Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Processed Plastic 1957-ish Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz Convertible w/o Top

The Processed Plastic Co. of Aurora, Illinois was formed in 1948 by Ross Bergman, Richard Simms, and Roy Raymond. Taking advantage of the post-war desire for toys and the boom plastics was making in the industry they came out with the #100 Dump Truck. The first toys were all made in a polystyrene plastic which, although attractive, didn't take well to rough play. By the mid 1950s the move in the industry was to shift to a more flexible polyethylene plastic which held up much better under the rigors of child's play.

We're going to feature several Processed Plastic cars over the next several+ days as we roll down Memory lane with more Nifty '50s toys. I remember quite well having a few of these convertibles as a kid and as an adult collector I remember the first of these purchased some years back. When I took it out of the packaging it had that same familiar plastic smell I knew as a kid and a flood of memories washed over me. Slowly, but surely the collection has grown and perhaps it's time to starte sharing them with you.

The outline of this car is a 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz - sort of. The front end is spot on, but the rear end has twin taillights - not present on the '57s. So, was this a hybrid done deliberately to avoid any copyright infringement with Cadillac?? In any case, the toy is a winner. These Caddy's came with and without tops. The 'without top' versions are easy to spot because there are no holes in the body or windshield to accept the separate top. I've seen them with white wheelsets and black wheelsets, painted details and unpainted details. Today's featured car is green and sans top with white wheels and painting. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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