1951/52 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958/59 Tonka Allied Private Label Semi

Tonka trucks with Allied Van Lines graphics are sort of an anomaly. On the one hand, the trucks were advertised in Tonka dealer catalogs and sold at typical toy retailers from coast to coast. On the other hand, the trucks were offered as premiums and distributed by Allied Van Lines as seen in this Allied ad from 1965. So are Allied trucks private label? While you ponder this thought provoking question, enjoy a few examples.

Tonka began its long licensing agreement with Allied in 1951 with the COE version. In 1954, the first round fender version was manufactured. The square fender variety was introduced in 1958 and ran through 1964. In 1965, Tonka changed scales from the "Regular" series to the "Mini-Tonka" series. Tonka historian Lloyd Laumann states in his book, "TONKA", that Tonka's relationship with Allied lasted 30 years (1951 - 1981). It should be noted that the last time the Allied semi is shown in a Tonka dealer catalog was 1969.

Did you know the decals identifying the individual moving company, whether on the cab door or the trailer, were applied by that specific moving company?


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1951 - 1952

1951/52 Allied Van Lines Semi

Original, unretouched 1951/52 Allied Van Lines semi

1951/52 Allied Van Lines Semi

Slip lever latch detail on the rear doors

Value: An original, unretouched 1951/52 Allied semi, excellent condition with shiny paint, very few scratches, no box, sold on eBay for $677 USD in mid August 2007.

Value: The original, unretouched 1951/52 Allied semi featured just above, excellent condition with shiny paint, very few scratches, with excellent plus decals, no box, sold on eBay for $183 USD in early February 2008.

Value: An original, unretouched 1951/52 Allied semi in excellent condition with shiny paint, very few scratches, with excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $153 USD in early February 2009.

Value: An original, unretouched 1951/52 Allied semi in excellent condition, shiny paint, very few scratches, with excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $189 USD in early November 2016.


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1953

1953 Allied Van Lines Semi

1953 Allied Van Lines semi mint with the box


1953 Allied Van Lines Semi

The 1953 grille has 3 uneven length parallel horizontal recesses
1953 Allied Van Lines Semi

Slip-lever latch and graphics detail on the rear of the trailer

Value: The original, unretouched, near mint 1953 Allied semi featured just above, with mint decals and its box, sold on eBay for $525 USD in mid February 2008.

Value: An original, unretouched, 1953 Allied semi, cab in very good condition with many paint scuffs allowing surface oxidation, trailer in excellent condition, excellent decals on cab and trailer, no box, sold on eBay for $140 USD in early April 2008.

Value: An original, unretouched, 1953 Allied semi, cab in very good condition with paint scuffs allowing surface oxidation mainly along the edges of the roof and fifth wheel area, trailer in very good condition with typical played with scratches, missing landing gear (bracket is there), excellent decals on cab and trailer, no box, sold on eBay for $129 USD in late February 2009.

Value: An original, unretouched, 1953 Allied semi in excellent condition, with shiny paint and a few scuffs on the cab and trailer, typical paint loss in the fifth wheel area, excellent decals on cab and trailer, no box, sold on eBay for $158 USD mid June 2012.

Value: An original, unretouched, 1953 Allied semi in excellent condition, with shiny paint and a few scuffs on the cab and trailer, typical paint loss in the fifth wheel area, excellent decals on cab and trailer, no box, sold on eBay for $231 USD early April 2013.

Value: An original, unretouched, 1953 Allied semi, model 400 in excellent plus condition, shiny paint and a few scuffs on the cab and trailer, very little paint loss on fifth wheel, excellent plus decals on cab and trailer, with very good plus box, sold on eBay for $305 USD late September 2017.


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1954

1954 Allied Van Lines Semi

In 1954, the bottom of the cab side where the door would be is not flared as seen on this example
1954 Allied Van Lines Semi

1954 and 1955 used the same grille. The difference is noted to the left

1954 Allied Van Lines Semi

1954 trailer
1954 Allied Van Lines Semi

The 1954 doors have handles

Value: The original, complete, unretouched 1954 Allied semi featured above with its box sold on eBay for $586 USD in early September 2008.

Value: An original, unretouched, complete 1954 Allied semi, near mint minus overall condition, typical paint loss on fifth wheel and saddle tanks, otherwise shiny as new with its excellent box, sold on eBay for $435 USD in mid April 2010.


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1955

1955 Allied Van Lines Semi
Original, unretouched, 1955 Allied semi. This example is typical of the trucks sold at toy retailers. The 1954 and 1955 look very similar. A key identifier to distinguish the difference is the flare at the bottom of the cab side on the 1955. The 1954 does not have the flare.

