The 1950s was a great time for space toys and every toy company jumped on the space band wagon. The Marx Company was no exception and had everything from large space themed playsets featuring a terrific tin-litho building and lots of Astronauts and Aliens. They also had ray guns, space ships, and futuristic space cars like the ones shown here. Space Cars or Futuristic Cars were a popular sub-category of space toys and were offered by many toy companies. Marx's plastic versions measure approx 5" (12.7cm) L and came in nice metallic colors like copper. Fast forward to 1992; the original Loius Marx & Company, Inc. is now defunct, the tooling has been spread to the four corners of the earth, and one of the companies which was formed in the late 1980s using some of the old Marx tooling goes by the name Louis Marx & Company.
This new incarnation of Marx made a grand attempt at producing toys in the same vein as the original, putting out playsets which also featured tin-litho centerpieces, and a variety of other toys. One of those re-releases was a set of plastic Cars Of The Future. This 4-pack included two different 'convertibles' and two different hardtops. The sets came in four different colors and each set of four was packaged in a header bag. All four sets could be purchased in a cardboard box pictured below. We'll start with the gray set and feature one car a week - that way it gives me time to work on other things :-) Enjoy!