Roy Cox Thimble Drome Tether Racer


Made in USA 1944

1 in stock


Yellow open Thimble Drome tether race car, by Roy Cox of the fabled L. M. Cox Co. from the latter 1940s. This solidly built tether car is in VG condition with a broken hand brake and is without an engine, a problem easily solved. These are one of the most valuable and highly prized of all the period tether vehicles. The grill was damaged -most likely should be replaced but will be in box.

In the year 1944, Leroy M. Cox noticed the poor grade of wooden toys and came up with a design for a wooden popgun of better quality than any of the other toys of the period. In 1945, after completion of the war, metal again became available and wooden toys became obsolete. Realizing that metal toys would be in great demand Roy founded the L. M. Cox Co. and designed his first small race car. In 1947, he introduced the Cox Thimble Drome Champion race car. He determined that if the dependability, quality, and starting characteristics could be greatly improved for model engines, a mass market would be waiting for a complete line of engine powered models, especially airplanes. By 1953, he was selling three different versions of the Thimble Drome engine. Roy exceeded his fondest dreams in relation to advertising for his company when he took over the flying circle in a caged in arena at Disneyland in 1957. As suddenly as the race car craze had begun, it died in the latter 1960s, and Cox was saddled with an immense inventory with limited sales. In this same period, Roys beloved wife died. In 1969, and he sold out to a company called Leisure Dynamics, Inc., who carried on producing the Cox line of products. Pioneer of the tether industry, Leroy Cox passed in 1981. References: Toy Car Collectors Guide: Identification and Values for Die cast, White Metal Other Automotive Toys & Models by Dana Johnson, O’Brien’s Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks 4th Edition (Paperback) by Richard O’Brien.Marked Roy Cox Thimble Drome Champion, Made in Santa Ana, Calif.

Retail Value Estimate: $275-$325
Condition: very minor wear, needs screws on bottom, grill is in pieces repair needed
Weight: 1lb 3oz
Measurements (LxWxH): 9.75 inches x 5 inches x 3.75 inches
Provenance:                                                                                                                                                                           -Five Brothers Rare Toy Estate: The core of the collection was actually established in the 1950s by the father (from Indiana) of the adult sons who are consignors to the May sale. As time went on, each of the five brothers set out on his own individual collecting path. Each took a different approach to building his collection, but the one important thing they had in common was a love of vintage American toys, primarily of the boomer era. The time-span for the toys is heavily focused on the 1950s and 60s, with a few from the 1970s.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12 × 6 × 6 in

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