1953 1954 1961 Tonka Green Giant Private Label Utility

While the Green Giant semi is questionable as being recognized as a private label truck, there's no grey area when it comes to the 1953 Green Giant utility. Offered only through Green Giant, references indicate about 5,000 were produced. While the tire of choice for the standard Tonka product line was the H D plated steel truck wheels & rims with rubber tires, the 1953 Green Giant utility was shod in the new for 1954 2 3/8" deep cleated solid rubber tire that would see service into 1959.

Tonka Private Label Green Giant Utility

Tonka manufactured this utility for Green Giant in 1953. From the Patrick O'Neil collection


Value: A 1953 Green Giant utility, very clean, excellent original paint, complete, no box, was bid to $230 USD on eBay but did not sell, failing to meet the seller's reserve, in early August 2007.

Value: The item above was re-listed on eBay but still failed to sell, not meeting the seller's reserve with a bid of $155 USD, in late August 2007.

Value: A 1953 Green Giant utility, clean, original, unretouched, very good well played with condition, missing two wheel covers, excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $81 USD in mid October 2007.

Value: A 1953 Green Giant utility in good original, unretouched condition, played with paint chips and scratches, missing chain, very good decals, no box, sold on eBay for $60 USD in mid July 2008.

Value: A 1953 Green Giant utility in good, clean, original, unretouched complete condition, played with paint chips and scratches, good decals, no box, sold on eBay for $62 USD in mid July 2008.

Value: A 1953 Green Giant utility in good, clean, original, unretouched condition, played with paint chips and scratches, missing chain, very good decals, no box, sold on eBay for $60 USD in mid July 2008.

Value: A 1953 Green Giant utility in very good plus, clean, original, unretouched complete condition, minimal paint loss, excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $110 USD in late June 2013.


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1954 Tonka Private Label Green Giant Utility

1954 Green Giant Utility. From the Mr. Moe collection


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Tonka manufactured this farm stake for Green Giant in 1961, It was offered as a premium and available only from Green Giant. For $2.50 and proof of purchase of two Green Giant products, this farm stake could be your personal veggie hauler.

The shipping carton was specifically printed for the promotion and special sealing tape with the Green Giant logo was used. The packaged truck was shipped from Mound, Minnesota to Green Giant's home office in Le Sueur, Minnesota where it was stocked prior to shipping to the customer.


Tonka Private Label Green Giant Farm Stake

Featured above is a mint, unretouched example with the original protective wax paper
over the cab roof. From the Patrick O'Neil collection


Tonka Private Label Green Giant Farm Stake

The above and below Green Giant is another mint, unretouched example of the farm
stake truck. From the Skip Erb collection


Tonka Private Label Green Giant Farm Stake

Value: A 1961 original, clean, unretouched, complete, excellent minus condition Green Giant farm stake with its original carton sold on eBay for $510 USD in late August 2007.

Value: A 1961 original, super clean, unretouched, complete, near mint Green Giant farm stake, no carton, sold on eBay for $381 USD in late September 2007.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, very good condition, Green Giant farm stake, typical played with scratches allowing for surface rust, excellent, complete decals but showing age, no carton, sold on eBay for $200 USD in late October 2007.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, very good condition, Green Giant farm stake, typical played with scratches allowing for surface rust, excellent plus complete decals with carton, sold on eBay for $225 USD in early November 2007.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, very good condition, Green Giant farm stake, typical played with scratches allowing for surface rust, very good decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $128 USD in mid November 2007.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, very good condition, Green Giant farm stake, typical played with scratches and paint chips, very good decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $73 USD in mid July 2008.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, near mint condition, Green Giant farm stake, all plated parts oxidized, mint decals with its excellent carton sold on eBay for $355 USD in late September 2009.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, mint condition, Green Giant farm stake, with its near mint box and the 1961 Tonka Look Book, sold on eBay for $785 USD in late September 2012.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, mint condition, Green Giant farm stake, with a near mint box and a magazine ad for the truck, sold on eBay for $900 USD in mid May 2013.

Value: A 1961 original, unretouched, complete, excellent plus condition, Green Giant farm stake, excellent decals, no box, sold on eBay for $280 USD in early February 2014.

Value: A 1961 Green Giant farm stake in original, unretouched, complete, excellent plus condition, few paint nicks and scratches, near mint decals, no box, sold on eBay for $163 USD in early June 2014.

Value: A 1961 Green Giant farm stake in original, unretouched, complete, excellent condition, several paint chips on cab, roof and bed with mint decals and no box, sold on eBay for $179 USD in late October 2014.

Value: A 1961 Green Giant farm stake in original, unretouched, complete, near mint condition, very few paint nicks and scratches, mint decals, with its box, sold on eBay for $400 USD in early December 2014.



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