Lot 5741

A Hausser Elastolin WH 731 half-track vehicle in mimicry finish with eleven figures

International Military History from 1919 | A89r | Live auction | 904 Lots

Starting Price € 3,500

Countdown for bids : 14 days and 16 hours left

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Description

Model number 731, 1930s, tin and composite, 7 cm series; mimicry spray paint, functioning clockwork drive, rubber tyres and tracks, the folding tilt made of mimicry cloth, gear transmission. A pennant at the front, headlights with the matching bulbs (not checked), "WH 731" spray painted on the sides. Includes eleven seated Elastolin soldiers, eight measuring 7 cm, their hands in their laps, one driver and two 6 cm soldiers. Length of the vehicle approx. 35 cm. Overall, the vehicle shows signs of normal play wear and age, the finish in good condition, several patches of rust and paint defects, particularly at the front. The folding canvas is faded and has holes, the rubber tracks hardened and warped.
The half-track is also known as the most elaborate of military toys; an imposing and decorative vehicle. Made by Hausser, this half-track was modelled on the Wehrmacht's middle half-track vehicle, model Büssing N.A.G, Sd. Kfz. 6/1. Only very few models were actually sold in toy shops in the 1930s owing to the original retail price of 30 Reichsmark. The original vehicle is therefore extremely rare nowadays and a desirable collector's item.

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The auction includes 904 lots and starts on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 5001 - 5904. The pre-sale view will take place from 19 - 22 May, 25, 29 and 31 May 2021. However, the number of participants for both auction and viewing is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and requires an appointment. Prior to any visit please check our website - we'll up.