Barclay easily falls into the 'vintage' toy category because during the 1930's - 40's the were the largest producer of lead-ally toy vehicles. Like Chein, they were located in New Jersey. While Barclay is best known for the manufacture of toy soldiers, they quickly gained recognition for their No. 53 Racer (BV53) in the early 1930's. This car was made of early slush lead and approximately 2 inches in length.
By David Moncrief
Most Barclay toys had paint applied over the metal. There were various wheel variations including rubber, wood and metal. You may find that some of the smaller Barclay vehicles came in sets and were not marked with the Barclay name but rather had just a letter designation. While other individual toys will have an alpha-numeric product number.
The production of Barclay included cars, trucks, military vehicles, tanks, race cars, auto sets, and fire engines up until when the firm closed in 1971.
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