Carette German Tin Toy Touring Car Early 1900s w/ Drivers & Passengers #50


  • Rather Scarce Early 1900s German Tin Car by Carette
  • c. 1900-1917 period
  • Large Tin car with nicely lithographed detailing on the body
  • large “50” on the front and rear
  • Removable lamp headlights
  • 4 original tin figures- Driver, Driver’s Helper, two women passengers
  • Glass windshield
  • Original tin spoked rims with white rubber tires
  • Clockwork wind up spring drive attached to the rear wheels (no key included, uses a larger 1/8″ wind key) Tested working
  • Measures approx. 8-3/8″ L x 4-3/4″ W x 7″ Tall
  • Nice addition to any collection!

Georges Carette (1861-1954) was a Frenchman who moved to Germany in the later 19th Century. He founded his company, Georges Carette & Cie., in the mid-1890s.  Originally, he had started a company with the Bing brothers, but they went separate ways c. 1895.

You can see the impression Bing left on Carette in his toymaking, as their toys are very similar is style, quality and overall design.

The outbreak of World War I presented a problem for Carette, as he was a French national living in Germany.  By 1918, the company was being liquidated.



Fair overall condition. Heavy scratching and moderate loss to the original paint throughout. Scattered oxidation across the car, with some larger patches on the rear fenders. All four figures have heavy loss to the original paint, and remaining paint is fragile. I don’t see any touchups to the paint on the car. Glass Windshield present.Original rubber tires are hardened and cracked, showing a few flat spots from being displayed. Clockwork spring drive is in good working condition, and shows some denting to the housing. Due to tire condition, the car does not drive well.Very faint smoke aroma.


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