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This article is about the HO 1:87 Vehicles. For the Town sub-theme, see Town.
HO 1:87 Vehicles
HO Vehicles
Years

19551970

Subtheme of

System i Leg

Related themes

Town Plan
System i Leg Accessories
System i Leg

HO 1:87 Vehicles was a subtheme of the System i Leg theme that was introduced in 1955 and discontinued in late 1970. All of the models are in 1:87 scale, and all trucks in 1:90 scale.

HO Vehicles2

A selection of HO Vehicles

Characteristics

From 1955 to 1962, the plastic used in the making of these sets was Cellulose Acetate. After 1962, ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Plastic was used on all HO Models. From 1956 to 1961, the LEGO Cars were produced only as unboxed loose parts from LEGO retailers. The single exception to this pattern was the 261 VW Beetle + Showroom set. From 1962 to 1965, most of the sets were packaged in small clear plastic garages, except for some VW Beetles, and all VW Vans and VW Pickup Trucks, which were still sold without boxes.

Although these LEGO cars did not appear in any USA/Canada catalogs of the early 1960s, the sets 261 to 268 were available there. In some advertisements, the sets were all placed under the 472 number.

History

LEGO first made metal or plastic cars and trucks in 1953 to a scale of 1:43. These came in a variety of different sizes and styles. One was, for example a Ferguson Tractor, another was a VW Beetle. There were also many variations of Chevrolet trucks, and Esso vehicles. These 1:43 scale vehicles were not part of the LEGO “System of Play”, but were produced by The LEGO Group. These vehicles were discontinued by 1958 in favor of the regular LEGO System of Play, known at that time as the Town Plan.

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
250 Tanktruck 1250  Esso Bedford Tanker       1955-1963 
251 Flatbed Bedford ESSO 1251  Esso Bedford Truck       1955 
252 Trailer Esso Extra Motor Oil 1252  Esso Bedford Trailer       1955 
1253 Box 1253  Bedford Flatbed Truck  0     1955 
1254 trailer 1254  Bedford Flatbed Trailer       19551963 
1255 Bedford 1255  Bedford Fire Engine       1955 
256 Towtruck 1256  Bedford Tow Truck       1955 
257 Bedford Delivery Truck 1257  Bedford Delivery Truck       19551963 
1270 Motocy 1270  5 Cyclists/Motorcyclists       1956-1957 
157-Four Car Auto Transport 157  Four Car Auto Transport  63       1970 
250 Tanktruck 250  Esso Bedford Tanker       1958 
251 Flatbed Bedford ESSO 251  Esso Flatbed Truck       1955-1963 
252 Trailer Esso Extra Motor Oil 252  Esso Trailer       1958 
1253 Bedfford 253  Bedford Flatbed Truck       1958 
1254 trailer 254  Bedford Flatbed Trailer       1958 
1255 Bedford 255  Bedford Fire Engine       1958 
256 Towtruck 256  Bedford Tow Truck       1958 
257 Bedford Delivery Truck 257  Bedford Delivery Truck       1955 
258 a VW Transporter 258  1:87 VW Van       1957 
258 b VW Transporter 258  VW Transporter       1957 
258 c VW Transporter smaller window 258  VW Van       1957 
259 VW Transporter 259  VW Transporter       1958 
260-VW Beetle Red 260  VW Beetle       1958 
261 Volkswagen 1200 261  VW Beetle       1963 
261a VW Beetle Showroom original box 261  VW Beetle + Showroom       1958 
262 Showroom 262  Opel Rekord       1961 
262 Opel Olympia Rekord 262  Opel Rekord with Garage       1961-1967 
FORD Tanus Deluxe 263  Ford Taunus de Luxe with Garage       1961 
264 Mercedes 220 with Garage 264  Mercedes 220 with Garage       1955 
265 Karmann Ghia with Garage 265  Karmann Ghia with Garage       1961 
VW Carmanne-GHIA 265  Volkswagen Karmann Ghia       1955 
666-Mercedes-Benz 266  Mercedes 190 SL with Garage       1963 
267 vw 1500 267  VW 1500 Limousine with Garage       1963 
268 668 Ford Taunus 268  Ford Taunus with Garage       1963 
270-Cyclists-Motorcyclists 270  5 Cyclists/Motorcyclists       1958 
258-VW Van with Blue Base 275  VW Van       1956-1958 
306 VW Garage 306  VW Garage  46       1958 
307 VW Car Showroom 307  VW Car Showroom  51       1958 
472 HO Cars 472  1:87 Nine Models       1964 
472 Twenty Four Models 472  1:87 Twenty Four Models  24       1956 
601 Morris Marina 1100 601  Morris Marina 1100       19661968 
603 Citroën DS19 603  Citroen DS 19       19651968 
605 Fiat 1800 605  Fiat 1800       1965 
607 Volkswagen Samba Van 607  Volkswagen Samba Van       19651968 
649 Mercedes 649  Mercedes Shell Tanker       1966 
650 Mercedes Esso Tanker 650  Mercedes Esso Tanker       19641965 
651 Mercedes Truck 651  Mercedes Truck       19641968 
652 Covered Truck with Trailer 652  Covered Truck with Trailer       1964-1968 
653 Mercedes Open Bed Truck 653  Flatbed Truck       1964-1968 
654 FBT 654  Flatbed Truck with Trailer       1964-1968 
655-Merc Fire Truck 655  Mercedes Fire Truck       1964-1968 
656-Towtruck 656  Mercedes Tow Truck       1964 
657-Mercedes 657  Long Covered Van       1964 
657-Mercedes Animal Symbols 657  Long Covered Van dual wheels       1966 
258 c VW Transporter smaller window 658  Volkswagen Van       1962 
259 VW Transporter 659  Volkswagen Pickup       1964 
260-VW Beetle Red 661  VW Beetle         1965-1967 
262 Opel Olympia Rekord 662  Opel Rekord       1961-1967 
664-Mercedes-Benz 664  Mercedes 220 S       1964 
665-Karmann Ghia 665  Karmann Ghia       1964 
666-Mercedes-Benz 666  Mercedes 190 SL       1964 
267 vw 1500 667  VW 1500       1962-1967 
268 668 Ford Taunus 668  Ford Taunus with Garage       1964 
670-JaguarE 670  Jaguar E-Type       1964 
671 Vauxhall Victor Estate 671  Vauxhall Victor Estate       1963 
695-6 European Cars 695  6 European Cars       1965 
696-6 German Cars 696  6 European Cars       1965 
No image 698  13 Cars          
699- 8 Trucks 699  Truck Assortment       1965 

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  • Who else finds this stuff awesome?

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    • Even though there essentially matchbox's, I still find this stuff cool, who agrees with me.
    • They're pretty cool. They're a bit fragile compared to Matchbox cars though, especially in the axles, from what I've read.

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