Offered is a fabulous reproduction of a 1926 Buddy L Stake Side truck, made of heavy pressed steel, in perfect shape and condition with some scratches due to its age, mostly seen on the roof and on the red parts, otherwise, in perfect working condition, with both doors opening and closing, wheels smoothly going forward and back, and turning left and right with the motion of the steering wheel.
Buddy L is an American toy brand and company founded in 1920 as the Buddy L Toy Company in East Moline, Illinois, by Fred Lundahl. Buddy “L” toys were originally manufactured by the Moline Pressed Steel Company, started by Fred A. Lundahl in 1910. The company originally manufactured automobile fenders and other stamped auto body parts for the automobile industry. The company primarily supplied parts for the McCormack-Deering line of farm implements and the International Harvester Company for its trucks. Moline Pressed Steel did not begin manufacturing toys until 1921. Mr. Lundhal wanted to make something new, different, and durable for his son Arthur. He designed and produced an all-steel miniature truck, reportedly a model of an International Harvester truck made from 18- and 20-gauge steel which had been discarded to the company’s scrap pile.
This wonderful reproduction of the 1926 Buddy L is fairly large and heavy for its kind, measuring 27” x 11” x 8”.