Radio Flyer Wagon

Radio Flyer is an American toy company best known for their popular red toy wagon. The Radio Flyer wagons were named as a tribute to two famous men of the day: Marconi and Lindbergh. The company was founded in 1917 by Antonio Pasin and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

History

Born in a small town outside of Venice, 16 year old Antonio Pasin (pictured above) dreamed of a new beginning in America. His family sold their mule to help pay for his voyage, and before long, Pasin made his way to Chicago where he looked for work as a cabinet-maker. Though he was a skilled craftsman like his father and grandfather before him, Pasin had little success finding work, and eventually became a water boy for a sewer digging crew.

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He made his way through several jobs, and by 1917 had saved enough money to purchase some used wood working equipment and rented a one-room workshop. In this workshop, Pasin began fashioning wagons by night and selling them during the day.

In the 1920s, despite the rising pressures of the times, Pasin and the Liberty Coaster Company pushed forward, with the automotive industry as inspiration. Pasin began using metal-stamping technology to produce steel wagons and applied mass-production techniques to wagon-making, creating the first wagon, "For every boy. For every girl." These innovations earned Pasin the nickname, "Little Ford."

Antonio Pasin's wagons captured the spirit of the 1930s. He named his first steel wagon the Radio Flyer, after his fascination with the invention of the radio by fellow Italian, Guglielmo Marconi; and Flyer, which reflected his wonderment of flight.

Vintage Radio Flyer Wagons are highly collectible and sought after.

