Barr Rubber Co. Toys (17 views) M60 Home     Toy Gallery

There are three vehicles in this group of Barr vehicles, a red two-door fastback with rear mounted spare and black tires, a red '35 coupe with rear spare and black tires, and a green stake-side, dual-rear wheel truck

The Barr Rubber Company was not a giant like Auburn or Sun. We don't have a lot of information about the company or catalogs or even ads. They were known for toys other than rubber vehicles and in 1935 declared themselves to be "The World's Largest Manufacturer of Toy Balloons".

In late 1935, an ad appeared for Barr's new line of rubber '35 Ford cars and trucks. These were identical in appearance to the 1935 Fords being offerred by Auburn, Seiberling, and a no-name manufacturer (until they were turned over). The ad showed a 3-window coupe, a '35 slant-back sedan, a stake truck in both civilian and military colors and with single and dual rear wheels. The panel truck did double duty too, as a white ambulance and a commercial truck. Offered in red, green, blue, and yellow. The army truck is olive green and came with an arched fabric cover for soldiers riding in the back. The paint has usually not held up well over time. Though still quite attractive, it usually has faded considerably. When not faded, however, the vehicles look great. Kids seem to love writing on the sides of panel trucks.

The Barr toys rode on both black white rubber tires. The axles were split and run through openings for wheels in the undercarriage. They could be seen clearly from below and because of the split were easier to remove to replace tires. The axle ends were flattened and broad, and distinctively different from the other companies vehicles. They look much like a hub cap and when shiny are quite attractive.

Here we have four automobiles, two two-door fastbacks with rear spare, one a bright blue and the other red, and two coupes, one dark green and the other red. The detail is excellent despite all the years since the cars were produced, with windows, doors, hood hinge and louvers, radiator shell fins, and windshield wipers clear and crisp. Lovely cars all. The Barr vehicles use a nail with a largish head to mount the tires and at the same time to serve as hubcaps. The view is from above and the front driver side quarter. The question is posed, which are Barr and which Sieberling (half are each, which can only be told by turning them upside down and observice the axle housings and axles. This collection is the rear quarter view of the same four cars.
A beautiful blue two door '35 Ford sedan shown from the driver's left front quarter. This is the same blue sedan seen from the rear quarter.
This photo shows the underside of the sedans and coupes. This is a fan of trucks, each of the colors presently in the museum collection: one each in red, green, yellow, blue, and army green with canvas cover for the bed.
This view is of the red stake truck with single rear wheels. The truck beds are deep and perfect for loading with the stuff ideal for boys and girls. This is the blue truck, with single rear wheels.
This is the Army truck with USA in white lettering on the side of the bed. The Army truck has dual rear wheels. This is the Army truck with USA in white lettering on the other side of the bed.
This is the shiny, bright yellow truck with dual wheels showing the driver's side. This is the same yellow truck showing the passenger's side.
Here we have the green truck from the front, driver's quarter. Here is the same green truck from the passenger's front quarter.
Three allegedly Barr ambulances, but with Seiberling undercarriages. This is the front passenger side view of the red, the white, and the blue ambulances. This view is from below.
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