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Schuco Toys

Schuco was founded in 1912 by Heinrich Müller and Heinrich Schreyer in Nuremberg, Germany. The company manufactured unique mechanical clockwork cars and trucks made of diecast, plastic, and tin. Originally named Spielzeugfirma Schreyer & Co., the company name was changed to Schuco in 1921.

Early examples of Schuco were so unique that winding them did not require a key. They were often wound by an arm or another unique feature. Beginning in the ‘20s, the company introduced its famous Pick-Pick bird. It was so successful that more than 20 million were sold over a span of 40 years. Schuco also created iconic wind-up figures including soldiers, gnomes, and animals dressed in colorful felt attire.

Schuco used unusual mechanical gimmicks to attract children as well as collectors of the era. One feature included telesteering mechanisms, which allowed the toy to be operated by a steering wheel attached to a wire. Schuco Studio cars had rack-and-pinion steering, removable wheels, and starting cranks which activated the mechanical movement. They also had sets of miniature tools to assemble and disassemble the cars.

Schuco created some of the most unique mechanical toys available both pre and post war, ultimately creating a market that collectors desire. Collectors have a massive array of Schuco toys to choose from today including the Studio, Piccolo, and Varianto lines as well as later cars and trucks in exact replica of Mercedes Benz, BMW, Buick, Porsche, and other automobile companies.


Quick Facts

  • Only 1,000 of the 1937 Luigi Fagioli Auto Union Avus Streamline were produced, making them highly desirable today
  • Schuco produced miniature jointed teddy bears often referred to as yes-no bears. Rare examples marketed for women and gift sets had hinged bodies that held perfume bottles
  • Even during the ‘70s, Schuco kept its trademark alive by building highly detailed cars with amazing features including operational horns with two tones, spare sets of studded rally tires, and fully functional jacks

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SCHUCO, "VARIANTO"
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by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF140- CHF240
CHF1400 Bids
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SCHUCO, "EXAMICO 4001"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, "EXAMICO 4001"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF140- CHF240
CHF1400 Bids
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SCHUCO, "STUDIO 1050 MIT FIGURENSATZ"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, "STUDIO 1050 MIT FIGURENSATZ"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF180- CHF280
CHF1800 Bids
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SCHUCO, "STUDIO 1050"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, "STUDIO 1050"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF120- CHF220
CHF1200 Bids
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SCHUCO, "AKUSTICO 2002"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, "AKUSTICO 2002"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF140- CHF240
CHF1400 Bids
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SCHUCO, BAUKASTEN "STUDIO V, MERCEDES BENZ SSK/L"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, BAUKASTEN "STUDIO V, MERCEDES BENZ SSK/L"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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SCHUCO, 2 MICRO RACER "VW 1046"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, 2 MICRO RACER "VW 1046"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF160- CHF260
CHF1600 Bids
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SCHUCO, FAHRERFIGUR "FRITZ"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, FAHRERFIGUR "FRITZ"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF140- CHF240
CHF1400 Bids
SCHUCO Charlot (Charlie Chaplin)
Dec 12, 11:00 AM CET
SCHUCO Charlot (Charlie Chaplin)
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €600- €800
€2000 Bids
VTG COLLECTABLE MODEL CARS (2)
Dec 06, 4:00 PM EST
VTG COLLECTABLE MODEL CARS (2)
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $70- $100
$100 Bids
TOY CAR SCHUCO MODEL 5300
Dec 09, 4:00 PM WET
TOY CAR SCHUCO MODEL 5300
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €30- €60
€300 Bids
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SCHUCO, BAUKASTEN "STUDIO II"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, BAUKASTEN "STUDIO II"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
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SCHUCO, BAUKASTEN "GRAND PRIX RACER 1075, FERRARI F500"
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
SCHUCO, BAUKASTEN "GRAND PRIX RACER 1075, FERRARI F500"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
A Schuco clockwork clown violinist, 11cm
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A Schuco clockwork clown violinist, 11cm
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£150 Bids
TOY CAR SCHUCO MODEL 5309
Dec 09, 4:00 PM WET
TOY CAR SCHUCO MODEL 5309
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €30- €60
€300 Bids
TOY CAR SCHUCO MODEL 5340
Dec 09, 4:00 PM WET
TOY CAR SCHUCO MODEL 5340
by Corte Real, Leiloeira
Est: €30- €60
€300 Bids
SCHUCO MOTEX 1088 MERCEDES BENZ
Jan 07, 10:00 AM EST
SCHUCO MOTEX 1088 MERCEDES BENZ
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
SCHUCO EXPRESS SHELL SERVICE STATION w/ BOX
Jan 07, 10:00 AM EST
SCHUCO EXPRESS SHELL SERVICE STATION w/ BOX
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
SCHUCO WINDUP ROLLY CLOWN SKATER w/ BOX
Jan 07, 10:00 AM EST
SCHUCO WINDUP ROLLY CLOWN SKATER w/ BOX
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
SCHUCO FRICTION LINDY NEW YORK-PARIS AIRPLANE
Jan 07, 10:00 AM EST
SCHUCO FRICTION LINDY NEW YORK-PARIS AIRPLANE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
3- SCHUCO ANIMALS
Jan 07, 10:00 AM EST
3- SCHUCO ANIMALS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Early 20th Century Schuco Wind Up Clown & Violin
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids

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