The space themed racer measures 12 inches or 30 centimeters long and it is in complete condition with the exception of one missing exhaust ring. I have had this car for some time. This is an original King Jet car; to the best of my knowledge it has never been opened to repair. As you can see, the original plastic dome has shrunk over the years.(There is an excellent replacement dome and exhaust rings made for this racer by Sylvain of reproman22) but I wanted to keep it as original as possible. When I first bought the car the most noticeable thing was that someone had tried to clean the surface of the tin with some sort of abrasive material. It left a number of small scratches in the blue paint and caused the red paint on the lettering and trim to fade badly. I have not touched the blue paint in any way but the red area was gone over with a waterproof red ink. There are a lot of good things about this space racer. It would be a great racer to restore completely or to use for parts. Personally, I like it just as it is. It looks just fine to me, but it does have the above mentioned flaws. The chrome trim is in excellent condition and all the trim pieces are intact, minus the one exhaust ring.
The friction motor works very well but there are no longer any sparks. It will need a new flint. This is a terrific cross between a race car and a space vehicle.It is pictured in most space references as well as on page 165 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. The item "1950'S TIN FRICTION KING JET RACER RACE CAR SPACE THEME TANAGUCHI MSK JAPAN" is in sale since Tuesday, July 26, 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.