The racer measures 12 inches or 30 centimeters long and it is complete and original. The litho is in great shape, sharp and crisp; the paint is glossy and very vivid.
The surface of the tin has a nice gloss. It isn't perfect; there are some small scratches and scrapes in the paint, nothing major. The chrome trim has a nice shine, it is bright and free of corrosion. The tires and hubcaps are in excellent condition and the friction motor works well.The Hadson racer and the Yonezawa racer were very much alike, with different hood ornaments as the major distinguishing feature. The Yonezawa hood ornament was in two pieces, a red bracket that fit into the surface of the tin and held a rocket like shape. The Hadson hood ornament, the one on this racer, is not made of tin, it is some kind of die cast metal. It is all in one piece and it has the word JET inscribed on each side of the metal.
There was also a JTT racer made by Nomura with a completely different hood ornament. This is a Hadson racer with the correct hood ornament. This is a really nice racer; it is not perfect but it is in excellent condition and the friction motor works well. The Yonezawa version of the racer is pictured on page 213 of the great Big Book of Tin Toy Cars Commercial and Racing Vehicles.
Questions are welcome and I will be happy to provide additional photos. Oops, my mistake; I forgot to mention that the driver's helmet appears to have been repainted.The item "1950'S TIN FRICTION JTY JET RACE CAR RACER W DRIVER HADSON YONEZAWA JAPAN" is in sale since Thursday, October 13, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Tin\Vehicles". The seller is "samsmom5" and is located in Fairfield, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.