding any function of the rear bumper on this car. Here is a video of the toy.

Cheryl - September 13, 2012

I have a mint green distler porsche - bottom is marked Distler Electromatic 7500, German and Foreign Patents Applied for, Trademark, Made in Western Germany.It is in poor condition. Does anyone know the year made or value?
►reply: Try this list of sold Distler 7500 on eBay to determine value and for more info.

Arnold - March 27, 2012

HOW CAN I TELL YEAR OF GREEN BENZ TIN WINDUP CAR MADE IN US OCUPYED GERMAN
►reply: If it is a Prameta, between 1946 and 1958.

Wendy - November 9, 2010

I have a old toy in the box and not used, called Distler-Pistol, made by Distler Toy, made in Belgium and the handle takes two batteries. Not having any luck finding out the value.

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