Number 8, Fall 2007

First up is the latest group of fine ASAM models from Tim Byrne of Birmingham, England.
These are custom-livery editions ordered from the manufacturer

Foden (UK Waste)

Leyland T45 (Shanks-McEwan)

Leyland T45 (Smiths)

Volvo FL10 (Biffa)

Volvo FL10 (Bolton)

Volvo FM7 (Cleanaway)

Next we have some custom made models in HO scale by Ray DeNicolo. These are replicas of trucks once used by the City of Philadelphia. The first two SAVA (Spain) replicas were chosen for their resemblance to U.S. International Harvester trucks of the 1950's-60's

with carboard Gar Wood

Japanese toy body

Metal Mack
with cardboard Roto-Pac

Cardboard Roto-Pac bodies

Side view

All Prices in U.S. Dollars (USD) Unless Otherwise Stated

One of two more Tonka round-back front loaders sold in February for $300.00 each. In the last installment, the question was posed as to why these toys were withdrawn from the market after 1959-1960?


Jeff Alterman explained that it was the loader arms which created a 'pinch point' hazard, and caused Tonka to stop production of this toy. Low production assures prices for these will likely remain high.

Shown at left is the other $300.00 truck from February

Now here's the square back model, un-restored, with two detachable containers and the scoop bucket (shown at right). From purist's standpoint, this is the more desirable of the two, with a more realistic look. In fact, it very closely resembles the Bowles non-compaction front loaders of the 1950's.

This particular truck and attachments was sold "as-is" for a whopping $580.00 in March.

Tonka replaced the front loader with this model (shown at left), a rear loader with a paddle packer that was a crude hybrid of Heil and Gar Wood trucks of the time. Sturdy enough to withstand a lot of abuse, they unfortunately lacked much realism, particularly since the old Ford replica truck cab had been replaced by a new generic, futuristic cabover design. To be fair though, these were never intended to be true replicas, and as fun toys they served their purpose well.

These trucks are fairly common and easy to find, but the example shown here is a rare mint-in-box example which fetched $200.00.

It is an interesting footnote that Tonka also built components for real refuse trucks! The company once owned Greesen Hydraulics, which built valves and pumps commonly used in refuse packers.

Yet another boxed Tonka 690, with slightly different packaging sold for $337.00 in May

When this boxed squareback was offered in May, the bidding was fierce. It sold for $921.00

Prices crept up in July when this roundback came on the auction block, which sold for $335.00

The trend continued in August, as another one went for $685.00

Again in August, this unboxed squareback fetched almost as much as the boxed version which had sold back in May, bringing in $899.00

Miscellaneous Refuse Truck Models

Here's an interesting model. I believe the manufacturer was Gama in Germany. This appears to be a working tin version of a KUKA refuse truck (note the crank at the rear of the truck).

This model sold for EUR 112.00 in June

This pressed steel bucket loader from Lincoln Toys in Canada would appear to be rare, as copies always bid high no matter what their condition. This one went for $212.00 in May

Another Lincoln bucket loader with a cabover design and an unusual aperture at the front of the body. Could this possibly be a bank?

Even in this condition it brought $149.00 in July

This Banthrico brass bank replica of of a 1960's era Gar Wood LP-700 is another popular collectors item.

The example at left sold recently for $157.00

Another sold in March for $105.00

Another Banthrico product is this ashtray in the form of a 1950's Gar Wood Load-Packer LP200. These were probably handed out as promotions by Gar Wood distributors.

The example here was sold for $151.00, and a similar one also sold for $90.00. These ashtrays are often missing the lid (the roof of the body) and in such condition may be found at slightly lower prices.

CRT member Ron Keshishian snapped up this nice tin Roto-Pac for $26.00 in March (nice find, Ronnie!). Early Japanese toys are often crudely built, but are occasionally very good replicas of American refuse truck designs of the 1950's. This one is easily identifiable as a third-generation Roto as built toward the end of the decade.

Note the attention to detail which includes stamped-in snow loading doors on the roof, and compactor service hatch on the upper tailgate.

Here we see a beautiful and well-detailed 1960's era stamped-steel model from Arnold Toys. This DAF truck is equipped with a very accurate fore & aft tipper body of the type once common in the Netherlands. This one traded for $297.00

Another Arnold tipper sold in May, this time for $328.00

Here's a slightly different version of the Arnold tipper, which looks to be a little older than the preceding models. Note the detailed grille and the driver. Photos below reveal the accurate for and aft tipping mechanism giving this beautiful toy a high degree of functional realism.

This sold for $330.00 in May


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