Offered is magnificent large 1960s vintage Texaco Buddy L oil tanker truck made of sturdy pressed steel by ‘Moline Pressed Steel Corp.’ The logo and design of Texaco was authorized by ‘Texaco Inc.’, as depicted on the original decal visible underneath the Buddy L oil tanker truck, along with the decal ’TOUR WITH TEXACO, SOUND YOUR HORN, THE ROAD IS YOURS’ shown on the back of the tanker.
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.
The fabulous vintage Texaco Buddy L oil tanker truck is in great vintage shape and working condition with a few minor scratches on the body and on the stickers due to their ages. It measures 24” x 6” x 5.5”.