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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.

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.

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
250 Tanktruck1250Esso Bedford Tanker1 1955-1963
251 Flatbed Bedford ESSO1251Esso Bedford Truck1 1955
252 Trailer Esso Extra Motor Oil1252Esso Bedford Trailer1 1955
1253 Box1253Bedford Flatbed Truck10 1955
1254 trailer1254Bedford Flatbed Trailer1 19551963
1255 Bedford 1255Bedford Fire Engine1 1955
256 Towtruck1256Bedford Tow Truck1 1955
257 Bedford Delivery Truck1257Bedford Delivery Truck1 19551963
1270 Motocy12705 Cyclists/Motorcyclists5 1956-1957
157-Four Car Auto Transport157Four Car Auto Transport63 1970
250 Tanktruck250Esso Bedford Tanker1 1958
251 Flatbed Bedford ESSO251Esso Flatbed Truck1 1955-1963
252 Trailer Esso Extra Motor Oil252Esso Trailer1 1958
1253 Bedfford253Bedford Flatbed Truck2 1958
1254 trailer254Bedford Flatbed Trailer1 1958
1255 Bedford 255Bedford Fire Engine1 1958
256 Towtruck256Bedford Tow Truck1 1958
257 Bedford Delivery Truck257Bedford Delivery Truck1 1955
258 a VW Transporter2581:87 VW Van1 1957
258 b VW Transporter258VW Transporter1 1957
258 c VW Transporter smaller window258VW Van1 1957
259 VW Transporter259VW Transporter1 1958
260-VW Beetle Red260VW Beetle1 1958
261 Volkswagen 1200261VW Beetle3 1963
261a VW Beetle Showroom original box261VW Beetle + Showroom4 1958
262262Opel Rekord3 1961
262 Opel Olympia Rekord262Opel Rekord with Garage3 1961-1967
FORD Tanus Deluxe263Ford Taunus de Luxe with Garage3 1961
264 Mercedes 220 with Garage264Mercedes 220 with Garage3 1955
265 Karmann Ghia with Garage265Karmann Ghia with Garage3 1961
VW Carmanne-GHIA265Volkswagen Karmann Ghia3 1955
666-Mercedes-Benz266Mercedes 190 SL with Garage2 1963
267 vw 1500 267VW 1500 Limousine with Garage2 1963
268 668 Ford Taunus268Ford Taunus with Garage3 1963
270-Cyclists-Motorcyclists2705 Cyclists/Motorcyclists5 1958
258-VW Van with Blue Base275VW Van1 1956-1958
306 VW Garage306VW Garage46 1958
307 VW Car Showroom307VW Car Showroom51 1958
472 HO Cars4721:87 Nine Models9 1964
472 Twenty Four Models4721:87 Twenty Four Models24 1956
601 Morris Marina 1100 601Morris Marina 11001 19661968
603 Citroën DS19 603Citroen DS 191 19651968
605 Fiat 1800605Fiat 18001 1965
607 Volkswagen Samba Van607Volkswagen Samba Van1 19651968
649 Mercedes649Mercedes Shell Tanker1 1966
650 Mercedes Esso Tanker650Mercedes Esso Tanker1 19641965
651 Mercedes Truck651Mercedes Truck2 19641968
652 Covered Truck with Trailer652Covered Truck with Trailer4 1964-1968
653 Mercedes Open Bed Truck653Flatbed Truck1 1964-1968
654 FBT654Flatbed Truck with Trailer2 1964-1968
655-Merc Fire Truck655Mercedes Fire Truck1 1964-1968
656-Towtruck656Mercedes Tow Truck1 1964
657-Mercedes657Long Covered Van1 1964
657-Mercedes Animal Symbols657Long Covered Van dual wheels1 1966
258 c VW Transporter smaller window658Volkswagen Van1 1962
259 VW Transporter659Volkswagen Pickup1 1964
260-VW Beetle Red661VW Beetle  1965-1967
262 Opel Olympia Rekord662Opel Rekord1 1961-1967
664-Mercedes-Benz664Mercedes 220 S1 1964
665-Karmann Ghia665Karmann Ghia1 1964
666-Mercedes-Benz666Mercedes 190 SL1 1964
267 vw 1500 667VW 15001 1962-1967
268 668 Ford Taunus668Ford Taunus with Garage3 1964
670-JaguarE670Jaguar E-Type3 1964
671 Vauxhall Victor Estate671Vauxhall Victor Estate1 1963
695-6 European Cars6956 European Cars6 1965
696-6 German Cars6966 European Cars6 1965
699- 8 Trucks699Truck Assortment8 1965

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  • Who else finds this stuff awesome?

    2 messages
    • 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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