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Country Living Appraises A Circa-1941 Steelcraft Toy Bus: What's The Worth?

02/11/2013 08:28 am ET

We're very excited to syndicate one of our favorite columns, 'What Is It? What Is It Worth?' from one of our favorite magazines, Country Living. All text and images below are provided by Country Living. Get ready to be surprised!

"I discovered this metal bus in my grandmother's attic. Can you tell me anything about it?" - J.C., Voorheesville, New York

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Circa-1941 Steelcraft Toy Bus

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.

WHAT IS IT?

Founded in 1919, the Cleveland-based Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company got its start making parts for the era's growing automotive industry. But soon, the firm diversified, turning out bicycles and toys—a smart move that saved the company once the Depression hit. In 1937, industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost came on board to create pedal cars, bikes, and toy cars—including this 21-inch-long bus, sold under Murray's Steelcraft brand. The plaything was modeled after a cross-country night coach and resourcefully shaped from scrapped sheet-metal car fenders. Nowadays, mint-condition miniature vehicles designed by Schreckengost fetch upwards of $2,000. This example shows a bit of rust, but still drives away with one impressive appraisal.

What’s It Worth: $1,200

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