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Updated: 26 April 2019

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Comments (24)
Nancy - September 8, 2021
Hello! I have a wagon my parents bought in the 60’s. It is red and says “Badger Rocket” on the side. It is in good working condition. Any idea what the value would be?
Can't find anything on this one, sorry. Try the collectors groups on Facebook.
Anthony - June 13, 2021
Hello,
I have a 1962 Radio Flyer wagon. One of my back wheels has split apart. I would to replace the tire. I want to find the same model tire if possible the tire I have say Firestone on them. Where can I find them?
David - May 11, 2021
I am looking for replacement hub caps for my vintage Radio Jet wagon. They are metal in a star pattern with a hole for a screw.
Pierce - April 2, 2021
I've restored my daughter's Radio Flyer Rodeo wooden wagon, but would love to replace the decal as well. Any idea of where I can find replacement decals?
Taylor - January 1, 2021
Do you happen to know the age and manufacturer of this wagon?
No idea, but there is a large collector's group on Facebook, maybe you could try there as well.
Dallas - November 9, 2020
Hello, I'm restoring a Fireball wagon. Any guess where I could find replacement wheels? Also trying to find a image of the wagon art work so I can reproduce it. Either as a template to paint or as a decal.
Hi, sorry for the late reply. There are some Facebook groups dedicated to these wagons, you could also try there.
Bobby - October 16, 2020
Can you tell me the approximate age of this wagon? Can you tell me a good source for vintage parts?
Probably 1960s, there is one for sale right now: Radio Flyer Wagon Astronaut. There is a page on Facebook dedicated to parts, you might want to have a look there.
Joyce - October 11, 2020
What is the value of mu blue Radio Flyer 100 made in the 1970’s? It is in fair condition. Will it hurt the value if it is restored. How many were made?
Probably around 40-60 USD. Top notch restoration won't hurt value. Sorry, don't know how many were made.
Brad - September 15, 2020
I have a Radio Special wagon, was this made by Radio Flyer or a knock off? I am getting ready to restore and want to make sure I am not devaluing this. It is rusted, has the modern plastic wheels with red capture nuts on the axle, 1980s?
Not sure. I found an old eBay listing from 2013, with a Radio Special from the 1940s, made by Radio Flyer. It was sold for about 100 USD. Of course, you could also ask on this Facebook page: Radio Flyer Wagons. Maybe the collectors on there know more.
Kerstin - August 15, 2020
I am looking for 2 metal hubcaps for a 1970s town and country radio flyer wagon. Any clue where I can get these?
It's difficult to find original parts. Usually people come across an old wagon which they use for parts.
Donna - July 28, 2020
Do you have any antique/vintage radio flyer wagon hubs? They are 2 7/8" in diameter. The raised center of the hub is 2". There is a tab on one side of the hub and a hole on the opposite side of the tab. If you don't, do you know of any place where I could get 3. Thank you for your time.Donna
No, sorry! You could have a look here though, to see if you can find what you're looking for: Radio Flyer Wagon hubs.
Becky - July 18, 2020
Hello,I am looking for 1 wheel for a 20' x 12' wooden wagon with wooden side panels. The wheel is plastic and 4 1/2 in diameter and 1 inch wide. The wagon is from early 2000's. Thank you!
Have a look here, maybe you can find the ones you're looking for: Radio Flyer Wagon wheels.
Patrick - June 7, 2020
I am looking for one metal radio flyer metal hub cap. The one the first into a slot at one end and screws in place on the other side. Redoing it for my father in law.
Tommy - May 26, 2020
I have a Radio Flyer town and country circa 1955 without sides.whats it valueOr can I purchase side panels.
Not sure where you can get panels. Here are a few similar wagons like yours: Radio Flyer Town Country.
Brian - May 20, 2020
I have a radio flyer 9A that was purchased around 1972 by my father in law. It was meant as a birthday gift for his son and he placed it in his attic for safe keeping. Well he forgot about it and recently we found it when we were cleaning. It is still in a sealed box. What would its value be?
How on earth could he forgot about something so big?! Poor kid, he could have had so much fun :-) Have a look here for prices of used ones. There's also a mint one boxed from the 1930s for 150 USD: Radio Flyer 9A.
Lisa - May 2, 2020
I am looking for a handle and one wheel for a 1960's Radio Jet Wagon.
You could have a look here: Radio Jet Wagon or else there might Facebook pages dedicated to vintage Flyer Wagons.
Larry - April 12, 2020
I have a 34 inch long radio flyer.It has wooden bushings on axles 2 1/4 inch long. Any idea how old this is and what model? Icant find these bushings. Im refurbishing for a project amid Covid. Thanks.
No idea, sorry... maybe there are some collectors groups on Facebook where you can also ask. Nice project though, good luck!
Richard - January 8, 2020
I’m looking for information on an American Beauty wagon. I’m guessing produced in the 40’s or 50’s. Do you have any information on who made it or where I might obtain one? Thanks
This is what I found: This design had the classic wagon style, but it came in brilliant blue with red and blue wheels. "American Beauty" was emblazoned on the side. Probably made in the 1940s-1950s. Can't find one for sale right now, sorry.
Larry - September 30, 2019
I have a blue Radio Flyer 100 ball bearing. I can't find any information on it. We bought it for the kids 1970s I believe. How do I find out how much it is worth? Thank you.
I found a really rusty one sold for $35 and in 2014 there was one for sale on eBay for $55. There are none for sale right now, so if you plan to auction it make a catchy title and description ('Rare Radio Flyer Wagon 100 Ball Bearing' etc.) to maximise your profit.
Jeffrey - September 28, 2019
I need replacement rubber for 11inch 1920s steel wheel for little red wagon.
I don't know, but I'll let you know if another visitor knows more about where you can find these. Also check out this page: Radio Flyer Wagon wheels.
Tom - August 30, 2019
I am trying to find hub caps for a Western or Champ coaster wagon. They will have 4 tabs that fit into the wheel. The distance between tabs is 3 1/8 inch. Do anyone sell parts for these coaster wagons? Thanks!
Not sure, you can browse these hub caps or you could ask here.
Rita - July 22, 2019
I have a radio town and country wagon. It is not restored. Bought around 1970. Any ideas for resale. All original parts.
Have a look here, you might find some auctions with prices, so you get an idea: Radio Flyer Country Wagon.
Staci - June 2, 2019
Is there a certain marking I need to look for the radio flyer 90 wagon to know what it's value is ?
The only ones I could find are on this page (see also the list of sold wagons if you scroll down): Radio Flyer 90. Some have writing with '90' on the sides.
Frank - February 16, 2018
I want to restore radio super 9d wagon. I am in need of at least One tire and wheel. If need be I can replace all 4. This wagon has metal wheels and hub caps. Help
Hi, there are some wheels on eBay, did you check them out? Take a look here: Radio Flyer Wagon wheels. Otherwise try and ask on their official website www.radioflyer.com, maybe they know some addresses.