Cheshire Life - - Finer Things -

What is it? A rare diecast Mer­cury ad­ver­tis­ing Model No 88 Sau­rer van, made for one of Switzer­land’s old­est re­movals com­pa­nies, Kehrli & Oeler AG, founded in 1904 was on of the lots. Another was a Mer­cury No.96 BCS 8000L Aquila Tanker.

What makes it spe­cial? Mer­cury mod­els are less well known than the Bri­tish Dinky, Match­box and Les­ney brands. The Ital­ian company was founded in Turin in

1932 and made toys from 1945 to 1978 when it ceased trad­ing. The long wheel­base Sau­rer van had opening rear doors and would have been com­mis­sioned by Kehrli & Oeler to pro­mote their busi­ness.

How much did it sell for? Bri­tish Toy Auc­tions, hosted at The Auc­tion Cen­tre in Run­corn, tell me they have en­joyed an ex­cep­tional year. The Sau­rer sold to a Ger­man buyer for £850, dou­ble its es­ti­mate with the Aquila over­tak­ing its es­ti­mate of £200-£300, to sell for £380.

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