Barney’s Auto Factory from Remco (1964)

Company: Remco | Release date: 1964 | Where to purchase: eBay

Released in 1964 from Remco, Barney’s Auto Factory was a follow-up to the company’s other successful car-themed playsets, such as the Movieland Drive-In Theater.

The Auto Factory allowed young mechanics to build their own toy cars via a moving, motorized assembly line. Operating on two D-batteries, the toy was primarily constructed of high-impact plastic and measured 22.5-inches (w) x 9-inches (d) x 10-inches (h).

Players could start and stop the assembly line with the flick of a switch in the toy’s base. Mimicking the production process used by the Big 3 automakers in Detroit, various parts could be added to the car as it rolled down the assembly line. After placing and lining up a chassis on the moving platform, kids could integrate a motor, body, roof, and wheels to each car. Upon completion, the car reached the end of the conveyor belt to be rolled down the ramp.

Barney’s Auto Factory came complete with all required parts to assemble three late-model sedans or convertibles. In addition to car parts, the toy included a screwdriver, wrench, and ramp.

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