Founded 1950, Tokyo, Japan

Asa means: morning and Hi means 'light'.

Best known by their Santa Claus logotype, Asahi was a major postwar builder of mechanical and battery-operated toys, with particular emphasis on scale-like models of then contemporary vehicles.

Asahi's disposition remains unclear to this day. Also identified as "ATC" on many toys.

Asahi value and price guide

What's your 'Asahi' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA).

Picture Title Date Sold for
1962 Chrysler Imperial 15 5 39 4 Cm 4 09/2019 $4 250.00
Toy Tin Friction Car 1954 Pontiac I 09/2019 $372.00
Lotus 49 Ford F 1 Formula Race Car Tin 07/2019 $305.00
1970 S Toyota Crown Deluxe Nos By 14 5 07/2019 $245.50
Toy Friction Nbc Television Tin Car 10/2019 $235.35

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Comments (2)

Marla - August 23, 2014
I have an as ahi 1950's stunt car. I can't find any other pics or information on it. Anyone know a value or any further information? Please and thank you :)

Pete - November 25, 2012
I have 2 volkswagen tin cars that are remote control.They have to be from the 50's.Dont know much can you let me know about my car's? only thing i know the box has ( a crown with asahi inside).also a triangle with (sanshin made in japan) circle around the triangle.can you please e-mail me with info