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Hubley toys

Hubley Mfg. Co. toys, founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1894 to ??. See also Gabriel Industries. Slogan: "They're Different"

Also known as: Lancaster Brand Iron Toys. John E. Hubley originally manufactured electric toy train equipment and parts. Purchased Safety Buggy Co. factory and moved to site in 1909. First manufactured cast-iron toys, horse-drawn wagons and fire engines, circus trains, and cap guns. Toy autos became the headliners in 1930s.

Though mass produced, each Hubley toy was largely hand-made. Each one was also painted by hand, so each is somewhat unique...

Hubley metal car kits

Moving forward a few decades, we find Hubley producing its first line of Automobile kits. These metal and plastic kits were first sold in 1959. The four original kits included the Indy Racer No. 852K, 1932 Ford Custom Roadster No. 853K, Model A Ford Roadster No. 854K and the Model A Ford Pickup Truck No. 855K. The Indy Racer was discontinued in 1961, never to be reissued, making it a rare kit. The Custom Roadster was discontinued in 1962 and was never reissued. The first issue boxes had compartments for the different parts. In 1963, the Model A Roadster was reissued in new packaging with model No. 850K-300 and the Model A Pickup would be reissued in its new 7 X 10 box with its original model number.

For the production year of 1964, Hubely discontinued issuing their kits under the 'K'- (Kit) series numberings and simply placed the numeral '4' in front of the previous 3-digit-K number... and retained the suffix number. Thus, the 8xxK-300 became 48xx-300. Some releases were just 48xx. This numbering system continued until July, of 1965, when Gabriel Industries took over the Hubley operations. During the Gabriel Era, the suffix number was dropped completely and the 48XX-300 became simply model kit number 48XX.

Hubley toy motorcycleBy quickly converting to cheaper smaller toys during the Depression, they avoided financial woes experienced by many other toy companies. Iron shortages in WWII and commitments to fill war contracts did stop the toy division in 1942, until after the war. The name was later changed to Gabriel Industries and still existed as a division of CBS as of 1978.

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Jamie - September 1, 2014

Have some hubley amish figurines, need any known history,lots of figurines in cast iron showing in market

Cynthia - January 28, 2014

Did any of the Hubley Trains come with yellow plastic wheels?
►reply: No idea, I just saw one on eBay with yellow wheels, not sure if they were plastic though...

Aaron - October 26, 2013

I have a Hubley Santa riding a green motorcycle, I have found 1 image on a french site but I cannot find anything else about this. the image is the one here jouetsharleytoys.e-monsite.com/pages/hubley-usa/.
►reply: No idea, maybe another visitor can shed some light on this one or you can ask the webmaster of the link you mentioned. Usually Hubley motorcycles on ebay fetch between 100 up to even 800 USD.

Bill Hagan - September 11, 2013

I have model A coupe Hubley Manuf. No 861K
►reply: Sold on eBay couple of days back for 35 USD, last July one for 80 USD.

Jo Beech - March 17, 2013

we found a hubley cast iron truck, i believe it is a panel truck, but i cannot find any information on it. Can you please help.
►reply: Sorry, but you can try to locate yours in this ended auctions list of Hubley trucks.

Heidi - February 10, 2013

I have a cast iron Removable Santa Clause in a Sleigh being pulled by two reindeer. I have seen it on the Hubley toys pages, but I am not sure if it is real or a copy of it. How can I find out?

Larry Carr - June 30, 2012

I am looking for sources for replacement parts for the Hubley cars,any help ???
►reply: I have searched and found this Hubley parts website. Hope it helps!

Craig - May 17, 2012

I looking for the plastic windshield for the hubley 1932 ford custom roadster [hot rod] diecast kit -repro or orginal

Julie - March 1, 2012

How much would a perfect like new Hubley Cast ironi boston terrier bank go for? I have one.
►reply: Best is to try www.mechanicalbanks.org

Lloyd - February 21, 2012

i recently receied a horse drawn cast iron fire wagon it has 3 pieces to it.Was it made by hubley co.
►reply: Could be, Hubley made lots of horse drawn fire wagons.

Barry - December 2, 2011

I recently bought a Hubley crane truck. It has #109 on stamped in the cab of the crane. Can anyone tell me anything about this.
►reply: I found some Hubley models on this website so maybe this webmaster knows more about your truck.

Greg - October 15, 2011

Hello, can you tell me how to tell the difference between real and repo? Specifically Im referring to the Indian Motorcycle with two cops like the one on your Hubley page? The one Im interested in looks almost to good to be real vinatge. Thanks, Greg
►reply: Hi Greg, maybe you can try here: www.antiquetoyarchive.com.

Ken Crowell - July 17, 2011

I have a 1950s or 60s rolls royce "authentic scale model" that was made by hubley lancaster pa. made in u.s.a. "approved and authorized by rolls royce ltd. london, england". It is 8 3/4" long. This car is missing the hood and the rear bumper. Is it possible to buy these parts?
►reply: Difficult, but you can try searching for Hubley Rolls Royce on this website.

Glen - September 25, 2010

I have a hubley farm set with the box #90 very nice but i cant find the value can you help thanks

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