The dust and dirt on the car would take a long while to accumulate. However, the more I studied it, the more I felt that it could have been an old repaint, mainly by looking at the inside of the body where the paint appeared to have been too evenly applied to have been original. I honestly do not know. If the car has been repainted, it was not done last week with a can of spray paint. It is an older repaint and thoughtfully done.There are a few small scratches and chips in the paint. The chrome trim is all original and it has been polished to a bright shine. The windshield "glass" is all original and there are no cracks or breaks in the celluloid. The tires and hubcaps are in good shape with a little darkening on the chrome of the back hubcaps. The friction motor works well.
This is a beautiful car; a tin friction convertible that is really hard to find. The car is pictured on page 178 of the great Big Book of Tin Toy Cars. Questions are welcome and I will be happy to provide additional photos.The item "TIN FRICTION 1953 PONTIAC FAT OPEN CONVERTIBLE CAR DRIVER ICHIKO MASUDAYA JAPAN" is in sale since Tuesday, January 10, 2017. 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.