History of ERTL Toy farm tractors

History of ERTL Toy farm tractors

The ERTL Company, the largest manufacturer of toy farm tractors in the world was founded in 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa by Fred and Gertrude Ertl. Fred Ertl licensed the designs of Case IH and John Deere agricultural equipment companies and, with the help of his five sons, he crafted his first tractor replicas. From the start, Ertl believed that both the young and the old would enjoy durable, detailed toy tractor replicas. Fred Ertl, Jr. , at age eighteen, became Vice President of the ERTL company and remained actively involved for forty-seven years. In 1959, the ERTL company was relocated to Dyersville, Iowa, home of the National Farm Toy Museum.

In its history of over six decades, the ERTL company expanded from toy farm tractors into other related areas. In 1973, ERTL began manufacturing plastic model kits for toy tractor, plow and farm wagon replicas. Unlike the plastic model kits, the American Muscle line of diecast cars and trucks produced in the early nineties was popular with baby boomers. ERTL also produced model kits for popular franchises such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Star Trek and Speed Racer. Today, the ERTL brand continues to produce tractor replicas of major industrial brands including John Deere, Case IH and New Holland.

In 1999, Racing Champions (now RC2 Corporation) acquired the ERTL Company. Under the RC2 corporation (acquired by Takara Tomy in 2011), ERTL farm toys remains a quality brand in which toy farm tractors are "just like the real thing, only smaller".ERTL continues to be one of the top manufacturers of die cast toy tractors to this day.


INTERNATIONAL 350 tractor
INTERNATIONAL 350 tractor
$25.00
Time Remaining: 35m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list
JOHN DEERE OVERTIME TRACTOR 1994 ERTL Co1 16th Scale Detailed Die Cast Metal
JOHN DEERE OVERTIME TRACTOR 1994 ERTL Co1 16th Scale Detailed Die Cast Metal
$37.50
Time Remaining: 36m
Buy It Now for only: $37.50
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
FORD 640 WIDE FRONT TRACTOR 1 16 SCALE ERTL
FORD 640 WIDE FRONT TRACTOR 1 16 SCALE ERTL
$39.39
Time Remaining: 39m
Buy It Now for only: $39.39
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Older 1 64 Oliver 2655 4wd tractor by Ertl Toy Farmer hard to find
Older 1 64 Oliver 2655 4wd tractor by Ertl Toy Farmer hard to find
$63.00
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $63.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
FORD 4000 EARLY ERTL TOY TRACTOR FRONT RIMS AND TIRES
FORD 4000 EARLY ERTL TOY TRACTOR FRONT RIMS AND TIRES
$20.00
Time Remaining: 41m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
INTERNATIONAL 3088 TRACTOR 500 Days No Lost Time EDITION
INTERNATIONAL 3088 TRACTOR 500 Days No Lost Time EDITION
$24.99
Time Remaining: 42m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
John Deere 7800 Toy Tractor Harvest Trading Cards Ertl Inaugural Series 1994 Set
John Deere 7800 Toy Tractor Harvest Trading Cards Ertl Inaugural Series 1994 Set
$19.99
Time Remaining: 44m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Ertl Die Cast Metal Ford Model NAA With Canopy Tractor 1 16 Scale New In Box
Ertl Die Cast Metal Ford Model NAA With Canopy Tractor 1 16 Scale New In Box
$33.33
Time Remaining: 47m
Buy It Now for only: $33.33
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Ertl Coca Cola Semi Tractor Trailer 164 Coke Diecast Metal New in Box
Ertl Coca Cola Semi Tractor Trailer 164 Coke Diecast Metal New in Box
$29.75
Time Remaining: 57m
Buy It Now for only: $29.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
White 4 210 Field Boss 4 Wheel Drive Tractor Red Stripe Duals 116 MIB
White 4 210 Field Boss 4 Wheel Drive Tractor Red Stripe Duals 116 MIB
$74.74 (60 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 7m
Bid now | Add to watch list
Case IH Ertl 1 64 Scale Set of 3 State Tractors DE 32 NV 33  AL 34
Case IH Ertl 1 64 Scale Set of 3 State Tractors DE 32 NV 33 AL 34
$21.95
Time Remaining: 1h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $21.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
NIB Ertl LOT 4 piece farm grain auger 1 16 scale corn beans 116 tractor toys
NIB Ertl LOT 4 piece farm grain auger 1 16 scale corn beans 116 tractor toys
$115.00
Time Remaining: 1h 35m
Bid now | Add to watch list



Ertl Big Farm 1:16 John Deere Tractor With Lights & Sounds
Ertl Big Farm 1:16 John Deere Tractor With Lights & Sounds
List Price: $22.99
Sale Price: $19.95
You save: $3.04 (13%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Ertl John Deere Sit-N-Scoot Tractor
Ertl John Deere Sit-N-Scoot Tractor
List Price: $38.99
Sale Price: $29.95
You save: $9.04 (23%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Ertl John Deere 320 Utility Tractor, 1:16 Scale
Ertl John Deere 320 Utility Tractor, 1:16 Scale
Sale Price: $27.99
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Ertl Collectibles John Deere 6210R Tractor Baling Set
Ertl Collectibles John Deere 6210R Tractor Baling Set
List Price: $23.99
Sale Price: $20.99
You save: $3.00 (13%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days


Tags: , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

*