Sporting the numberplate JDN 2715 (for Johann Distler Nuremburg), this version is also the ‘deluxe’ model with working headlamps operated from a battery pack to the base of the chassis.
It probably dates from c.1925, by which time the founder had died and the firm was in the hands of partners Brown and Mayer.
It came for sale from a local Fife source at Bowler & Binnie (16% buyer’s premium) in Dunfermline on March 20 with a guide of just £100-200. For a toy that was in complete and working condition with all of its lithography intact that was certainly on the low side, but it had the desired effect of attracting numerous potential bidders.
The hammer price was £4100.