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Paruna raceset from France

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Heres a electric raceset made by Paruna scientific toys. Some say the set was made before ww2, some around 1947. There seems to be only around 4 sets known to exist. The car is diecast & slotless with 2 brushes in front to make electrical contact. The track is handmade of wood,either brass or copper,& a circuit type board. I dont think very many of these sets were ever made. The track made an oval with 1 side raised so you could add another set & have 2 cars racing.


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Thanks for posting this Bernard. The Paruna set is really a mystery; even in France we just don't know that much about it!

The box cover says "Les bolides du Man", or "Le Mans Racing Cars" - even thought they're more GP types!

I just noticed too that the transformer also has English on it - very strange, especially for pre- or post-war toys in a France that wouldn't be exporting all that much.

I'll have to get my Patent attorney doing a search on this one...

That's pretty much our thinking Tony, which is why we lean to post-war, but the model type still gives reason for pause...

In any case, it's almost certain that if it were really produced at all, it was in very small numbers - still, a fascinating set. No real documentary evidence either, but that may depend on a lucky find of a period catalog or something siimilar. I've started looking, but it's like looking for a Paruna in a haystack.... And if it were a real cottage industry product, it wouldn't have been advertised in something like the big department store catalogs (unlike the LR set for instance).

Where's Maigret when you need him?

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