1960 1961 Tonka Standard Oil Private Label Tanker

Tonka manufactured this tanker, based on Tonka model #145 Tonka Tanker, for the Standard Oil Company in 1960. There is an interesting story behind this featured truck. Per Patrick O'Neil, "this truck was ordered directly from Tonka by a Standard Oil station owner and shipped to customer, Minnesota HiWay patrolman Joe Boley, to be given as a gift to his two month old son, James. I purchased the truck from James, who's also a Minnesota HiWay patrolman, 46 years later (2006). It has never been played with." From the Patrick O'Neil collection.

NOTE: The Standard Oil tanker is one of the very few private label trucks that prominently displays the Tonka logo on the cab doors. With few exceptions, other private label trucks display the Tonka logo in a less conspicuous location. Example locations are on the bottom of the cab wrap or the bottom of the trailer floor (if steel) or the dolly wheels bracket (if wood).


1960 Tonka Standard Oil Tanker

The tanker was normally sold at Standard Oil service stations directly to the customer

Shipping Label on Standard Oil Tanker Carton

Shipping label showing this tanker was shipped directly from Tonka to its new owner


Value: A clean original, 1960 unretouched tanker, no hoses, missing paint with surface rust on the cab and roof, decals on the tanker not perfect but very nice, no box, was bid to $163 USD on eBay but did not sell, failing to meet the seller's reserve in late August 2007.

Value: A clean original, unretouched tanker, both hoses, minimal paint scratching, decals on the tanker excellent plus, no box, sold on eBay for $285 USD in late October 2007.

Value: A clean original, 1960 unretouched tanker, both hoses but one missing an end, minimal paint scratching, surface rust on some hardware, decals on the tanker excellent with some scratching, no box, sold on eBay for $285 USD in early November 2007.

Value: A clean, original, 1960 unretouched tanker, both hoses, shiny paint with minimal scratching on the cab and tanker, decals on the tanker excellent, no box, sold on eBay for $550 USD in late April 2013.

Value: A clean, original, unretouched, 1960 tanker in near mint minus condition, both hoses, shiny paint, all decals near mint, no box AND no windshield (easily replaced), sold on eBay for $510 USD in mid July 2013.

Value: A clean, original, unretouched, 1960 tanker in excellent plus condition, missing one hose, shiny paint, cab decals mint, trailer decals excellent, no box, sold on eBay for $566 USD in early December 2013.


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1961 Tonka Standard Oil Tanker

In 1961, the decal on the tanker changed to a white background making for a more appealing visual affect.

Value: The clean original, unretouched tanker featured above with both hoses, bright paint with minimal loss, decals on the tanker good at best, no box, sold on eBay for $508 USD in mid August 2010.

Value: A clean original, unretouched tanker, with both hoses, excellent paint with some chipping, decals on the tanker very good, sold on eBay for $809 USD in early September 2011.


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1960 Standard Oil Tanker with a 1961 cab.

1960 Standard Oil tanker being pulled by a 1961 cab.

The 1960/1961 hybrid Standard Oil tanker featured just above, is typical Tonka. As in normal production models, private label trucks were not immune from having components interchanged. It does make for an interesting variation, The example above, with hoses and no box, sold on eBay in mid July of 2012 for $899 USD. It should be noted that the tanker sold with 2 complete bulk storage tanks. The storage tanks are rare and valuable by themselves. How much of the $899 was tanker and how much was bulk storage tanks is open for debate.




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