SOLD—1970 Hess Fire Truck: SKU:HES-700-21 This is a rare find with all of the parts in place. The battery box is clean and looks as if it was rarely if ever used. The rotating red beacon light was tested and working. The light is dim and the beacon rotating motor is strong. All of the hoses are in place and chrome accents like mirrors and tiny fire extinguishers. Amazing shape for a 44 year old toy. The original scotch tape that held the ladders in place is present buy no longer sticking to the ladders. Very small chrome blemishes. We will gently tape it with new tape to protect ladders during shipping.
The box is a 9.9. The only flaw was small corner crease. Otherwise, all corners are firm and box condition is excellent. All inserts present and original battery card (slight foxing of the paper due to age). See photos for detail.
This is one of the finest 1970 Hess specimens we have ever seen. A very quality collectible.
We’ve poster several close up photos in the gallery for you to review. Thank you.
BACKGROUND: Inspiration for the 1970-71 Hess Fire Truck came from the real fire engines that were stationed at the company’s Port Reading Refinery located in Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ. Noted for its brilliant red color, this outstanding model featured a swiveling water cannon and had two detachable rubber hoses on one side with a ladder attached on the opposite side. On the cab it had a rotating lighting dome. Only 300,000 of these were manufactured and are considered one of the more dramatic detailed toys from the early Hess Collection. The 1971 truck was the same as the 1970 toy with the only exception being the box. When Hess ran out of the boxes with the graphics, they had to improvise in order to get them out in time for the holidays, so they sent plain white boxes along with a ‘seasons greetings’ sticker that the service station attendants were to apply when they arrived for sale. Of course this anomaly has made the 1971 ‘Seasons Greeting’ plain box toy extremely rare.
Please note that batteries not included. Toy carton will show normal shelf wear.
DETAILS: Box shows normal signs of aging. Condition overall of the truck is 9.5 and is complete with packing and the battery card. Lights tested and working.