The toy bus going up for auction

A “very rare” vintage Birmingham bus is coming up for auction in Lichfield – but the new owners won’t be able to get behind the wheel and drive it away.

The toy bus going up for auction

The 55cm-long model is a large size Tri-ang pressed steel pull-along toy of a double decker in Birmingham Corporation blue and cream livery, complete with the city coat of arms.

Toys and railwayana valuer Jon Price, from Richard Winterton Auctioneers, said the item was expected to fetch £300 to £400 when it goes under the hammer on May 21.

“This toy was normally to be found in London Transport red livery, but for a brief period in the early 1960s it was offered by special order only and at a premium price in three other major city transport liveries, including that of Birmingham,” he said.

“It is not known how many were produced but there can’t be very many survivors – possibly one the major department stores ordered a batch, but who knows?

“This item is in playworn condition with some wear and damage but because of its rarity should still make a good price at auction.”