ERTL toys, die-cast cars & vehicles
The Ertl Company is an American toy company best known for its diecast metal alloy collectible replicas of farm equipment and vehicles. In 1945, Fred Ertl Sr. started making toy tractors in the furnace of his home, he was a journeyman molder at a Dubuque firm that was temporarily idled by a strike. With a wife and five sons to support, he started taking defective aluminum aircraft pistons and melting them down. He poured this aluminum into sand molds, and started making toy tractors. In 1959, Ertl built a larger facility in Dyersville, Iowa and moved all production to that facility. The Ertl Company was acquired by Victor Comptometer Corporation in 1967 which was subsequently purchase by Kidde, Inc. in 1977.
In the 1990s, Ertl also began production in Mexico, inevitably laying off the employees of the original Ertl factory which would become a warehouse/distribution facility and an outlet store.
In the early 1990s Ertl started the American Muscle line up of diecast collectible cars and trucks. These were 1:18 scale replicas that quickly found a dedicated following of baby boomers. Limited editions of 2,500 were especially sought after. Many of the earliest releases have fetched upwards of $500. The most popular and desirable is the 1957 Chevy Bel Air known as Peggy Sue.
In the last 20 years, Ertl -now RC2- has produced over 58 million die-cast tractor and the popularity is undoubtedly due to their detailed, small-scale representations of tractors and other vehicles.
"ERTL... just like the real thing, only smaller!"
John Deere Catalog spring 2010
John Deere Catalog fall 2010
Official website: www.rcertl.com
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Gold john deere jd 2 cylinder club argentin...$750.00
1 32nd john deere 9530t gold version 2009 f...$495.00
New holland t7 260 pink pedal tractor new i...ends in 13h$245.00
Vintage john deere 8400 ertl pedal tractor...$195.00
New holland t7 260 pink pedal tractor new i...$300.00
New holland 6640 wide front pedal tractor e...ends in 9h$220.00
New holland t7 260 blue pedal tractor new i...$245.00
Ford tw5 ertl die cast pedal tractor with...$300.00
New holland t7 260 blue pedal tractor new i...$300.00
Ertl 1958 international 560 tricycle pedal ...$650.00
Vintage 60 s ertl blue ford f 68 tractor pe...$174.99
1950 s eska ertl allis chalmers ca pedal tr...$1,500.00
Tomy ertl 13797 m1 ford fw 60 4wd steel ped...$399.98
Tomy ertl 14792 m1 case ih steiger 600 peda...$399.98
Massey ferguson 1100 ertl pedal tractor ori...2 bid(s)$0.99
Tomy ertl 14805 m1 case ih steiger panther ...$319.98
Vintage ertl massey feguson pedal tractor a...$35.00
Vintage 1970s model kit 1964 1 2 ford musta...2 bid(s)$10.49
John deere ac ih ertl toy pedal tractor hub...$6.50
Ertl 1 64 scale grain feed set over 45 pc...$50.00
Boxed large ertl airwolf die cast helicopte...$465.70
Maytag heritage multi motor washer ertl pow...$14.49
Vintage collectable wix filters dana semi t...$23.99
Ertl farm country 1 64 scale hereford beef...$7.99
Airwolf rare iconic 80 s ertl legend mod...4 bid(s)$10.81
Vintage collectable kroger semi truck with ...$24.99