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The Dunwell/Buckeye line of trucks is somewhat unique in that during its brief
production run of six or seven years the toys were marketed by three different
It all began with the Dunwell Metal Products Company of Clifton, New Jersey.
They produced the first Dunwell trucks in 1954 or 1955. They were excellent
replicas of the real C-Series Cab-Forward trucks introduced by the Ford Motor
Company in 1953. The Dunwell trucks featured a round red decal on each cab
At some point, the Fame Metal Products Company of Newark, New Jersey took
over the line. The trucks they produced were basically identical to the ones made
by Dunwell. In fact, they retained the famous “Dunwell” name, but changed the
style of the door decal to a gold-colored elongated design.
In February of 1959 the Ohio Art Company of Bryan, Ohio took over marketing
the trucks and changed the door label once again. They were now labeled as
“Buckeye” trucks and used a paper stick-on yellow logo.
There is good reason to believe that the Fame Metal Products Company actually
continued the production of the trucks since the Ohio Art Company informed their
distributors that freight would be charged from Newark, New Jersey, and not from
that detracted from the original Dunwell design. The hubcaps were changed and
a simple push nut was used to retain them on the axles. The semi mud-flaps
were sometimes held in place by metal tabs instead of rivets. The Buckeye
grille/headlight stamping used integrated headlights instead of the snap-in design
used by the Dunwells. Perhaps worst of all, some of the semi trailers had single
rear axles instead of the more attractive dual axles.
Nevertheless, both Buckeye and Dunwell trucks are highly desirable in that they
were colorful replicas of the real thing. They were rugged, well-proportioned and
constructed with lasting quality. A truly great American toy.