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


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.

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.

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
250 Tanktruck.jpg1250Esso Bedford Tanker1 1955-1963
251 Flatbed Bedford ESSO.jpg1251Esso Bedford Truck1 1955
252 Trailer Esso Extra Motor Oil.jpg1252Esso Bedford Trailer1 1955
1253 Box.jpg1253Bedford Flatbed Truck10 1955
1254 trailer.jpg1254Bedford Flatbed Trailer1 19551963
1255 Bedford .jpg1255Bedford Fire Engine1 1955
256 Towtruck.jpg1256Bedford Tow Truck1 1955
257 Bedford Delivery Truck.jpg1257Bedford Delivery Truck1 19551963
1270 Motocy.jpg12705 Cyclists/Motorcyclists5 1956-1957
157-Four Car Auto Transport.jpg157Four Car Auto Transport63 1970
250 Tanktruck.jpg250Esso Bedford Tanker1 1958
251 Flatbed Bedford ESSO.jpg251Esso Flatbed Truck1 1955-1963
252 Trailer Esso Extra Motor Oil.jpg252Esso Trailer1 1958
1253 Bedfford.jpg253Bedford Flatbed Truck2 1958
1254 trailer.jpg254Bedford Flatbed Trailer1 1958
1255 Bedford .jpg255Bedford Fire Engine1 1958
256 Towtruck.jpg256Bedford Tow Truck1 1958
257 Bedford Delivery Truck.jpg257Bedford Delivery Truck1 1955
258 a VW Transporter.jpg2581:87 VW Van1 1957
258 b VW Transporter.jpg258VW Transporter1 1957
258 c VW Transporter smaller window.jpg258VW Van1 1957
259 VW Transporter.jpg259VW Transporter1 1958
260-VW Beetle Red.jpg260VW Beetle1 1958
261 Volkswagen 1200.jpg261VW Beetle3 1963
261a VW Beetle Showroom original box.jpg261VW Beetle + Showroom4 1958
262.jpg262Opel Rekord3 1961
262 Opel Olympia Rekord.jpg262Opel Rekord with Garage3 1961-1967
FORD Tanus Deluxe.jpg263Ford Taunus de Luxe with Garage3 1961
264 Mercedes 220 with Garage.jpg264Mercedes 220 with Garage3 1955
265 Karmann Ghia with Garage.jpg265Karmann Ghia with Garage3 1961
VW Carmanne-GHIA.jpg265Volkswagen Karmann Ghia3 1955
666-Mercedes-Benz.jpg266Mercedes 190 SL with Garage2 1963
267 vw 1500 .jpg267VW 1500 Limousine with Garage2 1963
268 668 Ford Taunus.jpg268Ford Taunus with Garage3 1963
270-Cyclists-Motorcyclists.jpg2705 Cyclists/Motorcyclists5 1958
258-VW Van with Blue Base.gif275VW Van1 1956-1958
306 VW Garage.jpg306VW Garage46 1958
307 VW Car Showroom.jpg307VW Car Showroom51 1958
472 HO Cars.jpg4721:87 Nine Models9 1964
472 Twenty Four Models.jpg4721:87 Twenty Four Models24 1956
601 Morris Marina 1100 .jpg601Morris Marina 11001 19661968
603 Citroën DS19 .jpg603Citroen DS 191 19651968
605 Fiat 1800.jpg605Fiat 18001 1965
607 Volkswagen Samba Van.jpg607Volkswagen Samba Van1 19651968
649 Mercedes.jpg649Mercedes Shell Tanker1 1966
650 Mercedes Esso Tanker.jpg650Mercedes Esso Tanker1 19641965
651 Mercedes Truck.jpg651Mercedes Truck2 19641968
652 Covered Truck with Trailer.jpg652Covered Truck with Trailer4 1964-1968
653 Mercedes Open Bed Truck.jpg653Flatbed Truck1 1964-1968
654 FBT.jpg654Flatbed Truck with Trailer2 1964-1968
655-Merc Fire Truck.gif655Mercedes Fire Truck1 1964-1968
656-Towtruck.jpg656Mercedes Tow Truck1 1964
657-Mercedes.jpg657Long Covered Van1 1964
657-Mercedes Animal Symbols.jpg657Long Covered Van dual wheels1 1966
258 c VW Transporter smaller window.jpg658Volkswagen Van1 1962
259 VW Transporter.jpg659Volkswagen Pickup1 1964
260-VW Beetle Red.jpg661VW Beetle  1965-1967
262 Opel Olympia Rekord.jpg662Opel Rekord1 1961-1967
664-Mercedes-Benz.jpg664Mercedes 220 S1 1964
665-Karmann Ghia.jpg665Karmann Ghia1 1964
666-Mercedes-Benz.jpg666Mercedes 190 SL1 1964
267 vw 1500 .jpg667VW 15001 1962-1967
268 668 Ford Taunus.jpg668Ford Taunus with Garage3 1964
670-JaguarE.jpg670Jaguar E-Type3 1964
671 Vauxhall Victor Estate.jpg671Vauxhall Victor Estate1 1963
695-6 European Cars.jpg6956 European Cars6 1965
696-6 German Cars.jpg6966 European Cars6 1965
699- 8 Trucks.jpg699Truck Assortment8 1965
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