American Flyer Golden State #3280 Club Car Electric Train - RareThis auction is for the Club Car #3280 only Although best remembered for the S guage trains of the 1950s that it made as a division of the A.C. Gilbert Co., American Flyer was initially an independent company whose origins date back nearly a half century earlier. Chicago Ill-based toymaker, William Frederick Hafner, developed a clockwork motor for toy cars in 1901 while working for a company called Toy Auto Company. According to the recollections of William Hafner's son, John, he had developed a clockwork train running on O guage track by 1905. Initially American Flyer—aka "Chicago Flyer" -- was something of a budget brand, undercutting the prices of Ives, which was at the time the market leader. The trains proved popular, and American Flyer was soon expanding its product line. This is a beautiful pre-war train. It measures approximately 9 1/2" long Check out my other auctions for AF Train #'s 3115, 3281, 3282 Good luck and !
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