1955 Allied Van Lines Semi
Hard to find in any condition is the 1955 Allied Van Lines semi used to collect donations for United Cerebral Palsy. This variation of the Allied tractor trailer meets the criteria of a private label Tonka as it was shipped by Allied to their dealer network and not available through typical toy outlets. The trailer has retractable landing gear.

1955 Allied Van Lines Semi

Slot through which a donation could be made
1955 Allied Van Lines Semi

The floor is steel, not wood

1955 Allied Van Lines Semi
Detail of an original, seldom if ever seen, latch seal securing the rear door of the Cerebral Palsy trailer. The seal appears to be lead, common for the era. This seal has been "broken" from the back side.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched United Cerebral Palsy Allied semi, excellent plus condition (with more paint missing than the featured semi), sold on eBay for $710 USD in late September 2007.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched United Cerebral Palsy Allied semi, excellent condition, paint scratches of side and front edge of roof, typical heavy paint loss on fifth wheel and saddle tanks, balance of paint shiny and near mint elsewhere on the cab and trailer, all decals near mint, no carton, sold on eBay for $650 USD in late April 2008.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched United Cerebral Palsy Allied semi, excellent condition, paint worn to metal on the front edge of roof, scratches elsewhere on the cab, typical heavy paint loss on fifth wheel and saddle tanks, balance of paint shiny and near mint elsewhere on the cab and trailer, all decals excellent to near mint, no carton, sold on eBay for $700 USD in late August 2008.

Value: An original, unretouched United Cerebral Palsy Allied semi, excellent condition, paint mostly shiny with few chips except heavy on the fifth wheel and saddle tanks, all decals excellent to near mint except missing label at coin slot, no carton, sold on eBay for $345 USD in late January 2012.

Value: An original, United Cerebral Palsy Allied semi, very good condition, numerous paint scratches on the cab and trailer,particularly heavy paint loss on the fifth wheel and saddle tanks, all decals very good to excellent, no carton, sold on eBay for $272 USD in mid November 2013. NOTE: The cab is a 1956.

Value: An original, United Cerebral Palsy Allied semi, excellent plus condition, few paint scratches on the cab and trailer,usual paint loss on the fifth wheel and saddle tanks, all decals near mint, no carton, sold on eBay for $460 USD in mid March 2015. NOTE: Private label on one side of the trailer reads "Brown Transfer & Storage Co."


Value: An original, unretouched non UCP Allied semi, in very good plus condition, paint mostly shiny with few chips except heavy on the fifth wheel and saddle tanks, large decals on the trailer are crazing, otherwise excellent, missing dolly tires and axle, no carton, sold on eBay for $159 USD in late June 2016.

Value: An original, unretouched non UCP Allied semi, in excellent plus condition, shiny paint, very few paint nicks on the rear of the trailer, way below average paint loss on the fifth wheel and saddle tanks, decals excellent, no carton, sold on eBay for $237 USD in mid November 2016.


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1956

1956 Allied Van Lines Semi

Mint in the box, 1956 Allied semi

1956 Allied Van Lines Semi 1956 Allied Van Lines Semi

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1957

1957 Allied Van Lines Semi

1957 Allied Van Lines semi

Value: An original, complete, unretouched 1957 Allied semi in near mint condition, with no box sold on eBay for $245 USD in early January 2010.


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1958 - 1959

1958/59 Allied Van Lines Semi

Mint 1959 Allied Van Lines semi.


1958/59 Allied Van Lines Semi

The 4 parallel ribs running front to back on the hood are unique to the 1958/59 model years
Tonka historian Lloyd Laumann contributed the following information in the November 1988 issue of 'The American Toy Trucker' magazine. "Although the Allied Moving Van was not listed as a regular line model in 1958, we did manufacture some models as a special for Allied Van Lines."

In 1958, Tonka ran the Nation Wide Moving Van as part of the regular series in place of the Allied semi. However, Tonka did manufacture the Allied semi in 1958 as a private label, only for Allied employees.

If you are a collector, you will want a 1958 and a 1959 to round out your collection. Since a 1958/59 semi looked the same when they rolled off the end of the assembly line, one must reasonably assume that, based on the info above, a 1958 would have a private label sticker on the trailer and a 1959 would not.
1958/59 Allied Van Lines Semi

1958/59 rear trailer detail

Value: The original, complete, unretouched 1958/59 Allied semi featured above with its box sold on eBay for $523 USD in mid September 2008.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched 1958/59 Allied semi in excellent condition, minimal paint chips and scratches, no box sold on eBay for $248 USD in early September 2013.



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