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.


Ertl John Deere Monster Treads Shake N Sounds Gator Tractor Toy Kids Boys Action
Ertl John Deere Monster Treads Shake N Sounds Gator Tractor Toy Kids Boys Action
$41.95
Time Remaining: 34m
Bid now | Add to watch list
Ertl 1 64 DELHI DAIRY Milk Tanker Tractor Trailer Near Mint Made in USA
Ertl 1 64 DELHI DAIRY Milk Tanker Tractor Trailer Near Mint Made in USA
$49.99
Time Remaining: 1h 11m
Bid now | Add to watch list
ERTL 1 32 SCALE SERIES II PRECISION 2 JOHN DEERE 9500T TRACK TRACTOR UNOPENED
ERTL 1 32 SCALE SERIES II PRECISION 2 JOHN DEERE 9500T TRACK TRACTOR UNOPENED
$62.99
Time Remaining: 3h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $62.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Vintage 1960s Blue FORD 4000 Farm Tractor Metal Diecast by ERTL
Vintage 1960s Blue FORD 4000 Farm Tractor Metal Diecast by ERTL
$24.99
Time Remaining: 3h 44m
Bid now | Add to watch list
Case Toy Tractor wagon plow set
Case Toy Tractor wagon plow set
$40.00
Time Remaining: 4h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $79.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list
ERTL INTERNATIONAL 600 DIESEL TRACTOR
ERTL INTERNATIONAL 600 DIESEL TRACTOR
$20.00
Time Remaining: 4h 23m
Bid now | Add to watch list
ERTL Kenworth CabOver 1 64 Tractor Trailer
ERTL Kenworth CabOver 1 64 Tractor Trailer
$20.00
Time Remaining: 4h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
John Deere Lot Ertl Tractors Licensed Plastic Storage Carrying Case display play
John Deere Lot Ertl Tractors Licensed Plastic Storage Carrying Case display play
$30.00
Time Remaining: 5h 26m
Bid now | Add to watch list
JOHN DEERE 544G WHEEL LOADER ERTL DIECAST TOY TRACTOR 1 64 SCALE BOXED
JOHN DEERE 544G WHEEL LOADER ERTL DIECAST TOY TRACTOR 1 64 SCALE BOXED
$20.58
Time Remaining: 5h 58m
Bid now | Add to watch list
Ertl John Deere The Model G Tractor 1 16 scale Precision Key Series 2
Ertl John Deere The Model G Tractor 1 16 scale Precision Key Series 2
$99.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6h 3m
Bid now | Add to watch list
Ertl Precision Classics John Deere 4440 Tractor 1 16 scale 17 NIB
Ertl Precision Classics John Deere 4440 Tractor 1 16 scale 17 NIB
$185.00
Time Remaining: 6h 4m
Bid now | Add to watch list
John Deere 8130 tractor with two Dngewagen 164 ERTL
John Deere 8130 tractor with two Dngewagen 164 ERTL
$45.99
Time Remaining: 6h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $45.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list



Ertl Big Farm 1:16 John Deere 7530 Tractor With Duals
Ertl Big Farm 1:16 John Deere 7530 Tractor With Duals
List Price: $34.99
Sale Price: $30.00
You save: $4.99 (14%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
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: $19.99
You save: $3.00 (13%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
Ertl John Deere Carry Case Value Set
Ertl John Deere Carry Case Value Set
List Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $20.00
You save: $9.99 (33%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Ertl IH Farmall 1466 Tractor, 1:64 Scale
Ertl IH Farmall 1466 Tractor, 1:64 Scale
Sale Price: $10.88
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours


Tags: , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

*