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Simple die-cast models, made in Japan. It is not quite clear where the AHI name comes from, it could originate from AHI Brand Toys from Japan but the AHI brand was also used by Japanese tin-toys manufacturer Naito Shoten and according to an article in the June 2003 issue of 'Toy Cars and Models' magazine, AHI stands for Azrak-Hamway International, Inc., a US toy distributor/manufacturer.

 

AHI models were also sold in the US as Cragstan Models, (Cragstan Industries Inc. from New York, was a US distributor that specialized in toys, mainly from Japan which was founded in 1930 and seized to exist around 1970), and probably by Chadwick Miller. Models identical to the AHI models were also sold in the US in boxes labelled Ace Imp. Co.. 

In Europe, a set of twelve models of European prototypes has been sold under the 'ACE' brandname and AHI models in their well-known plastic cases have also been found labelled with 'Bandai Baby' on the bottom of the case. (Up for auction on Ebay in February 2006 were: 1903 Rambler, 1904 Oldsmobile, 1904 Darracq, 1902 Air Cooled Franklin, 1909 Stanley Steamer, 1910 International Harvester, 1911 Buick Bug, 1914 Stutz Bearcat, Crane truck, Red Cross truck, Cement truck, Fire Engine and the Jeep, all labelled 'Bandai Baby.)

Modellisting:

Ref#   Model Year 
1 Oldsmobile Delivery Wagon  1904
2 Franklin Air Cooled  1902
3 Vauxhall   1907
4 Oldsmobile  1904
5 Ford T  1909
6 Stanley Steamer  1909
7 Buick Bug  1911
8 International Harvester  1910
9 Darracq   1904
1 Stutz Bearcat  1914
11 Cadillac  1903
12 Rambler 1903
? MG A   -
? Mercedes 190 SL -
? Oldsmobile Hardtop  1957
? Oldsmobile Hardtop   1959
? Plymouth Hardtop  1957
? Plymouth Hardtop   1959
? Pontiac Sedan  1957
? Pontiac Sedan   1959
? Buick Hardtop  1957
? Buick Hardtop Sedan   1959
? Cadillac Sedan  1958
? Cadillac Sedan   1959
? Chevrolet Bel-Air Hardtop  1957
? Chevrolet Bel-Air Stationwagon   1957
? Chevrolet Impala Hardtop  1958
? Chevrolet Impala Hardtop   1959
? Chevrolet Sedan  1960
? Chrysler Hardtop Sedan  1957
? Chrysler Sedan   1959
? Chrysler Hardtop Sedan  1959
? Desoto Sedan   1959
? Dodge Hardtop Sedan 1958
? Dodge Sedan   1959
? Ford Stationwagon  1956
? Ford Fairlane Sedan 1957
? Ford Hardtop Coupe   1959
? Imperial Hardtop Sedan   1959
? Rambler Sedan   1959
? Volvo Amazon 122 S  -
? Volvo PV544 -
? Volkswagen Beetle -
? Opel Kapitan   1956
? Porsche 356A -
? Alfa Romeo 1500 Coupe -
? Ferrari 375 Superamerica -
? Austin A 105 -
? Daimler DK -
? Jaguar XK 150 -
? CitroŽn DS 19 -
? Mercedes 300 SL -
? Ford Fairlane Hardtop   1957
? DeSoto Hardtop  1960
? Lincoln sedan  1960
? Plymouth Taxi 1957
? Ford Falcon Sedan  1960
? Cadillac Hardtop 1960
? Edsel ? 1960
? Ford ?  1960
? Dodge ? 1960
? Ford Model A ?
? Pontiac Bonneville 1960
? Plymouth Valiant  1960
? Cugnot Steam truck 1769
? Daimler Gasoline Car 1885
? Benz 1886
? Duryea 1892
? Heins 1894
? Oldsmobile 1896
? Locomobile 1900

There was also a series of modern trucks and construction machinery. We are still looking for the ref# for these models !

To keep loading times at an acceptable level, we have thumbnailed the following pictures.The pictures show several types of boxes and their contents.  Click the thumbnail to see the full-size picture and use your browsers back-button to return here. Besides the packing shown in the pictures below (each model packed seperately in a plastic case) the models have also been sold tied to cardboard (12 pieces, each seperately fastened and with tear-off lines inbetween so the models could be sold seperately).

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AHI box cover Contents Cragstan box cover Contents AHI box cover Contents
AHI-assortedcars-1.jpg (31166 bytes) AHI-assortedcars-2.jpg (97062 bytes) AHI1959-boxtop.jpg (90060 bytes)

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AHI box cover Contents AHI ref# 8172, no brand on box Contents AHI box cover Contents  
AHI_Military-1.jpg (67377 bytes) AHI_Military-2.jpg (51236 bytes) AHI_oldtimerset-1.jpg (31236 bytes) AHI_oldtimerset-2.jpg (44545 bytes) AHI-Cragstan-1.jpg (45508 bytes)  
AHI box cover Contents AHI box cover Contents Cragstan set II  


Two Volkswagen Beetle versions from the Cragstan II set, the left one with the small rear window, the right one has the larger rear window.


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